at Sentinel Lines, Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, 4813 Australia
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In May, C Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment deployed to High Range Training Area for Ex Eagle Run. This exercise saw the Squadron conduct live fire training in a combined arms environment with Infantry, Engineers and Artillery in support. Some excellent training was achieved, well done to all who took part.
C Squadron are in the final stages of deployment to Cultana, South Australia to take part in Army's key foundation war fighting activity.
Some short footage from Ex Eagle Run in May. Here we can see an M1A1 from C Squadron engaging infantry targets in a defile in order to support the movement of friendly callsigns to the far bank.
On Friday the 3rd of June, MAJ Bamford presented the following awards: Australian Defence Medal: TPR Moran-Ramsay TPR Cartlidge CFN Chapman TPR Tickner Meritorious Unit Citation awarded for support to Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan: CPL Lewis TPR Oxlade The Squadron has now returned from Field and is preparing for heading out on Exercise Hamel as the Enemy Force.
Here we see a time lapse of Tank Crewman from C Squadron building new track for one of our Tanks in preparation for our upcoming field deployment. Video credit: TPR McAneney.
TRACK LIFT! The Soldiers of C Squadron work together to carry out essential crew maintenance on 3C.
On Friday the 15th of April, MAJ Bamford announced the Soldier of the quarter for the first quarter of 2016. Congratulations to CFN Peters for this well deserved award. This award is chosen by the JNCOs and Squadron hierarchy and is awarded for exemplary service over a three month period. Well done CFN Peters
CH47 Chinook refuels M1A1. On the 12th of April, C Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment and C Squadron, 5th Aviation Regiment conducted an important proof of concept demonstration. In this demonstration, M1A1 Tanks were refuelled from a CH47 Chinook. This is the first time this type of activity has been conducted in Australia and will lead in to future training activities on exercise. The M1A1s use multi-fuel gas turbine engines which allow them to run a range of fuel including diesel and aviation fuel. In June we will provide more footage from similar activities on exercise. Well done 1 Troop and thanks for the support 5th Aviation Regiment.
An M113AS4 conducting a water crossing during Ex Eagle Crawl. Here we can see LCPL Webb demonstrate the excellent cross country mobility of the M113AS4, especially when compared to wheeled vehicles.
Live fire training is an essential part of C Squadron's training program. In this video, C Squadron can be seen conducting individual and pairs Tank gunnery training. This training incorporated an overarching tactical scenario and involved crews employing all weapons systems available - from 9mm pistol to 120mm main gun. Well done to all crews for their excellent results and to the SNCO's of the Squadron for running great live fire training.
During March, C Squadron deployed to High Range Training Area on Exercise Eagle Crawl. This exercise was designed to train and assess Tank crews in the conduct of live fire as a single Tank and in pairs. All crews successfully completed their assessments and champion crews will be posted once announced. Continue to check back to this page for videos and photos over the next few weeks.
3C engages a target during Exercise Eagle Crawl - 14 - 23 Mar 16.
Today the Squadron visited the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum in Cairns. The Museum holds a large range of military equipment, including two Sentinel Tanks - Which Sentinel Lines is named for. T3 enjoyed the opportunity to inspect a wide range of AFVs and understand the huge improvements in AFV design. It also gave members of the Squadron new to North Queensland a chance to explore Cairns during lunch. Australian Armour and Artillery Museum website: http://ausarmour.com
Another day, another great Tank photo. The Army Newspaper issued a special feature for the release of the Defence White Paper with a great shot of an M1A1 at High Range Training Area in 2013 on the front. Read the Army News here: http://armynews.realviewdigital.com/global/mobilesite/mobilearticle.aspx?iid=138132 Read the Defence White Paper here: http://www.defence.gov.au/WhitePaper/
MAJGEN McLachlan, former CO of 1st Armoured Regiment uses his first social media post to highlight the importance of Tank in the Australian Army.
Today, T3 conducted a Squadron Fitness assessment. Well done to all those who took part. The events assessed and winners are listed below: Overall - TPR Norton Beep Test - CPL Penhaligon Devine 3 Minute Burpees - LT Gardner Prone Hold - TPR Spiteri Body weight Bench Press - TPR Norton Body weight Dead Lift - TPR Gould 500m Row - LT Gradden Cadence Heaves - CFN Peters Good stuff.
The Northern Services Courier has made another video, this time exploring the history and traditions of a Dining In Night at the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.
MAJGEN P Gilmore, AO, DSC visited the Squadron on Friday the 26th of February. LCPL Van-Wezel and CPL Curry explained the capabilities of the M1A1 and M88 to the Forces Commander. MAJGEN Gilmore was interested to hear about the transition from 1 Brigade to 3 Brigade and the new opportunities in Townsville.
Recovery Trials You don't see an ASLAV winching a M1A1 very often, but on Monday the Squadron worked with recovery mechanics from across the 3rd Brigade - Australian Army to trial new recovery work variations. This will allow a range of platforms, including the ASLAV, M113 and Mack recovery vehicles to conduct limited Tank recovery operations.
Promotions & Awards Today, at Sentinel Lines, MAJ Bamford (Officer Commanding C Squadron) presented a number of awards and promoted two NCOs. LCPL Doyle - Promoted to CPL. CFN Baker - Promoted to LCPL. TPR Gillies - Australian Defence Medal. TPR Earl - Gunner of the Year 2015. TPR Glew - Australian Defence Medal. Great effort!
Meeting the Boss... On the 15th of February, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, MP, visited the Combat Training Centre on Lavarack Barracks. During his visit he met four members of C Squadron who demonstrated the utility of a force on force training tool that can be fitted to the M1A1. This system allows crews to conduct simulated engagements against other crews using an eye safe laser. The crew also got some background time on many major news outlets around Australia. Well done CPL Baily, TPR Gould, TPR Gillies and TPR Lock!
C Squadron - The year so far, part 1. On the 5th of February, Commander of the 3rd Brigade - BRIG C Field, CSC and Brigade RSM - WO1 D Lehr, OAM visited Sentinel Lines, home of C Squadron. BRIG Field addressed the Squadron about the importance of combined arms training and welcomed them to Townsville. Both BRIG Field and WO1 Lehr experienced the mobility and capabilities of the M1A1 with a short trip around Lavarack Barracks.
In January 2016, the 2nd Cavalry Regiment and the 3rd Brigade welcomed, C Squadron (Tank) to Lavarack Barracks. Over the coming days, we will give you an insight into the activities of the Squadron so far this year, and in future we will keep track of the Squadron as it settles into the 3rd Brigade. Video Credit: Northern Services Courier. Website: http://www.nscnews.com/