Defence has announced that the newest Australian military capability, the Amphibious Ready Element, is preparing to demonstrate its capacity off the Queensland coast.
The 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, of the Australian Army, with MRH 90 troop transport helicopters from the 16th Aviation Brigade, is combining with amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and Royal Australian Air Force assets to conduct a series of amphibious training activities through to October.
Conducted by the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters under the command of Major General Stuart Smith, the exercises will enable the amphibious force to achieve an interim operational capability, Defence stated. The Amphibious Ready Element includes 900 personnel, supported by four MRH 90 helicopters embarked in HMAS Canberra.
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