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Live fire practice

28 May 2008

Labor Day long weekend at Tin Can Bay went with a bigger bang than usual as artillery soldiers from the 1st Field Regiment converged on Wide Bay Training Area for live firing.

More than 220 artillery rounds weree fired during three days from May 2-5 during Exercise Shark’s Thrust to qualify Army Reserve soldiers to operate the massive M198 155mm Howitzer.

The M198 can fire a 40kg shell to ranges of up to 30km. It can also engage targets with pinpoint accuracy using precision-guided munitions.

South East Queensland’s Reservists will now be ready to support the Regular Army artillery.

Commanding Officer 1st Field Regiment Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Kenny said it was a big achievement for part-time soldiers from local communities.

“This demonstrates the high level of efficiency and readiness of the Army Reserve in general and the expertise of our soldiers from Caboolture, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Ipswich,” Lieutenant Colonel Kenny said.

“It is a watershed moment for the Army Reserve Artillery in demonstrating that Reservists provide a real capability to the Australian Army.”