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13 May 2010
Exercise Chong Ju

The roar of the venerable RAAF F-111 was heard in the Goulburn valley for one of the last times this week (12-13 May 10).

Two of the Amberley- based aircraft supported the Army’s firepower and manoeuvre demonstration at Puckapunyal Military Area, called EXERCISE CHONG JU.

EX CHONG JU is named after a series of offensive actions by the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) on 29 October 1950 against North Koreans, during which infantry company advances were supported by US Army tanks and artillery.

Artillery from 53 Independent Battery fired 105mm rounds in support of the biannual exercise. The battery usually supports courses run by the School of Artillery.
53 Independent Battery was the only Australian battery to bring its guns to bear against the Japanese during the Battle of Kokoda in 1942.

Besides the effect of artillery and aircraft, EX CHONG JU demonstrated M1A1 Abrams tanks, M113AS4 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), ASLAV and the Javelin Medium Defensive Fire Support Weapon. All of these weapon systems are available to an Australian combat team when it employs synchronised arms effects.

From a dense treeline, tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) advanced to their target, called Objective Spike.

The M113AS4 is an updated APC, and features improved armour and cross country capability that allows it to keep up with the M1A1 Tank.

The assaulting force made short work of is objective, and clearly demonstrated the potency of the modern Australian combat team.

EX CHONG JU is a training activity for the Combat Officer Advanced Course, which trains combat arms officers on combined arms tactics.