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Northern Shield 2016

Exercise Northern Shield 2016

Australian Army soldier Private Nawnyo from 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, moves to cover during a platoon attack at Ellendale Mine near Derby, Western Australia, as part of Exercise Northern Shield 2016.

Exercise Northern Shield 2016 (NS16) is an Australian Defence Force (ADF) training activity where high-readiness forces deploy quickly to remote locations in Australia in response to a simulated security threat.

The exercise will see members of the Navy, Army and Air Force rapidly deploy to counter a fictitious force posing a threat to Australia's national security in the Kimberley region in North Western Australia.

The exercise incorporates force preparation activities, land force maneuver, air mobile operations and maritime activities.

Exercise Northern Shield 2016 demonstrates the ADF's capacity to project forces in Northern Australia should the need arise to protect the population, resources and infrastructure.

Northern Shield is designed to ensure state and federal authorities, industry and the ADF, can work in a combined environment to respond to any contingency in the region and provide an agile, decisive and effective deterrent to any future challenges.

Over 1000 sailors, soldiers Airmen and Airwomen will participate in the exercise.

What will the public see?

For the duration of the exercise the local community and visitors to the area can expect to see or hear military personnel, vehicles, equipment and aircraft participating in training activities in the region. Due to the nature of the exercise members of the public may experience increased noise levels as well as slight traffic delays and disruptions. The ADF apologises for any inconvenience that may be experienced and appreciates the public's understanding.

Equipment to be used on Exercise Northern Shield will include:

Royal Australian Navy

Australian Army

Royal Australian Air Force