Over the course of this week, as many as three Australian Army
NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters looked to fly together
in and out of, and then back into The Glen Airfield (Camp Growl) as
the Australian Army Exercise Diamond Run kicked off in the
Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).
They initially flew in from Townsville on Monday 16
before returning North on Thursday 19
and finally returning to Camp Growl on Friday 20 October
. On each occasion, the three
MRH-90s, which are believed to be flown by 'A Squadron' of the 5th
Aviation Regiment based at Townsville, were heard to use the radio
callsign of "Apocalypse".
Meanwhile, as mentioned below, also currently based within the
Shoalwater Bay Training Area in a support role during the Exercise,
is Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Search and Rescue (SAR) Bell
412EP helicopter VH-VAA. It is owned by Lloyd Helicopters and
operated by CHC Helicopters Australia for the RAAF and has been
noted using the RAAF Support radio callsign of "Choppa 82".
Of interest, Exercise Diamond Run is the largest military exercise
of the year for the Army's 7th Brigade. It will be the first
time the Combat Brigade live fires its new M1A1 Abrams Main Battle
Tanks, which it received in September, marking the realisation of
the Australian Armys Plan Beersheba.
The exercise will also see 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian
Regiment put through its paces on its road to becoming the
Australian Armys Ready Battle Group for short notice operations
Exercise Diamond Run involves over 1600 soldiers from 7th Brigade
and supporting units as well as 40 personnel from the Singapore
Armed Forces who are taking part in bilateral training with the
Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman