The idyllic Queensland town of Bowen was at the centre of a battle for liberation when the militaries of Australia, the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom conducted an amphibious landing and subsequent raid on the beachfront town.
Sailing through Sydney Harbour, the first sign things were amiss was the dull thump of helicopter blades, barely audible over the water rushing past the bow of the ferry.
Seconds later, 2nd Commando Regiment soldiers disembarked from rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) and climbed over the side rails, while their comrades fast roped on to the deck from a hovering Black Hawk, supported by snipers in another Black Hawk providing aerial fire support.
The Australian Army’s live-fire exercises are bound to get the blood pumping, and this year’s Exercise Chong Ju was no exception. Held at Victoria’s Puckapunyal Training Area on 8-9 May 2019, the annual exercise successfully showcased Army’s joint combined arms capabilities.