The wider Townsville region will play host to more than 6000 soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen next month with the start of Exercise HAMEL — the most complex training activity ever undertaken by the Australian Army.
While most of the troop activity will take place in the Townsville Field Training Area to the west of Townsville, the Royal Australian Navy will conduct beach landings at Cowley Beach as part of the exercise, and Royal Australian Air Force aircraft and personnel will conduct operations from RAAF Base Townsville.
“Exercise Hamel is a large and very demanding exercise that is designed to enhance the Army’s ability to fight and operate in a modern, complex battlespace,” said Brigadier John Frewen.
“It reflects the Army’s commitment to world class training, to prepare our troops for service both at home and overseas on operations.”
As the Director for Exercise Hamel, BRIG Frewen said priorities have been placed on ensuring both the local community and the environment are well looked after.
“Throughout the course of the exercise a large number of troops will move through North Queensland. Through community consultation and liaison with various local government organisations we have been working to minimise any disruption, as well as making sure that our land use plan offers us sustainable choices to take the best possible care of the environment.”
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