Australian Army flexed its firepower muscle at Exercise CHONG JU

Army flexed its firepower muscle at Exercise CHONG JU at the Puckapunyal Military Range over the period 9 and 10 May 2012.

Two M1A1 Abrams Tank fire during the Chong Ju Fire Power Demonstration at Puckapunyal Range
Source: Australian Department of Defence
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A Javelin team dismount from a Australian Light Armoured Vehicle during Exercise CHONG JU Fire Power Demonstration at Puckapunyal Range, 2012.
Source: Australian Department of Defence

Exercise CHONG JU demonstrates some of the newest equipment used on operations today by Australia’s Army and is a key component of the Army’s Combat Officer’s Advanced Course.

This course provides Army officers with essential tactical and technical training in the employment of weapons and support systems.

Exercise CHONG JU demonstrations included armour, artillery, engineer and infantry elements. The exercise allows the next generation of the Army’s leaders to witness and coordinated employment of these weapon systems and the practical aspects of coordinating attack.

The live capability showcased included, M1A1 Abrams Tanks; Australian Light Armoured Vehicles; Bushmaster; 155mm M777A2 Howitzer gun, firing of the Javelin Anti-Armour Missile and infantry skills.

Colonel Sean Ryan, the Commandant of the Army’s Combined Arms Training Centre, said “Exercise CHONG JU is essential for training the Army’s next generation of commanders. The exercise is an opportunity for young officers and soldiers’ awareness to see first hand how all the ADF systems work in unison, in a potential operational scenario.”

Colonel Ryan also thanked local residents for their ongoing support of training at Puckapunyal.

“We note that noise generated by this demonstration may be inconvenient for some nearby residents, and I would like to thank the local community for their understanding and tolerance. It is important that our soldiers are able to train safely with their ‘tools of trade’ and the community’s support for this training is greatly appreciated.”

Exercise CHONG JU was named after a battle in North Korea in 1950 when the Third Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, supported by tanks and artillery, attacked and captured a large North Korea defensive line during their northward advance to the Yalu River.

Press release
Ministerial Support and Public Affairs,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, Australia