Soldiers from eight nations have completed a military skills competition in Brisbane, which tested the teamwork, physical stamina and mental rigour of partners across the Indo-Pacific.
Exercise Hydra, an annual military exercise, is designed to test individual and team skills and reinforce the strong military relationships between Australia and its regional partners.
This year, Brisbane’s 7th Combat Brigade competed against teams from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, France, Tonga, Fiji, Malaysia, the Philippines and the US.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the exercise helped to extend the camaraderie of soldiers across the region and further deepen Australia’s military ties.
“This international military skills competition focused on soldiers developing friendships, mutual respect and professional competition. Soldiers competed in a range of physically and mentally challenging activities, including navigation, obstacle courses, marksmanship and a casualty evacuation scenario,” Minister Reynolds added.
“But the real value of the exercise is the opportunity for soldiers across the region to come together to learn from each other, strengthen relationships and build friendships through good soldiering.”
Exercise Hydra continues to provide an excellent opportunity for military personnel from Australia and regional partners to train and compete together while building strong people-to-people ties.
Now in its third year, soldiers participating in Exercise Hydra are awarded bronze, silver or gold standards at the conclusion of the exercise, which wrapped up on 14 September.