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1RAR undertakes High Explosive Week at Wide Bay

1RAR conducted its yearly HE Week at Wide Bay, Defence revealed.

1RAR conducted its yearly HE Week at Wide Bay, Defence revealed.

1RAR has officially kicked off its training schedule for 2021, with the Regiment’s yearly High Explosive (HE) Week in Wide Bay Training Area, Defence revealed this week.


Soldiers conducted their training across a broad spectrum of weapons systems, from Claymores through to the 84mm Carl-Gustaf, the 66mm Rocket Launcher, the 40mm GLA, MAG 58 and 9mm pistol.

Captain Lachlan Colquhoun, Joint Fires Team Commander, outlined that the HE week was crucial for building capabilities among the Regiment’s junior soldiers – especially their gunners.

“This is the basis of the gunline’s survivability on the battlefield, it’s fundamental to our warfighting skills,” CAPT Colquhoun said.

“The integration of newer gunners with more experienced soldiers is first achieved through physical training at the unit and exposure to their new team, then senior soldiers take care in assigning a range of tasks to increase junior soldiers’ resilience and knowledge.

“By the end of the High Explosive Week, new gunners generally respond well and are prepared for upcoming exercises, short-notice tasks and new roles at the regiment.”


CAPT Colquhoun further outlined that it was good to give the soldiers the opportunity to get away from a barracks environment.

“Getting out to the range to work on technical skills on a live fire range is generally welcomed by the members of the regiment, they don’t mind a short trip away to shoot and learn,” he said.

[Related: ADF troops to support COVID vaccine delivery]

Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
1RAR undertakes High Explosive Week at Wide Bay
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