The Department of Defence has released a new video of the live fire training during Exercise Valhalla Sprint.
Exercise Valhalla Sprint, which was conducted at Mount Bundey in the Northern Territory, saw members of the 8th/12th Regiment, 101st Battery conduct a 72-hour live fire exercise, which included artillery advances and small arms drills.
WATCH footage released by the Department of Defence for Exercise Valhalla Sprint.
#Watch ⬆️The #AusArmy have conducted a series of artillery & small-arms live-fire training activities at the Mount Bundey Training Area as part of Exercise Valhalla Sprint. The activity focussed on timely & accurate indirect fire support.💪#ArmyInMotion #YourADF @AustralianArmy pic.twitter.com/WRKozOkr9C— Department of Defence (@DeptDefence) September 5, 2021
Major Benjamin Green, Battery Commander, outlined that the training greatly enhanced the warfighting capabilities of Australia’s artillery soldiers.
"Commanders were issued a set of orders and required to plan and execute their task using the best combination of assets and mission profiles available to them at the time,” MAJ Green said.
“This included bespoke artillery live-fire engagements such as sound adjustments, air-burst and danger-close serials.”
The exercise was conducted with representatives from the United State’s Marine Rotational Force, Military Police and 5RAR.
Brigadier Ash Collingburn, Commander of the 1st Brigade, acknowledged the efforts of the soldiers who successfully completed the complex training.
“Exercise Valhalla Sprint saw the battery execute a series of dynamic missions,” BRIG Collingburn said.
“These included live Hellfire missile and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System rocket engagements along with gun runs employing GAU-17 minigun, M60 machine gun and M197 20mm cannon to destroy enemy armour and infantry within the area of operations."
Lieutenant Cooper Lyneham, who oversaw one of the Joint Fires teams described the complex task that faced troops.
"After a dismounted night infill, both G11 and G12 were required to marry-up with our supported infantry call sign,” LT Lyneham said.
“Once we had patrolled to the form-up point, we were compromised by an enemy vehicle.
“We conducted a danger-close fire mission and neutralised the threat at 175 metres from our position.
“The enemy popped up again at close proximity so we conducted a live break-contact drill back to our emergency rendezvous."