Army Reserves from The London Regiment have been helping their Australian counterparts sharpen their skills for future overseas deployments.
After a brief acclimatisation in Sydney and training to use the Australian F89 assault rifle, a platoon of The LONDONS joined 5th Brigade, Australian Army Reserve for Ex TELOPEA CRAWL at the Singleton training area 150 miles north of Sydney.
The exercise was an opportunity for both forces to learn from each other’s different tactical approaches to operations as 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Elliot explains
“Whilst the defensive doctrine of the Australian Army proved frustrating at times, the occasional offensive operation saw the LONDONS singled out for praise. This was particularly evident in the final ambush where the swiftness of our extraction and search drills were highlighted as key learning points for the Australian platoons with whom we were embedded. “
On completion of the exercise the LONDONS Reservists had time for some sightseeing in and around Sydney including hiking in the Blue Mountains and the rare opportunity to tour Sydney Harbour at 30 knots in an Australian Border Force patrol rib.