Australian & NZ Defender Magazine No 97 March 2017
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AUSTRALIA: SOCOMD Special Mission Unit takes down drug smuggling boat off South Australia in December. Marine Rotational Force - Darwin will deploy with MV-22 Ospreys, Land 400 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle unsuccessful tenders, HMAS Ballarat EEZ Security patrol through North West Shelf Resource Area. Army Combat Shooters Course.
ARABIAN SEAS: HMAS Arunta is half way through her nine month deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations with Combined Maritime Forces in Middle Eastern and East African waters.
IRAQ & SYRIA: Combined Anzac Operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are gaining momentum with Task Group Taji stepping up training programs, the Special Operations Task Group - Iraq forward deployed in Nineveh Province for the assault on Western Mosul and the Air Task Group deploying hundreds of PGMs against IS.
NEWS: USAF F-22As/B-1Bs and B-2A combat aircraft commence operations out of Australia; AWD Brisbane Launched, AWD Hobart Sea Trials, Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle Trials, F/A-18F Rhinos upgraded, Shoalwater Bay and Townsville Training Areas to be expanded and upgraded, EOS R400 Remote Weapons Stations, Ex RAAF C-130H crashes in Indonesian, RAAF C-130Js upgraded with LAIRCOM, Multi Role Aviation Training Ship, New Cape Class Patrol Boats.