The 10th Light Horse will be re-raised as a full regiment Western Australia.

“The 10th went forward to meet death instantly, the men running as swiftly and as straight as they could be at the Turkish rifles. With that regiment went the flower of the youth of Western Australia…who had flocked to Perth with their own horses and saddlery in order to secure enlistment in a mounted regiment of the A.I.F. Men known and popular, the best loved leaders in sport and work in the West, then rushed straight to their death.”

– Charles Bean

The 10th Light Horse Regiment is one of the Australian Army’s oldest and most famous units.

Raised 107 years ago in 1914, they hold battle honours from Gallipoli, Gaza, Beersheba, Jerusalem, Megiddo and Damascus.

Their valour and sacrifice at the Battle of the Nek, described above by Charles Bean in his Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, is famously captured in Peter Weir’s iconic film Gallipoli.

However, since 1976 they have been reduced in size to a sub-unit, serving in 13th Brigade as ‘A’ Squadron, 10th Light Horse.

This was a consequence of post-Vietnam downsizing of the Army.

But as great power competition increases across the Indo-Pacific, we must be ready for whatever the future holds.

On Sunday, the 10th Light Horse will be re-raised as a full regiment here in Western Australia.

We are equipping the 10th Light Horse Regiment for the challenges of the decade ahead.

Their mission will remain a traditional cavalry one of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance—enabled by modern innovation and technology.

The 10th have already taken delivery of their first new Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicles, 1,100 of which are being built for the Army here in Australia.

By increasing its size to a full regiment, the 10th Light Horse Regiment will play an important role supporting ADF operations here in WA and across the Indo-Pacific.

To mark the re-raising of the regiment, a parade is being held this Sunday from 1.30pm at Langley Park in Perth.

The parade is open to the public, with a mounted horse troop and the new Hawkei vehicles taking part.

The way we fight has changed over the last century, but the 10th Light Horse Regiment esprit de corps endures today, spurred on by their motto:

Percute et Percute Velociter – Strike and Strike Swiftly.

From Andrew Hastie MP

 

Belgian FN 7.62mm Remotely Controlled Rifle Used in Iranian Scientist Assassination:

A 7.62mm MAG light machine gun mounted on a remote weapon station made by the Belgian firm FN Herstal was used in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on November 27, 2020 in Absard near Tehran the  New York Times  reported Saturday.

The weapon was controlled by an assassin of the Israeli intelligence ageny, Mossad, from 1000 kms away who remotely fired at the scientist who was driving the car with his wife seated besides him. One bullet shot through the windscreen struck him in the shoulder. Fakhrizadeh got out of the car ostensibly exposing himself to the assassin in order to protect his wife.

The remote-controlled rifle fired three more rounds injuring him fatally. Giving details of the operation sourced from Israeli intelligence officials, the report said “It was the debut test of a high-tech, computerized sharpshooter kitted out with artificial intelligence and multiple-camera eyes, operated via satellite and capable of firing 600 rounds a minute.”

The remotely controlled weapon shot at only the scientist and avoided hurting his wife who was seated just inches next to him, which would make such a weapon the future choice in targeted assassinations. Israel’s Mossad chose a special model of a Belgian-made FN MAG machine gun attached to an advanced robotic apparatus, the report said attributing the information to  Israeli intelligence officials

W.O. ROLAND WILSON ex RAAF.

I received brief information about the passing of W.O. Roland Wilson ex RAAF. He died last Friday from a massive heart attack. His funeral will be held on the 14th October 2021 in Ipswich.

That is all the detail I have at this time.

NSW firm tapped to build Army vehicle fleet

From Defence Conect

A multimillion-dollar contract has been awarded to a Port Macquarie-based business for the development of rough terrain vehicles.

Bale Defence has secured an $8.47 million contract to build 40 off-road vehicles for the Australian Defence Force, designed for multi-domain military operations, including logistics and combat support.

The deal is expected to generate $6.17 million for the local economy, creating six new jobs in Port Macquarie and sustaining approximately 18 employees.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price congratulated Bale Defence, which previously provided the first generation of rough terrain vehicles to the ADF.

“The rough terrain vehicle provides an important tactical, light, all-terrain land capability used by the ADF on operations and exercises both in Australia and overseas,” Minister Price said.

The minister said the deal contributes to a broader push to bolster sovereign manufacturing capability.

“This contract ensures Australia can continue to manufacture, modernise and enhance this critical capability locally, to meet our Defence Force’s evolving requirements,” she said.

Army personnel complete Boxer turret conversion courses

From Defence Connect

Armoured cavalry crew have secured new qualifications on Army’s next-generation combat vehicles.

Thirty-five armoured cavalry crew are now qualified to operate new digital sensors, thermal sights and mission systems fixed to turrets on Army’s next-generation Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicles (CRV), after completing two conversion courses in Queensland.

The courses, which form part of the Commonwealth government’s LAND 400 Phase 2 project, aim to support the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry) Australian Light Armoured Vehicle crew’s transition to the Boxer fleet.

The conversion courses were developed as part of a collaboration between the Australian Army, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and LAND 400 Phase 2 prime contractor Rheinmetall Defence Australia.

“Together, we have trained the first generation of Boxer commanders and gunners in remarkably short timeframes, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Overall the vehicle performed above expectations,” Commanding Officer of 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Tom McDermott, said.

“The accuracy of the MK30 cannon and co-axial machine-gun is very impressive.”

The 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment has also conducted live fire exercises in the Townsville Field Training Area since the Boxer CRV’s introduction.

The exercises have involved target practice with the MAG-58 Machine Gun, digitised 30mm turret training, and the firing of smoke canisters from the Boxer’s Grenade Launching System.

Since commencing the exercises, 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment is estimated to have fired over 7,800 rounds of 30mm ammunition and a further 35,000 rounds of 7.62mm through the coaxial machine gun.

Officer Commanding A Squadron, Major Dan Solomon, lauded the vehicle’s weapons systems.

“The Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle is far more capable, mobile, better protected and enabled than the Australian Light Armoured Vehicle it is replacing,” he said.

“With the increased range of the gun and greater optics package in the turret, the lethality is far greater, allowing us to achieve greater stand-off from our targets.

“The Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle is on its way to being one of the greatest armoured fighting vehicles in the world, and it’s a privilege to be part of the journey of the Boxer’s introduction into use.”

Search for veterans widow

4 RAR has a group of ex-members (Widows Warriors) who follow up deceased members wives to make sure they are squared away with DVA or Legacy for example.

The Veteranweb Network advised that Peter M Seal lost his battle with cancer on the 24th of September 2021

We have been unable to contact his widow, Mrs Seal, at this stage and are wondering if anyone has contact with Mrs Seal so our group can follow up.

Chris Burgess JP (Qual)

[email protected]

 0409 219 806

3797269 ROBERT JOHN FORD – 7RAR 2nd TOUR

I regret to inform you of the death of Robert Ford, A Coy 2nd Tour. Bob had been unwell for a long time, with lung cancer and heart disease.  It was the heart problem which took him last Thursday, 30 September.

Robert will be cremated privately today or tomorrow with COVID limitations in mind.  His daughter Carly, intends to hold a memorial service on his birthday, 14 Jan,  at Wahgunyah, VIC

I will advise when more info comes to hand

SPIT POLISH GONE

Thanks for this one Henry….

For us old farts an update on uniforms and ceremonial footwear in today’s Army. I got this info from a mate who recently got of the Army.

A bit different to our time when serving. RM Williams boots are not cheap….

Check out the recruits in the photo.

For at least 8 years now the issue parade boot has been the RM Williams. Brush polished not spit-polished ….  High Shine patent leather and the RMC steel soled Baxter’s are still permitted if they were issued but will not be replaced once they become unserviceable.

You will also note that the old poly pants are now almost a brown colour. Same for the service dress, as it has gone back to being a brown as opposed to the recently replaced dark green but different material. The Australia badge fitted to the left shoulder is now an oval shape from the rectangular pattern within the last few years. The background is also brown as are the officer’s shoulder boards.

Jungle Greens became “Cams” or Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) or the Desert Cam s for the middle east. Then they became AMCU or the current Australian Multi Camouflage Uniform. The army is three shades of green, the Navy three shades of dark blue and the RAAF three shades of a lighter blue. A different pattern has been issued in the last three years.

These recruits have for the last 10 weeks, trained together, showered together, slept together, farted together, yet they had to wear masks to the parade in an outside environment….
What a load of horseshit..!!

 

Government has made two good decisions on our submarine future.

By Tom Lewis*

The Australian federal government has made two good decisions on our submarine future. Continuing the ridiculous contract with the French for 12 diesel-electric boats would have been on parallel with our foolishness in not ordering Spitfires for our Defence in 1940. The Morrison government followed their brave moment with deciding on nuclear submarines as an alternative – an excellent idea. But that won’t get us out of our present predicament. What we need is a submarine weapons system right now – and that’s possible.

We have had a flawed Defence acquisition attitude for decades in this country. Government after government wants to build too many Defence platforms here. We can do it, but only with minor weapons systems such as patrol boats. Inevitably major builds run late and over-budget. We also insist on fiddling with the design. This would be disastrous in the case of future nuclear submarines. We need to simply copy what is already in the water and successful.

But even though we seem to be finally manning up to the hard questions, building our own boats to appear in 10 years is not good enough. We are facing a period of heightened threats and we need weapons systems now, not then. Buying the Virginia-class off the USA straight away would be the best decision, but that might not be possible as the USN is acquiring all so far produced. Fortunately there is another solution. The United States Navy has a number of other nuclear attack boats in storage. We should lease or buy six now.

The Los Angeles nuclear fleet of the USN have been in service for many years, and several are laid up – in fact, some of the original ones are being scrapped. They use the preferred weapons systems of our Navy, the Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, and Mark 48 torpedo. We’re probably going to build the more capable Virginia-class, their replacement. But the Los Angeles class are gradually being retired, and would provide both an excellent training platform for nuclear vessels, and more importantly, an immediate and effective deterrent to any would-be enemies.

One obstacle any nay-sayers would immediately bring up is the fact that the Los Angeles are bigger than our present Collins and need a larger crew: 129 compared to 58. That can be remedied by advertising – with the relevant country’s permission – for submariners from the UK and the USA. The service could be continuous to transition into the boats the RAN would eventually acquire from the build here. In fact the naval personnel transitioning from these overseas navies would be also excellent trainers for our own personnel who would need to be brought up to speed on how to operate a nuclear power plant.

We need nuclear submarines mainly for their range and endurance. In both these areas they are superior to diesel-electric boats. A nuclear can travel immense distances without surfacing, and once on station the submarine can stay there until its food runs out, again without surfacing. Diesel-electrics are driven to the surface regularly as their batteries become depleted, so they can run their diesel to recharge. This can be done by a snorkel, but anywhere near the surface makes the submarine more likely to be detected – and therefore attacked.

If we want to deter an aggressor nation over the next few years we need this ability – to stay on station indefinitely – straightaway, not in a decade, or even in five years, which might incidentally be possible. (The Royal Navy’s HMS Dreadnought was launched in 1960, five years after the US Navy’s first nuclear, USS Nautilus – in other words from concept to reality in half a decade.)

 

And putting such a formidable platform into the sea near any aggressor is a move designed to lessen war, not increase it. One of the best aspects of the submarine concept is that the enemy does not know where it is once it’s at sea – unless of course it’s detected – another reason why we should have the almost undetectable nuclear as opposed to frequently re-fueling diesel-electrics.

We could, and should, have several nuclear boats operating out of Perth within a year, not 10. A vessel leaving port starts a huge circle of probability going the moment it submerges. If you have a concept of the boat’s underwater speed you can calculate the size of that circle – somewhere within it is the submarine. As the hours go by the circle gets bigger, and soon it impacts where your own vessels are, perhaps on their way to attack Australia. Thus the mere presence of a submarine forces you to convey your more vulnerable freighters, tankers, and troopships, slowing your assault down. A submarine can launch covert swimmers and lay mines against your harbours too, while submerged, and thus you have to guard against those possibilities as well. If you can’t take these measures properly then your whole invasion process grinds to a halt until you can. Thus a submarine off your coast is an extremely effective deterrence – even though it hasn’t fired a shot.

Deploying the Collins-boats to carry out effective deterrence operations off distant enemy coasts is hazardous and inefficient. Even though they are a good platform, and operated by extremely capable people, they must recharge their batteries near the surface. And once their diesel supply reaches the level where they only have enough to get home or to a tanker, then they must leave. It varies with the speeds used, but a diesel boat’s endurance is measured only in weeks. A nuclear boat’s is in years, and of course it has never surfaced in its entire patrol.

There is another decision the government can make straight away. The names of the Collins-class should be carried on into our future nuclear boats. They are all named after heroes of the Navy from World War II. The only sailor – rather than an officer – of the six, Teddy Sheean, has just been awarded the Navy’s only Victoria Cross. These names should live forever. That’s one easy decision to make. Slightly harder but just as logical would be to arm our Navy with the best weapons they can get, and do it now – acquire working nuclear submarines from the USA immediately.

*Dr Tom Lewis OAM served as a naval intelligence officer in the RAN. He is a military historian whose latest work is Teddy Sheean VC.