3 RAR loses wings

Any news on when 8/9 RAR is supposed to reform?

Thursday 15 December, 2005

Army's 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), will relocate
from Sydney to Adelaide as part of the Hardened and Networked Army strategy,
Defence Minister Robert Hill announced today.

"The Government has agreed in principle to relocate 3 RAR from its current
base at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney to the Edinburgh Defence precinct in
Adelaide," Senator Hill said.

"Approximately 1200 personnel from 3 RAR and supporting elements will be
relocated to form a new Mechanised Battlegroup.

"Whilst 3 RAR will form the core of the Battlegroup, 'A' Field Battery in
Sydney and some personnel from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment and 1 Combat
Service Support Battalion in Darwin will also be relocated. There will be
no net loss in the numbers of personnel in Darwin as other units will expand
as part of the Hardened and Networked Army strategy.

"The Adelaide Mechanised Battlegroup will be established from 2011 with
personnel relocating in that year once the construction of the necessary
facilities has been completed."

The decision to relocate to Adelaide follows an examination of basing
options undertaken by Defence. It determined that on the basis of the
capability benefits of access to transport, training facilities and deep
maintenance support, Adelaide was the best option.

It also provided respite postings and an attractive location for Defence
personnel and their families.

Senator Hill said Adelaide has good access to the Cultana Training Area and
other training areas in the Centre and North of Australia via the new Darwin
to Adelaide rail link. Importantly, this training can be easily combined
with other mechanised elements from the 1st Brigade in Darwin, further
lifting the Army's capability.

"Having mechanised battalions in both Northern and Southern Australia will
allow rotations from tropical conditions during a soldier's service. It
will also allow a greater range of locations for soldiers to be posted to
around Australia.

"The movement of personnel to Adelaide will be undertaken as part of the
normal cycle of postings so as to provide minimal disruption to soldiers and
their families."

As part of the Hardened and Networked Army strategy 3 RAR will also be
re-roled from a parachute battalion to generate a second mechanised

The battalion will receive M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and Bushmaster
Infantry Mobility vehicles, and will be structured identical to 5/7 RAR in
Darwin which has performed with distinction in Baghdad and Al Muthanna
province in Iraq. The Army's parachute capability will then be maintained
by the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando), which has an
integral parachute capability.
Talk about going full circle. 3RAR moved to Sydney from Adelaide in the early 80's.

This is the first announcement by the Howard Govt on the expansion of the Australian Army with early reports of 2,000 more teeth arms troops.

Not before time too. A country the size of Australia is not easily defended. The Army is smaller now based from a population of over 20 million than 30 years ago when the population was 16 million.
I feel gutted for those blokes. Went on ex with them when the Govt. was making murmurs in 04 about moving them up north and taking their wings off them. The general concensus was somewhere between 'fcuk off' and 'no way'. If this doesnt send the rest of their best over the road to 4RAR I dont know what will.

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