Whyalla hosted Army exercise Hamel

June 2016

Whyalla was selected as a key location for an Australian Army exercise that saw hundreds of soldiers working and training in the city over a six week period.

Exercise Hamel 2016 was designed to evaluate the war fighting skills of the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade, which is located in Northern Territory and South Australia. 

The exercise marked the completion of preparing the soldiers to be ‘ready’ for contingency or operational commitments.

Soldiers gradually moved in to the area from Thursday, June 16 2016, with the exercise concluding at the end of July.

There was about 1000 soldiers in Whyalla at any one time, creating a positive economic boost for the city and excitement and interest for visitors arriving through the airport and touring around the city and region.

Units from Darwin, Brisbane, Townsville, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide moved through the region.

The exercise included a combination of road convoys, military contracted road freight, RAAF air movement, RAN vessel and regular civil flights, with elements from Brisbane’s 7 Brigade being the key focus in Whyalla.

The army worked closely with Whyalla City Council and the community to ensure minimal disruptions to residents with a strong focus on community safety, protecting the environment and creating a positive atmosphere. 


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