After pandemic-related journey restrictions put plans on maintain, the Australian Military and Vietnam Individuals’s Military (VPA) once more joined forces on the Mieu Mon Coaching Centre in Hanoi. After a profitable occasion in 2020, the second Australia-Vietnam Fight Capturing Abilities Change was performed in mid-June. An Australian Military cell coaching crew drawn from the College of Infantry (SOI) Sniper and Fight Capturing Cell supplied 5 days of instruction primarily based on the improved fight capturing continuum – overcoming the extra challenges supplied by international weapons techniques, language limitations and the warmth of a south-east Asian summer time.

Fight capturing chief teacher Sergeant Lachlan Mitchell stated,”The preparation to ship efficient classes had begun a number of months earlier, together with coaching and qualifying on the M4 household of weapons, Glock and Heckler & Kosh common self-loading pistol. SOI’s Fight Capturing Cell is the house of shut fight capturing throughout the ADF and we regularly have worldwide college students on programs whose major weapon techniques are completely different to ours. However this change was a novel tutorial expertise because the VPA have an fascinating array of weapons, together with the M16A1, Kind 54 pistol, Glock 17 pistol, Makarov pistol, and the T-5000 and SVD Dragunov sniper rifles.


A soldier from the Vietnam Individuals’s Military participates within the second Australia-Vietnam Fight Capturing Abilities Change. (Picture by Sergeant Lachlan Mitchell/Australian Military )

“There are some variations from what we’re used to, reminiscent of using iron sighting techniques on the M16 and the dearth of any security catch on the Kind 54 pistol. We had been capable of adapt shortly and it was a real check of our personal fashionable tutorial methods and capturing ideas. It solidified in my thoughts that what we educate shouldn’t be solely world-class greatest observe however relevant to all weapon techniques. The VPA are extraordinarily skilled, motivated to be taught and fast to adapt to our methods. They already understood marksmanship ideas properly, which aided a easy transition into shut fight capturing,” Sergeant Mitchell stated.

Australian Military interpreters ensured trainees acquired probably the most from the teachings and will obtain debriefs after serials. The teachings delivered to the 40 Vietnam Individuals’s Military college students, together with the VPA Fight Capturing Group, constructed on these from 2020 that bridged ability gaps recognized of their inaugural participation within the Australian Military Abilities at Arms Meet the 12 months earlier than. The Australia-Vietnam Fight Capturing Abilities Change is about to turn out to be a yearly train, with embassy workers at Hanoi working in partnership with VPA’s Coaching Division to plan subsequent 12 months’s occasion.

Australian Army and Vietnam People's Army Participate in Combat Shooting Skills Exchange in Hanoi
Troopers from the Australian Military and Vietnam Individuals’s Military take part within the second Australia-Vietnam Fight Capturing Abilities Change in Hanoi, Vietnam.(Picture by Sergeant Lachlan Mitchell/Australian Military )