CONTACT Newsletter 49

The latest edition of CONTACT can be read here, it leads off with their article of 2RAR (Amphib)

2RAR will be called 2RAR (Amphib)

04/09/2017 Brian Hartigan

Following a recent CONTACT article that suggested 2RAR would ‘cease to exist as an infantry battalion’, new details have emerged.

In an article in ARMY newspaper today, the commanding officer of 2RAR referred repeatedly to his unit as 2RAR (Amphib) and suggested the unit would be reduced to a headquarters and three sub-units.

While the politically correct describe the new structure as ‘leaner and more agile’, others have told CONTACT it will be about half the size of a regular infantry battalion.

The restructure will see 2RAR focus on specialist amphibious skills, with what we think is an ‘ambitious’ aspiration to ‘still retain the ability to act as a conventional infantry battalion when required’ – while somehow, the reduced unit establishment would also ‘allow soldiers with amphibious experience to be shared across Army’.

Soldiers, assigned to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, depart the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) in combat rubber raiding crafts as a part of a joint amphibious assault raid exercise during Talisman Saber 17. Talisman Saber is a biennial U.S.-Australia bilateral exercise held off the coast of Australia meant to achieve interoperability and strengthen the U.S.-Australia alliance. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Myers/Released)