One gigantic move
THE Australian Army conducted its largest single sea movement of Australian military equipment since the Vietnam War at the Port of Gladstone yesterday.
After being used in Exercise Hamel, the military equipment from Darwin's 1st brigade was expected to depart Gladstone in a multi-deck vehicle carrier, named Heroic Leader, for a five-day voyage home.
Over 24 hours a pool of 40 military personnel with support from Gladstone Port staff moved 12,000 tonnes of military equipment including 500 vehicles.
Captain Margaret Nichols said that the use of a civilian ship and wharf was a good training exercise.
"Going by sea is the safest and most cost effective way," she said.