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A soldier from 5/7 RAR training with a 1st Armoured Regiment tank in 2001

1 Brigade is a formation of the Australian Army intended as its primary mechanised formation. The Brigade is based at Robertson Barracks in Darwin and forms part of 1st Division/Deployable Joint Force Headquarters.

The 1st Brigade contains a significant proportion of the Army's regular units and is organised as a mechnised infantry brigade with significant armoured and logistical support.

Present formation

The brigade is capable of operating three battlegroups, one formed around 1st Armoured Regiment as an armour-heavy formation and the other two around 5 RAR and 7 RAR operating as mechanised infantry formations.

As part of the Hardened and Networked Army initiative the 5th/7th Battalion was de-linked in 2006 to form two mechanised battalions. The 5th Battalion will remain in the Northern Territory, while the 7th Battalion will be located in Adelaide, where the Adelaide-Darwin Railway can be used to transport heavy vehicles and equipment north.

World War I formation

References

  1. ^ "1st Australian Division 1914-1918". The Long Long Trail. http://www.1914-1918.net/1ausdiv.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-02.  

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