An Australian Army soldier from 1st Commando Regiment jumps from a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft during their annual certification parachute jump into the waters off Manly Beach as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.
Personnel from the Sydney based 1st Commando Regiment conducted parachute training into the waters off Manly Beach on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015, as part of Exercise Red Pegasus.
The training was conducted to ensure the regular and reserve personnel serving within 1st Commando maintained currency as part of their Commando skills.
The role of the 1st Commando Regiment is to maintain and sustain collective and individual special forces, specialist personnel and special operations capabilities to conduct, command, support and reinforce Special Operations.
The training was enabled by Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircraft and military watercraft.
1st Joint Public Affairs Unit, Australian Army
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On 6 July 1917 Lawrence of Arabia captured the port town of Aqaba in perhaps one of the greatest coups of the First World War. He had left the Arab camp at Wejh on 9 May, embarking on an epic expedition across some of the worst desert terrain in Arabia. As they approached Aqaba their ranks swelled with friendly tribesmen, numbering over 1,000 men when they finally took the town.
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