Regiment recognised for border role

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

The Pilbara Regiment is being noticed as an active and crucial part of the Australian Defence Force as it receives new uniforms this month.

The regiment has been issued with new equipment because of its operational role on border protection operations along the Australian coastline.

Port Hedland commanding officer Major Officer Commanding 1 squadron Guy Warnock said the Pilbara regiment had been given priority over many other army units because it was active.

“For me personally, it makes me think that the army cares about the work that we do — it’s them recognising the job that we’re doing here,” he said.

“Way out here in the Pilbara where everything is hard to get — resources and assets — this is a good reflection of what the army thinks of what we’re doing.”

Major Warnock said the new camouflage pattern, named the Australian multi-cam uniform, was designed to be more effective than its predecessor across a wider range of settings experienced by Australian soldiers.

The AMCU introduces many improvements over the old uniform in cut, fit and function-ality and is being rolled out to army units based on their level of deployment-readiness and current operational commitments.

The uniform includes a combat shirt that reduces the risk of overheating when wearing body armour; a maternity uniform; and cold weather and wet weather items and is delivered in a wider range of uniforms.

The regiment’s mandate is to provide reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities in support of whole-of-Government border protection operations.

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