2RAR: Skills tested in Duke of Gloucester Cup

Fresh from operations in Afghanistan, a section from 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) came out on top in the Duke of Gloucester Cup at Singleton Military Area from 13-19 April.

The cup, which was first established in 1946, sees sections competing in a range of foundation war-fighting activities designed to assess team dynamics and individual soldier skills under mentally and physically stressful conditions.

Detailed assessment is conducted at every stage of the competition.

The Townsville battalion’s eight-man section took out the prestigious cup, as well as the Sir Arthur McDonald Trophy for best night navigation/night firing and the Gurkha Trophy for best overall shooting results.

2RAR section commander, Corporal Lee Newham, said teamwork was paramount to success in the competition.

“The morale within the section was always high, but when it came to crunch time there was always that motivation to keep driving us along,” said Corporal Newham.

“I know that we have all put in our maximum effort and I believe we have achieved an outstanding result and to be rewarded for that is brilliant.”

In October this year the Duke of Gloucester Cup champions will fly to Wales to take part in Exercise Cambrian Patrol, the premier infantry patrolling event of the British Army.

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Duke of Gloucester Cup winners, 2RAR, after completing the final obstacle course at Singleton Military Area. (Front- left to right): Private (PTE) Brent Rigoli, PTE Tim Weir, Lance Corporal Brian Harvey. (Rear- left to right): PTE Ryan Shaw, PTE Daniel Halpin, PTE Jarrad Roberts, Corporal Lee Newham and PTE Rudi Volny. Mid Caption: 2RAR have emphatically proven to be the Royal Australian Regiment’s best infantry rifle section of 2012, winning the gruelling Duke of Gloucester (DoG) Cup at Singleton Military Area, April 13-19. The Cup, first established in 1946, sees sections competing in a range of foundation war-fighting activities designed to assess team dynamics and individual soldier skills under mentally and physically stressful conditions. Detailed assessment is conducted at every stage of the competition. 2RARs eight man section took out the prestigious DoG Cup as well as the Sir Arthur McDonald Trophy for best night navigation/night firing and the Ghurkha Trophy for best overall shooting results.

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Well done Cpl Newham.

Well done the Section!