Exercise Chong Ju is an annual live-fire training exercise conducted at the Australian Army’s Combined Arms Training Centre at Puckapunyal training area in northern Victoria to showcase capabilities to Army’s next generation of combat leaders.
Exercise Chong Ju 2018 included demonstrations from the M1A1 Abrams tank, ASLAV (Australian Light Armoured Vehicle), M113 armoured personnel carriers, 81mm mortars and M777 155mm howitzer artillery piece. Static displays of Land 400 CRV Boxer, Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles, Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light. Other capabilities on display will include the Tiger ARH, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Soldier Combat Ensemble, Battle Management System, as well as two Hawk 127 lead-in fighter aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force.
Exercise Chong Ju is named after a battle in North Korea in 1950, when the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, supported by tanks and artillery, attacked and captured a large North Korean defensive line during their northward advance to the Yalu River.