I was going through pictures from the Australian Army Operation Catalyst in Iraq and found some pictures of interesting weapons as well as just plain interesting pictures. Here are some of the better ones:
My, Grandma, What a Big Gun You Have…
Private Lachlan Dollard-Hack from the Townsville-based 2nd Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment maintains security around a television station in As Samawah.
Can anybody identify the weapon?
Update: It’s an M249 with scope, the rectangular barrel handle isn’t normally this prominent in photos, so I didn’t recognise it.
Handy, But Embarassing
Corporal Tony Pulliene, from the Sydney-based 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, takes stock of a threat to an Australian Light Armoured Vehilce patrol during training at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.
Here we see the advantage of the bullpup configuration, especially for vehicle crews. But I have to wonder whether his friends make fun of him.
Machine-Gun Party Mix
Leading Seaman Bosun’s Mate Benjamin Knox checks the ammuntion on the 50-calibre machine gun.
Which is your favorite flavor?
Is this Iraq or Tattooine?
An Australian Light Armoured Vehicle from Al Muthanna Task Group 3, at the range outside As Samawah. Dawn provides comfortable temperatures to work in before heat builds up and reaches in excess of 50 degrees celcius.
Sunrise and sunset are such great times for taking photos, especially in an otherwise aesthetically boring location like a desert.
Patrolling the Hood, Yo.
Gunner Ricky Heaton (left) and Private Brant Logan (right) maintain security outside a television station in As Samawah.
I think those are Steyr Augs.
Pirates off the Port Bow!
HMAS BALLARAT’s Bosun’s Mates practice their 50 Cal Machine gun drills.
Is it just me or do they look a bit like a nautical motorcycle gang?
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—posted by Nicholas.