25 May 2012
New Zealand soldiers have been taking top honours as they compete in this year's Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM), with more than 15 countries represented.
Top shot: Army marksmen have taken a number of prizes in the international competition in Australia.
Teams from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, French Forces New Caledonia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Brunei, and Timor-Leste are participating alongside Australian competitors this year, with China and Tonga observing the events ready to participate in 2013. In all more than 300 marksmen are competing.
In its fifth year at Puckapunyal, the competition is designed to allow for the assessment of current in-service small arms system capabilities, equipment and targetry, and training analysis of combat shooting techniques and small arms practices.
The New Zealand Army Combat Shooting Team (NZACST) is made up of Regular Force and Territorial Force soldiers. Corporal Mark Duncan from 7 Wellington and Hawkes Bay Battalion Group was placed first in the assault division, and also topped the individual aggregate competition.
Lance Corporal Mark Lupi, also from 7 Wellington and Hawkes Bay Battalion Group, teamed up with Lance Corporal Paris Harrison from 2/1 Battalion to be placed first in the Sniper Advanced Application of Fire, and second in the Sniper Pairs.
Duncan and Harrison, using Light Support Weapons, were placed second and third in the Advanced Application of Fire competition.
The NZACST was placed first in the Team Assault, and fifth in the International Teams Weapons Championships.
A full list of the team's results will be published in Army News and on this website.