Australia has decommissioned the 76mm medium caliber gun (MCG) put in at West Head gunnery vary in Flinders, Victoria after 30 years of service.
The Royal Australian Military plans to transition to 5-inch MCGs. Future arms coaching will make the most of each onboard and virtual-reality simulation drills.
An 80-round most charge burst from the gun marked the retirement ceremony.
The 76mm MCG was utilized as an integral a part of Australian and Philippine Navy workout routines, specializing in drills for warfare and talent improvement in medium caliber gunnery.
The vary continues to function with a Mini Storm system and 5 12.7mm machine weapons.
West Head Transitions
“West Head gunnery vary has an extended and distinguished historical past of offering world-class, shore-based live-fire coaching,” stated West Head gunnery vary Officer-in-command Lieutenant Commander Peter Arnold.
“The 76mm gun set up was fitted at West Head in November 1992, and within the years since has offered 1000’s of sailors and officers with coaching in medium calibre naval gunnery.”
Arnold ensured that the vary will proceed to offer MCG coaching and hands-on expertise in varied naval weapons methods, using up to date coaching methods amid Australia’s shift in direction of a extra technologically trendy military.
The 5-inch MCGs that the vary will transition to are designed for use for gunfire assist and in opposition to floor targets, able to being mounted on to an automated loader that may fireplace 20 rounds in lower than a minute.