Already home to a large defence population, the military presence in Adelaide’s northern suburbs is soon to swell with the Australian Army’s 1st Armoured Regiment changing bases.Source: http://www.paratus.org.au/ Adelaide’s northern suburbs population will soon be welcoming the 1st Armoured Regiment to the region when it transfers its troops from Darwin to Edinburgh RAAF base, near Elizabeth. The move will bring 600 new residents to the northern suburbs, with many set to become part of the City of Playford community.But what is the 1st Armoured Regiment’s role in the Australian Defence Forces? Here’s nine things you might not have known about the 1st Armoured Regiment: • 1st Armoured Regiment is an armoured regiment of the Australian Army and is the senior regiment of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps. • It is the only armoured unit in the Australian Army equipped with the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.
• Formed as a tank unit in the newly created Australian Regular Army on 7 July, 1949, the 1st Armoured Regiment subsequently saw service during the Vietnam War. • The motto of 1st Armoured Regiment is ‘Paratus’, which is Latin for ‘Ready'.
• Since Vietnam, the 1st Armoured Regiment has seen active and peacekeeping services in places such as Namibia, Somalia, Cambodia, MFO Sinai, and more recently Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Islands, whilst still maintaining training for war at home.
• The regiment’s emblem is a lion named Leo Paratus, who is based at Crocodylus Park. When Trooper Leo Paratus enlisted, 1st armoured Commanding Officer Scott Winter drew parallels between big cats and the army, saying they don’t just lie around in the sun enjoying the company of women. ‘‘They have the stealth and agility to hunt in packs and destroy the enemy,’’ he said. • Initially based at Puckapunyal, the regiment soon moved to Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, in 1979.
• The squadron’s first operation in Vietnam was called Operation Pinnaroo. • The main battle tanks that have seen service in the regiment have been the Churchill, the Centurion, the Leopard and now the Abrams. The regiment’s association newsletter is called Centurion, in honour of the tank. See the 1st Armoured Regiment’s Abrams tanks in action: Sources: army.gov.au; paratus.org.au; awm.gov.au, territorystories.nt.gov.au