Call to arms for Navy shooters

Published on CPO Alan Neil (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Location(s): Puckapunyal, Vic

Topic(s): Shooting

L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lewis Sullivan; Petty Officer Musician Gordon Orr; and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Mitchel Vandergraaf of HMAS Kuttabul come up on aim while going through F88 Steyr drills before competing in the upcoming Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting (AASAM) marksmanship competition in Victoria. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
L-R: Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lewis Sullivan; Petty Officer Musician Gordon Orr; and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Mitchel Vandergraaf of HMAS Kuttabul come up on aim while going through F88 Steyr drills before competing in the upcoming Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting (AASAM) marksmanship competition in Victoria.

Once again there is a call to arms for the honour of being crowned Navy’s champion shot in 2014. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is competing against the Army’s marksmen and a host of international competitors in the 2014 Australian Army Skills at Arms Meeting (AASAM) at Puckapunyal from 30 April to 16 May 2014.

AASAM is a high profile military activity involving up to 340 participants from the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and invited foreign nations; it provides the setting for the conduct of the Australian Army brigade and unit competitions as well as the Champion shots of the Navy, Army and Air Force.

The RAN requires volunteer teams to enter this prestigious event; teams are made up of five firers. The teams should comprise of the following:

The Champion Shot Medal.

The Champion Shot Medal.

  • Five firers shooting F88/service rifle;

  • Two of those firers also shooting 9mm Pistol; and

  • One firer shooting F89 Minimi.

If you do not have a full team contact Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Joe Blake whose contact details are shown below. If numbers allow, a team of five can be made up from single entries.

Competitors are to be qualified in the particular weapons they are competing in, with the following minimum pass score achieved in accordance with the relevant weapons Land Warfare Procedures (LWP).

  • LF6 Score 165 in F88

  • LF6 Score 70 per cent hits on target

  • LF5 Score 180

Competitors must be available between 23 and 30 April for travel to HMAS Cerberus for professional coaching and practice shoots, then travel to Puckapunyal to compete. There is a small travel budget available so the parent unit will not have the responsibility of paying for travel to HMAS Cerberus and Puckapunyal.

More information about AASAM can be found on the Defence Protected Network.

Point of contact is CPO Joe Blake at michael.blake@defence.gov.au or CPO Alan Neil alan.neil@defence.gov.au.

Able Seaman Christopher Benton from Normanville, SA recently competed in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting at Puckapunyal, Victoria. Christopher went on to win top shot of the Navy 2013.

Able Seaman Christopher Benton from Normanville, SA recently competed in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting at Puckapunyal, Victoria. Christopher went on to win top shot of the Navy 2013.