The modern coastwatchers in Australia

From the Australian Army on the reservists that patrol the sparsely populated northern half of the island continent:


A Patrolman is a member of a Regional Force Surveillance Unit Patrol. These patrols are highly mobile teams that use small patrol tactics; skills employed by our Special Forces (SF). Their role is to gain information by observation and patrol in the remote north and western regions of our vast land where the population and infrastructure is widely dispersed. Most Patrolmen are Army Reservists who are knowledgeable on the local area and are able to work in small teams, living rough for days or weeks on end.

The intelligence they gather assists the ADF and other government agencies such as Border Protection, Customs and Department of Primary Industry in ensuring our sovereignty is not violated.

A Patrol is normally a six-man team: Patrol Commander, Patrol 2IC (second in command), Patrol Signaller, Patrol Medic, Patrol Scout and Patrolman. Some tasks may see the team numbers change to as low as two Patrolmen. RFSU patrols rely on stealth; the ability to move and see without being seen, and liaising with the local community as they gather intelligence.

The image above show a Patrolman listening to an ‘O’ group (Orders Group) as he gets details on his mission.

The other image is of the AOs (Areas of Operations) of the three RFSUs: The Pilbara Regiment; the North West Mobile Force, aka NORFORCE; and 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment (51 FNQR)

The group’s The G-Wagons are pretty fly

Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 6 x 6 Truck, Light, Surveillance and Reconnaissance variant. Normally crewed by three soldiers, they have been modified for Australian conditions and prove a great asset to our Regional Force Surveillance Units such as Pilbara Regiment, North West Mobile Force – NORFORCE and 51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment – Image by CPL N Campos

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One response to “The modern coastwatchers in Australia”

  1. Richard Hooper says :


    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsLeave it to the Aussie to come up with a good cost effective solution to patrol their borders. Maybe we could learn something from them. Thank you for all your articles. I’ve learned alot and re-learned some old lessons.

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