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NZ Defence Force's top shots claim medals

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/05/2017

The NZ Defence Force's top marksmen have bagged a silver and a bronze medal, and a combined joint gold with hosts Australia, in an annual combat-focused competition.

The New Zealanders finished fifth overall among the 19 countries at the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting in Victoria, compared with their 10th placing last year.

Their silver came in the section match, in which they were narrowly beaten by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Four of the 19 NZDF members joined four Australian Defence Force personnel to form an Anzac line-up, which went on to win the Anzac Challenge match against the other international teams.

There was also a bronze for a pair of NZDF snipers in the International Competition, while Lance Corporal Caleb Amner was fifth in the Individual Champion Shot.

Brigadier Mike Shapland, the Land Component Commander, said the event provided a benchmark to assess training and equipment and he was proud of New Zealand's achievements.

The Indonesian National Armed Forces was the overall winners, with Japan second.

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