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					                                           Department of Defence
                                                 Media Release

PACC 090/01                                                             Tuesday 10 April 2001



    ARMY’S LATEST SUPER TOW-TRUCK ROLLS INTO SERVICE

The capabilities of the Army’s 13.7 tonne ‘tow-truck’ will be on display when the last of the
new vehicles is handed over to 7th Combat Service Support Battalion (7CSSB) in Brisbane on
Tuesday.

DaimlerChrysler Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd and local Brisbane company Evans Deakin
Engineering Pty Ltd worked together with the Department of Defence to design and
manufacture the Medium Recovery Vehicle (MRV).

The MRV is a military tow truck with specialist vehicle recovery capabilities. Its high
mobility, extended range and advanced recovery systems mean that it can travel across
difficult terrain to bring back accident- or battle-damaged military vehicles.

The MRV can recover fully laden Land Rover and Mercedes Unimog classes of wheeled field
vehicles from road side crash sites or breakdowns across country.

The first MRV was delivered by DaimlerChrysler to the Army Logistics Training Centre at
Bandiana, Victoria, in October 1999, with a further 57 delivered since then under a contract
worth $25.85 million.

The Enoggera-based 7th Brigade will be the Army’s biggest user of the MRV, although they
will be operated by Army units throughout Australia.

Three of the vehicles are currently operating in East Timor.

Major Phillip Forrest, Officer Commanding Workshops Company, 7CSSB, of the Army’s 7th
Brigade based at Enoggera will accept the last MRV to roll off the production line from the
Senior Manager Special Projects, Mr Jack Wilson, in a handover ceremony at the
DaimlerChrysler Showrooms.

Note to editors: The handover ceremony will take place at DaimlerChrysler Australia/Pacific
Pty Ltd, 1699 Ipswich Road, Rocklea, Queensland. Phone: (07) 3275 8711. The ceremony
will begin at 11.30 am and journalists and photographers should aim to arrive no later than
11:15am.


Further information: Anna Marsden, Media Adviser, Defence Materiel Organisation, 02
– 6265 2280 or 0410 626 142




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