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Lost fire and flood
The policy for replacing ADF medals is being
relaxed to help those who have lost medals in the
Victorian fires and the Queensland floods.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support,
the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly said the policy did not
presently allow ADF medals to be replaced
and released to family members, but given the
difficult circumstances, agreed to make some
“Family members who have, through the
devastating bushfires and floods, lost the medals of
loved ones who served in the Defence Force may now
make application for replacements,” Dr Kelly said.
“They should use the application form and
statutory declaration located on the Defence
Honours and Awards website.”
Fresh perspectives and new ideas have been
brought to the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) with inaugural meeting of
the DSTO Advisory Board in Canberra.
The new Board was established by the
Australian Government to assist DSTO maintain
and enhance the ADF’s capability into the future.
“The Board will strengthen the quality and
diversity of defence science and technology
counsel offered to Government,” Minister for
Defence Science and Personnel Mr Warren
Snowdon said. “It will also provide the Chief
Defence Scientist, Professor Bob Clark, and
myself with strategic advice on the delivery of
science and technology capability to Defence.”
The Board will be chaired by Dr Allan Hawke,
former Chancellor of the Australian National
University and a former Secretary of Defence.
construction to begin
The first two construction contracts have
been signed for new Defence houses under the
Nation Building and Jobs Plan.
Under the contracts, 17 houses will be built
in North Brisbane by the end of 2009. Each will
have four bedrooms and will be occupied by
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and
their families posted to the Brisbane region.
Defence Housing Australia received $251.6
million in funding under the Nation Building
and Jobs Plan to construct a total of 802 homes
across the country.
The new housing will be located to support
Defence operational centres in places such as
Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Victoria, Townsville,
Cairns, Hunter Valley.
Navy completes mission
off Queensland coast
HMA Ships Yarra and Norman have completed
their mission to search, locate and mark the position
of 31 containers that were lost overboard from the
cargo ship Pacific Adventurer during Cyclone Hamish.
Norman and Yarra searched 32 square
nautical miles of seabed, identifying and
obtaining vision of 25 containers with their mine
disposal vehicles. Six further sonar contacts were
located in the same area.
“The two crews have persisted through a
difficult weather conditions over the past couple
of weeks to deliver a good result for the people
of Queensland and mariners who use the area,”
Commander of the Mine Warfare and Clearance
Diving Task Group, Commander Dean Schopen said
Yarra commenced searching search
operations on 18 March, while Norman joined
the search on 20 March. Both ships will return to
their homeport of HMAS Waterhen in Sydney and
continue with their scheduled programmes.
Increase in ADf forces
The Government has announced a decision
to enhance its military and civilian commitment
to Afghanistan and specifically its intent to
strengthen the capacity of the Afghan National
Security Forces (ANSF).
These additional force elements will increase
Australia’s troop contribution to Afghanistan to
approximately 1550 Australian Defence Force
personnel. This increase represents an effective
and sustainable contribution in Afghanistan to
coalition efforts while allowing us to expand on
our current operations.
Australia views this development as the
cornerstone of a successful counter-insurgency
strategy and key to ensuring an enduring
satisfactory level of security in Afghanistan.
This enhanced commitment will see an
increase in operational capability and logistics
support to the Mentoring and Reconstruction
Task Force as well as a short-term commitment
to assist with security during the upcoming
This decision to increase Australia’s troop
contribution to Afghanistan will provide the
Australian Defence Force with the necessary
resources to support this strategy to good effect.
GORPS is being introduced in stages across
the Navy, Air Force, Army and the Reserve
elements due the extent and complexity of the
task. This allows time to correct any anomalies
and ensure that no one is financially disadvantaged
during roll-out. Pay will be adjusted back to
4 September 2008 in line with the Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal determination.
Information about GORPS is available at:
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) crews
have joined with international counterparts
to practice search and rescue, air drop, and
tactical airlift in the C-130J Hercules.
Exercise Combined Strength 09 was conducted
at RAAF Base Richmond. The exercise featured
C-130J Hercules operators from the RAAF’s No.37
Squadron, along with counterparts from the Royal
Danish Air Force and Royal Air Force. The Royal
Danish Air Force brought one of its own C-130J
Hercules to take part in the exercise.
Squadron Leader Peter Cseh said the exercise
would prove a useful opportunity to see how other
Air Forces do business with the C-130J.
“Through Exercise Combined Strength, we
organised a variety of missions that demonstrated
different capabilities with the C-130J, and
observed how fellow operators plan and conduct
those missions,” a flight commander with RAAF’s
No.37 Squadron, Squadron Leader Peter Cseh said.
The RAAF also demonstrated a newly-
introduced method of delivering cargo accurately
from higher altitudes, thus increasing aircraft
safety from ground fire.
Since receiving the first of 12 C-130Js in
1999, Australia’s expertise on the C-130J has been
forged in humanitarian and combat airlift at home
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