Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 3 2009 Contents The MFU also assists with the detection,
interception and deterrence of vessels suspected
of undertaking illegal activity within Iraqi
waters. Currently the Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS
Warramunga, is deployed.
MSD also equips and sustains all shore-
based systems used in direct support of maritime
operations by ADF combat forces. The Logistic
Support Agency – Navy, within MSD has primary
responsibility for coordinating support to all fleet
vessels deployed offshore.
Aerospace systems Division
Various forces supported by ASD are deployed
on operations, primarily the C130 and AP-3C Orion
aircraft. Other ASD supported systems, including
the C-17, are also regularly involved. ASD support
is arranged by SPOs supporting each aircraft fleet,
as described below for C130 and AP-3C Orion
aircraft. For its part the headquarters element of
ASD monitors critical requirements for materiel
and spares and provides general systems support
for ASD and HSD supported platforms.
Air Lift SPO (ALSPO) provides Deeper
Maintenance Support, sustainment support
(including obsolescence management) and
engineering support to Air Lift Group’s C-130H,
C-130J and Caribou fleets worldwide, 365 days
per year. The support provided covers world-wide
home-based operations and those in the Middle
East, where a permanent detachment of C-130J
aircraft are deployed in support of ADF and
Maritime Patrol SPO (MPSPO), in collaboration
with a number of industry partners including
Australian Aerospace BAE Systems and Raytheon
provides continual support for AP-3C Orion
operations conducted by 92 Wing predominately
around the Australian coast and, since 2003,
the Middle East. MPSPO’s support falls into two
distinct areas—that of sustainment to maintain
day-to-day aircraft availability and the provision
of rapid modifications to enhance capability.
Helicopter Systems Division (HSD) is involved
in supporting a range of rotary wing aircraft
deployed overseas. Army Aviation Systems Branch is
committed to supporting helicopters in two locations.
Blackhawk Helicopters are deployed in support
of OP Astute in East Timor assisting the TLBG
maintain stability in the region, and in the last month,
5 Aviation Regiment has also deployed a Chinook
Squadron in support of operations in Afghanistan.
Navy Aviation Systems Branch is currently
providing support to operations with aircraft
deployed on the RAN Major Fleet Unit stationed
within the Persian Gulf. HSD is also facilitating
the Boeing lease contract of the Scaneagle
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to provide an
airborne Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target
Acquisition (RSTA) capability to the force elements
deployed in the MEAO.
explosive Ordnance Division
EOD acquires and sustains a wide range
of guided weapons, munitions and explosive
ordnance to support ADF global, regional and
Rapid Acquisition (RA)
There has been much work to progress the
scoping and procurement of the ADF’s rapid
acquisition requirements in support of operations.
The SOTG package which includes new weapon
systems, communications, electronic warfare,
ballistic protection equipment, vehicle modifications
and UAV Scaneagle to support the deployment
of the Special Forces Task Group, is nearing
completion. As too is the RTF package to support the
deployment of the MRTF in Afghanistan.
This includes surveillance systems, explosive
ordnance disposal equipment, construction
equipment and hardened accommodation. The
Protected Mobility RA package will improve the
capability of the Bushmaster vehicles in the MEAO.
It includes a Protected Weapons Station (PWS),
Removable Spall Curtain System (RSCS) and
Automatic Fire Suppression System (AFSS).
Throughout 2009, DMO staff will remain
committed to supporting all deployed sailors,
soldiers, airmen and airwomen and sustaining the
various systems and equipment. This is the highest
priority task of the DMO, and will remain so whilst
ADF forces continue to be deployed on operations.
DMO provides specialist kitting for individuals and groups
preparing to deploy, sustainment of deployed capabilities by
the six systems Divisions within the DMO, Rapid Acquisition,
as well as other urgent operational procurements.
A Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle
from Reconstruction Task force Three
heads off across the rugged countryside
of the chora region of Afghanistan.
Photo: Corporal Hamish Paterson
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