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Twenty different attachment options
are programmed for this year, including five
operational areas ranging from the Middle East to
the Solomons. Other options include opportunities
to participate in the Special Air Service Regiment
Selection Course, undertake a sea ride in a Collins
Class Submarine, and spend a week at the RAAF’s
largest operational base at Amberley, which is the
home of the F-111 and the RAAF’s newest aircraft,
the C-17 Globemaster.
fails to scuttle
In spite of a serious shark attack, the
recent major Kondari scientific maritime
security trial in Sydney Harbour was
judged a big success.
More than 100 local and overseas participants
joined in The Technical Cooperation Program
(TTCP) KONDARI Trial organised by the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
in association with the Royal Australian Navy,
between 2–13 February.
Dr Alan Theobald, research leader in littoral
warfare with DSTO’s Maritime Operations Division
in Sydney, said the trial was nearing completion
when a RAN clearance diver was seriously injured
on 11 February.
Navy clearance diver injured in a shark attack
at Garden Island during the trial is 31-year-old Able
Seaman Paul De Gelder, a member of Australian
Clearance Dive Team One, based at HMAS Penguin
in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
As a result of the incident, which occurred just
before 7am in waters alongside the Navy’s Fleet
Base East Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Able Seaman
De Gelder had his right hand and leg amputated.
“It was decided to hold the scheduled VIP
briefing but cancel all trial activities that day,” Dr
Theobald said. A planned media activity also had
to be scrapped.
He said the trial was aimed at exploring the
emerging technologies designed to strengthen
underwater force protection.
“On display was a range of equipments
including diver protection sonar, underwater
warning systems, imaging sonar. Remotely
Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater
Vehicles used for hull, pier and seabed searches.
“The close collaboration we have achieved
through ongoing research and this Trial with our
coalition partners, industry and State security
authorities will help to ensure Australia is well
prepared and equipped with the right technologies
to counter threats against our maritime assets,”
Dr Theobald said.
As a direct result of the work of DSTO
scientists and their collaborative partners,
Australia’s ports and harbours, vital to the country’s
trade and economy, will be well protected against
possible terrorist attack.
in good health
A report of the Independent Review
on the Health of the Reformed
Military Justice System has
recommended the commissioning
of regular independent reviews.
Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal
Angus Houston publicly released the Report on
“This Report, the first of its kind under
the new arrangements, provides me with an
independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the
reforms we have made to military justice to date,”
Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
“I have received a detailed briefing from
Sir Laurence Street and Air Marshal Les Fisher
(Ret’d) – who led the review – on their findings and
recommendations which were submitted to me at
the end of January.
“I am pleased to say it is a thorough, and
overall, positive Report which offers practical
recommendations to further enhance our system
and consolidate the gains already made.
“Very considerable progress in military justice
reform has been achieved in recent times but that
does not mean there is not room for improvement.”
Air Chief Marshal Houston said he and Defence
would now carefully consider the Report and its
recommendations and develop an action plan.
The Report can be found at: http://www.
aBOVe: chief Petty Officer
clearance Diver Luke 'Blue
Dog' graham from australian
clearance Diving Team
One prepares the Hydraulic
underwater scouring brush
for the team conducting
propellor maintenance of
HMas DaRWIn alongside
fleet Base east. RIgHT: Justin
Pallsack, a civilian diver
attached to the united states
navy, prepares to enter the
water, assisting members from
australian clearance Diving
Team One conducting propellor
maintenance in HMas DaRWIn.
Photos: ABPH Andrew Dakin
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