Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 7 2009 Contents Science, The Hon. Greg Combet said that Navy,
Army and Air Force have experienced significant
decreases in separation rates.
“Another pleasing aspect of this result is that
more young people are getting first-class training
from the ADF at a time when Australia needs to build
its workforce skills base,” Mr Combet said. ADF
personnel strength is currently 56,522, representing a
growth of 1,919 permanent members during the past
year, including 1,454 Reservists on full-time service.
base security Review
The recent review of Defence's protective
security arrangements has been finalised.
Several recommendations have been made to
enhance security in response to the changing nature
of potential threats.
The Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary
have directed that a program of work commence to
implement the recommendations. This will be led
by Head Defence Support Operations and the Chief
More information will be available in the next
edition of Defence Magazine.
Navy joins Indonesian
Hundreds of thousands of Indonesians have
turned out to watch a contingent of Royal Australian
Navy ships take part in celebrations to mark the 64th
anniversary of Indonesian independence.
HMAS Darwin and the hydrographic survey vessel
HMAS Leeuwin were among 38 participating ships in the
Indonesian Fleet Review, a centrepiece of the celebrations.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral (VADM) Russ Crane,
joined his Indonesian hosts and regional counterparts
for the Fleet Review, and said it was an opportunity
for RAN sailors to meet and interact with sailors from
around the world.
VADM Crane added that maintaining Australia’s
strong ties with Indonesia is vital and that the RAN’s
participation in this event was an example of the
strong naval cooperation between the nations.
Personnel of the newly reformed 4 Squadron
(4SQN) performed the unit’s first deliberate
parachute descent since WWII when they
jumped at 1000 feet into Nackeroo Airfield
within Bradshaw Field Training area, near
Timber Creek in the Northern Territory.
Forming part of the Special Tactics Squadron
(STS) during Exercise Talisman Saber, the exercise
was designed to rehearse the seizure of an austere
airfield, involving coordination between air traffic
control and the co-ordination of offensive fires,
such as airstrikes and artillery.
Personnel trained alongside their US counterparts
to ensure interoperability between the two units as
the 4 SQN capability continues to progress.
Commanding Officer 4 SQN, Wing Commander
(WGCDR) Dave Paddison said the 320th STS
operators had great deal of experience in this type
of operation,” WGCDR Paddison said.
“Coordinating technically complex air support
in a challenging environment is highly rewarding.
“They all face a steep learning curve in order
to deliver the full range of capabilities similar to
their USAF counterparts.”
STSs are also utilised in non-warlike
scenarios, such as disaster relief or non-combatant
evacuation operations. EOIs to become a special
tactics operator will be called for later this year
for a 2010 intake. Personnel interested in applying
should visit the 4SQN intranet homepage.
Army puts lid
Australian Army engineers have been
busy devising simple solutions for
Tarin Kowt’s sanitation and waste
The town has had septic tanks installed and
Army engineers are half-way through constructing a
sanitation system to manage the waste from the tanks.
Project Engineer Captain (CAPT) Daniel
Waugh said the waste management facility was
a great step in the right direction to improve
sanitation in Tarin Kowt.
“This facility is the next block that Tarin Kowt
needs,” CAPT Waugh said.
“Previous rotations started the process by putting
septic tanks in the schools and hospitals they've built.
Now we're building on that by giving that waste
somewhere to go.
“Our future plans involve the construction of
public toilets to centralise public waste, in line with
mentoring of local government departments to
manage the collection and dumping of the waste.”
The facility is a simple, low-maintenance
solution to a long standing problem. Now the work
remains to ensure that the Mayor’s Office is able
to manage the ongoing use of the facility and the
future development of a sanitation system in town.
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beLOW: Members of No.4 sQN Joint Terminal Attack
controller (JTAc) unit conduct continuation training
in the field around RAAf base Williamtown.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
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