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“And, in the future, any changes to your personal
details or circumstances that the AGSVA needs to
know about will be able to be made online.”
Because the vetting system Defence personnel
know with is essentially continuing, with a number
of improvements, the AGSVA anticipates a smooth
transition for Defence.
“Defence personnel will not have to undertake any
complex new vetting procedures,” Mr Sinfield said.
“Clearances will not take any longer than they
do now, and, in fact, it is hoped timeframes will
continue to reduce.”
When fully up and running, the AGSVA will have
a customer base of around 300 organisations
and will process around 48,000 clearance actions
Defence personnel should direct all vetting
enquiries to the AGSVA Client Service Centre.
It operates Mon-Fri from 8:30am to 5pm (AEST),
t: 1800 640 450, e: securityclearances@
Further information can also be obtained from the
AGSVA website: www.defence.gov.au/agsva
100 Middle East
Just more than a year and 4500 tonnes
since their first intra-theatre mission,
the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of
C-17A Globemaster III heavy lift transport
aircraft has recorded 100 missions in the
These beasts of the sky have supported Operations
Kruger and Catalyst in Iraq, and Operation Slipper
Crews and technicians fly to the MEAO (Middle
East Area of Operation) with each C-17A to
conduct their missions for up to a week at a time,
before returning to Australia. This has been the
case since the first Middle East intra-theatre
mission to Baghdad on July 22 last year.
Powered by four turbofan engines, the C-17A can
lift up to 70 tonnes of cargo and can accommodate
passengers, outsized cargo, vehicles, or aero-
medical evacuation patients.
Commanding Officer of No. 36 Squadron, Wing
Commander Adam Williams, congratulated all
those who helped in achieving 100 intra-theatre
“There’s a great sense of satisfaction for our
squadron and all those who have supported us in
reaching 100 missions,” he said.
“Throughout these missions, the pilots and
loadmasters at No. 36 Squadron have been
supported by the multitude of technicians,
suppliers, movements, administrative and
operational support personnel.”
The C-17A has delivered a tremendous boost
in the airborne logistics capability available to
the Australian Defence Force and our Coalition
partners. This supplements existing in-theatre
assets such as three RAAF C-130Js which are
deployed to Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
“During the 100 missions, our C-17A crews have
transported Chinook helicopters, protected mobility
vehicles such as the Bushmaster and Australian
Light Armoured Vehicles, radar units and a
variety of stores and supplies,” Wing Commander
In another milestone, the Air Force’s C-17A fleet
recently surpassed 10,000 hours total flying time
since delivery of the first aircraft in December
2006. The hours were achieved in mid-August,
during an intense period of activity while No. 36
Squadron was conducting Middle East tasking, and
concurrent support for Operation Pakistan Assist II.
students receive Defence
CDF Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston recently
congratulated the 40 Defence Technical Scholarship
Experience recipients on participating in a four-day tour
of Defence industry sites.
The Year 11 students and 11 teachers saw first-hand
the variety of technical trade opportunities available
within Defence at sites in Wagga Wagga, Bandiana and
“These students and teachers have taken time out of
their school holidays to see directly what the Navy,
Army and Air Force technical trade careers could hold
for them,” ACM Houston said. “These experiences can
only help these students further their technical trade
career goals, be that in the ADF or elsewhere.”
The scholarships are part of the Government’s
$71-million Technical Trades Strategy with funding
allocated across 10 years to help attract and recruit
more people to critical technical trade careers in the
HMas success to be double-
Singapore-based shipyard ST Marine has been selected
by Defence to convert the Royal Australian Navy tanker
HMAS Success to a double-hulled vessel.
Double hulling will give Success two complete layers of
watertight hull surface, creating greater safety.
The conversion will take place in Singapore where the
ship has a scheduled visit while on deployment in Asia.
International Maritime Organisation standards require
fuel tankers to be double-hulled as a method of
preventing or reducing spills following the sinking of the
MV Erika off the coast of France in 1999, resulting in
one of the world’s greatest environmental disasters.
Three elements contributed to ST Marine’s winning
tender: the company came in under budget; work of this
type will never again be carried out in Australia; and
no Australian company had ever undertaken this type
HMAS Success was launched in Sydney in 1984 and
is the largest ship built in Australia for the Royal
Australian Navy and also the largest ever built in the
port of Sydney.
Report into the combat death
of sergeant Brett Till released
VCDF Lieutenant-General David Hurley has released
details of the death of Sergeant Brett Till, a member
of the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) who was
killed in action on 19 March 2009 as a result of an
improvised explosive device (IED).
Sergeant Till was leading an Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) team as part of a route clearance
operation when a member of his team located an IED.
During the subsequent activity to destroy it the main
charge detonated, killing Sgt Till instantly.
“Sergeant Till was kneeling next to the IED when
it detonated. The Inquiry Officer found there was
insufficient evidence to determine what initiated the
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