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The Commanding Officer of the Royal Australian
Navy Recruit School, Commander Paul O’Grady,
said, “HMAS Cerberus is the Navy’s foremost
and largest training establishment and the Navy’s
Recruit School plays a key role in inducting men
and women into the Service, to enable them to
think for themselves, work with each other and
learn the necessary knowledge and skills to forge a
into new ICT
Defence has taken another step in its
Strategic Reform Program with the
announcement that it has entered into
a new contract with IT product and
services giant, Fujitsu.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support,
Dr Mike Kelly said Fujitsu has been engaged by
Defence for the consolidation and provision of
Defence’s central information and communications
technology support services.
The announcement follows a successful evaluation
process of those companies who responded to
the Request for Tenders release in January 2010
and subsequent successful negotiations with the
preferred tenderer, Fujitsu.
Dr Kelly said the initial term of the contract will be
for a period of three years at an approximate cost
of $151.3 million for routine operational services.
Dr Kelly said that Defence’s suppliers will have
a significant role to play in delivering Defence’s
strategic sourcing objectives, including improving
services and reducing complexity and costs.
“Within a few years Defence aims to have fewer
suppliers of ICT services. However, those suppliers
who are selected as key strategic partners will
have increased responsibility and the opportunity
to contribute directly to Defence’s business
outcomes”, Dr Kelly said.
force targets major
Afghan security troops and Australian
Special Forces have conducted disruption
operations in southern Afghanistan that
successfully targeted Taliban networks in an
insurgent stronghold in northern Kandahar
province during the month of June.
The large scale offensive against Taliban
insurgents in the district of Shah Wali Kot, was
part of ISAF’s HAMKARI initiative, an ongoing
civil-military activity aimed at bringing security,
governance and economic opportunity to the
people of Kandahar.
The five-day Afghan National Security Force
(ANSF) and Special Operations Task Group
operation involved heavy fighting against
insurgents, resulting in the deaths of a significant
number of insurgents.
On day two, the large-scale contact lasted more 13
hours. On arrival by helicopter, the combined force
was immediately engaged by insurgents using
small arms and machine gun fire.
During a four-and-a-half hour period, the Taliban
used concealed fighting positions and access to
aqueducts and creek lines to bring sustained fire
against the coalition force.
The combined force suffered two casualties from
gunshot wounds; one Australian soldier was
wounded in the arm while a partnered Afghan
ANSF officer was struck in the side. While under
fire from insurgents, both were rapidly aero-
medically evacuated to Tarin Kowt where they are
The Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle
East, Major General John Cantwell, said the
combined force had dealt a major blow to the
insurgent forces and their commanders and
made a major and direct contribution to ISAF
security operations focused on Kandahar
province and its nearby districts.
“Through the Shah Wali Kot offensive,
the combined coalition force has severely
disrupted an important insurgent stronghold.
They inflicted substantial losses on a
determined and heavily armed enemy
force,” Major General Cantwell said.
The operation also denied the insurgents a staging
area from which to transit into Uruzgan province,
which is expected to have a positive effect on
Commander of the Special Operations Task Group,
Lieutenant Colonel P, said that it was the combined
and synchronised effort between the ANSF,
Australian Special Forces, and the U.S. Task Force
helicopter detachment that led to the success of
the Shah Wali Kot offensive.
“By removing the insurgents from where they
were not welcome, we have strengthened the
community’s resolve to keep out the Taliban,”
Lieutenant Colonel P said.
After five days of operations, Australian Special
Forces, in cooperation with their Afghan partner
forces, succeeded in achieving all operational
tasks that resulted in surviving insurgents
departing the area.
The disruption of Taliban operations has now
enabled the ANSF and Australian troops to meet
with members of the local community to plan ways
for the Government of Afghanistan to assist in
preventing Taliban insurgents from returning.
A large number of weapons were recovered after
the contact including assault rifles, heavy machine
guns, rocket propelled grenade launchers and
several radio handsets.
Pacific Rim nations
prepare for ultimate
test off Hawaii
The Australian Defence Force’s largest
international maritime exercise, comprised
of three ships, two AP-3C Orion aircraft and
approximately 1200 personnel commences
in Hawaii this week.
Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 is
designed to test their interoperability with 14
Pacific Rim nations, including the United States,
South Korea, Indonesia and Canada. This year will
mark the 22nd RIMPAC.
Australian Navy ships HMAS Kanimbla, Newcastle
and Warramunga; Navy Clearance Divers; soldiers
from the Townsville-based 2nd Battalion, Royal
Australian Regiment; and members of 11 Squadron
and 92Wing from Royal Australian Air Force Base
Edinburgh in South Australia will the largest and
most important exercise Australia has participated
in for many years.
The Commander of Australia’s contingent to
RIMPAC 10, Commodore Stuart Mayer, says the
biannual exercise will be the ultimate test of how
we operate with our Pacific partners.
“This RIMPAC will also give both Navy and Army
the chance to exercise in an amphibious space,”
Commodore Mayer said.
“The first of two new Australian amphibious
Landing Helicopter Dock ships (LHDs) is due to
be completed in 2014 so we continue to exercise
our developing amphibious capability in this
environment. The information sharing opportunities
presented by RIMPAC directly contribute to our
preparations for the LHD.
“This is an exciting new capability the ADF is
taking on and the Navy, Army and Air Force will
have a role to play,” Commodore Mayer said.
This RIMPAC will be the last for the Navy’s 817
Sea King Squadron which is due to be de-
commissioned in 2011.
RIMPAC 2010 will be conducted until 1 August.
delegates for Defence
Families of Australia
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and
Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan
Griffin, has congratulated the new national
delegates of Defence Families of Australia.
The six new national delegates are: Annaliese
McCammon – National Policy Officer; Amita
Tandukar – National Communications Officer;
Keron Wise – National Delegate for the Australian
Capital Territory and Southern New South Wales;
Dannii Khan – National Delegate for North
Queensland; Jillian Macey – National Delegate
for South Queensland; and Marion Donohue –
National Delegate for the Northern Territory and
“The Government greatly values the views and
contributions of Defence Families of Australia
members. Their input is heard and their opinions
are valued,” Mr Griffin said.
“Through Defence Families of Australia, Defence
gets a clear picture of the issues affecting the
families of our serving personnel and possible
options for resolving these issues.
“Consultative groups such as Defence Families of
Australia are essential in ensuring Defence has a
broad range of information available
when making policy decisions.
In August, Defence Families of
Australia will release a comprehensive
policy paper outlining the key issues
discussed and recommendations for
new initiatives to be implemented in
the coming year. The paper will be
released on the Defence Families of
ABOVe: Weapons captured by Afghan National Security
Forces and Australian Special Forces from the Special
Operations Task Group during the Shah Wali Kot Offensive.
LeFT: An Australian Special Operations Task Group Soldier waits to move towards a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
as part of the Shah Wali Kot Offensive.
LeFT: HMAS Newcastle fires a Standard
Missile (SM-2) as part of the Surface-to-
Air Missile Exercise (SAMEX) with HMAS
Warramunga during RIMPAC 2010.
produce significant financial and workforce savings
compared to sending personnel overseas.
The Aircrew Training System for the C-17A at
RAAF Base Amberley includes Boeing instructors,
a full-motion cockpit and separate loadmaster
Pilots converting to the C-17A require 350 hours
of training provided by Boeing instructors, which
includes 120 simulated flight hours. The trainee
pilots then complete the operational conversion
by conducting a series of five flights in a real
C-17A under the supervision of Air Force Qualified
Navy’s strategic vision
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane, has
unveiled the blueprint for Navy’s future, launching
the new edition of Australian Maritime Doctrine
in Canberra, which details the philosophical and
strategic concepts needed to meet the many future
challenges to maritime security.
The maritime sector is already worth $48 billion
annually to the Australian economy. The continuing
expansion in our use of the sea will see this amount
grow further in the years ahead.
“We are surrounded by three great oceans that
control our climate, generate enormous wealth and
provide our most important transport medium. Too
many Australians still see the sea as a barrier rather
than as our highway to the world,” VADM Crane said.
First released in 2000, this new edition of Australian
Maritime Doctrine can be found at: http://www.navy.
Intimate insight into Army’s
The Australian Army’s new online advertising
campaign, Under a Rising Sun, is a bold initiative
that aims to correct some of the myths about the
military and assist the recruiting effort.
Deputy Chief of Army Major General Paul Symon
said the campaign is aimed at addressing incorrect
public perceptions about the Army, with the primarily
online campaign giving an up-close and personal
look into the lives and backgrounds of five serving
Army personnel and their families to unveil their
“They all have inspiring stories to tell, so I encourage
everyone to have a look and make up their own minds
about what the Army really has to offer,” MAJGEN
The new campaign consists of an initial four-week
television campaign that launched on 6 June, while
the website went live on 4 June.
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