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SNAPSHOT: REGIONAL FOCuS
Aussie jobs shored up under
About 130 Australian Defence industry jobs will be
shored up under a new ship decoy contract awarded
to BAE Systems
The company has been awarded its 12th consecutive
contract for the Nulka decoy, guaranteeing production
and Defence industry jobs around the country until at
BAE-Systems made Nulka decoys have been fitted to
12 ships across the Royal Australia Navy, protecting
ships such as the Adelaide Class guided missile
frigates and the Anzac-class frigates.
Australia’s Air Warfare Destroyer will also be
protected by the Nulka Active Missile Decoy System.
Response to AsPI report
Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner has
released the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
(ASPI) Report on the Disclosure of Defence Capability
Planning (DCP) Information, the Government’s
response, and its proposals for enhancing the DCP.
Among the improvements announced, the new
DCP will provide additional information on project
schedules, including new information for industry
in the form of forecasting a timeframe for Initial
Materiel Release. The Government also announced
proposals to provide greater transparency in Defence
A one-stop shop website will provide links to Defence
capability and acquisition programs with regular on-
line updates as an enhanced resource for industry.
More super Hornets touch
Air Force’s transition to next-generation air combat
capability has advanced further with the arrival of
another six F/A-18F Super Hornets at RAAF Base
Amberley on July 6, following a four-day journey from
Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.
“This is the culmination of the hard work and
dedication of the Royal Australian Air Force,
Defence Materiel Organisation, United States Navy,
The Boeing Company and their industry partners,
Raytheon, General Electric and Northrop Grumman,”
Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner said.
Twelve of the RAAF Super Hornets have now been
delivered by Boeing. The first Super Hornet delivered,
A44-201, remains in the United States conducting
ongoing advanced software development trials with
the United States Navy. It is anticipated that this
development activity will be completed later this year
and the aircraft will be ferried to Australia before
December to bring the in-service complement to
Defence Lake Attack is back
There are few community activities which
penetrate the bluestone walls of Melbourne’s
Victoria Barracks, nor have as wide-reaching
social impact, as the annual Defence Lake Attack
Community Fun Run and Walk.
What started as a relay road run from Puckapunyal
to Canberra in the mid 1980s has grown to become
an annual highlight on the Melbourne fundraising
calendar. The event now is now a single-day
fun run and walk, open to both Defence and the
entire community. It draws an ever increasing
participation, with a record figure of almost 3000
completing the fun run or walk in 2009.
The 2010 event will be held on Sunday 29th August.
Again, the primary activity will be the fun run and
walk, in which the participants run, jog or walk
around one 5km lap of the scenic Albert Park Lake
(or two laps for the keen 10km participants).
But this is more than just another fun run.
In keeping with the theme of community, it is
Defence’s opportunity to showcase some key
capabilities, equipments and opportunities to the
public. Following the fun run and walk, a range
of interesting displays and demonstrations will be
provided, which will include aerial manoeuvres
by the RAAF’s famous Roulettes aircraft, fly-pasts
by historic aircraft from the RAAF Museum,
equipment displays from both Defence and the
emergency services, activities for children, live
music provided by the Royal Australian Navy Band,
and much more.
The Defence Lake Attack is now run in a strategic
partnership with the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s
Charitable Foundation, and their expertise in
raising and disbursing funds for charity has
substantially assisted the growth of the event
in recent years.
An event of this significance would not be
possible without the support of community-
minded businesses, both large and small. It is their
generous sponsorship which is the mainstay of
the disbursements that are able to be made to the
recipient charities. In 2009, $212,000 was divided
equally between the Melbourne branches of the
following four selected charities: Legacy, Red Kite,
Kidsafe and the Compassionate Friends.
The Defence Lake Attack is currently under
the stewardship of Joint Logistics Command’s
Director Supply Chain Operations and Plans,
Colonel Andrew Maclean. Continuing to evolve
the event from the initial road relay run of almost
30 years ago.
“We want to showcase Defence’s multi-faceted
nature: its esprit-de-corps, something of the
character and the people behind the news,”
Colonel Maclean said.
“We want to create something which can be
shared with the people of Melbourne, and
something which will continue to live beyond the
To enquire as to how you, your unit or organisation,
or your group of interested friends, can become
involved in the 2010 Defence Lake Attack, register
and compete in the fun run or walk, or make an
online donation, please visit the Defence Lake
Attack website, www.lakeattack.com.
Annual Army Art show
Army Art was instigated more than 34 years ago
by the SASR Auxilliary at Campbell Barracks, and
in support of such a worthy, charitable event, this
year’s Army Art Show will be held at Leeuwin
Barracks historic Drill Hall, in East Fremantle.
This year’s event will be held from 13-15 August
Army Art prides itself on promoting all things
Western Australian Art – paintings, sculpture,
glass, ceramic, and jewellery etc, which is all
produced and crafted by either established or
emerging artisans in their fields.
Everything that is displayed at the Army Art
Show exhibition is for sale. There is an entry fee
to exhibit the work, and if sold, a commission is
deducted which goes towards a donation to the
The beneficiary changes each year, and in the
past has supported worthy charities such as
Legacy, War Widows Guild, Guide Dogs for the
Blind, Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia,
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children’s Research
Foundation, and M.R.S. Auxiliary (WA), to name
but a few.
This year’s nominated charity is the Recreation
& Sport Network, whose mission is to enrich the
life of people living with disability by facilitating
inclusion in sport, recreation and civic life.
Entry is by pre-purchased tickets only, with
enquiries to Anne on 08-9447 7141.
Darwin’s Own Air Force squadron
Poised for expanded Role
From 1 July, No.13 (City of Darwin) Squadron,
currently the provider of Air Force Reserve training
and administration for the Northern Territory, will
take on an expanded role in the operation of RAAF
Under sweeping changes announced by the Chief
of Air Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, No.13
Squadron (13 SQN) will amalgamate with 321
Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron (321ECSS)
RAAF Base Darwin and assume responsibility
for managing the airfield and supporting air base
operations, as well as maintaining its reserve
training activities. 321ECSS will be disbanded.
The current Commanding Officer (CO) of 321ECSS,
Wing Commander Noel Hinschen, will become
Commanding Officer of the expanded 13 SQN, and
the current CO 13 SQN, Squadron Leader St. John
Morris, will become Flight Commander in charge
The integration of 13 SQN and 321ECSS, which
will see the restructured 13SQN assigned to
Combat Support Group from Air Force Training
Group, is being mirrored at Air Force bases
across the country as a result of a review of Air
Force Combat Support. At RAAF Base Tindal,
322ECSS, already part of Combat Support Group,
shall continue to manage the airfield and support
Technical experience students
visit Wagga Wagga
Forty Defence Technical Scholarship (DTS)
recipients visited RAAF Base Wagga Wagga
and the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) at
Kapooka on 6 July to see first hand the technical
career training available in the Army and Air Force.
The DTS recipients, along with school career
guidance counsellors and teachers, visited Defence
sites in Wagga Wagga, Bandiana, and HMAS
Cerberus during their four-day experience program.
The Scholarships are part of the Government’s
$71 million program, allocated across ten years,
to assist in attracting and recruiting more people to
critical technical trade careers in the ADF.
strong Defence presence in Cairns
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg
Combet, and Member for Leichhardt Jim Turnour,
met with Australian Defence personnel and local
Defence businesses to discuss defence operations
in Cairns on 5 July.
Mr Combet and Mr Turnour toured HMAS Cairns
and met with Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns
Commander Bob Heffey to talk about defence
They received briefings on the support roles and
functions of HMAS Cairns, the Defence Indigenous
Development Program – Navy, as well as Minor
War Vessel Sea Training Operations. During the
visit Mr Combet and Mr Turnour spoke with off-
watch crews from Hydrographic Survey Ships and
Armidale Class Patrol Boats.
They also took time to step on board
HMAS Shepparton and HMAS Benalla,
Paluma Class Survey Motor Launches. These
vessels undertake hydrographic survey tasking to
update marine charts to ensure safe passage in
Following their visit to the Navy establishment,
Mr Combet and Mr Turnour met with local business
leaders in Cairns to discuss opportunities for them
in the Defence sector.
There are more than 890 ADF members
stationed in Cairns and 248 Defence Housing
Defence injects approximately $96 million into the
Cairns economy each year. This expenditure helped
generate jobs and provides substantial support to
the local economy.
guns to Townsville
The Federal Government will surrender two,
100-year-old naval guns to Townsville City Council.
The move follows the Federal Government’s
decision last year to put Jezzine Barracks into
community hands by transferring the ownership
to the Council.
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg
Combet said that the two historical guns, which
are located at Townsville’s Kissing Point Fort,
would now be owned by the Council and hence
the local community.
“Since the turn of the 20th century these guns have
stood guard over Townsville,” Mr Combet said.
“Now the community of Townsville will stand
guard over the heritage and preservation of these
guns for future generations.”
Mr Combet said that Jezzine Barracks and
two naval guns at Kissing Point Fort were an
important part of Townsville’s long and enduring
The Federal Government has also made significant
investment in the expansion of Lavarack Barracks,
making way for an additional 730 troops who will
soon call Townsville home.
ABOVe: Framed by the 105mm starting gun from 2nd/10th Field Regiment, runners sweep past scenic Albert Park Lake
in the 2009 Defence Lake Attack.
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