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Mr Snowdon praised the work of the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation in using
innovative modeling techniques in order to refine
the area of interest, plus the exhaustive and skilled
research and expertise of the Army History Unit in
supporting the Air Force investigation.
“Invaluable assistance has also been given by
a number of former North Vietnamese and Viet Cong
soldiers and their commanders as well as many local
villagers, and their compassion and commitment in
assisting us is humbling,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said the next step would be a
thorough archaeological dig which will confirm whether
there are any human remains at the crash site.
mission to end
Defence will conclude its military
commitment to the rehabilitation of
Iraq on 31 July 2009 marking the end
of a mission that commenced on 20
Following the withdrawal of Australian combat
troops in 2008 and the relocation of the Australian
National Headquarters from Baghdad, Australia’s
commitment to Operation Catalyst has consisted
of personnel employed in non-combat roles within
coalition headquarters. In 2009, there have been
around 45 such personnel deployed in Iraq.
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief
Marshal Angus Houston, said Australia could
take great pride in the enduring contribution that
the Australian Defence Force had made to the
future of Iraq.
“Australian troops have provided important
support to security and stabilisation operations,
and have been responsible for the training
of approximately 33,000 Iraqi Army soldiers,
including specialist training in logistics support
and counter-insurgency operations,” Air Chief
Marshal Houston said.
The cessation of Operation Catalyst does not
include 100 ADF personnel providing protection
for Australian diplomatic staff and the Australian
embassy in Baghdad under Operation Kruger, nor
two ADF officers serving with the UN assistance
Mission for Iraq under Operation Riverbank.
“The Australian Defence Organisation greatly
appreciates the support and assistance received
from coalition partners and the people and
Government of Iraq during the ADF’s deployment
on Operation Catalyst,” Air Chief Marshal
“The Australian Government, and the
Department of Defence in particular, look forward
to maintaining a strong and robust Defence
Cooperation Program with Iraq into the future.”
Record-keeping and managing physical
and electronic records in Defence is set
to significantly improve thanks to a new
Defence Records Management Strategy.
The Strategy will help all personnel better
manage Defence records along with several other
measures, such as the Responsible Recordkeeping
course on CAMPUS and a new, soon to be released
The new manual will replace a much
larger document that has become unusable,
and will provide a practical, easy-to-use guide
to recordkeeping in Defence by setting down
straightforward policy for the creation and capture
of records as well as outlining how to keep,
transfer or destroy records.
Director Records Management Ernie Power
said: “Poor record-keeping results in an increased
workload for many of us.”
For further information please email
RAAF personnel and aircraft recently
arrived in Malaysia to participate in
Exercise Bersama Shield 2009.
The Exercise aims to practise the
interoperability of air, ground and naval forces
under the auspices of the Five Power Defence
Arrangements—involving Australia, Malaysia,
Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Eight F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter aircraft from
75 Squadron at RAAF Base Tindal and about 50
personnel worked from the Royal Malaysian Air
Force (RMAF) Base Butterworth for the duration of
An Adelaide-based Air Force AP-3C Orion
crew has deployed from RAAF Edinburgh to
participate in the Exercise. The Orion will be
used for surveillance, anti-surface warfare, anti-
submarine warfare and strike direction.
Bersama Shield 2009 was conducted over
Peninsula Malaysia and South China Sea until
the 29th May.
AP-3C Orion Detachment Commander,
Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Baz Laing said that the
AP-3C Orion is arguably the world’s most capable
maritime patrol aircraft.
“Exercise Bersama Shield 09 is an excellent
opportunity to develop and confirm our traditional
maritime high-end war fighting skills, whilst
practising our interoperability with four other
nations,” SQNLDR Laing said.
F/A-18 Detachment Commander, Wing
Commander (WGCDR) Robert Chipman said
exercises such as Bersama Shield provide
excellent training opportunities.
“It allows the Royal Australian Air Force to
test and practise deployment capabilities so that
it can operate away from its home base,” WGCDR
A RAAF C-17A Globemaster provided strategic
airlift, transporting Air Force personnel and
equipment to Malaysia.
found in Vietnam
An Australian investigation team
believes it has found the aircraft flown
by the last two Australian Defence Force
members missing in Vietnam.
Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer
Robert Carver disappeared on 3 November 1970.
They had conducted a bombing mission and were
returning to base when their Canberra bomber was
lost without trace.
Former Minister for Defence Science and
Personnel, Hon. Warren Snowdon MP said the
Australian Defence Investigation Team were
confident they had located the Royal Australian
Air Force Canberra bomber wreckage in thick
jungle in an extremely rugged, remote and sparsely
populated area of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam,
near the Laotian border.
Mr Snowdon said the Defence team had spent
a week in the isolated province gaining information
and hiking in to the wreck site. While no human
remains were found, several military artifacts have
been discovered including a club badge which was
unique to RAAF’s No. 2 Squadron.
“These brave airmen gave their lives in the
service of their nation, and locating the crash site
is an important step in accounting for them,” Mr
aBoVe: 11 squadron avionics Technicians corporal Darryl Totaro (left) gives a tour around the cockpit of an
aP-3c orion to fellow Bersama shield exercise members from 3 squadron (l-r) aircraftman (ac) edmond
Kasparian (structural Fitter), ac David silvello (aircraft Technician) and leading aircraftman Travis moule
(avionics Technician). Photo: AC Glen McCarthy
aBoVe: a canberra bomber similar to that lost in Vietnam in 1970.
A secondary independent review by Inspector
General Intelligence and Security Ian Carnell also
found no basis to any allegations.
All relevant areas of Defence were reviewed with
particular attention given to areas assessed to have the
skills, knowledge and access relevant to the allegations.
The investigation involved more than 1700
people from across Defence, the completion of more
than 1300 statutory declarations responding to the
allegations and more than 600 interviews.
“The lack of any evidence to support the
allegations points to the integrity and loyalty of
our people. I thank them for participating in our
investigation and continue to have full confidence
in our people who work in Defence intelligence and
security areas,” Defence Secretary Nick Warner said.
A declassified version of the report is available
on the Defence website at: http://www.defence.gov.
Take a new look at ceI
On 2 June the Secretary released his revised
Chief Executive’s Instructions. The new instructions
will take effect from 1 July this year with changes
that will impact every Defence employee.
The Chief Executive’s Instructions (CEI) are based
on the Financial Management and Accountability Act
1997 and associated regulations, and provide the
framework for how we manage finance in Defence.
With instructions ranging from acquisition,
procurement and fraud to catering, giving and
receiving gifts, and finding money on Commonwealth
property, the CEI affect every military, civilian and
contracted employee in Defence.
While the legislation underpinning the CEI
remains relatively unchanged, the revised CEI have
been rewritten to improve usability and accessibility
and have adopted a number of new features,
• a streamlined format;
• hotlinks to relevant documents; and
• a complementary guide for each CEI in the new
Financial Management Manual 5 (FINMAN 5).
All staff are requested to familiarise themselves
with these documents, as failure to comply with the
CEI may result in a breach of legislation and create
grounds for serious penalties.
You can find the new CEI and FINMAN 5
and other supporting documents on the Finance
in Defence (FinD) Intranet site at: http://intranet.
defence.gov.au/find/, or email: financial.policy@
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