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police who will arrange for Defence experts to attend
and deal with it. This is a free service provided by
Defence,” Dr Kelly said.
“Public safety is of paramount importance to
Defence and all reasonable measures are taken to
prevent unauthorised access to land which Defence
controls and which it knows or suspects to be
contaminated with UXO.”
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cat wins 2009
AFL Army Award
Tom Hawkins from the Geelong Football Club
was announced the winner of the 2009 AFL Army
Award at a recent gala event in Melbourne.
Representing the Chief of Army, Commander
Forces Command Major General David Morrison,
presented the award at the AFL All-Australian
Army and the AFL asked the fans to examine
three acts performed by players in each round and to
nominate the act they felt best exhibited Army’s core
values of courage, initiative and teamwork.
“I congratulate Tom for his efforts and am proud
to present him with a medallion, a $10 000 travel
package and an invitation to be a guest of the Army,”
Major General Morrison said.
Panther takes stride
in the Middle east
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) firefighters
are now working along side their Coalition partners
to support air operations in the Middle East with
the deployment of the new frontline fire-fighting
machine, the Panther.
The Panther 6x6 TFA (Truck, Fire, Aircraft) Fire
Truck allows RAAF fire crews to handle any aviation
or structural fire or other emergency incident from the
base on which they operate.
Keel-laying ceremony for
The official keel-laying of Australia’s first
amphibious ship (LHD 01) took place on 24 September
at Navantia’s shipbuilding yard in Ferrol, Spain.
Under Project JP2048 Phase 4A/B, the
Alongside their Afghan Army colleagues,
the Australian soldiers and other coalition forces
have spent weeks planning the operation before
carrying out detailed air insertion rehearsals in the
days leading up to the operation.
Lieutenant Colonel Connolly said the ongoing
operation also marked the growing capability of
the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade.
“It’s extremely important because it allows
us to expand the area of operations of the 4th
Brigade of the Afghan National Army and in doing
so, it will allow the new infantry battalion, the 3rd
Kandak, to establish itself in a new area, spreading
security out to the east of Tarin Kowt through the
After the forces were air-lifted in, a series
of meetings with key local leaders were held to
understand local issues and help build stronger
relationships. At the same time, soldiers began
securing the area from insurgent influence.
“In the future, the Afghan Kandak that
is established in the Mirabad Valley will be
mentored by Australian Forces, so from our
perspective we have a lot of interest in making
sure the valley is properly cleared, that it’s
properly secured and that the best standard of
facility is established there for Australians and
Afghans to work together side by side in the
future,” Lieutenant Colonel Connolly said.
A collaborative venture established
to help Defence resolve difficult and
challenging problems has resulted in 54
companies, academic institutions and
government agencies being selected to
join the Rapid Prototyping Development
and Evaluation Program (RPDE).
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Greg Combet said the program is focused
on developing solutions to issues that hold back
the ADF’s capability to effectively and safely
“It is an immensely popular program within
industry and academia, which can be seen by these
54 new recruits who will join 135 of their peers.
“Rapid now has a pool of 189 companies,
universities and government agencies from
which it can source the intellectual horsepower
necessary to address some of the most complex
and diverse problems faced by Defence.
“All organisations who join the program must
meet two key criteria. Number one is that they
are Australian companies, and secondly that they
undertake ongoing research and development as
part of their core operations,” Mr Combet said.
A full list of companies now supporting the
RPDE program can be found at http://www.rpde.
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