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The Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant
General Mark Evans, said Mullah Abdul Bari was
also known to have trained foreign fighters.
“His weapons of choice were road-side
bombs and suicide bombers, and his death
means that Taliban insurgents operating in the
region have lost one of their key facilitators,”
Lieutenant General Evans said.
Defence science on
the international stage
Defence corrosion expert Dr Bruce Hinton
was awarded the prestigious 2009 Frank
newman speller award from the us-based
national association of Corrosion engineers,
or naCe International.
The then-Minister for Defence Science and
Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, said
that Dr Hinton’s 40 years of research into corrosion
problems, including atmospheric corrosion,
corrosion sensors and corrosion inhibition has
proved invaluable to Defence.
A program to pro-actively manage corrosion in
Australia’s Black Hawk fleet in the 1990s was one of
Dr Hinton’s most significant contributions to Defence.
to stablise national interest
The Chief of navy, Vice admiral Russ Crane,
released a plan to dramatically improve
australia’s submarine workforce, after
concerns a lack of numbers was placing an
unacceptable strain on personnel.
The program focuses on getting more
qualified submariners to sea and on improving
support for them once deployed. The strain on
seagoing submariners will be eased by
increasing crew sizes from 46 to 58 people. A
fourth submarine crew will be operating by the
end of 2011.
Millions for enhanced land force
More than $793 million worth of new facilities
and supporting infrastructure was earmarked
to be spent on improving Defence bases
The new infrastructure project was announced
in support of Army’s Enhanced Land Force Stage 1
capabilities, particularly for the relocation of the
3rd Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment
from Sydney to Townsville.
New facilities will be built at Kapooka,
Singleton, Holsworthy and Puckapunyal, as well as
RAAF Bases Amberley, Edinburgh and Richmond,
directly contributing to job creation around Australia.
Defence Budget announced
The Federal Budget was handed down on 12
May, with the then-Minister for Defence, Joel
Fitzgibbon announcing the Rudd Government
would fund the 2009 Defence White Paper and
deliver Force 2030 through a robust financial plan.
As a result, Defence will have a new funding
model that will provide greater long-term funding
certainty and ensure that Defence has the funds it
needs when it needs them.
Highest east Timorese honour
for army officers
President of east Timor, His excellency, Dr
Jose Ramos Horta, awarded the Timor-Leste
Medalha de Merito (Medal of Merit) to two
australian army Officers for their service to
east Timor during the past 10 years.
Major General (MAJGEN) Mick Slater and
Major (MAJ) Michael Stone, received the Medal
at the President’s Office in Dili. The Timor-Leste
Medalha de Merito is the highest recognition that
can be bestowed by the President of East Timor.
President Horta said MAJGEN Slater’s contribution
to East Timor exemplifies the values of the Australian
Defence Force and noted, in particular, his leadership
of the International Stabilisation Force deployed in
response to the break down in security in 2006.
MAJ Stone was honoured for the unique role he
played as a peacemaker in East Timor during the past
decade. President Horta said his profound understanding
of Timorese culture and language has enabled him
to promote peace and reconciliation throughout the
country, gaining the respect of its people.
new era for records management
Record-keeping and managing physical
and electronic records in Defence was
unlocked thanks to a new Defence Records
The Strategy aims to help all personnel better
manage Defence records along with several other
measures, such as the Responsible Recordkeeping
course on CAMPUS and a new policy manual.
The policy manual replaces a much larger
document that has become unusable, and provides
a practical, easy-to-use guide to record-keeping in
Defence by setting down straight-forward policy
for the creation and capture of records as well as
outlining how to keep, transfer or destroy records.
Family Health Care trial begins
about 2 700 Defence dependants in Cairns
(QLD), singleton (nsW), Katherine (nT), sale
(VIC) and the Pilbara region in Wa were able to
access free basic health care as part of the aDF
Family Health Care trial.
The trial also has provision for dependants to
claim up to $300 each for non-cosmetic dental services,
which can be accessed at any dentist in Australia.
Dependants registered for the trial were
issued with an ADF Family Health card which will
enables them to submit claims electronically at
most dentists, up to the capped amount.
Royal salute on sydney Harbour
for Fleet Divisions
HMas sydney led 15 Royal australian
navy ships as they steamed through sydney
Heads as part of a historic Fleet Divisions
ceremony on 13 March.
The ships converged on Sydney Harbour for
a Fleet Review by the Governor of New South
Wales, after six weeks of Navy training exercises
off the east coast, as part of the 2009 Fleet
Those participating in the Fleet Review
included HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Newcastle,
Anzac, Ballarat, Stuart, Manoora, Kanimbla,
Success, Sirius, Diamantina, Hawkesbury, Yarra,
Norman and Gascoyne along with Collins class
submarine HMAS Farncomb and visiting New
Zealand ship HMNZS Canterbury.
Fleet Divisions also saw a flypast by Navy Sea
King, Seahawk and Squirrel helicopters, including a
Seahawk helicopter carrying a large Australian flag.
On 14 March, Sydney’s centre was a sea of
white with 4 600 sailors marching in a Freedom
of Entry parade through the CBD.
HMas Parramatta welcomed home
The Royal australian navy (Ran) anzac
Class Frigate, HMas Parramatta, returned home
on 18 February following a successful six-month
deployment to the Middle east area of Operations.
Whilst deployed, Parramatta assisted with
the protection of Iraqi offshore oil terminals and
helped train the Iraqi Navy. The ship steamed more
than 26 000 nautical miles, conducted 430 queries
of commercial shipping, 165 aircraft surface
searches and a substantial amount of boardings
and security sweeps.
shark attack fails to scuttle DsTO’s
maritime security trial
In spite of a serious shark attack, the Kondari
scientific maritime security trial in sydney
Harbour was judged a big success.
Navy clearance diver injured in a shark
attack at Garden Island during the trial is 31-year-
old Able Seaman Paul De Gelder, a member of
Australian Clearance Dive Team One, based at
HMAS Penguin in Sydney’s northern suburbs.
As a result of the incident, which occurred just
before 7am in waters alongside the Navy’s Fleet
Base East Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Able Seaman
De Gelder had his right hand and leg amputated.
and sergeant Brett Till
The first three months of the year ended as
they began with the tragic loss of two fine,
young soldiers in afghanistan.
Corporal Mathew Hopkins, 21, died following
an engagement with insurgents while serving with
the 1st Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force. A
valued member of the Darwin-based 7th Battalion,
Royal Australian Regiment Corporal Hopkins, or
‘Hoppy’ to his mates, was conducting a patrol near
Kakarak when he and his team were engaged by a
group of around 20 Taliban on 16 March. Corporal
Hopkins’ wife Victoria said Mat was her best
friend and he was very excited to become a father.
“He only got to spend four days with our son
when he was born before he had to go back overseas.
I’m so glad that Mat got to meet his son and
experience fatherhood,” Victoria said.
On 19 March, Sergeant Brett Till, from the Sydney-
based Incident Response Regiment, was serving
with the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG)
when he was killed-in-action.
A patrol vehicle bearing SGT Till’s casket and a
procession of his SOTG colleagues passed solemnly
along a route lined by members of the Australian
Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force and
representatives from coalition forces in Oruzgan.
At Tarin Kowt airstrip, his casket was carried by
eight of his mates into the rear of an RAAF C-130
Hercules aircraft to begin the journey home.
Brett’s wife of almost one year, Bree,
described her husband as a beautiful man whose
smile would crack the frowns off a hundred faces.
“Know that your kids will be reminded every
day of the man you are,” Bree said. “I guess I will
have to change a nappy after all.”
new aDF pay structure
aDF enlisted personnel transferred to
a new pay structure in 2009, with the
roll-out of the final phase of the Graded
Other Ranks Pay structure, known as
More than 9 000 Navy sailors and
warrant officers received their first salary payment
under GORPS in mid April, followed by Air Force,
Army and Reserve other ranks members.
GORPS represents a 10-year, $2.4 billion
investment that will see more than 37 000 ADF
members from the ranks of private to warrant
officer and their service equivalents placed in new
pay grades based on their skills and experience
and contribution to delivering ADF capability. It
also offers greater reward for promotion.
senior Taliban insurgent killed
senior Taliban insurgent leader Mullah abdul
Bari, who was known to have facilitated
improvised explosive device (IeD) and suicide
bomb attacks in Oruzgan province, was killed
in an operation by australian special Forces
and afghan national army troops.
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