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team for NT/SA, very closely followed by Defence
Larrakeyah, which included Coonawarra and
Berrimah in third place in the NT/SA.
Minister for Defence makes first
visit to afghanistan
Minister for Defence senator John Faulkner
made his first visit to australian troops in
Tarin Kowt, southern afghanistan on 14 June.
The Minister was accompanied by Chief
of Defence Force air Chief Marshal angus
Houston, the then-Defence secretary Mr nick
Warner and Commander of the Joint Task
Force 633 Major General Mark Kelly.
In addition to briefings, Senator Faulkner took
the time to sit and talk with Australian troops.
When addressing the Australian forces at Tarin
Kowt, Senator Faulkner thanked the men and
women on the ground for their tireless work and
dedication in arduous and dangerous conditions.
Meanwhile, other changes at Parliament
House affecting Defence included the welcoming
of the Hon. Greg Combet back to a Defence
portfolio, as Minister for Defence Personnel,
Materiel and Science. Mr Combet took over from
the Hon. Warren Snowdon.
Senator Faulkner assumed his role following
the tenure of the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon.
100th saDI agreement signed
Cae australia Pty Ltd became the 100th
company to sign an agreement under
the skilling australia’s Defence Industry
(saDI) Program. The saDI program shares
the responsibility for skills growth and
development between defence industry
The Australian Government recently committed
more than $40 million to the development of skilled
resources in the defence industry sector to meet
Defence’s future requirements, with 50 agreements
signed in a six-month period.
HMas Toowoomba farewelled
Royal australian navy anzac Class
Frigate, HMas Toowoomba, departed for
a six-month deployment to the Middle east
area of Operations before a large gathering
of family and friends at Fleet Base West at
Garden Island, Wa.
During her deployment, the frigate promoted
security in the maritime environment, regional
stability and global trade. Toowoomba also played a
major role in anti-piracy efforts off the coast of Africa.
Meanwhile, fellow Navy frigates HMAS
Sydney and HMAS Ballarat embarked on the first
leg of Operation Northern Trident, a worldwide
deployment aimed at supporting Government of
Australia’s priorities in selected Western, European,
North America and Asian countries.
new name for sydney commandos
army’s 4th Battalion (Commando), The Royal
australian Regiment (4 RaR (Cdo) has has
been renamed 2nd Commando Regiment (2
Cdo Regt) during a recent ceremony at Tobruk
The name 2nd Commando Regiment was
chosen as it logically complements the existing
1st Commando Regiment, but more importantly it
reflects the unit’s historical links to the Australian
Independent Commando Companies that operated
in the Southwest Pacific in the WWII.
Defence 2020 Youth Challenge
From May until July 2009, a Youth Challenge
program was staged in all states and
territories throughout australia.
The Challenge brought together young
Australians, politicians, ADF personnel (many of whom
will have direct and recent peacekeeping experience)
and community representatives to explore many of the
issues surrounding defence and Australia’s future.
Official handover of the Control and
Reporting Centre in Kandahar
australia’s Force element, known as Taipan,
has overseen the air surveillance and air
battle management of all afghan airspace for
coalition forces since august 2007.
As of July, Taipan handed responsibility to a
remotely-located United States Air Force facility,
with a ceremony marking the end of operations
held at Camp Palomino at Kandahar.
aussie C-17a on the job
amberley-based C-17 Heavy air Lift aircraft
achieved another major capability milestone
in their short air Force careers with the
successful delivery of vital stores and
equipment to australian troops based in
southern afghanistan in mid-July.
The C-17, which only started flying with the
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in December
2006, delivered its first load to Australian Army
personnel serving with the Mentoring and
Reconstruction Task Force-Two, based at Tarin
Kowt in Oruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan.
exercise Talisman saber 2009
exercise Talisman saber, a us-led
australian-supported exercise to
improve combat training, readiness and
interoperability, across the spectrum of
military operations from conventional conflict
to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance
efforts, was held from 6-25 July.
The exercise was conducted at designated
ADF training facilities throughout Queensland,
Northern Territory and within the Australian
Maritime Zones of Territorial Sea and Exclusive
Economic Zone. Key sites included: Shoalwater
Bay Training Area (Central Queensland); Townsville
Field Training Area; Delamere Range Facility
(Northern Territory); Bradshaw Field Training Area
(Northern Territory); Mount Bundey Training Area
(Northern Territory); the air space above northern
part of the Northern Territory; port facilities in
Queensland (Brisbane, Gladstone and Alma
Ports); and designated marine areas within Coral,
Timor and Arafura Seas which are adjacent to
2009 In reVIew
RaaF exercise in Malaysia
RaaF personnel and aircraft were in Malaysia
to participate in exercise Bersama shield
2009. The exercise aimed to practice 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
approximately 50 personnel worked from
the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base
Butterworth for the duration of the exercise.
An Adelaide-based Air Force AP-3C
Orion crew deployed from RAAF Edinburgh to
participate in the exercise. The Orion was used for
surveillance, anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine
warfare and strike direction.
Missing Vietnam Veterans found
The remains of the last two australian Defence
Force members missing from the Vietnam War
were located in dense jungle in a remote part
of Vietnam’s Quang nam Province in april,
before being laid to rest in september.
The crew of Royal Australian Air Force
Canberra bomber A84-231 – call sign Magpie 91
Flying Officer Michael Herbert and Pilot Officer
Robert Carver went missing in action while flying
on a mission on 3 November 1970.
The aircraft’s wreckage was located in April
2009 by an Australian-led recovery team, with the
recovery team returning to the site in July this year
to conduct a thorough archeological investigation,
resulting in the discovery of human remains.
The remains were transported to Hanoi, where
Vietnamese and Australian forensic scientists
subsequently identified them as those of Herbert
and Carver. Both men were welcomed home
during a reception ceremony attended by their
family and former comrades from 2 Squadron.
Defence White Paper 2009
The fifth Defence White Paper was launched
by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in spectacular
fashion on Royal australian navy frigate
HMas stuart, with sydney Harbour as an
appropriate backdrop on 2 May.
The 140-page document represents the most
comprehensive Government statement on Defence
ever produced and follows the previous four
Defence White Papers delivered in 1976, 1987,
1994 and 2000.
The White Paper dictated that Australia’s
military strategy will be predominantly a maritime
one where we will seek to control the air and sea
approaches to Australia, if necessary by defeating
hostile forces in their bases or staging areas, or
attacking them in transit.
“This White Paper has been a lengthy,
consultative and comprehensive task,” Chief of
Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston
said. “I stress that every facet of our organisation
has had the opportunity to contribute to the
development of this document. I congratulate all
involved Defence members on a job well done. The
future security of our nation has been strengthened
with the release of this White Paper.”
F-111 amberley to Point Cook road trip
The Royal australian air Force allocated
an F-111G aircraft, a8-272 named The
Boneyard Wrangler, for display at the RaaF
Museum, Point Cook, Melbourne.
The F-111G was transported to the museum by
road, leaving RAAF Amberley on Tuesday 28 April,
arriving at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook on Friday
1 May 2009.
Pheasant Wood excavation
Work to recover the remains of up to
400 WWI British and australian soldiers began
on 6 May at Pheasant Wood, in the village of
Fromelles in France.
The excavation marked the next step in seeing
those who courageously sacrificed their lives on 19
and 20 July 1916 at the battle of Fromelles, buried
with honour and dignity.
Defence nT shaves for a cure
The Leukaemia Foundation of australia
announced in May that Defence nT raised the
most funds of any public sector team in the
nation during the World’s Greatest shave held
back in March.
Larrakeyah Barracks, HMAS Coonawarra,
Defence Establishment Berrimah, Robertson
Barracks and RAAF Base Darwin combined as
Defence NT to raise more than $40 000.
As well as the honour of raising the most funds
of any public sector team in Australia, Defence
NT was also named the highest fund-raising team
in NT and SA and the 14th highest team in the
nation. Robertson Barracks was the top fund-raising
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