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been responsible for directing attacks and roadside
bombings against local Afghan civilians, and Afghan
and ISAF security forces.
“In addition to his role as a key facilitator of
improvised explosive devices used against the
local population and international forces, including
Australians, we believe he was also behind a
number of organised attacks and executions against
the local population in the Mirabad district,”
Lieutenant General Evans said.
There is some evidence that Mullah Janan Andewahl
travelled extensively across southern Afghanistan in
an effort to avoid capture by security forces. He is
now in the custody of Afghan local authorities after
his identity was confirmed.
supports for Fiji emergency
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) provided a
C-130 Hercules aircraft to move emergency relief
supplies to people in cyclone-affected Fiji.
Cyclone Tomas was reported to have caused
widespread damage and destruction across the
islands of the region but especially in northern Fiji.
Following a request from the Fiji Government, the
Royal Australian Air Force provided strategic airlift
support to AusAID to move 18 tonnes of tarps, water
purification tablets, tents and water containers to
A RAAF Mobile Air Load Team provided logistics
support to the C130-Hercules aircrew. Three
AusAID staff also deployed as part of the Australian
Government contingent to work with Fijian
Talisman saber tick for ADF
The ADF has received a tick of approval in
environmental management from the Director
of Environmental Impact Management, Mr Colin
Trinder, in the Environmental Post Exercise Report for
Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 (TS09).
The report revealed successful conduct and good
practices by participants in the biannual joint
exercise conducted by Australian and United States
forces, held last year.
Good practices such as briefings, pre and post-
exercise surveys, quick action to fix issues and
an overall commitment from Australia and the
US to promote a strong culture of sustainable
environmental management led to a ‘light’ footprint.
The report found that environmental breaches were
attended to immediately. The incidents recorded
during TS09 were all minor in nature and have not
resulted in any permanent environmental damage.
The report is available online at: http://www.
The new helicopters will give the ADF a robust,
deployable medium-lift helicopter capability until
Minister for Defence Senator John Faulkner
described the existing Chinook helicopters as the
mainstay of the ADF’s deployable medium-lift
helicopter capability. He said the Chinook was
an exceptionally versatile aircraft, capable of
performing a wide range of roles, including moving
combat units into battle, carrying out frontline
aero-medical evacuation and performing a vital
role in disaster relief.
“Capability and support issues in the current
Chinook helicopters will be addressed with the
acquisition of the new model aircraft, which
will bring safety, supportability and operational
Changing of guard
A stronger Afghan National Army 4th
Brigade, a visible security presence
for Afghan locals in Oruzgan province,
education opportunities for local children
and a new medical centre, are among
the key successes for Australian soldiers
of the Townsville-based Mentoring and
Reconstruction Task Force -2 (MRTF-2).
After more than eight months of intense operations
in Afghanistan, the 730 members of MRTF-2
officially transferred authority for security,
mentoring and reconstruction to the Brisbane-
based Mentoring Task Force (MTF-1) on
The achievements were conducted against the
backdrop of a threat level which saw the joint
Afghan and Australian patrols respond to 43
improvised explosive devices, 27 indirect fire
attacks and numerous armed contacts with the
Taliban throughout MRTF-2’s deployment.
Commanding Officer of MRTF-2 Lieutenant
Colonel Andrew Hocking praised his people who
worked tirelessly during their deployment, often in
“Like most people in Australia, I’m extremely proud
of the bravery and dedication shown by my troops
over the last eight months,” LTCOL Hocking said.
“The MRTF’s Operational Mentor and Liaison
Teams, who have been mentoring the Afghan
National Army, provided highly-effective joint
patrols and, along with the newly-established
patrol bases, have offered greater security for
locals in the Mirabad, Chora and Baluchi valleys.”
Amongst the many successes of MRTF-2 was
the discovery of approximately 90 weapons and
ammunition caches and 45 improvised explosive
devices, which has improved the safety of
Seven Defence and industry teams
were feted in Canberra when the 2009
Australian Defence Magazine’s (ADM)
DMO/Industry Team of the Year Awards
for Excellence were announced at the
annual awards dinner by Rear Admiral
(RADM) Peter Marshall and Air Vice-
Marshal (AVM) Geoff Brown.
The CEO of the Defence Materiel Organisation
(DMO), Dr Stephen Gumley, congratulated all
finalists on their achievements.
BAE Systems Australia and the DMO’s
Hydrographic Systems Project Office (HSPO)
took out the 2009 sustainment team of the year
award, ahead of both the Tactical Fighter Systems
Program Office / L-3 MAS Canada team and the
benefits to the ADF,” Senator Faulkner said.
The CH-47F offers a range of improvements over
the CH-47D including a strengthened airframe,
to reduce airframe fatigue; significantly improved
deployability; and digital systems supporting safer
Senator Faulkner said the new aircraft will be
procured and maintained in the same broad
configuration as the United States Army Chinooks,
the principal CH-47F operator. This will provide
enhanced benefits to the ADF in areas including
spares, support, training and airworthiness.
The new aircraft will be procured under Project AIR
9000 Phase 5C. They will be based at Townsville,
where the existing CH-47D is operated by
‘C-Squadron’ of Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment.
The first two aircraft are planned to enter service
in 2014, with all seven in service by 2017.
Afghanistan locals and caused disruption to
Taliban insurgent attacks in the region.
As well as continuing the mentoring process
MRTF-2 maintained the high tempo of
reconstruction work set by their predecessors
which included the construction of a waste
management facility in Tarin Kowt, a boys’ high
school and primary school, a medical centre and a
116-metre, all-weather river crossing.
Ongoing projects that will be managed by MTF-1
include the construction of girls’ high schools in
Tarin Kowt and Malalai, and redevelopment of the
Oruzgan Ministry of Energy and Water compound.
With the transfer of authority between the
Australian Task Forces, they also took time
to remember a fallen mate, Private Benjamin
Ranaudo, who was killed by an improvised
explosive device in July 2009.
A further 29 MRTF-2 members were wounded in
the course of operations.
ABOVe: Regimental Sergeant Major of the second Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force, Warrant Officer Class One
Darren Murch on parade at Camp Holland. Photo: SGT Mick Davis
ABOVe: Able Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Matthew Bennett says goodbye to his partner Mia and five-week-old daughter
Madison before his departure onboard HMAS Parramatta. The ship’s company farewelled family and friends at Fleet
Base East, Garden Island, upon their departure to the Middle East Area of Operations for six months as part of Operation
Slipper. Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
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