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Meeting of minds
Australia and the United States have
reaffirmed their commitment to the
international effort in Afghanistan at
the annual Australia-US Ministerial
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and the
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, held talks on
8 November with their Australian counterparts, the
Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, and the Foreign
Affairs Minister, Kevin Rudd, at Government House
The talks marked the 25th anniversary of AUSMIN
and the 70th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The talks also stressed the importance of close
cooperation to decrease the threat to our military
forces from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
While at the talks, US Defense Secretary
Robert Gates said he believed it would be a
“realistic” goal for foreign troops in Afghanistan to
hand over responsibility for security to the Kabul
Government by 2014.
Also raised at the AUSMIN were the US plans to
enhance its presence not only in Australia but the
Asia-Pacific region, which comes under the Force
“We welcome very much suggestions that the
United States will enhance its engagement even
further in our region,” Defence Minister Stephen
“We cooperate very fully with the United States.
We have joint facilities, they have access to our
ports and the like. There’s a prospect that may be
enhanced in terms of further and greater access.
That’s a good thing.”
cent reduction in costs to Defence, elimination of a
20 per cent wastage rate, and elimination of a five-
week turn-around time for printing charts – without
any increases to staff or workload,” Mr Prince said.
The production of charts has undergone significant
changes in the last 30 years. Since the mid 1970s,
Australia’s and Navy’s requirements for nautical
charts have been met by having them printed by
Army, then the Defence Imagery and Geospatial
Intelligence Organisation (DIGO), as part of an
overall Defence map and chart printing arrangement.
However, in 2002, DIGO refocussed its map
production activities then relocated and closed
down its large printing presses as part of the
transition. This necessitated commercial printing of
all nautical charts at a cost of more than $600,000
per year. This also meant that there were delays in
printing, meaning that some charts were out of date
even before they were issued.
“Printing on-demand means that the Navy gets all
of its up-to-date charts as soon as those changes
are published, and navigating officers no longer
have to update their charts upon receipt – which
was happening a little too often with the previous
system,” Mr Prince said.
These changes have been refined and now all charts
are printed on a just-in-time basis to meet specific
individual orders using up-to-date print files.
BeLOW: Australian Hydrographic Service charts before and LefT: after the ‘print on demand’ process was implemented,
which created a 40 per cent reduction in costs to Defence and elimination of a 20 per cent wastage rate.
“We welcome very
much suggestions that the
United States will enhance
its engagement even further
in our region,”
– Defence Minister Stephen Smith
for 1 Squadron
The Air Force’s No.1 Squadron
notched up another milestone with
the first live international firing of
Australia’s new AGM-154 C Joint
(JSOW C) during a three-week
bombing camp in South Australia.
The JSOW C is an air-to-ground glide
weapon with a range of up to 70 nautical
miles or 130km, providing a stand-off
precision strike capability against hardened
The bombing camp trialed the F/A-18F Super
Hornet’s air-to-ground weapons techniques, tactics
and procedures for the first time since being
accepted into service in March this year.
In addition, 1SQN also tested laser guided bombs,
joint direct attack munition and the M61A2 gun.
The initial operational test and evaluation trials
also tested 1SQN’s deployment capabilities, with
five Rhinos and about 100 personnel supporting the
These trials have further assisted 1SQN in working
towards achieving initial operational capability by
December this year.
The selection to employ the Woomera Test
Range for the Super Hornets first live trials marks
a further milestone in the revitalisation of the
range as Australia’s unique and highly specialised
Defence systems test and evaluation capability.
The world-class test and evaluation facility is the
largest such test range in the western world and
one of the only ranges still big enough to fully
test the new generation of aircraft and weapons
coming into service during the next 30 years.
The weapon deliveries in January 2010 and
the achievement of these key milestones are a
major accomplishment for Project 5349 Phase
2 in supporting 1SQN’s goal of achieving Initial
Operational Capability (IOC) for the Super Hornets
Project 5349 Phase 2 was established in 2007 to
acquire the new weapons for the Super Hornet,
including JSOW C, AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120
AMRAAM and MJU-57/B infra-red flares through
Foreign Military Sales Cases with the United
States Navy and Air Force.
The JSOW family of weapons is produced by the
Raytheon Company, Tuscon Arizona USA. The
JSOW C-1 introduces the ability to attack moving
maritime targets and is expected to be available
The Super Hornet trials successfully concluded on
– By Flight Lieutenant Skye Smith
Navy’s Hydrographic Service achieved
efficiencies through cost consciousness
by changing the way Navy prints nautical
“It came about through realising our current
processes were expensive and not quite as efficient
as they could be,” Director of Charting Services Mr
Mike Prince said.
Mr Prince said that Hydrographic, Meteorologcal
and Oceanographic Branch was the driving force to
identify and implement print-on-demand, creating
the means for all charts to be printed in-house at
the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong,
rather than the previous, and very complicated,
“The truly positive outcome is that we have a 40 per
In total, the Hydrographic Service distributes
approximately 180,000 charts annually for Navy
use and to meet Government obligations under the
UN Convention on Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS).
Being able to provide this service more efficiently
and effectively than was previously possible is a
By Annabelle Haywood
MTF-2 hits ground
running in Uruzgan
Mentoring Task Force – Two (MTF-2)
has hit the ground running in Uruzgan,
conducting mentored patrols with its
Afghan National Army partners to disrupt
insurgents’ activities, locate and destroy
weapons and Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) caches, and provide a
more secure region.
Building on the good work of MTF-1, MTF-2 and its
Afghan partners have maintained the pressure on
insurgents and been involved in several small arms
contacts in recent weeks.
In one contact on 4 November, a patrol near a
change of command
in east Timor
The Commander of the International Stabilisation
Force (ISF) in East Timor, Colonel Simon Stuart,
concluded his eight-month deployment, passing
command of the joint Australian and New Zealand
force to Colonel Mick Reilly on 9 October.
“I am really proud of the ANZAC team who comprise
the ISF, for all of their dedication and hard work over
the past eight months. They have been quiet achievers
and have done a sterling job by any measure,” Colonel
Colonel Reilly said he is looking forward to continuing
the effective work of the previous ISF rotations.
Throughout October more than half the 400 Australian
troops in East Timor will be replaced after successfully
supporting the Government of East Timor and the United
Nations in maintaining a stable and secure environment
for the ongoing development of the country.
Meanwhile, for the first time since 2002, the Australian
Defence Force deployed an Army Reserve force element
of company size to East Timor.
The 160-strong Reserve contingent will assist in
the provision of security and reaction tasks in support
of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) and East
1000th nulka decoy delivered
The delivery of the 1000th Nulka anti-ship missile
decoy to Defence occurred on 20 October.
The Nulka decoy is one of the most successful
Electronic Warfare projects undertaken in Australia.
It uses a unique combination of a hovering rocket and
electronic warfare technologies to mislead or attract
enemy missiles away from the target ship.
There are almost 140 ships protected by Nulka, with
plans to increase that number to more than 180 ships
during the next few years.
Nulka remains Australia’s largest regular Defence export.
Defence scientists receive
Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren
Snowdon, has presented international awards to 13
Australian defence scientists whose research has
significantly enhanced Defence capabilities.
The awards are presented annually under the auspices
of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) which brings
together defence scientists from the USA, UK, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand to collaborate on technology
In particular, Loris Molent won the 2010 Minister’s Award
for Achievement in Defence Science for his work on
developing solutions to determine the fatigue life of aircraft
and their structural components for the past 26 years.
Loris has also undertaken significant research in
fatigue crack growth in metallic materials, and in his
career has published more than 100 DSTO scientific
reports, 30 papers in scientific journals and publications
and 40 conference papers.
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