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Dr Allan Hawke AC. Dr Hawke will present his final
report to the Government by the end of the year, which
the Government will then consider.
The Interim Report is available at www.defence.gov.
stabilisation in the 21st century
The inaugural Chief of the Defence Force Conference
at the Australian Defence College in Canberra has
focused on one of the most challenging issues facing
Australia at regional and international levels – Beyond
Asymmetry: Counterinsurgency and Stabilisation in the
CDF, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston pointing to
stabilisation interventions in East Timor, the Solomon
Islands and military contingencies in areas such as the
Middle East and Africa.
“The ultimate aim for military commanders in any
counterinsurgency and stabilisation mission is to
‘shape, clear, hold, build’ against insurgent adversaries
and then to transfer the bulk of responsibility for
security from the intervention forces to the indigenous
“We must view the building of stability in fragile states
as a process in which military assets, political timelines
and development benchmarks are sequenced to allow
a progressive handover to sustainable governments,”
ACM Houston said.
The biennial conference allows military, civilian and
academic professionals who work in the security
environment to exchange ideas and learn from field
experience and academic analysis. The conference
featured presenters from India, Pakistan, Singapore,
the United Kingdom and the United States, as well
as several special representatives from Malaysia, the
Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
australia takes command of
Commodore Gregory Sammut of the Royal Australian
Navy has assumed command of Combined Task Force
150 (CTF-150) in the Middle East.
CTF-150 is one of three task forces operated by
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) from a 25-nation
coalition based in Bahrain. Its purpose is to help create
a lawful and stable maritime environment free from
terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities across
an area of two million square miles, covering the Red
Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.
Commodore Sammut relieved Pakistan’s Rear Admiral
Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at a special ceremony in
October which concluded the Pakistan Navy’s fourth
successful command of the CTF-150.
This is the second occasion Australia has led CTF-150.
Commodore Richard Menhinick was in command from
December 2009 until April 2010.
Day to remember in the Top end
The lucky highest bidders in charity auctions
have had a day to remember with the ADF in
the Top End.
Geoff and Anna Cussons, franchisees of Harvey
Norman Darwin, and Richard Harding, CEO of TIO,
with Denis Mackenzie, Managing Director of CSG,
were the highest bidders for an ADF Action Day
raising a total of $40,000 for the Ronald McDonald
House Children’s Charity and Starlight Foundation.
And they got their money’s worth in an action-
packed day with Darwin-based units of the Navy,
Army and Air Force.
Mr Cussons said the day was
“We [civilians] kind of know what happens out
there, but we really don’t know what happens
and don’t know the benefits of serving,” he said.
Ms Cussons agreed, saying the day was
Slipping into tank suits, the auction winners
saddled up with the land forces first taking rides
in an M1A1 Abrams tank, M113 AS4 Armoured
Personnel Carrier and an ASLAV, as well as a shoot
in the Weapons Testing Simulator System.
“The tanks rides were far beyond our expectations
and a life experience that we are very lucky to
have had,” Mr Cussons said.
The willing philanthropists also took to the skies
in a RAAF P-3C over Darwin Harbour.
And the day would not have been complete
without sailing aboard HMAS Bathurst off the
coast of Darwin. The auction winners took the
opportunity to see a boarding party training
exercise first-hand, as well as high speed
manoeuvring aboard one of Bathurst’s RHIBs.
Mr Mackenzie told the ship’s company the RAN
was what he wanted to see the most and was the
main reason why he bid at the auction.
“It was a great day from all of the Services and I
thank all of those involved for supporting such a
great cause,” he said.
Commander Northern Command, Commodore
David Gwyther, said the ADF Action Day was a
unique opportunity Defence could offer to charities
to raise much-needed funds.
“I know it is a great feeling for all the ADF
members to see the reaction of the auction
winners as they get into the action and, at the
same time, knowing how much we have been able
to change a child’s life,” he said.
– By Sub Lieutenant Stuart Dennis
NEW SOUTH WALES
first RsL Leopard tank hits the spot
The first of 30 decommissioned Leopard
tanks to be gifted to RSLs around Australia
was officially presented to Jerilderie RSL in NSW
on 11 November.
As part of Remembrance Day commemorations,
Governor of NSW Marie Bashir AO officially
handed over the tank to the RSL.
Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare
said Jerilderie was one of 30 RSLs who would
receive a tank.
“These seven-metre long, 42-tonne tanks were
first purchased in 1977,” Mr Clare said.
“They were the mainstay of Australia’s armoured
capability for three decades. They served the
Army well and have now made way for the next
generation tank – the M1A1 Abrams.”
Mr Clare said it is expected that all tanks will be
delivered to their new homes by mid next year.
“They’ll put them on display and keep them
maintained so communities across the country
can appreciate their scale and power.”
So far, the 24 RSL clubs confirmed to receive
a tank are:
1. Beenleigh RSL
13. Jerilderie RSL
2. Bendigo RSL
14. Kilcoy RSL
3. Bribie Island RSL
15. McLaren Vale RSL
4. Bunbury RSL
16. Mount Gambier
5. Canberra Services Club 17. City of Palmerston RSL
6. Collie Cardiff RSL
18. Port Kennedy RSL
7. Echuca and Moama RSL 19. Port Augusta RSL
8. Echunga RSL
20. Rutherglen RSL
9. Epping RSL
21. Seymour RSL
10. Esperance RSL and
22. Upwey-Belgrave RSL
11. Forester-Tuncurry RSL 23. Woodford RSL
12. Ingleburn RSL
24. Yarrawonga-Mulwala RSL.
Police sign up with Defence
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to
support Defence Reservists who are employed
with the Western Australia Police was signed with
the Australian Defence Force on 10 November at
Leeuwin Barracks, East Fremantle.
Western Australia Police, represented by
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan APM, joined the
Head of Defence’s Cadet, Reserve and Employer
Support Division, Major General Greg Melick to
sign the MOU.
Major General Melick said the MOU aimed to
create a mutual approach and better management
of a shared workforce.
“Reservists bring valuable life and work skills
back to their civilian workplaces and that includes
our nation’s emergency services,” Major General
“The WA Police has been particularly supportive
and provided a Military Police detachment to
Operation Astute in East Timor last year, which
was given a Commendation from the Commander
of the International Stabilisation Force for its
Western Australia Police has around 5800 police
officers and 2100 police staff, some of whom are
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said Reservists
and police personnel shared similar skill
requirements, including high level decision-making
“Reservists can learn a range of skills which can
be transferred to their daily role in WA Police
– it’s a great foundation in terms of team work,
discipline and leadership.”
The signing in WA follows previous agreements in
Tasmania, New South Wales and South Australia.
new Institute to focus on world
An important strategic partnership between the
Department of Defence, and the University of
Melbourne, will help create smarter defence
solutions for a safer Australia, and deliver the
benefits of increased academic engagement.
The Defence Science Institute (DSI) will undertake
multi-disciplinary world-leading research to
enhance the safety of Defence personnel, enabling
them to ‘work smarter’.
Defence will contribute through the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and
Melbourne University will be supported by the
Victoria’s Department of Innovation, Industry
and Regional Development has committed $3
million in funding for the next three years to
support six initial research topics: biological
systems, human protection and performance,
signature management, energy and propulsion
systems, micro-radar technologies, and intelligent
DSTO will invest more than $2.5 million funding, in
cash and in-kind support, throughout the three-year
period. Additionally, the University of Melbourne
will contribute some $11.5 million equivalent.
“The DSI’s technical objectives, including improved
detection of concealed targets, and advanced
control systems for future electro-mechanical land
and sea-based propulsion systems, will directly
enhance Defence capabilities,” Minister for
Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren
“Finding inexpensive and unobtrusive ways to
monitor human interactions associated with
disease transmission, and improving decision
making under difficult environmental stressors, will
significantly aid defence personnel safety.
“Within five years the DSI expects to expand its
network of researchers, to embrace researchers
employed by small-to-medium firms and major
Defence prime companies.
Once fully operational, the Institute will also
play a valuable and important role in the training
and mentoring of more than 50 PhD students in
associated fields of study.
Revised noise map good
The Department of Defence has released a revised
aircraft noise map for RAAF Base Williamtown
which promises an improved outlook for local
Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal (AVM)
Geoff Brown and Mr David Broyd (Manager
Sustainable Planning, Port Stephens Council) said
the new noise map – although still a concept map
is the culmination of 12 months of consultations
between Defence, state and local authorities,
community groups and individuals regarding the
introduction of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) at
RAAF Base Williamtown in 2017.
“Following an accelerated review of Air Force’s
proposed JSF training activities, Air Force
announced earlier this year that it would halve the
JSF’s projected use of the Salt Ash Air Weapons
Range. A concept map released on 17 May 2010
resulted in a significantly reduced number of
potentially affected properties around the Range,”
AVM Brown said.
In subsequent discussions with the Port Stephens
Council, Defence agreed to also assess all options
to mitigate aircraft noise closer to RAAF Base
“This latest concept map takes into account the
reconfiguring of instrument approach systems
and aircraft approaches to and from RAAF
Base Williamtown. In good news for adjacent
communities, this has resulted in a contraction of
the noise contours in some areas to the north-west
of the base,” AVM Brown said.
“Defence’s assessment of the cost and operational
impact of extending the Williamtown runway is,
however, ongoing. A runway extension is yet to be
factored into the concept map.”
Following completion of further modelling,
Defence plans to consolidate the concept
maps into a new 2025 Australian Noise Exposure
Forecast (2025 ANEF) map for endorsement by the
end of 2010 to replace the 2025 ANEF promulgated
in October 2009.
“With still seven years to the JSF’s arrival, the
public consultations in late 2009 marked the
beginning, not the end, of public consultation on
JSF’s introduction,” AVM Brown stressed.
Defence is yet to formally refer JSF’s introduction
to the Environment Minister under the Environment
Protection & Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC)
Act. Once referred, Defence expects the
Environment Minister will require a further formal
environmental study to be undertaken and this
study will involve further public consultation.
“Assessment under the EPBC Act may result in
further amendments to the 2025 ANEF sometime
in the future,” AVM Brown said.
The concept noise map can be accessed on
Defence’s website at http://www.defence.gov.
RIgHT: The auction winners take a ride in one of HMAS Bathurst’s
RHIBs. Photo: Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Helen Frank
LefT: Coming to an RSL club near you: Leopard tanks from 1st Armoured Regiment show their power
during an exercise at El Alamein Army Camp, Cultana, South Australia. Photo: Able Seaman Kade Rogers
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