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Exercise Olgeta Warrior 2009 aims to
strengthen the traditional bonds that
have developed between the ADF and
Papua New Guinea Defence Force
Soldiers from Army's 3rd Brigade sailed in
HMAS Kanimbla from Townsville on August
22 to participate in the month-long training. The
exercise consists of naval, amphibious, land and
aviation elements and comprises four separate
Joint Task Force Commander CAPT Stephen
Woodall said the exercise presented an exciting
opportunity for Australian and PNG forces to
"The exercise will also improve the ability of
our forces to work together if required to provide
humanitarian and civic assistance in the region at
short notice," CAPT Woodall said.
LCDR Stephen Wall said joining Kanimbla
had been a great experience.
"At the beginning of an activity like Olgeta
Warrior it can be challenging at times as the
ship's routines are modified when the embarked
forces, primary casualty reception facility and
joint task force staff arrive on board," he said.
"Before the exercise a lot of time and effort
is spent getting the joint operations room set up
for the extra personnel to be adequately provided
for, organising berthing spaces and accommodat-
ing all the different requirements for the organi-
sations involved in the planning and execution of
the amphibious exercise."
He said it was impressive to see it all come
together so seamlessly in a very short period of
"The JTFHQ's role is to plan and coordinate
the exercise taking into account activities that
overlap and conflict, delineate priorities and
respond to short notice developments," he said.
"All this, with the stunning beauty of the
PNG coastline and mountain ranges in the back-
drop make for an exciting and enjoyable exer-
Land Component Commander LTCOL
Rupert Hoskin said the exercise would ben-
efit individual participants as well as the defence
"This is an excellent opportunity for ADF
and PNGDF personnel to share knowledge and
experience different cultures," LTCOL Hoskin
said.Exercise Puk Puk signified the start of
Exercise Olgeta Warrior. A combined engineer
exercise established in 2002, the activity has two
main objectives: to improve the PNGDF infra-
structure and enhance interoperability between
the two defence forces' engineers.
Head of Australian Defence Staff in PNG
COL Luke Foster said the training would dem-
onstrate the close working relationship between
the PNG and ADF.
"The Australian Government is pleased to be
able to support the refurbishment projects, which
will improve working conditions for the PNGDF
and allow important skill sharing between our
two forces," COL Foster said.
This year the scope of works includes refur-
bishment of the area theatre, soldiers' club, com-
munity centre, remodelling sports sheds into two
classrooms for training, rebuilding the ablution
block and painting the barracks chapel.
Kanimbla is providing the platform for the
JTFHQ and Exercise Helicon Luk. Exercise
Helicon Luk is traditionally a land-based activ-
ity; however, the involvement of Kanimbla has
allowed for more effective and challenging train-
ing for embarked forces.
MORE than 500 ADF personnel are participating in the largest joint
military exercise with PNG since the country's independence 33 years
ago. CPL Corinne Boer reports.
on Exercise Olgettawa
IN CHARGE: (Above left) LSBM Jade
Foulis in charge of the boat deck during
a man overboard exercise aboard HMAS
JOINT EFFORT: (Left) Members of the
flight deck team secure the second of
two A25 Blackhawks embarked in HMAS
Kanimbla in preparation for Exercise Olgeta
ALL SMILES: (Right) LSMT Bryan
Alexander and SIG Timothy Stoyles have
a quick putt with some of the locals on the
green at Madang, PNG, during Exercise
Olgeta Warrior 2009.
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