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HMA Ships Gascoyne and Ya r r a
have returned to their homeport after
participating in mine clearance exer-
cise Lagoon Minex '09, held in the
The French-hosted exercise com-
bined forces with HMNZ Ships
Manwanui and Resolution, French
Ship Jacques Cartier (with Unmanned
Underwater Vehicles -- UUVs -- and
clearance divers) and the United States
Navy's Explosive Ordinance Disposal
Mobile Unit One (including mine
counter measure dolphins, UUVs and
Together 156 Mk 14 and Mk 17
mines were identified. Some of the
mines were raised, towed clear and
were either ditched outside the lagoon
in deep water, or countermined in a
safe disposal area.
HMAS Yarra topped the unit count
with 68 mines identified.
During World War II, defensive
minefields were laid to defend the sea-
ward approaches to Noumea against
the advancing Japanese.
When the war ended, mines were
swept and sunk by US forces leaving
a large number of unexploded mines in
Divers clear Noumea of mines
SUNKEN HAZARDS: ABCD Michael Train approaches the Mk 14 sea
mine prior to underwater demolition, while, left, ABCD Rosco Fernandez
inspects an Mk 14 mine that is wired for a controlled detonation. More than
1800 mines were deployed around the waters of Noumea during WWII.
Photos: Photographe et gerant de Balao
Reform to Defence medication procedure
JOINT Health Command has intro-
duced a new ADF Medicines Formulary
that will significantly improve pharma-
cy distribution processes and bring the
ADF in line with civilian best practice.
The new publication catalogues the
medicines routinely available to Defence
health practitioners for prescribing to
SO1 Pharmacy WGCDR John
Hatfield said most ADF members would
notice little change.
"Most of the medicines in normal
use in the ADF are included in the ADF
Formulary but there will be some chang-
es," WGCDR Hatfield said.
"Some products that are not really
medicines will no longer be routinely
He said the most common examples
of these were dietary supplements and
"Multiple brands of the same medi-
cines will no longer be available and,
where there are many medicines avail-
able to treat specific conditions, the range
of those available will be reduced."
Joint Health Command health centres
will also be able to obtain other medi-
cines when the healthcare needs of indi-
vidual ADF members cannot be met with
ADF Formulary medicines.
MEDICINE CHECK-UP: The way
some medications are supplied
through Defence are being brought
into line with civilian best practice.
Photo: CPL Mark McConnell
February 4, 2010
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