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March 18, 2010
By LEUT Kelli Lunt
THE rarely sighted beaked whale is listed among 75
whale sightings recorded during a hallmark survey
that coincided with the conduct of Exercise Talisman
Saber (TS09), off Queensland's mid-north coast last
Twelve individual beaked whales were recorded as
part of more than 500 marine animals sighted, which
included several species of dolphins, pilot whales,
sperm whales, humpback whales and minke whales.
Director of Joint Exercises and Evaluation,
AIRCDRE John Meier, said the whale survey was part
of the ADF's commitment to the maritime environment.
"The ADF is dedicated to ensuring the maritime
environment is preserved at all times and especially
during exercises," AIRCDRE Meier said.
"The beaked whale survey is just one of the miti-
gation strategies we are supporting to help protect
The survey used non-invasive visual and acoustic
techniques in order to record whale numbers.
"We were also able to provide a platform for sci-
entists from the University of Queensland, Curtin
University, Macquarie University and scientists from
the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, to
A Landing Craft Heavy conducted an initial survey
in 2008 and the data from this survey
was used in the planning of TS09 to
ensure that interaction between maritime
forces and marine mammals was kept to
The ship and boat crews involved
in TS09 maintained continuous whale
watches while underway and during
amphibious landings and manoeuvres in
the Coral Sea.
The area chosen for anti-submarine
training during TS09 was more than
100nm offshore in order to minimise
the likelihood of disturbing humpback
whales, known to frequent inshore loca-
tions along the Queensland coast.
No events or 'near misses' were
reported in which ships or boats inter-
fered with marine mammals, nor any
official sightings of the well known
white whale, Migaloo.
TS09 was held from July 6-25 last
year across six Defence training areas
in central and northern Queensland and
the Northern Territory, with maritime
forces exercising in the Coral, Timor
and Arafura seas. More than 27,000 per-
sonnel participated in the exercise.
Rare sight during
Talisman Saber 09
GREEN TEAM: HMA Ships Manoora and Kanimbla at anchor in
Freshwater Bay during the assault phase of Exercise Talisman Saber 2009.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
PROJECT LASER is a vital tool used by Defence
to gauge the feelings of its people.
The Longitudinal ADF Study Evaluation Retention
(LASER) surveys members when they first join the
Navy, after their initial training at HMAS Cerberus and
then once a year until they complete their initial mini-
mum period of service.
The results of these surveys are reported back to
the Chief of Navy and are used to see what attitudinal
changes are occuring and how to make the Navy an
organisation its members want to be a part of.
When you get your survey, be sure to fill it out as
you will be having your say in how the Navy is shaped
into the future.
For information about Project LASER and
receiving your survey visit http//intranet.defence.
gov.au/DPE/LASER or email retentionresearch.
Have your say
NAVAL reservists from HMAS Waterhen's
Minewarfare Geospatial Deployable System Team
Support (MGDST (S)) recently answered the call
to assist Pittwater Council and the Avalon RSL
Sub Branch clean up the Avalon girl guides hall in
preparation for the Avalon 2010 Tattoo.
The call to the unit, commanded by LCDR David
Ince, came from the President of the Avalon RSL Sub
Branch, CDRE Graham Sloper (Rtd).
Initial work was carried out in late February with
future work to be done in May in the lead up to the
June 19 tattoo.
Members of MGDST (S) heard about the state of
the girl guide hall and volunteered their time as a Navy
Community Engagement project to help prepare the
rarely used hall for the tattoo.
The hall will house Navy, Army and Air Force
cadets who will attend Avalon's Dunbar Park (the tat-
too's venue) from all over New South Wales. The hall
will be used as accommodation and the surrounds as a
staging area for the bands and display participants.
-- LSCIS Mark Bradbury
Reservists clean up
HELPING OUT: The clean up crew help prepare
the guides' hall for the Avalon 2010 Tattoo.
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