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April 1, 2010
h through effort
ing party search SIEV 105 during an Op Resolute
ON GUARD: ABBM Shane Balch, of Assail
Six, provides 'overwatch' for HMAS Ararat's
boarding party during a search of SIEV 105.
of Assail Six
and his XO,
tre), keep an
eye on the
At Sea exer-
while on an Op
ALL IN ORDER: Attack Five's Coxswain, PO Pete
Cumberland, on watch at the helm of HMAS Armidale.
Background photo: LSIS Helen Frank
FRIDAY, 19 February 2010
All the crew have had very little sleep as they rotate between watches on the bridge, as
have the holding party on the SIEV 104. The Boarding Officer has had only a few hours sleep
as he continues the investigation and processing of the PIIs and their crew.
The Boarding Officer was on watch on the SIEV 104 almost all night. He has confiscated a
large amount of money from the PIIs. The money will be held as evidence, he said.
The Boarding Officer also reported that a cat is on board SIEV 104. Throughout the night,
he said large cockroaches and all manner of insects had crawled over the holding party, the
PIIs and the crew. Yuck! When the Boarding Officer returned from his watch, he showered,
drank strong coffee, and then began a mountain of paperwork and reports on the apprehen-
sion.The holding party is conducting rotational shifts, similar to the shifts that the Officers of
the Watch are also keeping.
CMDR Galloway said the cooks would also feel the fatigue, as they cook meals for each
of the watches as well as support the RAAF Medical Officer in their capacity as the Ship's
Medical Emergency Team (SMET). Additionally, ABCK Winfield (aka 'Winnie') is also 'trippling'
as a member of the boarding party and has pulled a few watches himself.
The Ops Report is that our relief, HMAS Maryborough has been delayed. Consequently,
Ararat will hold SIEV 104 in location until the ACV Triton can get here at approx 1530. Ararat
may be in location until 2100.
second FFV which was seen by Coast Watch
y to investigate FFV are recalled and recov-
nautical miles from Ashmore Reef. Surveillance
rying 150 persons.
position indicated by Coast Watch.
n early feed.
out incident. Boarding Officer, CPO Watkins,
s 1 x UHF transmitter, several mobile phones --
CO Assail 6, CMDR Galloway, decides to keep
V overnight until HMAS Bundaberg arrives
following morning. CMDR Galloway says
olding sentry on the SIEV until day break. This
Acting on reports, CMDR Galloway informs
SIEV is an environmental hazard, with leaking
arine park. CPO Watkins reports the boats deck
Thankfully, with the imminent arrival of ACV Triton, there is no task to transit the
persons to Christmas Island, and we remain on schedule to return to Darwin AM
Monday, February 21, 2010.
The RAAF Medical Officer, SQNLDR David Holt, embarks SIEV 104 approx 1815. He
reports that all the PIIs are in good health, with only a few suffering from dehydration
and sea sickness. One male reported a tooth ache.
The Doc embarked SIEV 104 at 0925, as the coalface of the ADF's TLC (tender
loving care). Doc is the personification of the ADF's duty of care for people from other
countries less fortunate than ours.
1130: Winnie and Snowy spoil the crew with a really special luncheon treat, being
spicy Thai beef salad and pasta with penna sausage. The meal greatly revitalises the
crew who are running on 'empty' under the high operational tempo.
1330: HMAS Bundaberg in location with Ararat and SIEV 104. Bundaberg's RHIB
delivered a sailor to be seen by the Doc on Ararat. The sailor had a cut to his hand that
had become infected.
1720: ACV Triton, the Customs ship, arrives on the scene to further process the PIIs
and facilitate their transit to Christmas Island. The transfer of the persons from the SIEV
to ACV Triton also sees us losing the RAAF TSE 56 members.
SATURDAY, 20 February 2010
0801: CMDR Galloway announces that we are expecting another SIEV arrival. It is due
to reach Ashmore Reef today, before our handover to Maryborough. The crew is tired
but morale is high, thanks to the pride of participating in such an important and mean-
ingful homeland security operation as Op Resolute.
0935: Ararat's radar picks up a SIEV some 12.3 nautical miles inside the Australian
0955: One RHIB with boarding party led by Boarding Officer, CPO Dean Watkins,
launched by Ararat.
1002: SIEV boarded and secured by Ararat's boarding party. The search finds 10 PIIs
and three crew. One of the PIIs is female. After questioning by the Boarding Officer, the
Boat Master admits the destination was Ashmore Island. The SIEV 105 is a sail boat
approx 15m long and 3m wide. The PIIs were compliant but the crew was a little unco-
operative. Within 90 minutes the ACV Triton is again on the scene to further process the
PIIs and transfer them to Christmas Island.
1610: We are now heading for an 1800 rendezvous with HMAS Maryborough, where
we will leave the RAAF Doctor.
1820: We handover station duty to Maryborough and head for Darwin -- 'mission
SUNDAY -- 21 February 2010
We're heading home.
Everyone is on 'cruise' mode because it's Sunday and all the hard work is behind us.
The crew is conducting their watches, preparing their statements, or cleaning the ship.
MONDAY -- 22 February 2010
0750: HMAS Ararat, crewed by Assail 6, enter HMAS Coonawarra, where we pass
HMAS Broome and Bathurst, who are getting underway for their 7-10 day Op Resolute
-- Michael Brooke
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