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May 27, 2010
By OFFCDT Christopher Snape
THREE Australian Defence Force
Academy (ADFA) students recently
travelled to Sanremo, Italy, to take part
in a multi-national law competition.
MIDN Sarah McDonagh and
OFFCDTs Jarvis Black and Christopher
Snape represented ADFA in the ninth
Law of Armed Conflict Competition for
Military Academies at the International
Institute for Humanitarian Law.
The competition began with informa-
tion sessions from leading experts in Law
of Armed Conflict. Students then teamed-
up with participants from other nations to
begin the competition proper.
Working in groups of three, partic-
ipants represented fictitious countries
-- each with differing agendas -- working
together in a coalition.
Teams had to advise the Joint
Operations Commander on courses of
action for various scenarios relating
to Law of Armed Conflict. Scenarios
included issues such as refugee influxes,
state-sponsored terrorism and piracy.
Twenty-three military academy
teams from 14 countries attended this
year. Participant countries included the
United States, Colombia, Italy, Austria,
Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the
Netherlands, Serbia and Nigeria.
MIDN McDonagh said the experience
provided her with an insight into some
of the complexities facing commanders
working in a coalition environment.
"It wasn't easy dealing with the
language and cultural barriers, but
that added to the challenge," MIDN
"We had to source legal basis for our
proposals, while explaining our position
to our colleagues using plain English."
OFFCDT Snape's team, comprising
him and two cadets from Austria and
Switzerland respectively (representing
the nation of 'Pomerol'), placed third in
the mixed-team category.
MIDN McDonagh summed up the
relevance of the competition, saying the
nature of current global conflicts and
operations made the application of Law
of Armed Conflict very challenging.
"Militaries no longer find themselves
operating in a battlefield where com-
manders will shake hands before a bat-
tle," she said.
"The competition was a great suc-
cess and ultimately stressed the need for
extensive Law of Armed Conflict train-
ing in an international context."
WORLD STAGE: (From left) OFFCDT Jarvis Black, supervising officer LEUT
Catherine Cawte, MIDN Sarah McDonagh and OFFCDT Christopher Snape
competed at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in Sanremo,
Future leaders fight it out at
international debating comp
CN flies into Parra
By LEUT Alana Dobson
HMAS Parramatta (CMDR Heath
Robertson) recently played host to
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
COMFLOT CDRE Stuart Mayer
and WO-N Mark Tandy during
their latest visit to the Middle
The overnight visit allowed
the guests to see first hand the
work Parramatta has conducted
since deploying in mid-March to
Operation Slipper Rotation 23.
The highlight of their time on
board, which coincided with the last
night of Parramatta's first patrol, was
a steel deck BBQ on the flight deck
while making way up the Red Sea,
surrounded by the mountain ranges
of Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The ship's company were grateful
for the opportunity to speak to CN
on a range of topics which included
ongoing operations, New Generation
Navy and what has been happening
back in Australia.
Before departing, CN presented
a number of awards and praised the
work the ship has been conducting
so far as part of CTF 150 in the Gulf
Parramatta has just spent five
days alongside Aqaba, Jordan, allow-
ing the crew to rest and replenish
after the end of a lengthy first patrol
in the MEAO.
Parramatta's first patrol was a
busy one with the ship boarding 50
vessels of interest and more than 400
queries on shipping in the region.
Parramatta is now beginning the
second patrol of her deployment,
conducting counter-piracy opera-
tions in the Gulf of Aden and the
waters off the coast of Somalia in
support of CTF 151.
PROUD BOSS: CN VADM Russ
Crane and ABBM Caleb Larnach
on HMAS Parramatta's GDP dur-
ing CN's recent visit to the ship.
COMFLOT CDRE Stuart Mayer
and WO-N Mark Tandy joined
CN on the trip.
Photo: ABET Nathan Jeal
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