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June 10, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
WHILE the Remote Locality Leave
Travel Entitlement remains under
review, there will be no changes
to the ADF's existing policies on
District Allowance or additional
annual leave days.
Defence Minister John Faulkner
made it clear at the Senate Estimates
Committee Hearing on May 31
that Defence was only reviewing
the Remote Locality Leave Travel
Entitlement and said the objec-
tive was to ensure the package met
the needs of ADF Servicemen and
"The Government recognises the
sacrifices made by ADF members
when they are posted away from
family and friends to distant loca-
tions across Australia like Darwin
and Townsville without the facilities
of a city like Sydney or Melbourne,"
Senator Faulkner said.
"The review will examine options
to increase the flexibility of the cur-
rent scheme. There will be no chang-
es to the scheme that will adversely
impact Servicemen and women in
"The Government is commit-
ted to ensuring members are able to
Defence to review
remote leave travel
remain in contact with family and
friends elsewhere while posted to
To compensate ADF members
living in remote areas, Defence pro-
vides three entitlements: an annual
ADF District Allowance; additional
annual leave days; and the Remote
Locality Leave Travel Entitlement,
which provides ADF members with
economy class travel to the near-
est state capital to visit family and
friends or access services that are
unavailable at their base location.
REMOTE: ABCIS Quinton Edwards admires the sunset on board
HMAS Broome. The review of Remote Locality Leave Travel may
affect sailors in the Top End.
Photo: LSET Jayson Tufrey
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
THE wharves of Fleet Base West
were abuzz with activity when HMAS
Warramunga (CMDR Bruce Legge)
and HMAS Sirius (CMDR David
McDonald) recently sailed to partici-
pate in the multinational exercise "Rim
of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) in Hawaii.
While deployed, Warramunga and
Sirius will join about 30,000 military
personnel from the Pacific region in the
five week US-led biennial exercise.
The two crews will join regional
navies from Japan, Singapore, Korea,
Canada and the US in the maritime exer-
cise that is the largest of its type in the
Warramunga's CO, CMDR Legge,
said it was the fourth time he had
deployed to RIMPAC.
"I am thrilled to be commanding the
only Anzac Class frigate participating,
alongside three other RAN ships," he
said.Sirius' CO, CMDR McDonald, will
be sailing in command of Sirius for the
first time, only taking over on May 21.
"While this is my third RIMPAC it
will be the first time Sirius has partici-
pated in RIMPAC or in an exercise of
this magnitude," he said.
"It presents a great opportunity to
demonstrate the ship's capability and the
absolute professionalism of her ship's
company to our coalition partners and,
of course, for our sailors to enjoy all that
Hawaii has to offer during their time off."
HMAS Newcastle (CMDR Justin
Jones) and HMAS Kanimbla (CMDR
Timothy Byles) will also take part in
RIMPAC, which will include a strong
focus on amphibious warfare in prepara-
tion for the coming LHDs. It will also
be the last RIMPAC to be attended by
Navy's Sea Kings, which are retiring
from service in 2011.
The exercise is a true tri-Service
event, with members of Army's 2n d
Battalion and RAAF's 92 Wing also
Warramunga and Sirius will also
participate in another regional maritime
exercise, Exercise Kakadu, off the coast
of Darwin in August. Sirius will return
to Rockingham in September, while
Warramunga will continue her deploy-
ment with port visits to China before
returning home in October.
RIMPAC, here we come!
Warramunga departs for
RIMPAC as families of
the ship's company fare-
well their loved ones,
while, inset, HMAS
Sirius sails from the
Photos: ABIS Morgana
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