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August 19, 2010
Sailors' vital role in
By CPL Zenith King
NAVY cooks recently went
ashore in search of fresh
fruit and vegetables to
sustain their crew who are
deployed on Op Anode in
support of RAMSI.
Two cooks -- one from
HMAS Wewak and one
from HMAS Brunei -- went
ashore to the local markets
in Honiara to purchase fresh
produce to resupply their gal-
ley.Wewak's ABCK Kris
Kneller said they usually only
shopped fresh when deployed
in the Pacific.
"We don't get to do this
very often -- usually only in
Pacific island nations," he
"The price is low and it's
good to interact with the local
community. Buying locally
helps them out and helps us
Getting to select the
food himself allowed ABCK
Kneller to pick and choose the
best food to serve the crew.
"It's good to see the pro-
By CPL Zenith King
HMAS Wewak arrived in the
Solomon Islands on July 5 to
conduct training exercises as
part of the ADF's contribution to
the Regional Assistance Mission
to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
The Landing Craft Heavy
(LCH) beached at Ranadi's mari-
time training school in Honiara
on July 13 and began conducting
vehicle embarkation and disem-
barkation training to familiarise
the Royal Solomon Island Police
Force (RSIPF), Participating
Police Force (PPF) and the
Combined Task Force (CTF) with
RSIPF Commissioner, Peter
Marshall, said the training had
been the culmination of a great
deal of planning and preparation.
"The RSIPF is leading these
preparations and activities like
this are just one example of the
many activities the RSIPF is con-
ducting jointly with RAMSI,"
Commissioner Marshall said.
Wewak's crew trained the
RSIPF, PPF and CTF drivers to
get their vehicles on and off the
ship before transiting the nine
vehicles and 50 personnel from
Ranadi to a beach landing zone at
Once the vehicles had been
successfully unloaded, the RSIPF
drove through Honiara in order
to demonstrate to the community
their ability to move their resourc-
es quickly and efficiently around
CO CTF 635, LTCOL David
Thompson, said We w a k would
be available to the RSIPF as
"Solomon Islands is archipe-
lagic by nature and spread out
over a large area, which makes it
inherently difficult for the RSIPF
to react to incidents off island
and even those to the far side of
Guadalcanal," LTCOL Thompson
"Activities like this, using the
LCH, give them the capacity to
respond to any events that may
need their support."
Wewak's CO, LEUT Robert
Smilie, said although the exercise
Wewak arrives in Solomons
was successful, the beaching was
challenging at times.
"There are a lot of wrecks and
reefs around Guadalcanal and a
lot of debris in the water so it
makes it problematic for us driv-
ing the ship around -- we need to
be very careful," LEUT Smilie
"It's a great experience for
Wewak as we are a versatile unit.
The guys are keen to be here and
they have been interacting a lot
with the locals and, in particular,
the RSIPF and RAMSI."
Wewak and HMAS Brunei
are stationed in Solomon Islands
in support of Op Anode.
GOOD TO GO: AB Graham Goodwin guides an Australian
Federal Police vehicle on board HMAS Wewak during amphibi-
ous beach landing training in Solomon Islands.
GETTING READY: Soldiers get ready to board HMAS Wewak
during amphibious beach landing training in Solomon Islands.
Photos: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
Mission: acquire fresh produce!
duce and pick the best of
what is available. You get
a lot of variety of certain
types of food."
Brunei's ABCK Tyson
McDonald said the best
time to go to the markets
was in the morning.
"Because we went
to the markets early we
managed to get the fresh-
est produce," he said.
"We usually give the
food a good scrub because
the standards here aren't
as high as in Australia.
bad bits but, other than
FRESH IS BEST: ABCKs
Kris Kneller and Tyson
McDonald buy pineapples
at the Honiara Markets.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
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