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August 19, 2010
By CPL Zenith King
A FOUR man Deployable
Geospatial Support Team
(DGST) travelled to Solomon
Islands in July to conduct Rapid
(REA) of the beaches in antici-
pation of a visit from HMAS
Charge surveyor, LCDR Ross
Bowden, said the work they were
conducting on Kakabona Beach
was in preparation for an upcoming
"The information we gather will
be used to create charts for the land-
ing craft so we can make a judge-
ment on whether the beach is safe to
use, and at what times of the tide we
can land," LCDR Bowden said.
"Next week the ADF will be
conducting a lift of troops from
Gaudalcanal Beach through to
Kakabona Beach as part of a train-
ing exercise. Our aim as hydrogra-
that, the food is fresh and ready
to serve," ABCK Kneller said.
ABCK Kneller said the
fruit and vegetables grown
in the Solomon Islands were
not sprayed with pesticides as
they would be in countries like
"It can be an advantage and
a disadvantage; the food goes
off a lot faster but the stuff we
are getting is actually fresh -- if
it looks fresh then it is. They
pick it within a day or two,
which means it hasn't been
sitting in a refrigerator for six
ABCK McDonald said he
would generally store this type
of food for 14 days before it
started to become mouldy.
"Fruit and vegetables in
Australia are transported fresh
in refrigerated vehicles, but in
Pacific countries you don't get
that. Here they transport them
in open air trucks in high tem-
peratures, meaning it gets older
Both cooks will use the pro-
duce they purchased in country
for salads and vegetables dur-
ing lunch and dinner, fruit sal-
ads for dessert and for general
consumption by crew members.
Hydrographers pave the way
phers is to make sure the landing craft
can get to the beach and that the troops
can get ashore."
Hydrographic Systems Manager,
POHSM Ben Walter, said the pri-
mary purpose of conducting a REA of
Kakabona Beach was to provide infor-
mation to the Wewak's CO.
"The LCH requires a certain gradient
to beach and through our work we have
established that Kakabona has a very
good gradient for beaching and is navi-
gationally safe," POHSM Walter said.
"This beach has a steep gradient. We
didn't have to run out very far with our
sounding lines to reach the 30-metre
POHSM Walter said that, aside from
surveying the beach, they also took bot-
tom samples so they could understand
the sea bed texture.
"It's important for the LCH captain
so when they drop anchor they
know the composition they are
dropping it into. If it is rock or reef
you would err on the side of caution
and not drop the anchor as it may
LSHSO Shaun Godley said
there was an acquisition side and a
processing side to beach surveying
to make the final product.
"We conduct both dry and wet
work. The wet work requires us
to collect bathymetric data from
the shore through to the 10-metre
contour, maybe deeper depending
on the task. This is to ensure the
path selected is free of obstruction,"
LSHSO Godley said.
"The dry work involves profil-
ing the beach from the two-metre
contour line up to the back of beach
and into the hinterland."
It took more than three hours for
the DGST to chart the beach during
the acquisition stage and a further
four hours to complete the process-
ing side to create the final product.
FRIENDLY: (Below left)
LCDR Ross Bowden and
LSHSO Shaun Godley
take a rapid environ-
mental assesment of
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
RESUPPLY: ABCKs Kris Kneller and
Tyson McDonald shop for fresh fruit and
vegetables with LEUT Warren Lynch.
Photo: CPL Zenith King
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