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February 3, 2011
By LEUT Kara Wansbury
THE chance to get muddy as part
of Operation Queensland Flood
Assist was an opportunity 150
Sydney-based sailors couldn't
After boarding their flight at
RAAF Base Richmond they were
transported to RAAF Base Amberley
and were soon working in and
around Ipswich in clean-up opera-
tions alongside Army and Air Force
Most of the sailors had watched
the frightening news coverage of the
floods and some were even touched
personally -- but nothing prepared
them for what they saw.
ABMED David Cantelli said the
level of devastation was totally dif-
ferent to what he saw on television.
"I didn't expect people's belong-
ings and their whole life to be on the
front lawn," he said.
Growing up in the Ipswich
suburb of Raceview, ABET Tait
O'Sullivan said many of his high
school friends were affected by the
"I am from Ipswich so to come
back and help gives me a chance to
help out my friends and the people I
grew up with," he said.
Sailors' muddy resolve
COVERED IN MUD: (Inset
above) ABBM Brett Hansen,
LSBM Matt Croucher and
ABBM Tim Ross take a break
from the clean-up effort in
Karalee, Ipswich, during
Photos: CPL Janine Fabre
sailors in Qld
By LEUT Kara Wansbury
AN AUSTRALIA Day stand down period
allowed Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane to
visit Navy personnel assigned to JTF 637 in
The 150-strong Navy detachment at RAAF
Base Amberley described the tasks they had
completed and devastation they had seen while
working in the Fernvale and Somerset regions.
VADM Crane also met with the sailors and
officers assigned to the
Maritime Task Group at
Working in the
Brisbane River and
Moreton Bay, the task
group personnel are
responsible for surveying,
locating and identifying
contacts on the river bed
and within the shipping channels.
CN said it was very clear some great work
was being conducted.
"While I am not in your operational chain of
command right now, I take an enormous amount
of pride, responsibility and accountability in
ensuring you are all ready to undertake tasks of
this nature," VADM Crane said.
The ADF response to the flood crisis has
included 1900 personnel and numerous vehi-
cles, ships and equipment.
CN said the joint nature of the operation was
particularly significant for Navy personnel.
"With the introduction of LHDs in a few
years, Navy will be operating in a joint environ-
ment on a daily basis and that's really exciting,"
"Operations like this will help streamline
our procedures and prepare our personnel to
work with our Army and Air Force colleagues."
HARD SLOG: (Main) JTF 637
sailors lend some muscle to
residents of Karalee while help-
ing in the clean-up effort.
CN VADM Russ Crane
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