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February 17, 2011
Aussie spirit soars in Qld
THE Maritime Task Group assigned to JTF 637
helped restore the vital ferry service for Moggill
residents at the peak of the flood crisis.
The ferry service was motorised in the 1940s and
connects the two suburbs of Riverview and Moggill.
A deployable geospatial team from Cairns used its
mobile sonar equipment to survey, locate and identify
objects on the riverbed.
Commander Maritime Task Group CMDR Peter
Tedman said once the objects were found, the clear-
ance divers conducted diving operations to provide
identification to Brisbane City Council.
"The hydrographers and divers worked tirelessly
in the river to locate and identify potentially danger-
ous objects," CMDR Tedman said.
"Their commitment to the task and quality of
work led to the restoration of the historic Moggill
Ferry service quickly after the flood waters closed
More than 158 submerged objects were found in
the Brisbane River, including sunken vessels, wharfs,
gangways and tree/log obstructions.
"The Moggill Ferry service is one of Brisbane's
main arterial links in the outer western suburbs, sig-
nificantly reducing the transit between northern and
southern suburbs, so the opening of the service was a
positive reinforcement of the great work our sailors
achieved," CMDR Tedman said.
TOUCHDOWN: RAN members disembark a Globemaster at RAAF Base Richmond after providing flood relief in Queensland.
Photo: LAC David Said
Task Group restores
vital link in Brisbane
By Michael Brooke
THE ADF completed its rescue and
relief operations on February 4 in the
wake of the devastating Queensland
JTF 637 was established on
January 1 at the request of Emergency
Management Australia. The mission has
now transitioned to one of recovery, but
the ADF continues to provide specialist
support to flood areas.
Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN
Mark Evans said about 1900 ADF per-
sonnel completed tasks ranging from
general clean-up operations, search and
rescue tasks and liaison duties during the
He said while the focus on initial
flood rescue and relief assistance had
been completed, the public would still
see Service personnel providing assis-
tance in southern Queensland.
"ADF engineering and aerial sur-
vey elements will remain in support of
emergency management authorities to
assist those communities where recovery
efforts are beyond the current capacity of
local councils," LTGEN Evans said.
More than 350 RAN personnel
were involved in the operation, includ-
ing some 159 sailors from Fleet Base
East who returned home after 11 days
assigned to JTF 637.
Three detachments of sailors from
Fleet Support Unit (FSU) -- Sydney
cleaned up 185 houses by removing a
staggering 300 truckloads of rubbish,
which amounted to 26,000 cubic metres
of people's once-prized possessions and
their broken dreams.
Second in command of Charlie
Detachment CPO Jason Dorward said
the sailors gave many desperate people
real hope that they could rebuild their
CPO Dorward said he and LSMT
Tom Leggatt steered a Navy Isuzu 9000
18-tonne truck with a mounted crane
from FSU-Sydney to Fernvale, near
Ipswich, in just 24 hours. There they
charted unnavigated flood waters to
remove piles of trash and coordinated
rubbish removal with local councils and
local contractors who donated graders,
excavators and other equipment to the
"The smiles we put on the faces of
desperate people just by showing up to
help them through their blackest hour
are the memories I will always cherish,"
CPO Dorward said.
"The camaraderie we developed with
the local people and also the Air Force
and Army speaks volumes of the Aussie
spirit of helping your mates in times of
CPO Dorward said his family was
located in Toowoomba and somehow
through the "grace of God" escaped seri-
ous flood damage.
Tragically, LSMT Leggatt was not so
lucky, as he had the grim task of help-
ing his brother, Stephen, salvage what
remained of his devastated house in
LSMT Leggatt had visited his family
during the Christmas stand-down period
and never imagined he would be back so
soon under such tragic circumstances.
"It was pretty shocking for all of us,"
LSMT Leggatt said.
CPO Lindsey Smith, OIC Alpha
Detachment, which deployed at short-
notice by RAAF C-130 Hercules and
C-17 Globemaster to the shattered sub-
urb of Karalee, said although his sailors
were shocked by the scale of the devas-
tation, when sorting through skip-bins
full of rubbish they were able to reunite
people with treasured possessions that
were only lightly damaged.
"There was one old bloke I'll never
forget, because we gave him back his
photo album with wedding pictures of
his wife, who had only died recently," he
said. "Up until then, the man thought he
had lost absolutely everything."
WO Brian Poole, 2IC Bravo
Detachment, said his sailors worked very
hard in a hot, muddy and stinking envi-
ronment to help people to rebuild their
"The camaraderie among us and the
appreciation of the people was just over-
whelming," he said.
"The people were so happy we had
come to help them at such a desperate
time that they wanted to share what little
they had left -- often inviting us to BBQs
and other community activities."
WO Poole said the sailors could have
complained about a lot of things but all
they cared about was helping the people
of devastated communities get their lives
back on track.
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