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May 26, 2011
New Chief of Joint Ops
CDF ACM Angus Houston has
announced Brian 'Ash' Power as
Chief of Joint Operations effective
May 20 following promotion to lieu-
tenant general. LTGEN Power has
held several key operational and
staff appointments, his most recent
as Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic
Partnering (Ministry of Defence),
Kabul. "I know all our military opera-
tions will benefit from the experience
Ash brings to this position," ACM
Houston said. ACM Houston also
thanked outgoing CJOPS LTGEN
Mark Evans for his work in the posi-
tion. "Mark oversaw the opening of
Joint Operations Command HQ at
Bungendore and, as a result, we
now have a much more effective and
efficient operational-level command-
and-control capability for all ADF
operations and major exercises."
Correcting the record
ON PAGE 2 of the May 12 edition
of Navy News, two phone numbers
listed in the article "Review contacts"
were incorrect. The correct numbers
Review of the management of
complaints -- 1800 688 042
Review of allegations of sexual
abuse or misconduct by independ-
ent DLA Piper review team -- 1800
Sea Kings rescue injured climber
By Simon Gladman
THE flying skills of two junior pilots
were tested during the rescue of an
injured climber from steep and over-
grown terrain on Lord Howe Island
on May 17.
Two Sea Kings from 817 Squadron
took part in the operation to winch the
man, who had broken an ankle, from
near the summit of Mount Gower.
Flying instructor LCDR Tanzi
Lea said the successful rescue mis-
sion required a "big team effort", but
in particular he praised the efforts of
the young pilots for meeting the chal-
The Sea Kings operated close to
the steep mountain side and were buf-
feted by moderate winds.
LEUT David Lacey piloted the
helicopter, which winched the man to
safety before LEUT Simon Driessen
hovered the other above the site to lift
out remaining personnel, climbers and
"Where we were hovering, on one
side of the aircraft the pilot had close
visual references; on the other there
was a 3000-foot drop to the seas. It
was moderately turbulent and there
were a lot of seabirds close by,"
LCDR Lea said, after returning to 817
"The two pilots were not the cap-
tains of the aircraft; that was myself
and LEUT Stephen McConville. We
allowed the younger guys to do that
because of the vital experience they
would gain by doing it."
Emergency Management Australia
called on the ADF to support the res-
cue effort because civilian aircraft
were not available or not capable of
carrying out the job.
The injured man, aged in his early
30s and on his honeymoon, broke an
ankle in a fall the previous day.
Lord Howe Island authorities were
not able to stretcher the man down
because of the steep and overgrown
Two crews with a total of 15 air-
crew and maintenance personal flew to
Port Macquarie on the evening of May
16, before setting out for Lord Howe
Island at 7.30am the next day.
Having flown about 700km, the
Sea Kings refuelled on arrival at Lord
Howe Island and met with police and
LSA Greg Doran was lowered to
the mountain to prepare the stretcher
for the man to be winched.
LCDR Lea said two helicop-
ters were necessary to provide each
other support for the flight across the
Tasman Sea and also in case anything
went wrong during the lifting opera-
"It was a big team effort by eve-
ryone involved -- from the policeman
there who was ultimately responsible
for the injured man, the other peo-
ple who went up the hill to help, our
maintenance staff, aircrew and the
people supporting us back home,"
LCDR Lea said.
Commanding Officer of 817
Squadron CMDR Paul Moggach said
the mission proved the Sea King's
capability in carrying out successful
search and rescue activities under try-
"We had the capacity to do it, and
to fly that far. Civilian aircraft didn't
have the range to make it across (from
the mainland) in one step. The aircraft
are very capable search and rescue
machines," he said.
A TEAM EFFORT: From back row, LSA Greg Doran,
POA Nicholas Anderson, LEUT Simon Driessen,
LCDR Tanzi Lea, LEUT Stephen McConville, LEUT
David Lacey and LSA James Inglish; front row, AB
Tristan Harrison, LS Scott Anderson, LS Tomas
Giddings, CPO Simon Hustwit, AB
Anthony Peters, AB Mitchell White
and PO Aaron Levy.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
INSET: One of the Sea
Kings closes in on Mount
Gower during the rescue.
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