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August 4, 2011
TALISMAN SABRE 2011
from the Navy Reserve
augmented the first-class
health care provided to
the troops during Exercise Talisman
Sabre 2011 (TS11) at the Army's
2nd Heath Support Battalion
LCDR Anthony Holley, LCDR Sue
Sharpe, CMDR Ian Young and CMDR
Peter Van Gelderen joined medical
staff from the Army and Air Force at
the new 2HSB Weather Haven hospital
deployed to Camp Growl.
2HSB was ready for patients on
July 6 and provided white force cover
for elements moving into the exercise
area, and completed training serials
as an online HSB in preparation for
overseas operations to provide ADF
During the training serials, 2HSB
treated more than 150 patients simulat-
ing a realistic range of injuries and ill-
nesses possible in the field from severe
burns to malaria.
An intensive care specialist and
emergency physician at the Royal
Brisbane and Women's Hospital,
LCDR Holley, said he slotted naturally
into those roles at the deployed
"What struck me was the capabil-
ity of the 2HSB hospital. I have been
fortunate to integrate fully with the
Army as a medical specialist and have
managed 'noduff' casualties, including
the transfer of a sailor from a US war-
ship to a civilian facility and patients
admitted to the 2HSB intensive care,"
LCDR Holley said.
"The main highlight of TS11 was
the camaraderie. We were all from
different hospitals, states and Services,
and it was very rewarding to see the
younger medics responding positively
to lessons from the senior staff and
putting those lessons into practice."
LTCOL Andy Williams, CO 2HSB,
said they used TS11 as a chance to
deploy with close to 20 reservists, who
were mainly senior specialists from
Navy, Army and Air Force, to ensure
they were all up to speed and working
as a coherent team.
"We have some outstanding spe-
cialists in emergency services includ-
ing anaesthetists and intensive care
specialists, and this is the first time
new Weather Haven system has been
rolled out as a HSB of this size,"
LTCOL Williams said.
AUSTRALIAN Clearance Diving
Teams (AUSCDT) One and Four
joined with US EOD Mobile Unit
7 from San Diego for TS11 and
were responsible for clearance of
the surface and underwater areas of
the wharves, ship-borne improvised
explosive devices (IED) and conven-
tional explosive ordnance disposal
There were six members on each
of the Australian teams, while the US
team had 12.
POCD Ben Abbott, of AUSCDT
Four, said the Australians integrated
well with the Americans and the only
challenges were in aligning the differ-
"The main challenges were envi-
ronmental -- there was zero visibility
in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area
and there is a large tidal flow along the
wharves which we still had to dive in,"
AUSCDT equipment includes the
RE70 Disruptor which is deployed
either close to the Unexploded
Ordnance or IED in the conventional
way or with a significant stand off
from the target.
The RE70 can be configured as
a disarmer for firing a range of solid
projectiles or a disrupter for firing a
range of fluid and frangible projectiles.
The Talon EOD robot is another
tool used by the divers and is con-
trolled by radio or line from a portable
or wearable control unit that provides
continuous data and video feedback
for precise vehicle positioning.
POCD Abbott said the Talon, pur-
chased from the US, allowed the teams
to conduct remote recon and IED
"TS11 has provided us with excel-
lent training value and it has been
good to integrate with the US Forces,"
POCD Abbott said.
Clearance divers tackle murky waters
THAT'S NOT A TOY: POCD Ben
Abbott demonstrates a Talon
EOD robot for the Black family at
the Talisman Sabre open day in
Rockhampton. Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
Medics join the team
Seahawks 'hunt' US subs
TEAMWORK: Reserve LCDRs Sue
Sharpe and Anthony Holley during
their deployment as medical
specialists. Photo: LCPL Mark Doran
To check out all the amazing
photos from Exercise Talisman
Sabre, visit the 'Royal
Australian Navy' and 'Talisman
Sabre' Facebook pages
THREE 816 SQN Seahawk
helicopters and a detachment
of 85 RAN personnel based at
Bundaberg airport conducted
anti-submarine and surface war-
fare operations with the United
States Navy (USN) during TS11.
Working with both Australian
and USN ships, the 'Fighting Tigers'
dropped sonar buoys into the water
and used the Seahawks' on-board
acoustic, radar and infrared systems
to hunt for a USN submarine.
Detachment Commander and
Operations Officer for 816 SQN,
LCDR Helen Anderson, said the
highlight of TS11 for the squad-
ron was the contact time they had
achieved with the USN submarine.
"We conducted a number of seri-
alised and war-ex events. Sometimes
the submarine made itself easy to
find -- other times it was very
difficult to find," LCDR Anderson
"TS11 has provided us with valu-
able anti-submarine warfare train-
She said USN personnel were "an
absolute pleasure to work with".
"They controlled us during parts
of the exercise and we also landed on
board some of their ships to refuel
and transfer passengers," she said.
"As always, it has been good
operating with the Americans. They
train to the same high standards as
we do and we didn't have any issues
working with them. In fact, work-
ing with them was almost as smooth
as with one of our own Australian
-- CPL Melanie Schinkel
By LCPL Mark Doran
READY FOR TAKE-OFF: Trainee
aviation engineering officer SBLT
Sangha Komal and 816 Squadron
Detachment Commander LCDR
Helen Anderson prepare a Seahawk
for a familiarisation flight at
Photo: CPL Melanie
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