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August 18, 2011
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray
Griggs has met with Navy person-
nel, US commanders and troops at
Camp Baker at the Multinational
Base Tarin Kot in Afghanistan,
and Al Minhad Air Base in the
United Arab Emirates.
Travelling with Defence Materiel
Minister Jason Clare, VADM Griggs
was briefed on operations across the
Middle East, focusing on the work
in Afghanistan and Navy's contribu-
tion to Task Force 150 in the Persian
The pair also travelled to the
UK and Spain for meetings with
Defence officials and industry repre-
TOUCHING BASE: CN VADM Ray
Griggs greets CAPT Simon Ottaviano at
Al Minhad Air Base and, inset, chats with
Navy personnel deployed to Headquarters
Joint Task Force 633.
Photos: POIS Damian Pawlenko
By LEUT Peter Croce
FOR the Navy's patrol boats at sea, Air
Force AP-3C Orions in the air and the
Army units scanning the coastline, July
17 was just another day.
It also marked the fifth anniversary
of the commencement of Operation
Resolute, the ADF's contribution to the
whole-of-government effort to protect
Australia's borders and offshore maritime
Over the past five years, more than
1400 Armidale- and Fremantle-class
patrol boat and other major fleet unit per-
sonnel, about 9000 Orion flight hours and
in excess of 7000 regional force surveil-
lance man days have been committed to
Joint Task Force (JTF) 639, which covers
not just northern Australia's coastline but
all of Australia's maritime approaches.
Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN Ash
Power praised the efforts of ADF person-
nel who had contributed to the operation
since it began.
"The service personnel on Operation
Resolute consistently and constantly dis-
play the professionalism, tenacity, effec-
tiveness and often the courage of the ADF
on this particularly important operation,"
LTGEN Power said.
"I want to let the sailors, soldiers and
airmen know that I am aware of and com-
mend their contribution to border protec-
tion operations across Australia's mari-
"You are all doing a stellar job amid
tough conditions. I especially understand
the around-the-clock nature of the hard-
working patrol boat crews who are often
on station in difficult sea conditions."
In addition to the force-assigned
assets, ADF units transiting the area of
operations also contribute to the overall
surveillance and security effort through
their presence and standard reporting pro-
Operation Resolute follows on from
Operation Relex from 2001 to 2006.
It is now part of the broader whole-of-
government approach to maritime secu-
rity under Border Protection Command,
commanded by RADM Tim Barrett, who
is also designated Commander JTF 639.
Headquarters JTF 639, located at
Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin, controls
the ADF units assigned to Operation
As part of the operation, the ADF
works alongside Customs, Australian
Fisheries Management Authority,
Australian Quarantine Inspection Service
and Australian Federal Police.
"You are all doing a stellar job amid tough conditions.
I especially understand the around-the-clock nature of
the hardworking patrol boat crews who are often on
station in difficult sea conditions."
-- LTGEN Ash Power,
Chief of Joint Operations
ON PATROL: Sailors, soldiers and airmen pose in front of HMAS Glenelg
alongside HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin to mark the fifth anniversary of
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
Op marks five years
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