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September 1, 2011
TERMS of reference for the Coles
Review of the sustainment of the
Collins-class submarines were released
on August 24.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith and
Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare
announced the release in a joint state-
Both ministers met with John Coles,
an independent expert from BMT
Defence Services in the UK, to discuss
the review and the terms of reference.
Mr Coles has more than 30 years
experience in the design, acquisition and
sustainment of ships and submarines,
principally in the United Kingdom.
The joint statement emphasised the
"vital" importance of the sustainment of
the submarine fleet to Australia's nation-
"Just as the Rizzo Report, released
on July 18, provides a plan to improve
the repair and management of the Navy's
amphibious fleet, Mr Coles will provide
a plan to improve the repair and manage-
ment of our submarine fleet," the state-
The review will involve a detailed
examination of complex engineering
issues associated with submarine sus-
tainment and is likely to involve support
from international experts and compa-
nies in this field.
Mr Coles' terms of reference are to
examine, report and provide recommen-
the optimal commercial arrange-
ments for conduct of submarine
appropriate performance goals
for sustainment activity, based on
world's best practice efficiency and
options for demonstrating value for
money in sustainment activity and
the supply chain;
opportunities for improvements in
management arrangements between
ASC, Defence Materiel Organisation
(DMO) and Navy to achieve effi-
future infrastructure needs to sup-
port the submarine sustainment
measures to be implemented by
DMO and Navy to ensure that ASC
is able to operate under a perfor-
mance-based contract; and
the priorities for ASC and Defence
reform to effect greatest improve-
ment, given time, budget and system
An interim report will be provided
to Government by December 2011 and a
final report by April 2012.
ADF mourns courageous digger
DEFENCE and the Australian com-
munity are mourning the death of PTE
Matthew Lambert, killed in action in
Afghanistan on August 22.
The Townsville-based 2RAR infantry
soldier was a member of the third rota-
tion of the Mentoring Task Force (MTF).
PTE Lambert was on a night men-
tored patrol with elements of the Afghan
National Army and other coalition forces
in the Khas Uruzgan region 85km north-
east of Tarin Kot.
He was critically wounded when
what is believed to have been an IED
was detonated about 2.30am local
An ISAF soldier was also seriously
wounded in the same incident. He is in a
stable condition. No other Australian or
Afghan soldiers were wounded.
PTE Lambert began his journey
home on August 26 with a simple cer-
emony in Tarin Kot.
Commanding Officer MTF 3 LTCOL
Chris Smith said PTE Lambert was a
highly professional and disciplined sol-
"PTE Matthew Lambert never failed
to impress me with his drive, person-
al philosophy and professionalism,"
LTCOL Smith said.
"The words which best describe PTE
Lambert are 'courageous, fit, strong, and
"To all of us who shared this mis-
sion with him, his death was sudden and
unexpected, but sadly that is the nature
"As we farewell Matthew, our
thoughts are with his family and his part-
ner at this time."
He was the 29th Australian soldier
killed in Afghanistan since Operation
Slipper began and the eighth Australian
soldier to be killed this year.
PTE Lambert was born in Kogarah,
NSW in 1985. He joined the Army
from southern Queensland, enlisting in
the Army Reserve's 9th Battalion, The
Royal Queensland Regiment, in August
He transferred to the Australian
Regular Army in February 2007 and was
posted to 2RAR.
PTE Lambert's partner, Ellesse, said
Matthew was the love of her life.
"He was the most special man in my
life and we had planned our whole life
together," she said.
"Matty made me a better person, he
is my best friend and I will always love
him. Matty always protected me and
was the best part of my life, he was my
PTE Lambert has been awarded
the AASM with ICAT clasp and the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, ASM
with clasp Timor-Leste, ADM and the
Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.
The soldier is survived by his partner,
Ellesse, parents Vicki and Chris, and
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SAD MOMENT: PTE Matthew
Lambert's sniper mates form an
honour guard around his cas-
ket during a moving service at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
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