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November 10, 2011
By LSIS Paul Berry
CLEARANCE divers CPO Luke
Graham and LS Tim Almond are
thinking outside the box.
The sailors are working side by
side in one of Combined Team --
Uruzgan's Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) teams, dealing
with Improvised Explosive Devices
(IEDs) on an almost daily basis.
EOD Team Leader, CPOCD
Graham, said the biggest challenge
was dealing with insurgents' end-
ing IED tac-
ing they told
me to think
I'm here, I can
see there is no
box. It doesn't
matter what you
hink or what
tells you, it's always different and
that's where the challenge is."
The pair have spent most of the
past four months travelling up and
down the Baluchi and Chorah val-
leys in southern Afghanistan making
safe, or blowing up, the deadly IEDs.
"For job satisfaction, this is the
ultimate test," CPOCD Graham said.
"Watching the search engineers
out in front find something and then
call you forward to take control. You
jump out of the Bushmaster and
the adrenalin goes up 150 per cent,
because everyone's looking at you,
asking 'where do you want us?'
"Then something happens and
you get in a contact -- it's mad
because we are so used to being in
exercises and firing blanks, but when
that first round comes at you or an
IED goes off in front of the convoy,
it's for real."
Reconnaissance team member
LSCD Almond said the job was
about as far removed from Navy life
as you could get.
LSCD's Almond's role is to pre-
pare equipment for the EOD techni-
to predict what's going to happen
next and have equipment ready for
the technician to grab and do his
job," he said.
"I also take care of any conven-
tional ordnance up to 160mm, gre-
nades, landmines, rockets, mortars
-- all that sort of stuff is within my
Both men agree that the specialist
equipment they use is state of the art.
"Every patrol is a positive for me,
working with guys you have never
worked with before, like the infantry
and cavalry," CPOCD Graham said.
CPOCD Graham said he was
proud of the way Navy personnel
were working in Afghanistan.
"I've never heard of Navy not
succeeding here," he said.
"Across the board, Navy guys
have an ability to fit into any envi-
ronment. I don't know if it's sea-
time or being away a lot, but when
we get challenged we break through
LSCD Almond said he felt like
he had accomplished something with
"I have learnt a lot about
Afghanistan and its culture and I've
achieved a land warfare deployment,
which is something I've strived for
my whole career," he said.
"But I can't wait to get back to
being a sailor and a clearance diver."
Breaking through barriers
OUTSIDE THE BOX: CPOCD Luke Graham and LSCD Tim Almond are part
of Combined Team -- Uruzgan. Inset: LSCD Almond on patrol.
Main photo: LSIS Paul Berry
By Michael Brooke
THE opening of the Australian Maritime
Warfare Centre (AMWC) at Fleet Base
East recently marked a milestone in the
regeneration of the RAN's high-end
An amalgamation of the Tactical
Development Group, Weapons Test
Group, Warfare Division, the Fleet
Operational Knowledge Exploitation Cell
and the former RANRAU, the AMWC
has been established to optimise the
warfighting effectiveness of the Fleet.
COMAUSFLT RADM Steve Gilmore
said the AMWC was a centre for excel-
lence that would represent the institu-
tionalisation of Program Pelorus -- the
Navy's high-end warfighting remediation
RADM Gilmore said the AMWC was
the nucleus of Navy's return to the mas-
tery of the maritime environment, which
would provide the analysis, tactics, tech-
niques and procedures to fight and win
"The AMWC is a key enabler to
ensure better proficiency in joint and
combined maritime operations -- skills
that have degraded in the recent past due
to the RAN's commitments to boarding
and counter-piracy operations," he said.
RADM Gilmore said the opening of
the AMWC created a unified centre draw-
ing on a combined set of skills, know-
ledge and experience in a focused envi-
ronment under the leadership of the inau-
gural commander, CAPT Peter Scott.
"The AMWC provides a professional
foundation stone that will lead us to a
better informed and a better performing
Fleet," CAPT Scott said.
"The AMWC allows us to coordi-
nate our activities and maximise com-
bined interoperability and ensure that we
become more aware, focused and aligned
with our allies."
THE fourth Strategic Reform
Program Change Readiness Survey
will be open online from November
11 to 25.
The survey collects information
about members' attitudes and com-
mitment to reform in Defence. This
insight will help Defence's senior lead-
ers determine how reforms are planned
The survey is your chance to
express your views on reform and help
Defence's senior leaders understand
how it is affecting your workplace.
A random sample from across
Defence will be invited to participate.
Selected personnel will receive emails
with further instructions and a link to
the survey, which will take around 15
minutes to complete. Confidentiality
and anonymity of respondents is
All personnel can make reform suggestions at
any time through the SRP intranet site on the
DRN. Personnel can also seek guidance and
provide feedback to the Strategic Reform and
Governance Executive by emailing strateg
SRP survey up and running
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