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February 2, 2012
AN ARMIDALE patrol boat crew assigned to
Operation Resolute and personnel at Joint Task
Force 639 played a key role in a combined sur-
veillance operation off the Queensland coast.
The operation resulted in the apprehension of
four Spanish nationals and the seizure of 300kg of
cocaine from a yacht in Bundaberg, Queensland,
on November 12.
The Navy's crew worked alongside other
Border Protection Command (BPC) assets as
Australian law enforcement agencies dealt a signifi-
cant blow to an international organised crime syn-
dicate. Northern Command Headquarters played a
key role in the operation, with the JTF headquar-
ters staff in conjunction with BPC staff provid-
ing Customs and Border Protection with advice
and coordination to ensure maximum benefit was
obtained from the BPC-assigned capabilities.
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By CPL Nick Wiseman
THIRTEEN sailors and officers have been
rewarded for their distinguished work and
dedication to duty as part of this year's
Australia Day Honours List.
The honours which are traditionally
awarded on Australia Day recognise those
who have made a significant difference and
commitment in their duties to the RAN.
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
recipient WO Sharon Campbell said she had
enjoyed her time as the Senior Watch Officer
at the RAN recruit school.
"It's extremely rewarding because it pro-
vides an opportunity to establish standards
with recruits straight off the streets, while
their eyes and ears are wide open," WO
"You need to make sure it's they leave
you with the right impression and they head
off to the fleet with the kind of attitude and
mindset we require of our sailors."
LEUT Richard Brickacek was formally
recognised for his leadership in action in
Afghanistan as part of an explosive ordnance
team with the Distinguished Service Medal.
Despite fatalities and injuries from IED
attacks, LEUT Brickacek ensured timely
first aid was delivered and evacuations were
achieved while displaying courage, compo-
sure and selflessness.
Two officers were recognised with com-
mendations for distinguished service while
one officer received the Conspicuous Service
The Conspicuous Service Medal was
awarded to five members of the Navy for
their meritorious devotion to duty and
Recognised with both the Member
of the Order of Australia (AM) and the
Commendation for Distinguished Service,
RADM David Johnston said the recogni-
tion reflects the incredible contribution many
people have made to what they do on opera-
"It's not something I had any expectation
it to the best of our ability and we enjoy the
opportunity to work with the people we do it
with," RADM Johnston said.
"Command and leadership is always
about being part of a team.
"Taking part in the ADF response to
the Victorian bushfires in 2009 at a time
when the operational HQ was just opening
at Bungendore was a dynamic and incred-
ible opportunity to be deeply involved in the
ADF response to support communities that
urgently needed assistance."
RADM Johnston said it was a great hon-
our to be recognised in the various roles he
had served in over the years.
"I hope those who have worked with me
see this as a feather in their hat for the great
job done when we worked together."
By LSIS Paul Berry
QUEENSLAND and much of Australia
paused on January 10 to mark the first anni-
versary of the devastating 2011 floods.
Many communities affected by the disas-
ter gathered to remember the victims and to
support to those hardest hit by the worst natu-
ral disaster in the state's history.
With three-quarters of the state declared a
disaster zone, the ADF played a critical role
as the scale of the tragedy unfolded.
More than 1900 ADF personnel
deployed at short notice as part of Operation
Queensland Flood Assist.
The CO of the Sea King Detachment
for Operation Flood Assist, CMDR Paul
Moggach, was piloting one of two Sea King's
in the Lockyer Valley on January 11, 2011.
"It was the most important and significant
flying I've done in 20 years in the Navy,
given the help that we were providing and the
capability that we were able to bring to what
was a desperate situation for a lot of people in
that valley," CMDR Moggach said.
"We joined up with two Army Black
Hawks and the four aircraft pretty much evac-
uated the whole town of Forest Hill, then
about 160 people from Laidley, just across
He said the people of Forest Hill received
very little notice to evacuate.
"People were coming to the aircraft bare-
foot, with the odd plastic bag full of stuff,
saturated, cold and frightened. When I think
about that time, I think about them because
they went through a huge amount.
"It was a pretty special day's flying and I
know the aircrews were all thinking about it
on the 11th this year, because there were a few
of us on Facebook."
ABATV Jason Thorpe found himself act-
ing as ground crew and briefing and coordi-
nating evacuees for all four ADF aircraft.
"Just before they took off on the 11th,
ABATV Anthony Peters and I were chosen
to hop in to help out on the ground," ABATV
"We were reassuring people, trying to
keep people nice and calm and get them onto
the aircraft quickly.
"It was probably the biggest and longest
day I've done in the Navy, but everyone was
motivated to keep going. I just feel I was
lucky to be a part of it."
See page 15 for the full list of award recipients
Memories fresh from flood anniversary Patrol boat assists
in Qld drug seize
HONOURED: LEUT Richard Brickacek in
Afghanistan in 2010 (above) received the
Distinguished Service Medal and RADM
David Johnson (inset) was rewarded with an
Order of Australia.
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