Home' Navy News : March 15th 2012 Contents Cpl Melanie Schinkel
POSITIVE changes are unfolding to
increase the protection of Defence
personnel and establishments in the
event of a threatening security inci-
dent such as a terrorist attack.
Defence personnel may notice an
increase in deterrent infrastructure
and Australian Federal Police (AFP)
presence on their bases and establish-
ments as a result of initiatives being
implemented by the Base Security
Improvement Program (BSIP).
Coordinating the program's sched-
ule and reporting on its progress is
Matthew Couch from the BSIP
Program Management Office in
Mr Couch said the program was
established in 2010 after a review
made 33 recommendations to
enhance the protection of personnel
and workplaces in August 2009.
"The AFP and a number of intel-
ligence agencies foiled a terrorist plot
targeted at Holsworthy Barracks in
2009. This led to a review of secu-
rity across the Defence estate with
the intention of improving protection
for personnel serving on bases," Mr
"The threat is real and the best
security enhancement is for all base
personnel to be alert and proactive.
"Under an intelligence-led and
risk-based approach, the BSIP con-
tinues to deliver security measures
aimed at mitigating identified risks.
"By tailoring improvements to the
profile of each base, identified risks
will be reduced and the safety of per-
sonnel against terrorist-based attacks
will be increased.
"The program is largely delivered
with the remainder of deliverables
on schedule and on budget. Base per-
sonnel will note over the coming 12
months the introduction of search as
a condition of base entry, and infra-
structure changes to enhance access
A component of the BSIP is the
Enhanced Self-Defence Capability
(ESDC), which builds upon strength-
ened self-defence legislation pro-
viding a more robust framework by
which base personnel can defend
themselves and others in the event of
a serious incident.
The ESDC capability focuses on
protecting Defence people through a
deter, protect and respond model.
ESDC project team leader LTCOL
Wayne Higgins said the capability
included an armed AFP presence on
some bases to provide surveillance
and an immediate response. On bases
at most risk of an attack, ADF war-
dens with access to weapons would
also be present.
"If the need arises, uniformed
ADF personnel who will be trained
and authorised, will draw weapons,
ammunition, and other equipment and
take up positions to protect approach-
es to designated safe zones where
the base population will take cover
during an incident," LTCOL Higgins
said.He said onsite, AFP would be
the first to respond to an incident by
cordoning and containing the threat
and, if it was within their capability,
resolving the situation.
"The AFP will do what they can
but the state or territory police may
come onto the base to resolve the sit-
uation as they have jurisdiction."
Security program and self-defence
capability developments will continue
as systems are brought online and
supporting infrastructure works are
For more information on security
initiatives being implemented on spe-
cific bases or establishments, con-
tact the relevant site liaison officer or
search the BSIP website on the DRN.
March 15, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
NAVY Guided Weapons Systems
Programs Office -- West has been nom-
inated as a finalist in the first annual
Defence Excellence in Security Awards
for the outstanding contribution to
security by a team.
The awards will honour and cel-
ebrate achievements in security by
personnel working in the Defence envi-
Julian Ross is now quality manager
at the torpedo maintenance facility at
HMAS Stirling on Garden Island and
during his time as unit security officer
he shared the commitment and dedica-
tion to the security role with the cur-
rent security officer, Susan Ramshaw.
Mr Ross said they achieved this by
having a detailed plan and a schedule
which advised them what security
activities needed to be undertaken.
"We also formulated a communica-
tion strategy to raise the awareness
among the staff," Mr Ross said.
"Miss Ramshaw and I would like
to acknowledge the other finalists as
well as those who were nominated for
their contribution towards security in
"As security officers we take our
roles seriously and are humbled to
be recognised by our directors and
management to be worthy of such an
The Defence Excellence in Security
Awards for will be presented to
the winners at the Australian War
Memorial on March 27.
LS Paul Berry
CONSTRUCTION of the Navy's first
Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), HMAS
Hobart, has taken a significant step
forward following the delivery of
another two keel blocks.
The blocks were shipped from the
BAE Systems Williamstown shipyard
to South Australia's common user
facility on February 27.
BAE Systems Director of Maritime
Bill Saltzer said the delivery brought
the total number of blocks delivered to
the facility to five and marked another
significant milestone on the project.
"Construction of another six blocks
is already underway in Williamstown,
with two more to be delivered in a
couple of months and the other four
scheduled for completion later this
year," Mr Saltzer said.
Consolidation of the 100 tonne blocks
into HMAS Hobart's hull is expected to
start later in the year.
Block production for the second
AWD, HMAS Brisbane, is under way at
four separate shipyards, while construc-
tion on the third and final AWD, HMAS
Sydney, will begin this year.
The state-of-the-art Hobart Class
Combat System continues to take shape
following delivery of Vertical Launch
System modules for HMAS Hobart, six
Mk 25 Typhoon guns and three ship-sets
of Mk 45 gun mounts.
Two ship-sets of Aegis Combat
System equipment have passed factory
acceptance testing by the US Navy and
the Systems Centre in Adelaide has taken
delivery of its first piece of Aegis equip-
Once launched, the AWDs will be
among the world's most capable war-
ships and are expected to be in service
for more than 30 years.
AWDs a step closer
with keel blocks
OFF THE BLOCK: The first block to
arrive by sea on the barge before being
rolled off at Osborne, South Australia.
HMAS Choules dwarfs onlookers at Fleet Base East as the
ship arrives at its new home port. Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
• Base Security Improvement Program
• Enhanced access control
• Enhanced command and control
• Improved infrastructure for personnel and vehicle control
• A wider scope of guarding activities
• A robust base-wide alert functionality
• An inspection, search and seizure regime that aims to
deter and reduce the likelihood of weapons and explo-
sives being brought onto Defence establishments
• Improved security planning including up to date plans
• Enhanced Self-Defence Capability
• Onsite armed AFP
• Armed and unarmed security wardens
• Improved communications capabilities to assist with
command and control
• SMS alerts in addition to a base-wide alert system.
Better base security
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