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April 26, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
AN AIR show often con-
jures up visions of pilots
feats in fast jets while
amazed onlookers watch
from terra firma.
But in May, Navy pilot
LEUT Nicholas Brown will
show that finely tuned fly-
ing skills aren't purely the
domain of Air Force fighter
pilots when he shows off
Navy's Sikorsky S-70B-2
Seahawk Helicopter at the
RAAF Air Show at Pearce,
He said there was no
feeling like flying a heli-
copter hundreds of miles
out to sea and landing it on
a moving warship.
"I joined the Navy
straight out of high school
in 2002 because I had
always wanted to fly, and
found the versatility of heli-
copters particularly appeal-
ing," he said.
"The Navy hasn't only
provided me with an oppor-
tunity to fly, but to do so
in challenging, exciting and
"Who wouldn't want to
fly a performance aircraft,
and get paid to do it?."
LEUT Brown followed
in the footsteps of his two
grandfathers when he
joined the military.
"Both my grandfathers
served in the military dur-
ing WWII. One served in
the Army as an infantry-
man, and the other was a
pilot who flew Kitty Hawk
aeroplanes in the Air
Force," he said.
"I also have one uncle
who is a brigadier in the
Army, and another who was
a non-commissioned officer
in the RAAF. So, I guess
you could say that serving
in the Defence Force runs
in my blood."
Also in his blood is a
strong sense of duty and
commitment to the future of
"I want to train future
pilots. I believe it would
be highly rewarding to
help future pilots develop
by passing on the experi-
ence and knowledge I have
gained," he said.
LEUT Brown, cur-
rently posted to HMAS
Toowoomba, is also prepar-
ing to deploy to the Middle
East on Operation Slipper
at the end of the year.
The 2012 RAAF Air Show will
be held at RAAF Base Pearce
in Western Australia from May
Sky no limit for pilot
LAC Bill Solomou
THE ADF has a new crisis response team. As of
April 2 the ADF Support and Response Team (SRT)
replaced the Defence Supplementation Staff (DSS).
The SRT will provide short-notice Defence
assistance to Australian high commissions or
embassies in the event of a crisis that may impact
The team will assist the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (DFAT)-led crisis response.
It will provide military skills, knowledge and
experience to the Australian Government's imme-
diate response, and as a crisis unfolds.
Under the new structure, the Deployable Joint
Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) will coordinate team
personnel, readiness and certification.
LTCOL Jeremy King, from the HQJOC Joint
Control Centre, said as a result of lessons from
Pakistan Assist II and Egypt 2011, a review was
done to refine processes.
"We looked at the DSS program's strengths and
weaknesses then developed a new team and a new
capability to better support DFAT," he said.
SRT will comprise two situation-specific teams.
"We are pulling team members from specific
units -- coordinated by DJFHQ -- to have the best
person suited to the role," LTCOL King said.
He said 54 personnel from various services and
units attended the first SRT training at HQJOC in
"It was a really good turnout and ideal to pre-
pare for this new capability."
Non-Regional Global Logistics Plans officer
LEUT Alex Colrain attended the training.
"My role will be to coordinate the logistic
requirements to move people out of a hostile
environment and sustain them before evacuation,"
LEUT Colrain said.
ADF has new
HIGH HOPES: LEUT Nicholas Brown with a Navy Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk
Helicopter, he will fly at the RAAF Air Show in Western Australia in May.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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