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June 21, 2012
NEW sonar technology has been successfully
trialled in the West Australian Exercise Area
and at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay in May.
The innovative fibre laser sensor (FLS)
technology, jointly developed by DSTO's
Capability Technology Demonstrator (CTD)
Program and Maritime Operations Division
(MOD), in partnership with Thales Australia,
detected vessels of different size and sonar
signature, as well as Navy divers.
The SO Underwater Warfare, Capability
Development Group, CMDR Rod Cameron-
Tucker, said the new technology provided
Navy with significant future capabilities.
"Due to the thin, light weight and low
power nature of the fibre laser-based hydro-
phone array, the technology provides Navy
with rapidly deployable seabed arrays from
small vessels and towed arrays for surface
ships and submarines," he said.
"It also provides submarine hull-mounted
arrays as an alternative to the current out-
board electronics approach, and arrays for
unmanned underwater vehicles that demand
low power and small size."
Lightweight, ultra-thin and cost effec-
tive, an FLS can be dropped from a rigid hull
inflatable boat and almost immediately pro-
vide underwater surveillance.
The FLS technology uses tiny lasers to
A soundwave passing through the sensor
causes a small change in the wavelength of
the light produced by the laser.
It is this change in wavelength that is
detected by the system that is so sensitive it
can sense a change smaller than the diameter
of a hydrogen ion.
Unlike conventional sonar technology,
FLS require no bulky electrical cables, ampli-
fiers, or power supply in the sensor module
and are connected to the outside world via a
single, ultra-thin, fibre optic lead that doubles
as both a power lead, supplying energy in the
form of light, and a telemetry cable to trans-
mit the laser signal back to the receiver.
By eliminating all electronics from the
'wet end', huge reductions in weight and stor-
age volume are possible along with enhanced
reliability and endurance.
AUST R A LI A N Clearance Dive Team-One is ready
to shine at RIMPAC 2012 after completing a work-up
program that ended in a challenging unit readiness
The work-up was conducted across two differ-
ent areas in greater Sydney and Jer vis Bay, with all
operations run from Clearance Diving Headquarters
at HMAS Waterhen from May 7 -- June 1.
OIC AUSCDT-ONE LCDR Brett Dawe said the
activities conducted included mine counter-measures
diving, airbor ne mine disposal, land and shipborne
explosive/improvised ordnance disposal and diving
salvage and repair.
"Very realistic scenarios were set to train and test
our capability, including actual ships and infrastr uc-
tu re," he said.
"Each serial tested the diverse aspects required
in the mine warfare and clearance diving capability."
One of the more challenging scenarios saw the
divers render safe sea-mines in Sydney's Cockle Bay
LCDR Dawe said each serial challenged skills
and knowledge and allowed the team to build on
"An extremely challenging aspect of this style of
operation was the command, control, coordination
and communication required across multiple detach-
ments in different areas," he said.
"At any one time, headquarters could be in com-
mand of up to four different detachments in the field
working very different missions and skill-sets."
The Sydney area of operation included Sydney
Harbour, Chowder Bay, HMAS Kuttabul, Fleet Base
East, Randwick Bar racks and Orchard Hills.
The Jer vis Bay area included HMAS Creswell,
Beecroft Weapons Range and the Eastern Australia
LCDR Dawe said the training, support and
advice would enable AUSCDT-ONE to lear n from
any shortcomings and roll lessons back into future
"Overall we were greatly encouraged by the feed-
back that heightened our confidence in our ability
to deliver operational capability within the required
timeframes," he said.
LCDR Dawe said most of the exercises assessed
will be applied during RIMPAC.
"We consider ourselves very well prepared to
conduct this important exercise on the international
stage," he said.
Ready for RIMPAC
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: PO Glen Petersen conducts wharf to waterline searches
during the unit readiness evaluation for domestic tasking at the Australian Maritime
Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
A CLEAR lower deck was called
at 808SQN so the squadron could
assemble to watch CO, CMDR
Charlie Stephenson, touch down
in a MRH 90 after reaching his
4000th f lying hour on June 4.
"This is a very significant mile-
stone, particularly for a helicopter
pilot," XO 808SQN LCDR Peter
"This places CMDR Stephenson
up there with the greats like Tanzi
Lea and Tony Reyne."
CMDR Stephenson said he felt a
"bit overwhelmed" by the enthusi-
astic reception he received.
"It felt like a significant
achievement and came with the
bonus that it marked the completion
of my MRH 90 captaincy check,"
he said. "And of cou rse, achieving
this milestone as CO of 808 makes
it even more special."
CMDR Stephenson said his
next goal centred on the MRH 90.
"There are still a number of chal-
lenges with the MRH 90 program,
but I am very confident with the
capability of the aircraft and what
it brings to Navy and the wider
ADF," he said.
"My focus is on the continued
development of 808SQN through
to com missioning and full military
certification of the MRH 90."
As to the comparisons with
Tanzi Lea and Tony Reyne, CMDR
Stephenson wasn't so sure.
"It was very was nice to hear
that from my XO, but I don't think
I will ever reach the hours those
gentlemen have achieved," he said.
4000 hours and counting
TOUCH DOWN: CMDR Charlie Stephenson lands after completing his 4000th flying hour.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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