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July 19, 2012
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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
THE crack of rifle fire echoed
throughout Fleet Base East (FBE)
when HMAS Anzac's crew conduct-
ed a realistic force protection exer-
cise as part of her work-up program
for Op Slipper.
Anzac's force protection party
responded within the rules of engage-
ment to repel simultaneous attacks by
mock terrorists on the wharf and those
in a RHIB.
But it was all in a day's work for
the ship's company of the first-of-class
FFH, who are looking forward to com-
mencing their Op Slipper deployment.
LSPT Natasha Wilson said she is
excited to be deploying to the Middle
East because the mission had changed
since her last deployment in 2003.
"I have been learning all over again
for this deployment because Slipper
has changed from anti-smuggling
patrols to anti-piracy patrols and mari-
time security in the broader region,"
Anzac crew readies
for Operation Slipper
'' - LSPT Natasha Wilson, mentor
for Anzac's female crew
Slipper has changed from anti-smuggling
patrols in the Northern Arabian Gulf to
anti-piracy patrols and maritime security
in the broader region.
EXCITED: LS Todd Giles is looking forward to deploying with HMAS Anzac to the Middle East Area of Operations.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
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"Such realistic training means we
will be able to carry out any task no
matter how challenging."
LSPT Wilson said with her experi-
ence of two Middle East deployments,
she is playing a mentoring role for
Anzac's 30 female crew members,
many of whom have not deployed to
"The girls are full of questions
about the deployment and I have been
able to reassure them that their intense
training will thoroughly prepare them
for what lies ahead.
"I have noticed how realistic the
exercise serials are this time, which
speaks volumes for how Sea Training
Group is mentoring and assessing us at
the same time," she said.
The force protection exercise was
conducted at FBE from June 4-8 and
followed Anzac's completion of her
Mariner Skills Evaluation and Unit
Supply Officer LCDR David Perry
said Anzac's next milestone was her
mission readiness evaluation that
would result in certification for FFH
150 to deploy as Rotation 29 to Op
LCDR Perry said about 95 per
cent of the ship's company were
new to Anzac, with only about 10
personnel having deployed with
HMAS Stuart in 2011 before the
"This crew has only been togeth-
er for about four months so it's very
pleasing to see them rally to the
challenge of a deployment in such
a compressed time-frame," he said.
"We have a very young ship's
company but they have responded
brilliantly to the challenge of the
work-up program while demonstrat-
ing their great eagerness to learn."
Anzac will deploy for six
months to Op Slipper, which is the
ADF's contribution to the interna-
tional campaign against terrorism,
countering piracy in the Gulf of
Aden and maritime security.
During her deployment, Anzac
will help provide security in the mari-
time environment, promoting regional
stability and global prosperity.
CDF GEN David Hurley has called
on all ADF members to keep an eye
out for each other following the public
release of the DLA Piper Review into
allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
"My primary concern at this time
is for the welfare and wellbeing of all
those who are affected by the DLA
Piper Review. Defence has put in
place support arrangements to assist
serving and former ADF members
who may be experiencing difficul-
ties as a result of this Review," GEN
The review identified 775 plausi-
ble allegations dating back to 1951.
While these allegations are yet to
be tested, the CDF said any form of
abusive behaviour in the ADF was
"I have said publicly that there is
no place for inappropriate behaviour
in Defence and any serving member
who is proven to have engaged in
abusive behaviour will be dealt with,"
The CDF said given the nature of
the allegations it was critical that they
be addressed as soon as practicable.
"Australians need to be assured that
when they choose to enlist in the ADF
they will be afforded every opportu-
nity to pursue a rewarding military
career in a safe and supportive work
environment," GEN Hurley said.
It is his strong belief that the
review does not define the ADF.
"I have served in the ADF for 40
years and I know that the ADF is not
characterised by abusive behaviour,"
"While the overwhelming majority
of ADF members live up to the high
standards expected of us, at times,
some members have acted in a man-
ner that has harmed people. This is
not acceptable and as members of
the ADF we must ask ourselves 'how
could this happen?' and 'how do we
ensure this does not happen again?' "
Government is considering a num-
ber of options presented in the review
which may be adopted to address
plausible allegations of past abuse.
The final report of the review has
been under consideration since April
and the Government is expected
to announce a response in the near
For volume one of the DLA Piper Report
and for more information on the review
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