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EAST Timor began an exciting
new chapter in its history when the
Australian-led International Stabilisation
Force (ISF) ceased security operations
on November 22.
After more than six years of support-
ing the East Timor security forces, the
ISF role has changed to the redeployment
of its people and equipment to Australia
and New Zealand.
ISF troops started to depart East Timor
in late November and bases will be reme-
diated for handover by mid-2013.
ISF members marked the end of
their mission with a parade at the Fatu
Hada Headquarters of the Timor-Leste
Defence Force. Dignitaries included
CDF GEN David Hurley and East Timor
Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.
GEN Hurley said East Timor's secu-
rity forces had risen to several challenges
"We have witnessed the successful
conduct of national elections, the forma-
tion of a new government and we cele-
brated the 10th anniversary of restoration
of independence," he said.
"Each of these demonstrates marked
The security environment in East Timor
has remained stable for the past three-and-a
half years and the cessation of international
stabilisation operations is indicative of the
ability of East Timor's security forces to
respond to domestic security issues.
The United Nations will withdraw its
mission in East Timor by December 31.
Australia's engagement will con-
tinue through the Defence Cooperation
Program and AFP support to East
Timor's police forces.
The ISF has already consolidated the
number of bases it operates from, hand-
ing the Government of East Timor a bare-
base at Gleno on February 27 and Forward
Operating Base Chauvel on March 1.
Mr Gusmao said the farewell ceremo-
ny was a landmark moment for the nation.
"On behalf of the Government and
the people of Timor-Leste, I give thanks
to Australia and New Zealand and the
brave soldiers who served with ISF for
helping us achieve stability," he said.
"As a result we now look to the future
with optimism and hope."
THE roar of V8 Supercar engine
simulators and the cheers of
excited sailors filled the air when
the Engineering Challenge was
launched at Sydney's Garden Island.
Head Navy Engineering RADM
Michael Uzzell launched the com-
p etition at the RAN Heritage
Centre on November 28 while Ford
Performance Racing (FPR) Team
Navy showcased its successful racing
technologies to more than 100 sailors.
RADM Uzzell said the
Engineering Challenge would show-
case the skills and ingenuity of tech-
nicians and provide incentive for the
revitalisation of technical mastery
in line with the recommendations
made in the Rizzo Review.
"This challenge is a means of
promoting technical excellence and
demonstrating the skills Navy pos-
sesses," he said.
The annual Engineering Challenge
involves skill-of-hand competitions
between teams of personnel.
"The requirement for teams to
perform the challenges reflects the
Navy ethos of collective effort being
greater than the sum of individual
efforts," RADM Uzzell said.
He said the challenge involved
regional competitions from March
to October, followed by a national
competition at the end of each year.
"National champions in each
competition will be recognised and
prizes awarded," he said.
RADM Uzzell unveiled the com-
Bright future as
PACKING UP: CPL Malina Rumble wraps a pallet for transport in preparation
for Timor-Leste Aviation Group's return home to Australia.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
Techies up to
ANOTHER WIN FOR NAVY
TEAM Navy driver Chaz Mostert
has added another achievement
to his list of career highlights,
with the 20-year-old set to be
named as an honorary officer.
At the time of print, CN VADM
Ray Griggs was scheduled to
officially appoint Mostert to the
honorary rank of lieutenant at
the Sydney 500 in Homebush on
VADM Griggs said he
appointed Mostert because he
has exemplified Navy values.
"Honour, honesty, courage,
integrity and loyalty are the core
values we in uniform strive to live
by every day," VADM Griggs said.
"Chaz's conduct and skill on
and off the track has demonstrat-
ed these attributes."
As an honorary lieutenant,
Chaz Mostert won't be able
to command a Navy vessel or
asset, but it will allow him to wear
a uniform at special Navy events
and continue his promotion of
"Chaz has been an enthu-
siastic supporter of our marine
technician placement program
at Ford and his support for
Navy and our role in protecting
Australia's maritime interests is
much appreciated, both by me
and the men and women I com-
mand," VADM Griggs said.
petition after the formal announce-
ment of the technicians who will be
embedded in the FPR team for the
2013 marine technician outplace-
The program gives Navy tech-
nicians the opportunity to enhance
their technical skills and gain
insights into how other high-perfor-
mance organisations undertake their
POMT Chris King, of FSU-SE,
and LSMT Jordan Marcioni, of
HMAS Cerberus, will replace POMT
Clint MacGregor and LSMT Ashley
Schmidt with FPR's Team Navy next
RADM Uzzell said the skill
enhancement and knowledge gained
by POMT MacGregor and LSMT
Schmidt during their 12-month
placement would benefit Navy sig-
He thanked them for their efforts
assisting the Navy-sponsored V8
Supercar and driver Chaz Mostert.
POMT MacGregor said the out-
placement program taught him a lot
about industry best practices that will
serve him well in his next posting as
an MT trade instructor at Cerberus.
"It was a dream posting," he said.
"When I joined the Navy I never
imagined that one day I'd be work-
ing as a mechanic on high perfor-
mance racing cars."
ON SHOW: Chaz Mostert, POMT Clinton MacGregor, LSMT Ash Schmidt and LCDR Donald Hogarth
with the Team Navy Ford Performance Racing V8 Supercar, outside the Navy Heritage Centre during the
team's visit to Fleet Base East, Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
NEED FOR SPEED: The Team Navy Superboat puts on a show on Sydney Harbour, with V8 Supercar
driver Chaz Mostert at the helm, as part of the Team Navy initiative.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
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