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April 25, 2013
IGHT maintainers and one aero-
nautical engineering officer have
joined Army’s 20th Surveillance
and Target Acquisition (20
STA) Regiment at Gallipoli Barracks in
Brisbane to get hands-on maintenance
experience with unmanned aerial vehi-
The RQ-7B Shadow 200 provides
intelligence, surveillance, target acquisi-
tion and reconnaissance support for land
The group has just complet-
ed Exercise Dragon’s Challenge in
Shoalwater Bay – a two-month work-
up for Shadow Group 3, scheduled to
deploy to Afghanistan.
Navy technicians will form half of the
eight-person maintenance team.
LSATA Kent Hanson said the team
was looking forward to the deployment.
“It will be something completely new
for me – way different than what I’ve
ever done in manned aviation. Navy heli-
copters deploy to the Gulf on the back
of a ship, but never on land,” LS Hanson
“Working with the Army has been a
different experience for us as well. Going
out bush and living in tents has made
us all step outside our comfort zones.
It’s been a great chance to broaden our
Since posting into 20 STA in July
2012, the Navy personnel have been
They completed their initial four
month UAV maintenance course with the
US Army at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
ABATV Steven Kerswell said having
a Navy aviation background had given
them an advantage with the training.
“The UAVs are fairly simple com-
pared to the systems we are used to
working on,” AB Kerswell said.
“It is interesting work, we’ve got a
good mix of people and it’s an opportu-
nity that not many Navy people get.
“It’s a good stepping stone to future
aviation – I think there will be a much
larger UAV capability for all three ser-
vices in the future.”
POATV Aaron Crockett said the
experience gained from deploying and
working with the Army would benefit the
Navy in the future.
“The UAV side of things has been
fairly simple, the challenges of working
with the Army have been a different ket-
tle of fish,” PO Crockett said.
“Being an artillery unit (20 STA),
they are very regimental, but it’s all
going well. We’re working with Army
aviation guys and they operate very simi-
lar to us, it’s just the artillery side of
things that is different.”
Team leader and aeronautical engi-
neer LEUT Dmytriy Stepchenkov said
Navy was gathering momentum in the
use of UAVs.
“As far as UAV maintenance goes, we
are the first push that Navy has had and
it’s very exciting to be at the front of it,”
LEUT Stepchenkov said.
“In some respects there is a lot less
complexity in the physical systems, but
the use of it makes up for complexity in
a whole lot of different ways and we’re
still finding our feet with it.
“I think there is a whole lot of capa-
bility that we could easily add to our
ships through the use of UAVs. Simple
things like reconnaissance available to
platforms as small as patrol boats for
boarding parties would be of great ben-
efit to our Navy.”
A small team of aircraft technicians has traded
the flight deck for the desert, spearheading
Navy’s first push in unmanned aerial vehicle
maintenance, LSIS Paul Berry reports.
Exploring future frontiers
TOP TEAM: (L-R) LSATV Christopher Botfield, ABATA Kurt Rigney, ABATV Steven Kerswell, LSATA Kent
Hanson, LSATA Andrew Earle, POATV Aaron Crockett and CPO Simon Hustwit stand with the Shadow 200
UAV during Exercise Dragon’s Challenge.
READY TO TAKE-OFF: LSATA Kent Hanson prepares to launch the UAV.
WELL PREPARED: Members benefited from their Navy aviation backgrounds
when conducting UAV maintenance.
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