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May 9, 2013
LCDRs Stephen Hurd and Iain Weir
are deployed as Australian maritime
trade operations officers embedded in
UKMTO’s counter-piracy unit based at
the British Embassy in Dubai.
The UKMTO is the first point of
contact for merchant ships transiting
through the MEAO.
LCDR Iain Weir said the UKMTO’s
main role was to act as a conduit
between the merchant service and Navy
in regards to piracy attacks.
“The protection of the sea lines of
communication is a global concern,”
LCDR Weir said.
“Somali piracy has reduced in the
last two years and this has been attrib-
uted to the presence of naval units,
application of self protection meas-
ures, stiffer penalties/flag state prose-
cutions and a change to Somali’s state
“Our role in assisting with the coun-
ter-piracy process is valuable in helping
reduce future attacks from pirates.”
The two Navy officers conduct daily
briefings with merchant ships and advise
the ships on self-protection measures.
LCDR Hurd said the briefings helped
mariners decide if they should proceed
on their intended passage.
“The briefings ensure the mariners are
familiar with any risks they might encoun-
ter and how they might protect themselves
from hijack,” LCDR Hurd said.
“Beyond this important role, LCDR
Weir and I engage with industry and
respond to any requests from Australian
deployed units while working within the
team at UKMTO.”
During the deployment they have
briefed more than 300 ships, from tank-
ers to container ships to car carriers to
general cargo vessels.
Most of these occur in Jebel Ali, a
port that covers about 52 square miles.
Recent visits from CN, Deputy
Commander Joint Operations and
Deputy Commander JTF633 have fur-
ther enhanced the exposure of the work
that is being done by the MTO officers.
DCJTF 633 CDRE Martin Brooker
said the work of the embedded officers
at UKMTO “fits well within the mission
for the MEAO and I am in no doubt that
they are making a significant contribu-
tion to the counter-piracy efforts being
Looking after trade
in the Middle East
Voice of youth
NAVIES have long been a tool of
international diplomacy but it still
came as a surprise to MIDN Nam
Nguyen when he was selected to be
Australia’s voice at several major
MIDN Nguyen, an ADFA
student studying a Bachelor of
Business, recently returned from
the Global Security Summit in
Bratislava, Slovakia, where he
joined youth delegations to discuss
issues of international importance.
MIDN Nguyen said the experi-
ence would serve him well at the
Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore
“I developed a greater apprecia-
tion for geo-strategic affairs, par-
ticularly in Europe and its implica-
tions for our region,” he said.
“I learnt from this visit the ability
to critically analyse rapidly changing
strategic contexts and this will help
me in Shangri-La by being able to
contribute to the debate by assessing
our security risks in the future.”
MIDN Nguyen’s attendance was
the result of a partnership between
Defence and Global Voices, a not-
for-profit organisation that fosters
participation by young Australians
in international diplomacy.
The partnership with Global
DIPLOMACY: MIDN Nam Nguyen and Jack Greig are representing
Defence at global youth forums.
Photo: Steve Dent
OFFICE TALK: LCDRs Stephen Hurd, left, and Iain Weir brief LCDR Simon
Goodes, CAPT Phil Warwick, CN VADM Ray Griggs and CDRE Martin
Brooker at the UKMTO HQ in Dubai.
Voices is helping to develop the
next generation of Defence leaders.
MIDN Nguyen was selected
along with strategic policy analyst
Jack Greig to join the program by
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
and Deputy Secretary Strategy
MIDN Nguyen said in Slovakia
he and Mr Greig were involved in
the Young Leaders Forum, where
they met government officials and
think-tank members to discuss
issues of interest, including the
responsibility to protect theory.
MIDN Nguyen and Mr Greig
will each produce a research paper
that provides a policy recommenda-
tion that is relevant for Australia.
MIDN Nguyen said while he
had never envisaged a career as a
diplomat, it was important for jun-
ior officers to be aware of the global
“Later in my career, I would
definitely like to pursue a posting
as a Defence attache, or at a more
junior level, a military adviser, at an
Australian embassy or consulate,”
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