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CAPT Sean Childs
DEPUTY Commander JTF 633
CDRE Martin Brooker officially
transferred his command authority
to incoming Deputy Commander
AIRCDRE Tony Needham at Al
Minhad Air Base on May 16.
The transfer ended an almost
CDRE Brooker saw firsthand
Australia’s efforts in the MEAO.
“Visiting our people in
Afghanistan like the Artillery
Training and Advisory Team in
Kabul meant I saw the practical
gains being made by the Afghan
National Army and our contribu-
tion to the ISAF mission,” CDRE
“Seeing the difference the ADF
is making and has made in Uruzgan
province has been a highlight.
“The move from mentoring to
advising is a testament to the great
contribution and confidence the
joint task force has on the ground.”
Seeing Australia’s maritime
operations was also significant.
“The persistent efforts of our
maritime operations are testament
to Australia’s naval capability. Our
sailors undertake long deployments
under difficult circumstances with
great effect,” CDRE Brooker said.
Like all deployed personnel,
CDRE Brooker’s family eagerly
awaits his return.
“There’s nothing like being
with family. I’ve been away for
Christmas, Easter and Anzac Day –
the days you’d normally spend with
family. I look forward to getting
home very much,” he said.
The Deputy Commander Joint
CDF GEN David Hurley
has advised all Defence per-
sonnel to remain vigilant in
the wake of alleged Islamist
terror attacks in Europe
A British soldier was
attacked and killed by two
assailants while walking
down a London street on
May 22 and a uniformed
French soldier was attacked
and stabbed while on a
patrol in Paris on May 25.
GEN Hurley said per-
sonnel needed to be alert,
but not alarmed.
“Although there is no
evidence of similar threats
to ADF or Defence per-
sonnel, there is the pos-
sibility of further copy-cat
attacks,” he said.
“All Defence person-
nel are to ensure that they
exercise enhanced person-
nel security awareness and
vigilance, particularly when
off base and in uniform.
“You should exercise
sensible security precau-
tions, such as avoiding
known or likely trouble
spots, and take extra care
in what you reveal about
yourself and your planned
activities in social media.”
The Defence Security
Agency (DSA) assessed that
an increase in Safebase
warning levels was not
required but recommended
base security managers
review security arrange-
ments at all Defence bases
to ensure that they are
effective and appropriate.
“As always, if you
become aware of any-
thing suspicious or unu-
sual you should report it,
either through the chain
of command or to the
DSA Security Intelligence
Team,” GEN Hurley said.
The DSA Security Intelligence
Team can be contacted on (02)
6266 2811 or at CBR@defence.
Change to task force deputy
On her way home
HMAS Toowoomba began her journey
home on May 28 after handing over mari-
time security and interception operations
for Operation Slipper in the Middle East to
Toowoomba is due to arrive at Fleet Base
West later this month.
The ship’s company of 191 completed six
months of counterpiracy, counternarcotics
and counterterrorism operations.
CO Toowoomba CMDR Brendon Zilko
said personnel could be proud of the role
they played in the Middle East after patrol-
ling waters from the Somali Basin and
Arabian Seas to the Gulfs of Aden and
Oman, and the Straits of Hormuz and Bab-
“This has been a highlight of my career
and it’s very satisfying to bring this highly
professional, dedicated and capable ship’s
company home to Australia to be reunited
with families and friends,” CMDR Zilko
“Our mission in the Middle East was to
secure the maritime environment for legiti-
mate trade and the ship’s company has done
this with aplomb.
“They can hold their heads high for a job
well done to both deter illegal activity in the
import trade area and also build relationships
with other nations.
“I also need to recognise the efforts of the
families who have not seen their loved ones
since we steamed out of Rockingham on
December 28 – I cannot thank you enough
for the support you have provided these very
professional people while they have been
Toowoomba was tasked with regional
engagement and capacity building through
participation in both the Combined Maritime
Force-led Focussed Operation Southern
Sweep and an International Mine Counter
She also hosted diplomats from the
Seychelles, Russia, China, France, India,
Cuba and the UK.
“We have had some unforgettable
opportunities such as the first port visit to
Mombasa, Kenya, in more than 20 years and
also being the first Australian ship in some
time to patrol inside Somalian territorial
waters to deter piracy,” CMDR Zilko said.
Commander Joint Task Force 633
MAJGEN Michael Crane, Deputy
Commander CMF VADM John Miller and
CDRE Simon Ancona visited the ship in
Bahrain to acknowledge Toowoomba’s
efforts before leaving the MEAO.
MAJGEN Crane said Toowoomba’s crew
could be proud of the role it played in the
fight against terrorism and piracy.
“Toowoomba has done a superb job con-
tributing to the full scope of combined mari-
time forces operations including maritime
security, counter piracy and regional engage-
ment,” MAJGEN Crane said.
“Her presence in the region as part of the
wider coalition force has helped deter pirates
from trying to ply their criminal trade and as
part of the Combined Maritime Force she has
strengthened international bonds.
“The ship’s company can return home
now for a well-earned rest and to be reunited
with their families.”
Newcastle has taken over operations with
the Combined Maritime Force and will hand
over to HMAS Melbourne later this year.
For more on Toowoomba’s deployment see
ON WATCH: A Navy clearance diver looks out
over the water as a RHIB move to the starboard
side of HMAS Toowoomba. Photo: CPL Janine Fabre
HANDSHAKE: CO HMAS Toowoomba
CMDR Brendon Zilko meets CO HMAS
Newcastle CMDR Paul O’Grady for a
handover meeting before the transfer of
authority for Operation Slipper.
Photo: LEUT Joshua Clifford
Task Force 633 position is a joint
rotational role, dealing with the
complex operational and personnel
issues of Op Slipper.
CHANGE: Deputy Commander
JTF 633 CDRE Martin Brooker
hands command to AIRCDRE
Tony Needham at a presentation
at Al Minhad Air Base.
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