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LSIS Helen Frank
SEVEN years down the track and the
modules of the air warfare destroy-
ers (AWD) are coming together like
pieces in a giant Meccano set.
Ship One, Hobart, is steadily tak-
ing shape at the South Australian
Government's common user facility
at Techport Australia.
Block fabrication for Ship Two,
Brisbane, is under way at four
separate shipyards and hull blocks
for Ship Three, Sydney, has begun
at BAE Systems in Melbourne and
Navantia in Spain.
The final blocks for Hobart
arrived at Techport Australia in June.
Sixteen of the 31 blocks have
been joined and the fit-out is well
advanced. This includes installation
of the accommodation modules, die-
sel generators, gas turbines and water
coolers for the combat system.
The mast for Hobart was also
delivered in April from Port Adelaide
company, MG Engineering.
AWD General Manager of
Stakeholder Engagement CDRE
Steve Tiffen said he was excit-
ed about the capability these ships
would bring to the ADF.
"It's hard not to be impressed
when you are building something that
will be the most capable warship our
Navy has ever operated," he said.
"Their arrival will herald an enor-
mous jump in the air warfare and
command and control capability for
The blocks for Brisbane began to
arrive in January with BAE Systems
delivering the blocks that will house
the vertical launch system.
The first sonar block also arrived
from Navantia in January and was
closely followed by the fibreglass
sonar dome from the UK in February.
And, while a highly skilled and
professional naval shipbuilding capa-
bility continues to develop, the make-
up of the crews is being decided.
The destroyers will have a crew of
186. This will be supplemented by a
flight crew of 19 and a Commander
Task Group of between five and 10.
There are 236 bunks on board,
which will enable capability ele-
ments to be embarked for specific
operational requirements and trainee
management during periods of non-
"The crew composition is still
being refined," CDRE Tiffen said.
"But as currently configured using
our traditional department structures,
each AWD will have a command ele-
ment of two, an executive department
of 75, a supply department of 26, a
weapons engineering department of
42 and a marine engineering depart-
ment of 41."
Training pipelines have been
developed and are with Navy for con-
sideration. The plan has the first crew
members departing on FMS combat
system training courses in January
next year in the US.
Platform system training will start
in Adelaide in 2015. The training pro-
Trio takes shape SGT Dave Morley
JUST days after 2 Cdo Regt was
awarded its first Battle Honour and
celebrated its fourth birthday, one of its
most iconic figures was killed in action
CPL Cameron Baird, 32, was killed
by small arms fire on June 22 during an
engagement with insurgents.
During the same engagement, another
Special Forces soldier was seriously
wounded and a RAAF airman operating
with the Joint Terminal Attack Control
Team sustained minor wounds.
Members of the patrol provided
immediate first aid to the casualties who
were aeromedically evacuated to the
Role 2 Medical Facility at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot.
CPL Baird was pronounced dead on
arrival by medical staff at Tarin Kot.
CPL Baird was farewelled on June
25 by the SOTG and ISAF partners in
a solemn Service of Remembrance and
Ramp Ceremony at Multinational Base
CO SOTG LTCOL J said CPL Baird
was a professional and disciplined soldier
who exemplified all that was a commando.
"Cam, you were a soldier of the high-
est order, one never to shy from battle,"
"Rest in peace fine soldier and rest in
the knowledge that we will honour you
through our pledge to continue the mis-
sion here in Afghanistan."
CDF GEN David Hurley said
CPL Baird was on his fifth tour of
Afghanistan, having previously served in
Iraq and Timor-Leste.
"In combat, and as a team com-
mander, he was the man to watch and
never happier than when the situation
demanded decisive action and courage,"
"CPL Baird died how he lived -- at
the front, giving it his all, without any
"He will forever be remembered by
his mates and the soldiers he served with
in 2 Cdo Regt."
He gave it
his all: CDF
COMING TOGETHER: A tradesman welds a section of the destroyer being built at the ASC facility
in Adelaide (left). The final blocks for Hobart arrive in Adelaide from Forgacs in Newcastle (centre.)
Photos: LAC Scott Woodward and AWD Alliance
HIGH-POWERED: The Phalanx close-in
weapons system includes a fast-reaction
20mm Gatling gun that will provide the
AWDs with their last line of defence against
anti-ship missiles, littoral warfare threats
and aircraft at short range.
gram includes 73 new courses unique
to the destroyer, but also relies on a
number of courses currently in the
The next stage for Hobart is the
system installation phase.
"This is when all the platform and
combat system components are con-
nected and the ship starts to come
alive," CDRE Tiffen said.
"Shore power is connected to the
switchboards and the hundreds of
systems that make up a destroyer are
energised for the first time."
Throughout the on-board integra-
tion phase, system testing occurs and
intensifies after the ship enters the
System testing culminates in sea
trials a year after the launch and is
followed by delivery to the Navy in
the first half of 2016.
"Watching these fighting
machines take shape in front of your
own eyes, in your own backyard, is
a terrific sight and an outstanding
achievement for all those involved,"
CDRE Tiffen said.
"There is something inspiring
about a country that makes things and
even more so if those things present a
LARGE PROJECT: The
block that will hold the
bridge is moved into
position on board Hobart
Photo courtesy of AWD Alliance
EIGHT cadets and midshipmen
from the Australian Defence Force
Academy (ADFA) have been sus-
pended pending the outcome of an
investigation into allegations of seri-
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
said an investigation was being con-
ducted by the ADF Investigative
Service into an off-campus incident
on the weekend of June 15-16.
It is alleged that a small group of
male officer cadets and midshipmen
were exhibiting conduct contrary to
the values and standards expected of
"Enough is enough," AIRMSHL
"People who exhibit unaccepta-
ble conduct need to understand their
actions will have consequences and
we will not tolerate what is alleged
to have happened here.
"The strong, united stance you
are seeing from myself, the CDF
and the service chiefs should send
a very clear message -- the ADF
will not accept the type of actions
or conduct that contradicts our
AIRMSHL Binskin reassured
parents that ADFA had undertaken
an enormous effort to implement the
recommendations of the Broderick
"I am confident that ADFA
has the right leadership, reporting
mechanisms and support structures
in place to deal with incidences of
unacceptable conduct," he said.
"This is about instilling the right
values and standards in our men and
women so that they understand what
Australia expects from its Defence
Force and its future leaders."
AIRMSHL Binskin has asked
Sex Discrimination Commissioner
Elizabeth Broderick to examine this
specific issue and provide advice on
how to further reinforce the cultural
improvements occurring at ADFA
as part of her ongoing engagement.
CDF GEN David Hurley said
the strong and visible stance against
unacceptable behaviour was cultural
reform in action.
"We will not accept or excuse
illegal, offensive or discriminatory
behaviour in the ADF," he said.
Such behaviour contradicts our
Defence values and will have swift
and decisive consequences.
"As individuals we must have
the moral courage to act, and the
ability to respond when issues arise.
"I commend the cadets who have
stepped forward to raise concerns at
ADFA and I encourage anyone who
experiences or is aware of unaccep-
table behaviour to also speak up so
that these matters can be addressed."
Enough is enough: VCDF
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