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HMAS Choules has arrived at Manus
Island, Papua New Guinea, to sup-
port Department of Immigration and
Citizenship (DIAC) activities as part of
Approximately 60 ADF personnel
assigned to Joint Task Force 638 have
been deployed or have already direct-
ly supported Operation Landscape after
an announcement by the Australian
Government on July 19 to increase the
capacity of accommodation facilities on
Commander Joint Task Force 638
WGCDR Kirrily Dearing said the opera-
tion had initially utilised specialist logis-
tic, survey and engineering personnel
from Army and Air Force.
"What we have seen so far is our
ability to stand up a very professional
and capable response to important tasks
at very short notice to a distant location,"
WGCDR Dearing said.
"The personnel were predominantly
Air Force and Army logisticians, engi-
neers and surveyors undertaking detailed
survey and remediation of sites for con-
struction of living and working accom-
modation by DIAC contractors.
WGCDR Dearing said Air Force had
moved more than 104 tonnes of cargo
into PNG with C-130J and King Air
moving 49.5 tonnes of cargo directly into
Manus Island since the first of five flights
on July 22.
"Our main works focused on the
Manus Island site with trade and sur-
vey tasks, however, other personnel
were utilised for the logistics task at Port
Moresby airport and other jobs.
"At one stage we had 49 personnel
deployed to PNG working in quite ardu-
Choules has now arrived with 132
crew members on board to provide afloat
accommodation, ship-shore transport
capability along with logistic and general
Acting Chief of Joint Operations
CDRE Aaron Ingram commended the
efforts of all personnel who he said
showcased the capabilities of the ADF.
"We have a lot of very smart, talented
and hard-working people in the ADF and
this is another example of how we can
assist other agencies in achieving import-
ant tasks as part of a wider team," CDRE
"The ADF has now completed all
construction and remediation works
requests on Manus Island and handed
over the delegated projects to DIAC.
"Planning will commence shortly to
return personnel and equipment back to
Australia while continuing to support our
people who remain working in PNG, our
aviators in Port Moresby and our sailors
at Manus Island in HMAS Choules."
Defence will not be responsible for
managing or providing security to the
Choules plays role
on Manus Island
ON SITE: A
leaves to collect
Photo: SGT William
CPL Nick Wiseman
THE 2013 Defence Blood Challenge
was launched by VCDF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin at the Canberra Donor
Centre on August 2.
The challenge marks an important
time for the Red Cross with a third of
all donations throughout the year com-
ing during the challenge period from
September 2 to November 30.
As a donor himself, AIRMSHL
Binskin said he would look to this
year's ambassadors to increase dona-
tions to 4000.
"I ask everyone who can donate to
help achieve this goal," he said.
"If I can give blood, anyone can."
This will be the fifth Defence chal-
Anyone, including friends and fam-
ilies, can donate blood or plasma by
making an appointment at a donor cen-
tre or mobile donor centres nationally
and then nominate their chosen service
to make their donation count for the
Donating his 50th plasma donation
on the day of the launch was LCDR
Stuart Hillam, of the Directorate of
Technical Regulation -- Navy, who said
donating was important and something
everyone should do if given the oppor-
"I take the opportunity as often as
I can to give something back," he said.
Going for top drop
"I'd encourage everyone, Navy
members particularly, to get behind the
"Get in there and do it now."
This year's blood ambassadors are
PO Cartrena Skinner, WO2 Graeme
Reynolds, SQNLDR Andrew Greaves
and public servant Joe Guarnieri.
At the launch, Army and Air Force
were presented their awards for their
results in last year's challenge with
Army placing first and Air Force win-
ning in a new category based on per
To find out more about this year's
challenge, visit www.donateblood.com.
ON THE WAY: Blood ambassador PO Cartrena Skinner chats with LCDR Stewart Hillam as he makes his first
donation for the 2013 Defence Blood Challenge.
Photo: David McClenaghan
NAVY personnel have helped raise
funds and awareness of the issue of
violence against women at a num-
ber of events.
HMAS Kuttabul personnel col-
lected gold coins at the entrance to
the base and later hosted a fundrais-
ing and awareness morning tea,
while HMAS Harman supported
the White Ribbon Night In, rais-
ing money at the Christmas in July
White Ribbon Ambassador
LEUT Josh Watkin said challenging
discriminatory or violence-support-
ing attitudes was critical to breaking
the cycle of gender violence.
"Navy is a big supporter of the
White Ribbon campaign," LEUT
"White Ribbon is fundamentally
connected to NGN -- it is about
shaping attitudes and behaviours
which respect and promote the
wellbeing of every person.
"Across all ranks, we're showing
that gender discrimination, sexual
misconduct and violence-supporting
attitudes are issues we cannot ignore,
and we're demonstrating that daily
through the efforts of the largest group
of ambassadors of any Service."
More information on hosting a White
Ribbon Night event can be found at
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