M1A1 Abrams operator Lance Corporal Grant Hasler, B Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin, secures a muzzle cap onto the barrel of an Abrams tank at Shoalwater Bay during Exercise Predator's Strike.
An M1A1 Abrams tank from the 1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin, at Shoalwater Bay during Exercise Predator's Strike.
Trooper David Delaney (Newcastle, NSW) checks communications on the gun platform of an ASLAV during Exercise Predator's Strike.
Private Oliver Pearcey from the Adelaide-based 7th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, checks his camouflage paint prior to departing with the 7RAR Battle Group at Shoalwater Bay during Exercise Predator's Strike 2011.
DE for the FO job and the CP sig gig as well.
Just a heads up for those who haven't seen this RAAF docu series by the ABC from 2002 (I've never seen this before either):
Description: Airforce looks at the technology utilised by the Australian Air Force now and in the future, its people, the effects of flying on their minds and bodies and how aviation medicine is pushing endurance limits.
1 The Billion Dollar Question
2 Intelligent Destruction
3 Flying High
4 Flying Metal
5 Future Shock
(probably only accessible to those within Australia)
There's also other interesting History Channel clips, etc available here:
Defence to overhaul plagued Navy maintenance
There is to be an overhaul of the Navy's maintenance and management practices after a strongly critical report.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith commissioned the chairman of the Defence Audit and Risk Committee, Paul Rizzo, to conduct a review after three Navy ships were unable to assist in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi because of ongoing maintenance issues.
The report blames poor asset management, organisational complexity and blurred accountabilities.
Mr Smith says Defence fully accepts the recommendations and will implement them.
TIGER Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters from the Australian Army’s 1st Aviation Regiment are providing situational awareness and close air support to ground troops as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011. The Tiger ARH has an advanced suite of surveillance and reconnaissance equipment to enable friendly forces to gain an accurate picture of potential threats, and modern weaponry to accurately assist friendly forces under fire. As part of Exercise Talisman Sabre, Australia and United States are sharing the capabilities of military equipment such as the Tiger ARH in order to improve their interoperability to enhance regional security and stability.18.07.2011
Smith announces review into $6b sub fleet
Defence Minister Stephen Smith has admitted there are "long-term difficulties" with the trouble-plagued Collins class submarine fleet.
He has announced a review of the $6 billion six-boat fleet in the face of reports that they spend most of their time under repair and sometimes only one has been available for service.
The submarines' diesel engines have never functioned well and there are now real doubts that they are robust enough to last until 2025, when the fleet is due to be replaced.
Other mechanical issues include the performance of the electric motors, batteries and generators, and the armament and fire/control systems.
Mr Smith says the Government has engaged British-based defence sector expert John Coles to carry out the review to "give us a clear pathway" to getting "more subs into the water".
The Government is committed to a new submarine program of 12 vessels but detailed planning for the new fleet has not yet begun.
Did it take him this long to work this out? The Collins are the biggest pieces of junk the Navy ever built. I believe another great labor decision.