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    Smith raises doubt over Strike Fighter project

    [SIZE=2][*******#000000]Related Story:[/COLOR][/SIZE][*******#0033cc] US says joint strike fighter is unaffordable[/COLOR]

    Defence Minister Stephen Smith has refused to guarantee Australia will buy 100 US-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, saying the project is getting close to the cost and delay overruns Defence built into the order.
    The Government has placed a tentative order for 100 of the stealth aircraft to replace its ageing fleet of less-capable F/A-18 Hornets and the now-retired F-111 fighter-bomber.
    Speaking in the United States before a meeting with defence secretary Leon Panetta, Mr Smith says Australia has made it clear the order, at present, is for only 14.
    "We are also in the market for joint strike fighters beyond 14, but we haven't placed a firm order or commitment for any more than 14," Mr Smith told ABC News Breakfast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalboy View Post
    A MEMBER of the Royal Australian Air Force has suffered life-threatening burns after a portaloo exploded at Rockhampton Airport in Queensland.
    That's horrific and tragic, but if it was me in that toilet I would be disappointed if people didn't at least have a chuckle at that.

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    Since when did the RAAF fit ejector seats to portaloos?

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    Condolaces to the affected. But.

    "Since the retirement of the F-111, Airforce is looking for new ways to do a "Dump and Burn"

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    General warns of Australian cluster bomb stockpile

    A former head of the Australian Defence Force says the US military could stockpile cluster bombs in Australia even if Federal Parliament bans the munitions.
    Cluster munitions scatter hundreds of small bombs over a wide area and can have a devastating impact on civilian populations.
    Many of the deadly bomblets fail to explode and pose a danger for decades.
    Australia has signed an international convention banning cluster bombs, and a bill before Parliament will entrench that treaty in domestic law.
    But retired general Peter Gration has signed a letter telling the Government the bill is flawed

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    Come on guys, there are loads of great photos and videos out there of the ADF so get posting !

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    Default Talisman Sabre 2011



    July 28, 2011, Australian Army soldiers fire M16 A4 service rifles while being coached by U.S. Marines with Combat Logisitics Battalion 31 (BLT-31), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), during a live fire exercise at Shoal Water Training Area in Queensland, Australia, in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    July 28, 2011, Australian Army soldiers fire M16 A4 service rifles while being coached by U.S. Marines with Combat Logisitics Battalion 31 (BLT-31), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), during a live fire exercise at Shoal Water Training Area in Queensland, Australia, in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    July 28, 2011, Australian Army soldiers fire M16 A4 service rifles while being coached by U.S. Marines with Combat Logisitics Battalion 31 (BLT-31), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), during a live fire exercise at Shoal Water Training Area in Queensland, Australia, in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    Under the guidance of Lance Cpl. Anthoney J. Robinson, a vehicle commander with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Australian soldier Lance Cpl. Amy Easthan fires the mk-19 automatic grenade launcher, July 28. Marines and Australians were participating in a bilateral live-fire training exercise during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    Under the guidance of Lance Cpl. Anthoney J. Robinson, a vehicle commander with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Australian soldier Lance Cpl. Amy Easthan fires the mk-19 automatic grenade launcher, July 28. Marines and Australians were participating in a bilateral live-fire training exercise during exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Elaina M. Rojas, a radio operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, educates Australian Army soldier Pvt. Joshua Watson, a cook with 11 Combat Service Support Battalion, on the M16 A4 service rifle during a live fire exercise conducted by Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 31st MEU, and Australian Army soldiers in Queensland, Australia, in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.


    Australian Army soldiers handle a U.S. Marine M16 A4 service rifle for the first time during a live fire exercise conducted by Marines with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Australian Army soldiers in support of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011.

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    Default Operation OMEED ATIL

    Provincial Governor Mohammad Omar Shirzad leads the Deh Rafshan shura (meeting) on completion of Operation OMEED ATIL at Patrol Base Samad, Afghanistan.

    The 6th infantry Kandak of the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) 4th Brigade has successfully planned and executed an insurgent disruption operation in the Deh Rafshan area near Tarin Kot that has uncovered a number of weapons and munition caches.

    Operation OMEED ATIL was a week-long operation led by the ANA and supported by their Australian mentors, Mentoring Task Force - Three (MTF-3), to degrade insurgent influence in the Deh Rafshan district of Uruzgan Province and build local confidence in the ability of the Afghan security forces.

    A large number of improvised explosive devices, illegal weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition were discovered during the operation and their removal will reduce the ability for insurgents to attack civilian, ISAF and Afghan forces in the area.

    The ANA has increasingly assumed the lead for the planning, preparation and execution of tactical operations, allowing Australian forces to concentrate on partnering Afghan Command and Control and Combat Support functions.

















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    Good to see the Multicam role out! Wonder what the trops opinions are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lopez View Post
    ah i see could be worse... so it is an out in the field gig then, how long would it take for me to get to do the FO stuff(i understand experience in the less complicated roles would be essential)? what are the other career paths that follow on from this starting point?
    just an update on this... they now want me to go in as a general service officer... something about me having good test results and they are in short supply of GSO's atm...

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    Default Australian Army - Operation ROSHAN - Afghanistan



    As the sun sets over the Charmestan Valley, Australian soldiers from Mentoring Task Force - 3 receive their orders for Operation ROSHAN.


    Soldiers from Mentoring Task Force - 3 take a break before stepping off for Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.


    Captain James Manchip observes the Afghan National Army soldiers from the 3rd Kandak stepping off to commence Operation ROSHAN, a clearance of the Charmestan Valley, in Uruzgan Province.


    Australian Army Lieutenant Jack McClory, from Mentoring Task Force - 3, waits for the Afghan National Army and Australian Engineers to complete their searches of compounds during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley, Uruzgan.


    Australian Soldiers from Mentoring Task Force - 3 support the Afghan National Army clearing a compound during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley, Uruzgan.


    An Afghan National Army soldier works with Australian Army Combat Engineers as they conduct compound searches during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley.


    Afghan National Army soldiers provide security to Australian Engineers as they conduct compound searches during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley.


    Australian Army Combat Engineers conduct compound searches during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley.


    An Australian Army Combat Engineer completes his search of a hay stack during a compound search in the Charmestan valley in support of Operation ROSHAN.


    Australian Army Combat Engineer Sapper Matthew Clarke searches compounds during Operation ROSHAN, the clearance of the Charmestan Valley.


    Australian Army Lieutenant Jack McClory mentors an Afghan Nation Army section commander from the 3rd Kandak, with assistance from an interpreter, during Operation ROSHAN in the Charmestan Valley.


    Australian and Afghan soldiers patrol through Charmestan Valley in support of a clearance operations against insurgents.

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    Every second potential dig gets high enough results to go for that GSO OSB, if you want to be an officer go for it, but be aware that DFR are interested in getting bums on seats, that's how they make their coin.

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    is it me or that soldier coloured his vest with green crayon to match the environment? and Australian soldiers looking good in the multicam. just a question- is there something wrong with DPCU? why not not use it anymore in A-stan.

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    Not a soldier...a translator.
    A nice clothing mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vande matrum View Post


    is it me or that soldier coloured his vest with green crayon to match the environment? and Australian soldiers looking good in the multicam. just a question- is there something wrong with DPCU? why not not use it anymore in A-stan.
    Multicam was first tested with the SOTG. And they seemed to love it, as it is better for the Afghan environment. DPCU is fine in say the Australian and South Asian environments as is DCDU (desert) in desert environments. However in Afghanistan where it seems to be a bit of both, multicam seems to offer much less visibility.

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