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March 3, 2011
CPL Aaron Curran
RAAF Base Darwin rose to the chal-
lenge when Cyclone Carlos hit the city
on February 16.
Rated as a Category 2 cyclone, it
struck Darwin during the biggest wet
season in its recorded history with
more than 400mm of rain coming
down in the preceding 24 hours.
FLTLT Stuart Lane, from No. 13
(City of Darwin) Squadron, said in
the hours before the cyclone hit, the
base Emergency Control Centre was
activated and the Cyclone Emergency
Plan swung into action.
"That included manning of the
base cyclone shelters, preparation of
health assets, emergency accommo-
dation, and an evacuation reception
centre," FLTLT Lane said.
He said the airfield provided a
vital link to the outside world during
"The enormous joint effort from
all units ensured that the base was
prepared for whatever the cyclone
could throw at it," he said.
"We quickly recovered and recom-
menced operations as soon as the
cyclone had passed."
With winds of more than 100km/h
and further rainfall of more than
330mm, damage to the Darwin area
and the base included fallen trees,
flooding, and buildings damaged or
"Once the cyclone had passed and
the base successfully reactivated, we
assigned base personnel and assets
to work alongside Northern Territory
emergency services and local councils
to help the region recover," FLTLT
XO 13SQN SQNLDR Greg Elliot
said this work had occurred over
February 17 and 18 and that all that
No medals for MPs
A HOAX email is being distributed
claiming that Members of Parliament
receive medals and repatriation enti-
tlements for participating in the ADF
Parliamentary Program (ADFPP).
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney said the email was
false."I can say unequivocally that
Australian parliamentarians are
not eligible for military medals or
repatriation entitlement as part of
this program," Senator Feeney said.
"The ADFPP gives parliamentarians a
chance to see first hand the important
work of our ADF."
DSTO's nutrition research facility
at Scottsdale in Tasmania will be
upgraded as part of a $8.7 million
government project. The works
include the redevelopment of food
technology facilities, upgrades to
existing chemistry and nutrition
laboratories and improvements to
site infrastructure and working areas.
Veterans Affairs Minister Warren
Snowdon and Defence Parliamentary
Secretary David Feeney said subject
to parliamentary clearance, construc-
tion was expected to begin in late
2011 with an estimated completion
date in late 2013.
INTERNAL communications are set
for a major overhaul with the govern-
ment's recent announcement of a
$300-$500m upgrade of the ADF's
fixed telecommunications networks.
Phase three of Project 2047 aims at
enhancing Defence's information and
communications technology services
across 330 sites Australia-wide. The
project is expected to significantly
improve network performance to
meet future capability requirements.
all non-essential units and personnel
were stood down during the cyclone.
Now, the clean-up task was
"The on-base Defence Support
Group contractors are doing the bulk
of the work with individual units and
sections cleaning their immediate
work environment where they are
able to do so," he said.
Above, RAAF Base
Darwin members help
clear fallen trees,
including one which
fell on a Heritage
block on the base,
right. Photos courtesy
FLTLT Stuart Lane
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