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A KING AIR crew with 38SQN's
Dingo Airlines was in the right
place at the right time when they
supported a search and rescue task
on March 13.
Callsign Dingo 64, the King Air
had been transporting eight mem-
bers of the Australian Air Force
Cadets (AAFC) from Townsville
On approach into Cairns at
about 5.20pm, Cairns Air Traffic
Control directed the crew to moni-
tor the common emergency fre-
quency of 121.5 MHz, and advised
them of a beacon from a potentially
Flying the aircraft was captain
FLTLT Nathan Thompson and
co-pilot FLGOFF Matt Sullivan.
Both pilots had previously flown
the Caribou, on which they both
received training in search and res-
"Using the infallible technique
of 'beacon gets louder, beacon gets
quieter', the search region was nar-
rowed down until one of the pas-
sengers informed the crew that
something white was visible on one
of the reefs," FLTLT Thompson
said.The AAFC on board the King
Air were a mix of instructors and
"The cadets seemed to get a real
kick out of being involved in the
action," FLTLT Thompson said.
"The vessel was overflown, and
was determined to be an overturned
powerboat, and from 1000 feet the
number of people on it was unable
to be determined.
"The King Air conducted two
passes over it at 500 feet to estab-
lish that two people were waiting
on the overturned hull, but injuries
could not be determined."
FLTLT Thompson said Air
Traffic Control was informed and
two rescue aircraft dispatched.
"Dingo 64 kept the vessel in
sight until the SAR aircraft arrived.
Fortunately the weather was clear
in the search area, and the sea state
was relatively calm," he said.
"On speaking to ATC later in
the evening we were told that the
rescue had gone successfully, and
the grateful sailors were back on
Military Law Centre start
PARLIAMENTARY Secretary for Defence Senator David
Feeney has turned the first sod for the ADF Military Law
Centre to be built at Victoria Barracks in Sydney. The facility
will house both the ADF Military Law Centre and the Asia-
Pacific Centre for Military Law. "This new centre will bring
the finest teaching and training to Australia's ADF officers
from around the Asia-Pacific region," Senator Feeney said.
The new Military Law Centre will also host the military node
of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law, a partnership
between Defence and Melbourne University which started in
2002. These legal centres will continue to train future ADF
legal officers and other officers from the Asia-Pacific region
in facets of military and international law.
Vigilare tests completed
BOEING Defence Australia has completed site acceptance
testing of the Vigilare Network Centric Command and
Control System (NC3S) at the Eastern Regional Operations
Centre (EROC) at RAAF Base Williamtown. The EROC
is successfully interfacing with all external systems and
Vigilare has the full range of system functionality to provide
enhanced battlespace management and surveillance opera-
tions for the Air Force. NC3S combines information in near
real-time from a wide range of platforms, sensors, tactical
data links and intelligence networks to deliver tactical and
strategic surveillance operations and battlespace manage-
ment in the air and joint domains.
Sarbi awarded Purple Cross
SARBI the Explosive Detection Dog received RSPCA's most
prestigious animal bravery award, the Purple Cross, at a
ceremony at the Australian War Memorial on April 5. Sarbi
was awarded the Purple Cross by the National President
of RSPCA Australia, Lynne Bradshaw. "It recognises the
deeds of animals that have shown outstanding service to
humans, particularly if they've shown exceptional courage,"
Ms Bradshaw said. Sarbi went missing in Afghanistan in
September 2008 following coalition contact with insurgents.
During the engagement, nine Australian soldiers, including
Sarbi's handler, were wounded. Sarbi was returned to Tarin
Kot in October 2009, after being missing in action for 13
ALWAYS READY: The
King Air was about to
land at Cairns airport.
Photo: AC Terry Hartin
' The cadets
get a real
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