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LEUT Peter Croce
IT WAS a small step for CPL Andrew
Wren, but that final stretch on to the
HMAS Coonawarra wharf marked the
end of a four-month Air Force border
security mission in northern Australia.
CPL Wren, a communications
technician from 114 Mobile Control
and Reporting Unit, was one of the 37
RAAF members detached to Transit
Security Element 60 (TSE60) for
Operation Resolute to augment Navy
and customs crews at sea.
The detachment was made up of
volunteers from across Australia who
supported Navy and Customs crews as
part of Border Protection Command
For CPL Wren, standing back on
terra firma marked the end of a great
opportunity to experience life outside
the Air Force and also claim some
"I volunteered for the job because
I thought it would be a challenge and
when I stepped off HMAS Albany I
had cracked more days than anyone
else at sea [from TSE60] with about
80 in the bag," he said.
"I got to experience some amazing
things. We dodged a cyclone out of
Darwin on HMAS Launceston and we
also travelled past an erupting volcano
near one of the Indonesian islands.
"I'd never been to Western
Australia before either so pulling into
Broome to check out Cable Beach as
well as Exmouth was fantastic."
Conquering the sea
TSE60 OIC SQNLDR Pete
Duddridge said his crew could look
back on their rotation with pride at a
job well done.
"Their task was to provide tran-
sit security support to boarding par-
ties both on Navy ships and Customs
vessels, whether it was assisting
the patrol boats when people were
embarked or maintaining security
onboard an intercepted vessel.
"They performed extremely well
over the duration of the deployment
and displayed a maturity and initiative
that showed the professionalism of the
ADF," he said.
FLGOFF Luke Ogden,
second in charge
of Transit Security
Element 60, a quick
brief while on board
Vessel Triton during
an Op Resolute Patrol;
right, from left, CPL
Andrew Wren, LAC
Andrew Thomas and
LAC Brad Lawton
leave HMAS Albany at
Photos: AB James Whittle
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