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October 13, 2011
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ANOTHER ADF unit has returned
safely to Australia following its
successful six-month deployment
to the MEAO.
Combat Support Unit rota-
tion 5's (CSU 5) 118 personnel
arrived home on September 28.
They came from 41 separate
units from across the three ser-
CSU 5 was responsible for
providing medical, transport,
security and accommodation sup-
port to more than 2500 Australian
and ISAF personnel, who are
operating at the Al Minhad Air
Base (AMAB) in the United
Arab Emirates, as well as the
Multinational Bases at Tarin Kot
and Kandahar in Afghanistan.
The unit was also responsi-
ble for arranging accommoda-
tion and meals for more than
9000 personnel who transited
through Al Minhad over the six-
Unit CO WGCDR John Leo,
of 395 Expeditionary Combat
Support Wing at RAAF Base
Amberley, said CSU 5 success-
fully provided passenger and
air-cargo-loading services, force
protection for visiting dignitar-
ies and medical services for all
Australian and ISAF agencies at
"The unit was extremely
effective in managing a large
array of medical issues includ-
ing the emergency treatment of
patients requiring aero-medical
evacuations," WGCDR Leo said.
Despite working in tempera-
tures which regularly exceeded
45 degrees Celsius, the commit-
ment by the CSU 5 Air Load
Team ensured that no mis-
sions were delayed or cancelled
because of air movement techni-
"ADF operations in the
MEAO are very high tempo,
which is demonstrated by the
fact that CSU 5 loaded more than
15,000 passengers and almost
six million pounds of cargo dur-
ing their rotation across three
airfields of operation," WGCDR
"I am very proud of the
team. They performed extreme-
ly well under difficult circum-
stances and I am pleased we
were able to provide a range
of services that Defence Force
members from both Australia
and Afghanistan rely on to do
their jobs effectively."
UP TO 13 F-111s are to be preserved under a deal
announced by Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare on September 30.
Six of the aircraft will be preserved at RAAF
Base Amberley (two aircraft), RAAF Museum
Point Cook (two aircraft already delivered), RAAF
Base Edinburgh (one aircraft already delivered)
and RAAF Base Wagga (one aircraft).
In addition, up to seven F-111s will be made
available on a loan arrangement to Australian air-
craft museums and other historical organisations,
after about four decades in front-line service.
After the retirement of the fleet in December
last year, aircraft museums and historical organi-
sations around the country expressed strong
interest in acquiring and displaying an F-111.
Since then, Mr Clare said he had met museum
operators around the country.
"They [the F-111s] could fly at 2½ times the
speed of sound, and when they retired were still
one of the fastest strike aircraft in the world," Mr
"I understand how important it is that as many
Australians as possible have access to this piece
of Australia's aviation history.
"I have therefore decided that up to seven
F-111s will be made available to Australian
aircraft museums and other historical organisa-
The aircraft will be loaned to museums so
that Defence can continue to manage the risk
of hazardous material such as asbestos and the
loan will be subject to a number of conditions to
ensure the safe preservation of the aircraft.
It will need to be housed and exhibited in
a completely enclosed facility with supervised
controls to ensure members of the public are
prevented from climbing into engine intakes and
exhaust ducts, that there is limited, controlled and
supervised access to the cockpit, public access to
wheel wells and weapons bays is supervised and
members of the public are prevented from open-
ing any aircraft panels.
As the aircraft were produced in the US,
organisations selected to display the aircraft will
be subject to the approval of the US Government
under the International Traffic in Arms
Interested organisations will be asked to
respond to a Request for Offer, which will be
released by Defence later this year.
Clare and CAF
new paint work.
Photo: CPL Peter
CSU 5 returns
from the MEAO
JOB WELL DONE: Right,
members of Combat Support
Unit 5 at their final parade at Al
Minhad Air Base in the United
Arab Emirates. During their six-
month deployment, they loaded
more than 15,000 passengers and
almost six million pounds of cargo.
Photos: LEUT Alistair Tomlinson and PO
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