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August 29, 2013
F-111 preserved at Fighter World
HISTORY: RETIRED F-111C aircraft A8-148 was handed over to Fighter World in Williamtown on
August 5. Commander Air Combat Group AIRCDRE Anthony Grady (right) handed over aircraft
A8-148 to the president of Fighter World Williamtown, AVM John Quaife (retd). This aircraft was
loaned to Fighter World because of its involvement in the sinking of the freighter Pong Su using
laser-guided bombs off Port Stephens in March 2006. A8-148 was withdrawn from service on
November 23, 2010. The F-111 fleet was retired in December 2010 after 37 years of service.
A8-148 is one of six F-111s identified for preservation and display purposes outside of Defence.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
Getting the job
WORKING TOGETHER: (Main and
inset) WOFF Shane Harper, of the
2nd Cavalry Regiment Task Force,
discusses explosive ordnance safety
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot with
SGT First Class Lal Nazar, of the
Afghan National Army 4th Brigade,
205 Hero Corps. Photos: CPL Mark Doran
CPL Mark Doran
IMPROVING explosive ordnance safe-
ty within the Afghan National Army
(ANA) is a high-priority task for an Air
Force armament technician deployed to
WOFF Shane Harper has deployed
to Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance
adviser with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment
The task force is providing adviso-
ry support to the 4th Brigade, 205 Hero
Corps, as they plan and conduct independ-
WOFF Harper's role is to advise the
4th Brigade as they integrate explosive
ordnance safety into their policy, proce-
dures and activities.
He said his first step was to ensure the
ANA stored and handled their explosive
ordnance safely with an effective manage-
"Our next steps will include estab-
lishing an operational supply chain and
ensuring there is an ongoing explosive
ordnance safety training system in place,"
WOFF Harper said.
"We assisted the 4th Brigade to estab-
lish a new ammunition storage point
where the different types of ordnance are
now segregated appropriately and stored
within weatherproof shipping containers.
"The first step was to instil greater
understanding and respect for explosives
in the Afghan soldiers as they are from a
background of being exposed to the pro-
duce of war since they were children."
In a country which has been in conflict
for nearly 35 years, Afghanistan is lit-
tered with remnants of planted explosive
devices and unexploded ordnance.
Most armies destroy expired ammuni-
tion because, even in training situations, it
could put lives in danger.
This has been an area of focus for
He said the safety training system
had helped the 4th Brigade understand
about degradation of explosive ordnance
over time and the importance of life cycle
management for the explosive ordnance
"The ammunition storage point has
helped the ANA improve their explosive
management immensely," he said.
"Continued training in explosive ord-
nance safety is still required so we will
adapt an Australian training package tai-
lored to meet the Afghan needs.
"It has been an education for me
to work with the soldiers from the 2nd
Cavalry Regiment Task Force and the
experience has instilled a greater under-
standing of integrated operations."
He said his deployment had given him
a great opportunity to work with the ANA
soldiers who were actually in the fight.
"Being able to help them become
more effective will ensure they have a free
Afghanistan," WOFF Harper said.
"The Afghan soldiers are passionate
about their work and very resourceful --
if they don't have the means they will
always find a way to get the job done."
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