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Being chosen as one of three Home
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ABN 48 087 649 741 AFSL 237 988.
The Australian Defence Credit Union
(ADCU) recently reached a major
milestone when it celebrated 50
years of providing financial services
to the Defence community.
ADCU was formed in 1959 as the
Navy Credit Union at Garden Island,
Sydney, and went on to establish a
head office at Darlinghurst in 1981.
Over the next twenty years, ADCU
grew through merging with other
Defence credit unions and expanded
into a national network of branches
on Army, Navy and RAAF bases
Throughout this period of growth and
development as a niche financial
institution, ADCU has always
remained committed to serving the
men and women of the ADF and
the wider Defence community. This
commitment has been recognised
recently by the award of a Chief of
the Defence Force commendation
dated 12 May 2009.
According to CEO Ian Doyle,
"ADCU's success lies in providing
financial services which can be
adapted to the needs of Defence
personnel. Members trust us
because they believe we understand
their culture, lifestyle and financial
needs. And that can vary between
CEO Ian Doyle
Army September 17, 2009
MAJOR bomb-making factories and
munitions caches were uncovered in a
daylight raid on a town east of Tarin
Kowt, near the Zabol province border,
in Afghanistan on August 30.
Afghan National Security Forces, with
support from Australian special forces
and other coalition troops, found more
than five tonnes of ammonium nitrate,
the key ingredient in the Taliban's home-
The raid also seized almost 10,000
rounds of ammunition, 39 rocket-pro-
pelled grenades, a grenade launcher
and automatic weapons and significant
IED components. The combined Afghan
National Security Force and International
Security Assistance Force operation took
a day to clear almost eight square kilo-
metres of compounds and fields.
Deputy Chief of Joint Operations
Command AVM Greg Evans said the
cache was a major breakthrough in dis-
rupting the manufacture of IEDs across
the southern and eastern parts of Oruzgan
"The 5.3 tonnes of ammonium
nitrate could have built several hundred
Improvised Explosive Devices," AVM
By Tpr Michael Franchi
and Cpl Andrew Hetherington
WEAPON cases lined the 7CSSB
warehouse at Gallipoli Barracks after
the delivery of more than 1000 new
Austeyr F88 SA2s for 7 Bde units.
7 Bde received its first major issue of
the rifles from DMO Armament System
Program Office on August 19 with more
to follow later this year.
1RAR and 2RAR already received the
upgraded weapons in April and May.
7CSSB operator supply Pte Andrew
Stebbings was the first 7 Bde soldier to
handle the newly issued rifle.
"It was very exciting being part of
receiving the new SA2 variant as we are
the first people to see them in the bri-
gade," Pte Stebbings said.
Capt Anthony Cracknell, 7 Bde HQ
S4 Supply, said the brigade's infantry
units would be the first to receive them in
preparation for operations.
"6RAR and 8/9RAR will receive the
first allocation of the weapons followed
by 7 Bde combat support elements," Capt
"It's not a new weapon system, rather
an improvement to the current platform
in keeping up with modifications and
enhancements that we have for the F88.
"It allows the operator easier use of
current attachments such as ancillary
sighting systems and night-operation
capabilities while providing for additional
options in the future through the use of
two picatinny rails."
DMO National Fleet Manager--Small
Arms Amilcar Jordan said more weapons
would be delivered to other Army and Air
Force units soon.
"In addition to 7 Bde, 17 Sig Regt also
received weapons in August. 5RAR will
be the next unit to receive deliveries over
September and October, with DNSDC
and Air Force 2 Air Field Defence Sqn to
follow in October," he said.
"Under the current contract, about
5000 weapons will be delivered and
under option one of the contract, Army
can receive a further 3000 and Air Force
about another 2000. "
For the 7 Bde soldiers, Capt Cracknell
said there was no further training required
for the weapon system itself, however,
ongoing training would be required to
qualify a soldier to operate any attach-
"From here it will now be live firing
and zeroing practices as part of 7 Bde's
normal training cycle," he said.
The replaced Austeyrs have been
returned to the Lithgow weapons fac-
tory to be rebuilt and upgraded to the SA2
New rifles delivered
Raid seizes arsenal
Stocktake: Pte Andrew Stebbings, 7CSSB, checks an Austeyr F88 SA2 rifle after more than 1000 were
delivered to 7 Bde units.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
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