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Army October 1, 2009
THE ADF's new generation of soft mod-
ular shelters for Army and Air Force
medical units made its maiden deploy-
ment on Exercise Talisman Saber 09.
An initial batch of the controlled-envi-
ronment soft shelters was delivered to
the ADF under Phase 2B of Joint Project
2060 and put to good use by 1HSB at
The ADF will receive 152 of the
Australian modular tent systems, includ-
ing connecting units to enable them to be
configured for different medical functions.
CO 1HSB Lt-Col Lachlan Sinclair said
the deployment of the new shelters was a
quantum leap forward in capability.
The project was managed within the
Health Systems Program Office of Land
Systems Division at DMO to replace the
Trelleborg tents in service since 1991.
Project director Maj Roger Peters said
the old shelters "were showing their age".
"The Trelleborg tents had not been
used by Army for many years and deliver-
ies of the controlled-environment soft shel-
ters were very welcome," he said.
"The shelters will be more widely deliv-
ered to include other Army medical units
and Air Force. Deliveries are expected to
these units in the early part of 2010."
Maj Peters said the new shelters came
with environment control-unit generators,
air-to-air exchangers and high-efficiency
particulate air (HEPA) filtration.
He said these characteristics, together
with the thermal properties of the shelters,
would allow the internal environment to
be controlled for a wide number of medi-
cal applications in hot and cold climates.
Phase 2B will also provide controlled-
environment hard shelters, based on ISO
shipping containers, to enhance Army
health support battalions.
Maj Peters said the hard shelters would
accommodate operating theatres, X-ray
suites, pathology labs, sterilisation services
and an intensive-care unit.
By Michael Brooke
PERSONNEL from A Sqn, 5 Avn
Regt, are gearing up to help the
Navy conduct maritime trials for the
MRH 90 helicopter.
The trials are an important step
towards the helicopter's first capability
milestone in June 2010.
Defence has two MRH 90s for trial,
based in Townsville. Both aircraft were
flown to Nowra at the end of August
in preparation for the trials.
Six Army maintenance personnel
and an aircrewman will help conduct
the trials when the MRH 90s embark
on HMAS Kanimbla this month.
OC A Sqn Maj Matt Grills said the
maritime trials would be conducted off
the southern coast and were designed
to determine the limits at which the
MRH 90 could operate at sea.
He said the trials would assess the
helicopters' operational capability in a
variety of weather conditions and sea
states by day and night.
"The trials will establish ship-
helicopter operating limits with the
two landing platform amphibious war-
ships operated by the RAN," he said.
"A Sqn is integral to the Navy trial
because Army still hold the mainte-
nance responsibility for all MRH 90s."
Maj Grills said the MRH 90 heli-
copters and their support crews would
undertake important validation activi-
ties and procedural training exercises
at HMAS Albatross at Nowra before
sailing from Sydney on October 19.
"These activities include the flight
deck procedural trainer, which will
prepare the crews for the challenge of
landing and taking off from Kanimbla
by day and night," he said.
Maj Grills said the success of the
Navy maritime trial would bode well
for the maturity of the MRH 90 heli-
copter project, particularly in view
of the Navy and Army amphibious
capability milestones from June 2010
Maj Grills said A Sqn had been
conducting training and evaluation of
their MRH 90s in the countdown to
being operational with 10 helicopters
in October 2011.
"The MRH 90 is a technologically
advanced and capable helicopter and,
for this reason, we are experiencing a
sharp learning curve with such a new
capability," he said.
Army were making good progress
thanks to lessons learnt by other
countries using the aircraft. Access to
MRH 90 training facilities in Europe
already had produced five qualified
Maj Grills said another group
of Army pilots had recently left for
France to undergo simulator training
before the ADF's MRH 90 simulators
came on line.
Under the MRH 90 Project, 46 air-
craft will be brought into service by
the end of 2014 to replace the Navy
Sea King and Army Black Hawk heli-
The MRH 90 will play an important
role in the ADF's evolving amphibi-
ous warfare capabilities -- particular-
ly when the RAN takes delivery of
two Canberra-class helicopter landing
docks (LHDs) from 2012.
The LHDs can carry 1000 person-
nel, 12 helicopters and 150 vehicles.
By LCpl Glenn Power
AS THE soldiers of South
Australia's Warradale Barracks
enjoyed a genteel wine, cheese
and cigar night in the OR mess
recently, they could thank a break-
dancing graffiti "vandal" for their
The mess, now known as the
SWAT (Some Weekends and
Tuesdays) Club, has undergone a
facelift to match its new identity.
The defining feature of the makeover
is a mural by LCpl Jemahl Casper.
Among other things, the mural,
which LCpl Casper says is designed
to have a silk-flag look, features a
slouch hat and national flag, and is
shaded by a large gum tree (inspired
by the proliferation of gum trees
around Warradale Barracks).
The president of the mess com-
mittee, LCpl Daniel Deleur, 9CSSB
Workshop Coy, says LCpl Casper
was the obvious choice to brighten
up the old club. "He is held in high
regard and is one of the best artists I
have seen," he says.
whose artistic abilities came to light,
illegally, on the wall of a business in
Mackay, Queensland, in the 1980s.
Luckily for the kid known as
Casper, the wall belonged to a sign-
writer, Graham Blair, who got past
his annoyance at yet another graffiti
attack and saw the offender's talent.
Mr Blair took the teenager home
and, after several cups of tea, it was
decided his punishment would be a
three-month trial apprenticeship at
Blair Signwriting. This spurred the
artistic passions of the teenager, also
a keen breakdancer.
Choppers put to the test
Medical tents a 'quantum leap'
LCpl Casper enlisted in the
Army in 1984. He served with the
then 3BASB in Townsville and then
10FSB before moving to 85 Tpt Tp
His last regular Army posting
was to South Australia to be with his
wife, Ruth, also posted to Adelaide.
He discharged from the regular
Army in July 2002 and joined the
Army Reserve in October 2006.
LCpl Casper, who now has four-
year-old twin daughters, hopes to
make sergeant before his 20 years
of Army service is up. He is now
employed in train security with
TransAdelaide, keeping an eye open
for those pesky graffiti artists.
He says the mural has been a
boost for his "beer-money" art busi-
ness. Soldiers from the barracks
have been seeking his services to
decorate children's bedrooms and
many other projects.
"I do all sorts of custom art
work," he says. "Airbrushing on
cars, bikes, helmets -- anything you
can paint on, basically."
the wall for
mess with a
SWAT class: LCpl Jemahl Casper with the Australiana mural he has
painted in the Warradale Barracks OR mess. Photo by LCpl Glenn Power
Camp care: The new controlled-environment soft
shelters were put to the test on Ex Talisman Saber.
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