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Army October 29, 2009
TWO soldiers became reality
television stars during the three-
month rotation of Transit Security
Element 54 (TSE 54) on Operation
Cpl Daniel Silvester, 1 MP Bn,
and Spr Paul Harvey, 3 Fd Sqn, from
TSE 54 found themselves on the lat-
est episode of Channel 7's Border
The television crew joined HMAS
Armidale and TSE 54 on their mis-
sion to secure illegal foreign fish-
ing and people-smuggling vessels in
Australia's northern waters.
A producer, cameraman and
sound technician followed the sol-
diers through their lead-up training
and then the real job began.
On the second day, HMAS
Armidale encountered three foreign
fishing vessels (FFVs).
"The cameras were rolling and
the boarding party inserted," Cpl
"Two of the FFVs were within
50m of each other but the third was
a half kilometre away. "These ves-
sels are so used to being boarded,
the third FFV weighed anchor and
closed to the position of the other
two, in what appeared to be that ves-
sel's attempt at trying to make things
easier for the Navy."
Cpl Silvester said they proved to
be compliant boardings and all ves-
sels acted within legal boundaries
but an additional two vessels boarded
that evening ensured all on board
slept well when the job was done.
"The [crew] thought they'd had
a busy day, but things were about to
get a lot busier," he said.
During the week-long patrol,
HMAS Armidale boarded almost 50
"On one particular day the board-
ings began around 0900hr and fin-
ished well after 1900hr, with two
boarding parties checking out more
than 20 vessels consecutively.
"The following day was a repeat
of the first. All the while the Channel
7 film crew accompanied the board-
ing party, both on and off the fishing
Photographs and footage were
filed as well as sound and voice
recordings taken from microphones
attached to various sailors -- though
the soldiers did not escape the film
crew either. Normally TSE members
aren't involved with basic, compliant
FFV boardings but the sheer volume
of FFVs ensured TSE 54 members
appeared on camera. The episode
will screen at a later date.
Boarding on reality TV
Top shot: Spr Paul Havey and Cpl Daniel Silvester are pistol training on the quarterdeck of HMAS Armidale while
being filmed by Channel Seven's Border Security.
Photo by Leut Brooke Olds
CDF ACM Angus Houston has
encouraged commanders to use
the new complaints and grievance
management system, ComTrack Self
Service, to resolve issues early and
at the lowest possible level.
"Nothing is more important to me
than the health and wellbeing of the
men and women of Defence," ACM
"I encourage people to report
unacceptable behaviour and support
others through the new ComTrack
Self Service. I particularly encour-
age people to try and make sure they
resolve all unacceptable behaviour in a
ComTrack Self Service brings a
number of processes and procedures
into one common online system that
makes it easier and quicker for com-
manders to monitor complaints and
"Performance can be tracked to
ensure complaints and grievances are
managed in an appropriate and timely
manner," ACM Houston said.
The new ComTrack Self Service can be accessed
through the PMKeyS Self Service Portal link on
the Defweb Homepage.
Complaints process easier
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