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Army December 10, 2009
By Michael Brooke
HARD-WON experience during Op
Padang Assist has sled to updated
SOPs for the Ship's Army Detachment
(SAD) on HMAS Kanimbla.
OC SAD Kanimbla Maj Colin
Bailey said the biggest challenge was
to get 1CER and 1CSSB, as well as
heavy machinery, across the beach on
the Indonesian island of Sumatra in
extremely poor conditions.
"It was quite an effort for us to sup-
port the mission ashore because of a
number of difficulties including the vol-
atile surf and the short tidal windows,"
Maj Bailey said.
He said updated SOPs would benefit
operations in 2010, particularly as 60
per cent of the detachment would be
During Op Padang Assist the LCM8s
used to get heavy machinery ashore on
several occasions became beached and
had to be towed back into deeper water.
"The LCM8 crews from 35 Water
Tpt Sqn displayed great perseverance
and professionalism in very trying envi-
ronmental conditions," Maj Bailey said.
Maj Bailey said 2010 shaped up as
By Maj John McPherson
"WE come here today to hon-
our a warrior."
With these words the CO
SASR encapsulated the feeling of
the hundreds of family, friends,
dignitaries and serving SASR sol-
diers who gathered at the funeral
of Jack Wong Sue at Campbell
Barracks, Perth, on November 25.
He was 84 when he died but
as a 19-year-old, Jack Wong Sue
served as a member of Z Special
Unit, formed to operate behind
enemy lines in southeast Asia.
After World War II he became
a recognised author, prominent
businessman, justice of the peace
and a well-regarded musician.
He returned to Perth after
b eing discharged from the
Air Force in January 1946 and
opened a diving equipment store
Mr Sue was so highly regard-
ed by the military that, although
remaining a civilian, he later
instructed and advised SASR
members in jungle warfare. It was
because he was so revered by the
SASR that the regiment offered
to hold the casket viewing, funer-
al and wake at Swanbourne.
"Through his actions Jack
achieved something that he prob-
ably never set out to achieve, and
that few will ever really under-
stand -- the redoubtable respect
reserved by warriors ... for war-
riors," the CO SASR said. "Jack
Sue was a true son of Australia.
May his spirit guide us, and
watch over us, as we, the mem-
bers of the SASR, strive to reach
Warrior Jack honoured
another busy year for Kanimbla, which
was scheduled to participate in Exercise
Croix de Sud and RIMPAC, while main-
taining her readiness to deploy in sup-
port of disaster-relief operations.
Meanwhile, the SAD on HMAS
Tobruk played an important role in relief
efforts following the tsunami that struck
Samoa and Tonga. Last month Tobruk
delivered more than 500 tonnes of
humanitarian aid supplies, and assisted
local groups and agencies such as the
Red Cross in their work in communities.
Assisting Tongans: Cpl David
Southern, socialises with locals.
Photo by AB Lincoln Commane
Hero salute: RSM and CO SASR pay their respects to Jack Wong Sue
at his funeral at Swanbourne.
Photo by Steve Ferrier, WA News.
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