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ife at sea: LCpl Andrew Harrington, right, and some
f his TSE 58 team in a RHIB about to board a training
hip for final preparations before deploying on Op
esolute (above), while Pte Jennifer Cousemacker
rovides instructions during the training (left).
Army September 30, 2010
Diggers take to the water
NSW reservists involved in
border protection in north-
west Australian waters.
8 Bde soldiers and officers have
staffed Transit Security Element
58 (TSE 58) as part of Operation
Resolute on Armidale-class patrol
The reservists are supplementing
Navy crews in carrying out security
duties on suspected illegal entry ves-
sels (SIEV), illegal fishing vessels and
the Navy patrol boats themselves until
It is understood 2 Div wants to
mount ongoing TSE rotations and will
closely monitor the performance of
the 8 Bde soldiers.
Comd 2 Div Maj-Gen Craig
Williams wants ARes brigades ready
should they be required.
TSE 58 soldiers were primed for
their role of securing potential illegal
immigrants during vessel boardings,
successfully integrating with boat
crews ahead of being force assigned in
Final training was conducted in
boarding and security drills on Darwin
Harbour by Navy trainers using a tug
boat and a rigid hulled inflatable boat.
They reinforced that the key
requirement for the security teams was
to keep those aboard the SIEVs calm
so that humanitarian assistance could
The reservists could encounter
people who could have been at sea for
weeks and could potentially behave
irrationally and aggressively if they
did not think they would be getting
asylum in Australia.
PO Clint Lee said the key to being
a good TSE member was maturity and
"When providing security on a
ship you need to look after yourself
and your partner, protect your weapon
and decide quickly what action to take
in a situation and be sure to carry that
out," PO Lee said.
Pte Carlo Labra, D Coy
2/17RNSWR, said he felt confident
with the Navy training as well as the
military self-defence and the 9mm
pistol qualification he gained.
"This seems all pretty relaxed with
a change of pace which is very differ-
ent to the infantry," Pte Labra said.
Tpr John Ellis, a qualified
Bushmaster driver from 12/16HRL,
said "the boat training had been
Commander 8 Bde Brig Phillip
Bridie commended his reservists for
volunteering four months of valuable
Reservists from 8 Bde have joined Navy
personnel to carry out border protection
duties, Capt Adrian Dolahenty writes.
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