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Army December 9, 2010
By Maj John Liston
SAPPERS from 13 Fd Sqn have given
the Army a Christmas present with a
The squadron's refurbishment of the
Muchea Range has meant soldiers from
13 Bde have a working classification
range near Perth to train on and the Army
will realise significant Strategic Reform
Program (SRP) savings.
Swanbourne Classification Range had
trace and civilian encroachment limita-
tions so, without Muchea, the nearest
classification range at Coolilup was 3.5
hours from Perth by road.
Bde Maj 13 Bde Maj Campbell
Waterman said the cost benefits would be
seen almost immediately.
"We have estimated the reduction in
travel time to Muchea Range will save us
$13,000 in reserve training salaries during
the pre-deployment training for the next
Anode 24 rotation," he said.
The brigade is also assigned another
rotation to Operation Anode in 2012.
The refurbishment will improve the
capability of 13 Bde. Units will be able
to conduct advanced application shoots,
reduce the travel time on ARes week-
ends normally associated with deploying
to Coolilup and increase the brigade's
capacity for force generation.
"This is also a significant time and
money saving when preparing soldiers on
initial employment training courses and
the refurbishment has refined the baseline
skills of our plant operators on horizontal
works tasks," Maj Waterman said.
Squadron 2IC Capt Mick Silvestri
acknowledged the training was mutually
beneficial for his plant operators but said
the task was not without its challenges.
By Brian Wikman and
CHANGES in the ADF's weapons
inspection regime are expected to
save the ADF more than 80,000
staff hours per year.
And this will be done without
compromise to reliability or safety.
But more frequent inspections will
still be available to commanders
who consider them necessary.
DMO's Armament Systems
Program Office and the Directorate
of Technical Regulation-Army
recently rose to CA Lt-Gen Ken
The aim was to realise a more
cost-conscious culture and achieve
genuine and deep reforms as part of
the Strategic Reform Program.
A recent review of maintenance
requirements for small-arms and
direct-fire support weapons found
what had been long suspected -- the
existing maintenance regime was
excessive and did not return much
value for the effort expended.
The old process consisted of
periodic, pre- and post-firing clean-
ing and lubricating, as well as three
monthly non-technical inspections
The Lean review confirmed
that weapons in regular use were
well maintained and not prone to
deterioration when maintained and
inspected by the operator in accord-
ance with the relevant land warfare
As a result of the review, a direc-
tive (EMEI Weapon A 228-1) was
released in October outlining a new
Under the new regime, opera-
tors continue to regularly clean and
But the frequency of the NTI has
changed: NTIs are now conducted
every six months following the last
technical inspection by an armourer
and the NTI must be recorded on the
appropriate NTI form (available on
Acting Director of the Army's
small arms systems program office
Lt-Col Paul Nathan said impressive
benefits were to be gained.
"When considering the large
number of weapons involved across
Defence, this amounts to a sub-
stantial saving of soldiers', sailors'
and airmen's time -- in the order of
81,383 hours per year across the
ADF," he said.
Lt-Col Nathan warned, however,
that the new regime is a minimum
requirement and COs/OCs may
order more frequent NTIs where
local conditions dictate.
"Leaders and commanders
remain responsible for ensuring that
subordinates maintain their weap-
ons in accordance with the relevant
LWP," he said.
Reforms deliver savings
SCdt Adam Grigg
before firing. The
ADF's new weapon
inspection regime will
save time and money
reliability or safety.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
Driven: Cpl Garth Harrington, 13 Fd Sqn, pitches in at Muchea.
Photo by Maj John Liston
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