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Army February 17, 2011
By Graham McBean
ADF personnel have been called
on again in the wake of a sec-
ond natural disaster as Tropical
Cyclone Yasi crossed the north
More than 1200 soldiers, sailors
and air crew under command of
JTF 664 responded within hours
of Cyclone Yasi cutting a swath
across the north.
Another 400 personnel outside
the impact area provided JTF 664
with aerial surveillance and image-
ry of damage while air transport
delivered critical stores and per-
Commander JTF 664 Brig
Stuart Smith, commander of the
Townsville-based 3 Bde, said many
ADF personnel had started prepar-
ing before the cyclone hit.
"Even before the winds abated,
many of the soldiers, sailors and
airmen involved turned up for duty
and went and deployed into the
disaster zone," Brig Smith said.
"They had not even seen their
own homes and had left their part-
Brig Smith said the Yasi
response effort had benefitted
greatly from the experience gained
from other disasters, particularly
He said one of the region-
al mayors had told him the Yasi
response after two days was at the
same point that Cyclone Larry was
Brig Smith said the teamwork,
rapid response capability of the
ADF and the initiative of its per-
sonnel was a primary contribution
to this success.
"Army has the ability to bring
lots of manpower onto a site to
move damage and debris off roads
in a co-ordinated fashion and pro-
vide early reconnaissance in hard-
hit areas," Brig Smith said.
"Soldiers from 51FNQR
were first on site at Tully Heads
and took in emergency water and
rations using their patrol vehicles.
"One of their patrol members
is an electrician and he was able to
get power going at the Coast Guard
generator at Tully Heads."
Another two 51FNQR patrols
were involved in identification of
aircraft landing zones in Innisfail
Soldiers provided a lot of boots
on the ground for the cleanup
in Townsville and at Lavarack
An Army and Navy amphibi-
ous capability, including LCM8s
and LARCs, provided a significant
sea-lift capability into areas where
larger vessels could not navigate.
RAAF King Airs, C-130s and
C-17s have flown more than 80
hours of support tasks and moved
more than 322 tonnes of cargo,
including 220 tonnes of food.
Brig Smith also thanked the
military families for their under-
standing and sacrifices.
"Some families have recently
arrived in north Queensland and
many of their removals have been
affected by the floods, so it really
has been a demanding time."
Brig Smith said he admired the
ADF personnel for their efforts and
said their contribution was highly
effective and warmly received by
the north Queensland community.
By LCpl Mark Doran
MOURILYAN harbour came to life as
the Army and the Navy joined forces
to deliver urgently needed supplies to
the residents of North Queensland who
had suffered the effects of Tropical
An amphibious beach team from
10FSB's 35 Water Tpt Sqn was respon-
sible for establishing the beachhead
then receiving the Army's Landing
Craft Medium (LCM8) and the Navy's
Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) on the boat
ramps at Mourilyan Harbour.
The landing craft delivered food and
water for the civilian population at Tully
Heads then the Navy delivered assets
and personnel from 3CSSB, including
engineering equipment, trucks and ambu-
lances for Operation Yasi Assist.
Capt Mathew Dempsey, 35 Water
Tpt Sqn, said it was a 12- to 14-hour
steam from the Ross Island Barracks in
Townsville to Mourilyan Harbour on the
"We were lucky with the weather on
the way up as it was quite calm," Capt
"The main issue had been trying to
establish the priorities of work, espe-
cially after we saw areas like Tully Heads
and Cowley Beach, which were totally
"It all worked out well, particularly
the interoperability with the Navy and
LCM8 crewman Pte Tate Ellis said
after they had delivered the first load of
food and water, they returned immedi-
ately to Townsville to prepare for another
"On the next trip, we brought up a
bladder containing 35,000 litres of die-
sel for use by the units operating in the
area," Pte Ellis said.
"It was fantastic to get out and do the
job to help and support the locals."
Services team up
to bring in supplies
Special delivery: Pte Jarrod Smith re-tensions the fuel bladder on the LCM8
at Mourilyan Harbour.
Happy to help: Sgt Steven McGowan, 3CER, hauls away cut tree branches in
Operation Yasi Assist clean-up efforts.
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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