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WORLD NEWS 17
Army March 31, 2011
AUSTRALIA will further strengthen its
regional relationships as the sixth annual
US-led humanitarian assistance mission
Pacific Partnership 2011 gets underway
Ships from Australia, the US, Japan
and New Zealand, and a helicopter crew
from France, along with health special-
ists and engineers from the US military,
Canadian Defence Force, Singaporean
Defence Force and Spanish Defence
Force and the ADF will form the basis of
a humanitarian assistance mission in the
Pacific region over the next four months.
As part of Pacific Partnership 2011,
medical, dental, veterinary and engi-
neering aid projects will be conducted
in Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea,
East Timor and the Federated States of
Micronesia. ADF personnel will work
closely with host nation defence forces to
deliver the projects.
The mission marks the sixth year of
Australian participation and is aimed at
strengthening international relationships
and interoperability for disaster relief in
Throughout the deployment, about 50
ADF personnel will be based onboard the
American amphibious transport dock ship
USS Cleveland. HMA Ships Betano and
Balikpapan will also contribute to the mis-
sion through vital ship-to-shore activities
in some countries.
Pacific Partnership has been held
annually by the US Pacific Fleet since the
Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004.
Joint op to
in Pacific By Sgt Dave Morley
TWENTY-two employers from
Tasmania, South Australia,
Queensland and the ACT visited
their ARes employees in Solomon
Islands in early March for Exercise
Kate Hickey, Training and
Development officer for Hydro
Tasmania, took the opportunity to
meet up with Sig Tim Phythian, an
Ms Hickey said Sig Phythian
was a typical 23-year-old when he
left Tasmania to deploy to Solomon
Islands three-and-a-half months ago.
"Seeing him now he has matured
so much and become even more
accepting of responsibility," she said.
"With his level of responsibility
here he has become much more inde-
pendent and more confident, which
will enhance his value in the work-
Sig Phythian, a member of 144
Sig Sqn's Hobart Detachment, said it
was a real eye-opener for his employ-
er to see what he had been doing.
"It was good that Kate could see
what I've gone through and the need
for us to be here," he said.
"Now she has seen the respon-
sibilities I have here, hopefully that
will be translated into more responsi-
bility in my civvy job."
Ms Hickey said she saw it as
Hydro Tasmania's duty to support a
reservist who was going away.
"What reservists are doing in
Solomon Islands is awesome."
The reservists on Operation
Anode's Rotation 23 were drawn
from the South Australia/Tasmania-
based 9 Bde.
They shared ration pack meals
with their employers, put on displays
of skills and equipment, and super-
vised them on a rifle range.
Exercise Boss Lift is an initiative
of the Cadet, Reserves and Employer
Support Division in conjunction with
Defence Reserve Support, which
allows employers to see their employ-
ees working in an Army environment
to demonstrate the value of having
reservists in their workforce.
Read more Anode stories overleaf
Bosses go green
Dinner time: Reservist Sig Tim Phythian, 144 Sig Sqn, shares a ration pack meal with his civilian employer
Kate Hickey from Hydro Tasmania.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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