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Relief explained THE 40 ADF personnel assigned to USS Cleveland
for Pacific Partnership 2011 started medical and engi-
neering tasks in East Timor after arriving on June 14.
The visit will last for about two weeks, with ADF doc-
tors, nurses, dentists, engineers and a veterinarian work-
ing closely with personnel from East Timor, US, Papua
New Guinea, Canada and Japan to complete the projects.
Australian contingent commander Cmdr Ashley Papp
said the mission would build on the strong defence rela-
tionship between Australia and East Timor.
"Under the leadership of our Defence Cooperation
Program, the Australian Government is assisting in the
development of East Timor's forces through military
training and advice," Cmdr Papp said.
Pacific Partnership activities in East Timor include
renovating a gym and outdoor toilet facility in the
Gedung Serba Guna Matahari Terbit Compound in Dili
and installing an elevated 5500-litre water tank at Becora
District Water Supply.
work in Timor
By Leut-Cmdr Priya Chandra
MORE than 50 residents of Lae
in Papua New Guinea attend-
ed a US Navy-led humanitar-
ian assistance and disaster relief
conference hosted by Pacific
Partnership 2011 on May 26-27.
Attendees included business
leaders, city and provincial gov-
ernment employees, and mem-
bers of non-government organi-
sations, the PNG Police Force
and the PNG, US and Australian
Australian contingent com-
mander Cmdr Ashley Papp and
senior medical officer Cmdr
Bruce Greig hosted a panel on
day two of the conference.
Their aim was to help the
attendees better understand what
Australia could offer.
Cmdr Greig drew on his expe-
riences in Banda Aceh to detail
relief efforts after the 2005 earth-
quake and tsunami.
Cmdr Papp used his exper-
tise as a joint operations planner
for disaster relief to explain how
Australia responded to disaster
The Pacific Partnership 2011
mission commander, US Navy
Capt Jesse Wilson, said the con-
ference had laid the groundwork
for PNG officials who could be
working with international forces
in the event of a future disaster.
"Natural disasters are not
something that can be stopped,"
"This conference provides us
with an opportunity to prepare in
a time of calm so we can better
respond in a time of crisis."
The conference covered the
concepts behind humanitarian
assistance and disaster response,
including civil-military coordina-
tion in disaster responses, civil-
ian versus military planning and
civilian response stakeholders
such as non-government organi-
sations, donors, international
organisations and the affected
PNG's Morobe Disaster
Centre project officer, Charlie
Masange, said the conference
was enjoyable and informative.
"Some of the things I have
been doing already, but today I
learnt that there are a lot of things
involved with disaster response,"
"It is good having the US
and Australia at this conference
because these two countries have
responded to a lot of disasters
and getting that knowledge from
them is very valuable."
Helping hands: Army nurse Capt Amanda Crawford cleans a child's wound in Lae, Papua New
Guinea, during Pacific Partnership 2011. While in PNG, US and Australian military representatives
held a conference on disaster relief operations for local government and business leaders.
Photo by LS Helen Frank
THE service and sacrifice of two VC recipients killed
in New Guinea during World War II was honoured
on May 20.
ADF personnel deployed aboard USS Cleveland
as part of Pacific Partnership 2011 took part in a
wreath-laying ceremony at Lae War Cemetery for Lt
Albert Chowne and Flt-Lt William Newton.
Lt Chowne was killed on March 25, 1945, while
single-handedly attacking two Japanese machine gun
posts, saving his platoon and opening the way for the
6th Division attack on Wewak. He was posthumously
awarded the VC. He was also a Military Medal recip-
ient. Flt-Lt Newton received a posthumous VC for his
fearless flying and his attempts to land his stricken
Boston aircraft as far as possible from Japanese forc-
es after being shot down on a bombing raid. He was
captured and executed on March 29, 1943.
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