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Army July 7, 2011
By Lt Charles Bryers
THE soldiers and sappers of 21 Const Sqn, 6ESR,
marked their move into a new purpose-built facility
at Amberley with a formal parade on June 3.
Although the squadron conducted its relocation
from Enoggera to Amberley in October last year,
opening of the new facility was postponed because
of 21 Const Sqn's commitments to Operation Flood
Assist, where the squadron assisted the communities
of Brisbane, Ipswich and in the devastated Lockyer
The relocation to Amberley marks not only a vast
improvement in facilities, but also the beginning of
6ESR's physical collocation of all elements.
The regimental headquarters will be constructed at
Amberley in the second half of this year and 17 Const
Sqn will relocate from Holsworthy by 2014.
Reviewing officer Force Engineer Col John
Shanahan officially opened 21 Const Sqn's new Sabah
Lines, named in honour of the squadron's first opera-
tional deployment during the Malayan Emergency
from November 1965 to June 1966.
The parade, commanded by squadron OC Maj Tim
Küffer, was supported by the Army Band -- Brisbane
and included a range of engineer plant equipment
holding ground. The parade was attended by friends
and family as well as several retired 21 Const Sqn
Maj Küffer said the opening of Sabah Lines
marked a significant new phase in the history of the
squadron and set the conditions for a unified 6ESR.
New facilities: The 21 Const Sqn banner party
marches on parade at the official opening of the
squadron's new home at Amberley in Queensland.
Photo by LAC Kylie Gibson
By LCpl Mark Doran
PROUD families and friends gath-
ered at the Adelaide airport on June
26 to welcome home 28 soldiers from
16 AD Regt's C-RAM 1 contingent
after their six-month deployment to
The Woodside Barracks soldiers
operated the new Counter-Rocket,
Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) capabil-
ity at Multinational Base Tarin Kot and
some outlying patrol bases.
The C-RAM system provides vital
warning by detecting and tracking rock-
et, artillery and mortar fire in flight and
automatically gives audible and visual
alarms, allowing troops to find cover
before projectiles land.
CO 16 AD Regt Lt-Col John
McLean said the first contingent, com-
manded by Maj Corey Shillabeer, had
provided a much-improved C-RAM
capability for the ADF and coalition
forces at Tarin Kot.
"We have demonstrated the broader
potential of the system with the linkages
into other capabilities, particularly in the
areas of target acquisition and battle-
space management," Lt-Col McLean
"These soldiers were essentially the
pioneers of this capability and estab-
lished SOPs and TTPs from scratch.
"C-RAM 1 personnel are now the
ADF's C-RAM experts and their collec-
tive knowledge will be used to develop
our doctrine and training packages for
"They did an outstanding job and the
systems worked extremely well, largely
because of their efforts and profession-
Insurgents are armed with old but
deadly former Eastern Bloc missiles,
including 107mm and 122mm unguided
rockets, which are fired from makeshift
Since it began operation in
December last year, the C-RAM sys-
tem has provided more than 10 warn-
ings against insurgent rocket and mortar
attacks. There were no ADF casualties
from these attacks.
Most recently, the C-RAM system
successfully detected and provided
warning against indirect fire attacks on
the Tarin Kot base early on June 12 and
again on June 14.
The ADF has now extended the
capability to include several patrol bases
in Uruzgan province.
home from MEAO
Welcome home: The C-RAM 1 detachment (inset) returned home on June 26 after
pioneering Australia's C-RAM capability in Afghanistan.
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