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Army July 21, 2011
THE Army will dispose of up to 18,000 vehicles in
the near future in a decision announced by Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare on June 29.
Up to 600 armoured vehicles and 12,000 other Army
vehicles, including Land Rovers, Unimogs and Mac
trucks will be sold under the plan.
The vehicles will likely be sold in bulk to companies
that will repair and upgrade, then on-sell them.
The sales will aim to generate money to be re-invest-
ed in new military equipment for Force 2030.
"By disposing of this equipment in bulk, it will
increase the amount of revenue Defence can raise and
reinvest in new equipment, with one option being to
reinvest into simulators used for training that will reduce
the wear and tear on Army vehicles," Mr Clare said.
This sale will form part of a wider defence plan to
dispose of old ships, aircraft, communications systems,
weapons and explosive ordnance.
The British Government has generated £650 million
(A$1 billion) from military disposals since 1997.
During the next 15 years the ADF plans to upgrade
or replace up to 85 per cent of its equipment in the big-
gest disposal since World War II.
Historically significant pieces will still be made
available to the Australian War Memorial, RSLs and
other historical organisations.
Vehicles to go
Everything must go: About 18,000 outdated Army
vehicles will be sold off, with funds generated to
support future capabilities. Photo by AB James Whittle
By Donna Bates
NORFORCE soldiers put their field-
craft to the test in the unit's annual
patrol competition -- a military skills
competition designed to certify patrols
to support Operation Resolute and
other tasks -- as part of 30th anniver-
The competition was conducted at
Kangaroo Flats Training Area from June
21-23 and assessed patrols from all four
surveillance squadrons -- Kimberley Sqn,
Arnhem Sqn, Darwin Sqn and Centre
Sqn -- encouraging sub-unit rivalry and
determining the champion squadron.
Members were assessed in a variety of
military skills such as patrolling, bush-
craft, water operations, signals, vehicle
operations, first aid and navigation in the
harsh terrain during a gruelling three-
By the end of the event, Darwin Sqn
emerged victorious by a wide margin. OC
Maj Craig Moffat heaped praise on his
"They did Darwin Sqn and themselves
proud by winning the competition," he
"The patrol commander and 2IC won
the competition through excellent leader-
ship, thorough preparation and practice
of green-role skills.
"The patrol members proved they are
ready at short notice to meet any chal-
lenge that is presented to them."
Members of Norforce are participating
in Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 along-
side other reconnaissance and surveil-
lance units from throughout the Army.
By Donna Bates
NORFORCE celebrated its 30th
anniversary in style in the week
leading up to June 25, proudly
showcasing its history, people and
achievements in Darwin.
CO Lt-Col Chris Goldston said
the anniversary was an important
milestone and an opportunity to cel-
ebrate the unit's rich culture and his-
"We were honoured to have six
members of the original 2/1 North
Australian Observer Unit -- collo-
quially known as Nackeroos -- par-
ticipate, and to recognise all of those
past and present who have served
with Norforce," he said.
The celebrations started at the
Darwin Military Museum, where the
unit history unfolded in the open-
ing of a new exhibit. The Nackeroos
and guests were treated to a special
preview of the exhibit, which was
officially opened on June 30.
The display recognises the his-
tory of Norforce and its herit-
age links through the 2/1 North
Australian Observer Unit, the NT
Special Reconnaissance Unit and the
Darwin Mobile Force, which were
all formed in response to the threat
during World War II.
Lt-Col Goldston said the display
was an important part of recording
the military history of the Top End
and to recognise the contribution
made by Norforce soldiers and their
WWII predecessors, the Nackeroos.
"This display will serve as
an important reminder to the pub-
lic of the strong cultural legacy of
Norforce and of our soldiers both
past and present," he said.
"As we like to say, 'modern war-
rior, traditional values'."
A remembrance service was held
at the Darwin Esplanade Cenotaph on
June 25, attended by past and present
Norforce members and their fami-
lies. The remaining Nackeroos from
WWII, some in their late 80s, were
recognised for their contribution.
The celebrations concluded on
the Saturday night with Norforce's
30th anniversary dinner on the
lawns of the Larrakeyah Barrack's
Norforce turns 30
Milestone: The soldiers of Norforce parade for their unit's 30th anniversary. Inset, CO Norforce Lt-Col Chris Goldston addresses the parade
Photos by AB James Whittle
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