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Army July 21, 2011
By LCpl Leif Abraham
DIGGERS from Australia's
Federation Guard (AFG) joined
forces with the RAN Band from
May 31 to June 2 to represent the
nation at the Brunei Military Tattoo.
The combined team developed a
precision-drill display of more than
300 specific movements synchronised
with an orchestrated musical routine.
It was a unique experience for the
RAN Band and AFG Precision Drill
Team (PDT), as it was the first time
members of both groups had worked
together and on the international
AFG 2IC Capt Kathryn Christie
said the 300 specific drill movements
conducted by the PDT were per-
formed without any words of com-
Capt Christie said it was also the
first time new, dynamic drill move-
ments were included in the PDT
display, including weapon twirling,
throwing and catching.
"The Guardsmen from the Navy,
Army and Air Force that make up the
PDT require incredible levels of skill,
concentration and teamwork, which
is perfected through many hours of
practice," Capt Christie said.
"The PDT regularly travels all over
Australia performing for events like
career expos, charity functions and
sporting grand finals, but this is the
first time they have travelled overseas
as a team."
PDT commander LCpl Edward
Hodge said it was a privilege to lead
the team for its first international
performance and to represent the
"We did the Edinburgh Tattoo
in Sydney so we did know what to
expect, but the moment you march on
and the spotlight hits you it's amaz-
ing," LCpl Hodge said.
"It was also the first time we had
thrown rifles for a while and not a sin-
gle rifle was dropped, so it was
By MC1 David Valdex, US Navy
THE Pacific Partnership 2011
team arrived in Micronesian
waters on July 3 for the final
phase of the almost four-month
The majority of the team arrived
onboard the amphibious transport
ship USS Cleveland which is hous-
ing the command staff, crew, rep-
resentatives from non-government
organisations and military personnel
from each of the partner nations par-
ticipating in PP11.
Mission commander US Navy
Captain Jess Wilson said the team
had been looking forward to visiting
the Federated States of Micronesia.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to
visit this country on a site survey
earlier this year and it's very good
to be back, especially now that the
team will have an opportunity to
experience the hospitality I experi-
enced on my previous visit."
The PP11 team will have two
added challenges in this port.
First, USS Cleveland will not be
harbour in Micronesia.
"We determined it would be
safer for the ship and crew to remain
under way during this mission port,"
Cleveland's navigator, Lieutenant
Jacqueline Ellis, said.
"Micronesia has quite a few coral
reefs, and as stewards of the envi-
ronment, we have to make sure we
don't harm the wildlife and their
The team will visit the four main
states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei
and Yap. Although only 702 sq km
of land mass, the islands occupy
more than 1.5 million sq km in the
Pacific Ocean -- about the size of
These states, which are inde-
pendent and remote locations, are
made up of island chains that are
separated by hundreds of miles.
"This is an excellent opportunity
for the team to get valuable expe-
rience working independently yet
cohesively," Capt Wilson said.
The multinational team includes
military representatives from
Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia
The partner nations will engage
in engineering, dental, medical and
veterinary civil assistance projects
and subject matter expert exchanges
designed to increase interoperabil-
ity between host nations and partner
The combined team of PP11 and
host nations will also develop sus-
tainable solutions for environmental
and social challenges in the region.
The Australian Contingent
Commander, Cmdr Ashley Papp,
said the Micronesian mission would
test the team's interoperability.
"While Capt Wilson will have to
travel to the more remote locations,
I will have the privilege and respon-
sibility of representing PP11 at our
main locations," he said.
For more information on the mission go to
Precision team on show
In unison: Australia's Federation Guard throw rifles as part of its performance
at the Brunei Military Tattoo.
Photo by LCpl Leif Abraham
Detailed work: Spr Mathew Leddy measures timber at the Palikir engineering civic action project during
the Federated States of Micronesia phase of Pacific Partnership 2011.
Photo by TSgt Tony Tolley, USN
To date, PP11 has
treated more than 36,000
patients, engaged in
more than 20 engineer-
ing projects, provided
care for more than 1500
animals and conducted
more than 40 commu-
nity service projects in
Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua
New Guinea and East
Timor. The ADF contribu-
tion includes about 50
people who deployed in
12 engineers from 17
Approximately 40 ADF
medical and dental
Two LCHs based
at Cairns: HMA
Ships Betano and
A four-person deploy-
able geospatial team
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