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Army SPECIAL LIFTOUT August 4, 2011
Everyone is in good spirits and I am impressed with how the
exercise is going.
-- CDF GEN DAVID HURLEY
Chief checks in
CPL MELANIE SCHINKEL
IT WAS an early start for CDF
Gen David Hurley on July 22 as
he embarked on the US Navy's
USS Germantown before visiting
Australian troops throughout the
exercise area of operations.
Gen Hurley embarked on the
USS Germantown with the Chief of
Joint Operations, Lt-Gen Ash Power,
for a meet and greet with US Navy
commanders and ship's company
before heading to Camp Growl in the
Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
At Camp Growl, CDF and CJOPS
were joined by 1 Bde Commander
Brig Gus McLachlan and 7 Bde
Commander Brig Paul McLachlan.
The contingent visited a number
of units at the camp, including the
opposition force, made up of troops
from 1 Bde.
"I'm here to have a look at how the
exercise is progressing and get some
feedback before I find out towards the
end of the exercise how well it went,"
Gen Hurley said.
"Our people are doing extremely
well. Everyone is in good spirits and
I am impressed with how the exercise
"Ex Talisman Sabre is a complex
exercise. I think it has been well run
and there have been some very chal-
lenging activities for our Army, Navy
and Air Force people."
Together the contingent enjoyed
a lunch, prepared by 9CSSB's cooks,
with ADF members at Camp Growl
before paying 8/9RAR a visit out in
The CDF was particularly
intrigued with 8/9RAR's demon-
stration of the new Torch Battle
Management System (BMS) -- a data
and voice system that provides auto-
matic updates of the battle picture
being delivered under Land 75, Land
125 and Joint Project 2072.
"The technology that has been
used during the exercise is very com-
plex -- there is a lot of high-level capa-
bility in this foundation war-fighting
exercise," Gen Hurley said.
Brig McLachlan said it was the
first major exercise for which 7 Bde
had used the Torch BMS in the field.
"The BMS is a complete game
changer," he said.
"From the enhanced control it
gives the commander in the manoeu-
vre battle to the real-time logistical
status of every unit on the system, it
will revolutionise how we fight and
how we sustain our force."
Troops from 1 Avn Regt also gave
a detailed tour of their flightline, fea-
turing eight deployed Tigers.
IN THE COCKPIT: CDF Gen David Hurley checks out the cockpit of a Tiger helicopter during his visit to troops at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance
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