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Army August 18, 2011
Watching the waters
By Peter Croce
OPERATION Resolute reached a milestone five
years protecting Australia's borders and offshore
maritime interests on July 17.
In that time, more than 1400 Armidale and
Fremantle Class Patrol Boats and other major fleet
unit personnel, about 9000 Orion flight hours and
more than 7000 regional force surveillance patrol-
man days have been committed to Joint Task Force
639, which covers not just Northern Australia's
coastline, but all of Australia's maritime approaches.
The Chief of Joint Operations, Lt Gen Ash
Power, praised the efforts of ADF personnel who
had contributed to the operation since it began.
"The service personnel on Op Resolute consist-
ently and constantly display the professionalism,
tenacity, effectiveness and often the courage of the
ADF on this particularly important operation," he
"They are all doing a stellar job amid tough con-
ditions. I especially understand the around-the-clock
nature of the hard working patrol boat crews, which
are often on station in difficult sea conditions."
In addition to the force-assigned assets, ADF
units transiting the area of operations also contrib-
ute to the overall surveillance and security effort
through their presence and standard reporting pro-
Op Resolute follows on from Operation Relex,
which ran from 2001 to 2006.
It is now part of the broader whole-of-govern-
ment approach to maritime security under Border
Protection Command, headed by RAdm Tim
Barrett, who is also Commander JTF 639.
Headquarters JTF 639, located at Larrakeyah
Barracks in Darwin, controls the ADF units
assigned to Op Resolute.
As part of the operation, the ADF works along-
side Customs, the Australian Fisheries Management
Authority, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service
and Australian Federal Police.
By Andrew Stackpool
ARMY and Air Force personnel dug deep
and consumed more than 7600 cups of
coffee and muffins as they took part in
a special appeal to raise money for col-
leagues still struggling to rebuild their
lives after the devastating Queensland
The floods have resulted in restoration
and reconstruction costs estimated at more
than $5 billion.
The appeal was initiated by Frontline
Defence Services, which pledged 10
per cent from every item sold during the
appeal, which ran from May 30 to June 4.
More than $60,000 was raised, compris-
ing the 10 per cent of Frontline Defence
Services sales, as well as donations by
members of the public who could not
access Frontline canteens and donations
from Frontline suppliers.
Frontline's marketing and public rela-
tions manager, Joni Edson, said the money
would be donated to the Army Relief Trust
Fund and the Air Force Welfare Fund for
distribution to the flood-affected personnel.
"All items, from breakfasts, burgers,
coffee, cokes, muffins and groceries con-
tributed to this great result," Ms Edson
"The Army Relief Trust Fund and Air
Force Welfare Fund will determine how
these funds are to be passed on to those
Army and Air Force families that require
Robertson Barracks in Darwin sold the
highest amount, raising a total of $6500.
Border protection: ADF personnel team up to mark five years of Op Resolute at HMAS
Coonawarra in Darwin.
Photo by AB James Whittle
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