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Army SPECIAL LIFTOUT August 18, 2011
It was refreshing to see the telephone network, DRN, DSN
and satellite links all up at the same time.
-- LCPL MARCUS ANDERSEN, 8 SIG REGT
LCPL MARK DORAN
NEARLY 90 enthusiastic sig-
nallers from across 2 Div took
on the less glamorous role of
supporting Talisman Sabre
2011's opposition forces and
white force elements.
The regiment's main com-
mitment at Shoalwater Bay
Training Area was to assist 1
Bde by providing support to 1
Combat Service Support Team.
CO 8 Sig Regt Lt-Col Darrin
Glen said signallers across the
Army were heavily commit-
ted to operational deployments
and force generation, and as a
result there was a gap during Ex
Talisman Sabre which the spe-
cialists from 8 Sig Regt filled.
"Force flow has been our
pivotal achievement and a
resounding success -- we have
all the equipment and a lot of
expertise," Lt-Col Glen said.
"One of the key training
benefits was in having real cus-
tomers and being able to roll
out the services and resolve any
"TS11 has been an excellent
opportunity for the reserve sig-
nals capability as there are nor-
mally only one or two oppor-
tunities a year to develop their
staff and be a service provider."
LCpl Marcus Andersen,
8 Sig Regt, has been a reservist
for nearly five years.
"It's the blueprint of what
we will have to reproduce if
we are deployed on Operation
Astute in East Timor," he said.
"It was refreshing to see the
telephone network, DRN, DSN
and satellite links all up at the
Amenities internet access
was another service provided
for the exercise. Members of
the 7RAR battle group were
among the soldiers deployed to
Shoalwater Bay Training Area
who benefited from being able
to check their emails, do their
banking or call home for free.
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen
Craig Williams visited his sol-
diers in the field and said he
was glad to see how keen the
2 Div soldiers were to demon-
strate and challenge their pro-
fessional military skills in the
"They all want to push the
boundaries of their skills and
take themselves to the next
level," Maj-Gen Williams said.
"We provided an effects-
based solution for communica-
tions supporting a force. This is
what I want 2 Div signallers to
remain ready for in the future.
"I am confident this partici-
pation in Exercises Talisman
Sabre and Hamel, as part of Plan
Beersheba, will become annual
for 2 Div within the 36-month
force preparation cycle.
"The exercise was an impor-
tant way of making sure our
soldiers could remain prepared
and able to act in the operation-
al context when called upon,
whether at short notice for
domestic emergency response,
or for the planned deployments
such as Operations Anode or
Word gets out
SENDING A MESSAGE: Signallers from 8 Sig Regt set up a communications
centre in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
PHOTO BY LCPL MARK DORAN
LCPL MARK DORAN
COMMUNICATION at Camp Rocky was 17
Sig Regt's responsibility and the tech-savvy
soldiers made sure every bit of information was
The first phase was a fit and install, which
started in May when a team of 10 signallers
upgraded the information systems infrastructure at
the Rockhampton Army base.
In June a team of 25 signallers deployed to
the base to provide communication support to the
Australian and US troops and help set up the wel-
fare internet café at Camp Rocky.
Sgt Duncan Robinson, 17 Sig Regt, said the
scope of work the unit did for the exercise was a
lot larger than a normal deployment and they had
future-proofed Rockhampton for coming exercises.
"Our main role was supporting 17 Bde and we
were supporting communications for all ADF and
US units in Rockhampton with deployed DRN,
DSN and white phones, including secret-level
VOIP phones, Parakeet green phones and Mercury
messaging," Sgt Robinson said.
"A lot of this has been achieved by using
Rockhampton's infrastructure, then tying it
back into the Defence networks. This is not the
usual way of operating but it is a lot smarter and
cleaner and provides a better quality of service and
"We saved the US technicians a lot of work
and resources because the equipment we have here
and the infrastructure work done by 17 Sig Regt
allowed them to piggy-back on what we installed."
Part of the 17 Sig Regt team, Cpl Janet
Uluivuya, is a Fijian serving as a radio operator
with the British Army and taking part in Exercise
"Working with Australian soldiers was a differ-
ent experience for me, we get on very well and I
also managed to see a lot of the country in my free
time," Cpl Uluivuya said.
"It was also a change to use the older-style
communications equipment used by the Australian
Army as I am used to working with the Harris
system, which is just starting to come into service
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