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Army May 24, 2012
THE ScanEagle UAV has flown its last mis-
sion in Afghanistan, with the Shadow 200
Tactical Unmanned Aerial System taking
over the surveillance role in full.
Joint Operations Chief Lt-Gen Ash
Power said the ScanEagle had provided
constant intelligence, surveillance and recon-
naissance support to ground elements in
Afghanistan since 2007.
"During that time the ScanEagle has
made significant contributions to the force
protection and situational awareness of the
coalition force soldier on the ground," he
"This was an average of 22 hours per day
over the four-year-and-10-month period -- a
About 180 ADF personnel deployed
in support of the ScanEagle, mostly from
20 STA Regt, with elements from 16 AD
Regt, Defence Imagery and Geospatial
Organisation, 1 Topo Svy Sqn and 16 Avn
"ScanEagle has been the vehicle for the
Australian Army to develop its UAV capability
and the Army is now taking the next step by
employing the Shadow 200 TUAS," Lt-Gen
During its five years in operation in
Afghanistan, ScanEagles flew about 32,000
hours in more than 6200 missions in support
of the Reconstruction Task Force, Mentoring
and Reconstruction Task Force, MTF,
Combined Team -- Uruzgan and the SOTG.
Pictured inset is the last ScanEagle team
after the UAV's final flight.
ScanEagle's final flight
Cpl Mark Doran
MEDICAL staff from MTF 4 have
been supporting and mentoring their
Afghan National Army (ANA) counter-
parts at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
The Australian medical staff sit with
the ANA doctors and medics for two-
hour sessions twice a week at the ANA
clinic and do mentoring based on clinical
The medical staff look at diagnoses,
treatment and management with the aim
of building the ANA members' skills for
looking after Afghan soldiers when inter-
national forces draw down.
The mentoring also includes putting
supply and medication systems in place
through the ANA's pharmacy chain and,
where possible, managing patients in
local external facilities and hospitals.
MTF 4 regimental medical officer
Capt Anthony Sayce said he was fas-
cinated to see the friendships the
Australians had formed with the Afghans
as they learnt about each others' cultures.
"Our rapport with the ANA was soon
established once they realised where our
sense of humour was and this allowed
us to talk more freely to discuss cases,"
Capt Sayce said.
"In the three months I have been
here we have seen some important steps
forward, particularly in the approach to
diagnosing clinical conditions and how
we could empower the ANA to manage
them in the future.
"There are also some interesting
presentations we don't typically see in
Australia such as the eye and skin con-
ditions, infectious diseases and battle-
"The flow of knowledge goes both
ways and one of the things I have learnt,
apart from patience, is about relying on
clinical skills and listening to each indi-
vidual patient's story."
Aussie doctors work with Afghans
Farid (left) and
MTF 4 RMO
ANA Sgt Fazal
Cpl Mark Doran
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