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Army June 21, 2012
Maj Cameron Jamieson
AUSTRALIAN engineers are doing
emergency construction work in an unu-
sual setting and with a diverse group of
Twelve engineers have been undertaking
four civil aid building projects alongside US
Navy "Seabee" (construction battalion) engi-
neers and Indonesian soldiers on the island
of Talaud in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, as
part of Pacific Partnership 2012.
The work is the first time in the civil
assistance mission's seven-year history
Australian engineers have taken a lead role.
In the town of Melonguane, Lt Nigel
Hinde has half of his team working with
partner forces to build an emergency room
for the town clinic.
"The people here are in dire need of this
ER," Lt Hinde said.
"To date they have had to use the clinic
for emergencies because there hasn't been a
totally sterile room where they can work on
"The nearest hospital is about half an
hour away, however, with this new building
and their ambulance they will be better able
to respond to the needs of the people."
Lt Hinde said the multinational work-
force had quickly settled down as a cohesive
"Each nation has a different way of build-
ing a building," he said. "Yet we have come
together and this building is a pretty good
result. You could say it is a three-nation mas-
A highlight for Lt Hinde has been the
response of the local people to the presence
of so many different uniforms.
"The people have been very, very
intrigued," Lt Hinde said.
"It's common to have 20 to 30 people
sitting on the front fence having a look, and
they're not shy.
"Some of them even come in and pick
up a spirit level to make sure our walls are
"They certainly know how a building
should be built."
Spr Anthony McLeod joined the Army
as a qualified plumber about a year ago and
Pacific Partnership 2012 was his first over-
He found building in an isolated area of
Indonesia very different to his experiences in
"There are differences in building materi-
als and getting supplies," he said.
"There's bush plumbing involved, so you
have to make your own way along and think
a lot more.
"I knew it was going to be like this and
it's been a great building experience."
US Navy Seabee 1st Class Petty Officer
Matthew Cacci said working with Australians
had been an excellent experience.
"They are great tradesmen, very well
schooled in their trades and they are defi-
nitely team players," he said.
"I'd work with them again anytime."
Once the engineers finish their work in
Indonesia they will board the US hospital
Ship USNS Mercy that is serving as the mis-
sion base for Pacific Partnership 2012.
With more than 1000 military and non-
government personnel aboard, the ship will
sail on and conduct free medical, dental, vet-
erinary, engineering and civil aid tasks in the
Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Building on the partnership
Engineers from three nations team up to give a remote Indonesian village a new emergency room
In the works: Spr Luke Phillips (left), of 21 Const Regt, measures for fittings while Indonesian Army
soldier Perada Bambang Irawan renders the wall of a new medical facility. Photo by Maj Cameron Jamieson
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