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It takes a lot of work to keep large military
vehicles on the road in a warzone, Cpl Mark
Doran reports with these words and photos.
WHILE most soldiers
in Uruzgan are bed-
ded down for the night,
craftsmen are usually still
grooming today's military workhorses
in the stables.
Minor servicing for the ASLAVs
and Bushmasters is conducted in the
forward operating bases by MTF 4's
embedded craftsmen, while at the Tarin
Kot workshops the RAEME team per-
form major servicing, repairs and tech-
nical inspections on the class-A vehicle
Vehicles classed as battle casual-
ties are also inspected at Tarin Kot and
those with hull damage are returned to
ASM MTF 4 WO1 Andrew Perry
said his workshop employed 42 sol-
diers who worked until the job was
"This means if a task takes 18
hours, they will work for 18 hours,"
WO1 Perry said.
"Working here is not a lot different
from working at home. We have the
same equipment and can probably do
the work faster because we don't have
the same set work hours.
"We conduct salvage on the battle-
damaged vehicles and take what we
can to supplement our repair parts store
after they are stripped of all equipment.
"Supply of parts can be a major
challenge in Afghanistan as we need to
get them in on flights from Australia."
salvage on the
vehicles and take
what we can to
-- WO1 Andrew Perry,
ASM MTF 4
NEW high-mobility armoured exca-
vators worth nearly $1.4m have
just been delivered to Uruzgan
and the plant workshop has been pre-
paring them for operational work.
Class-C vehicle mechanic and sec-
tion commander Cpl Luke Gibson said
the excavators were a fantastic bit of kit
and quite advanced.
"They are up-armoured and the
cabin has extra blast protection from
rocket-propelled grenades with its bar
armour," he said.
Plant equipment for the MTF 4 engi-
neer support squadron operations, as
well as all the Mack trucks, Unimogs
and Land Rovers, are maintained at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot by a team
of four mechanics supervised by a
Cpl Gibson said the plant equip-
ment he serviced and repaired included
Bobcats, front-end loaders and excava-
"A major challenge in Afghanistan is
maintaining an ageing fleet, as a lot of
the vehicles have been through tough
times in the past 10 years," he said.
"There have been accidents, roll-
overs, small-arms fire and IED dam-
age, so the repairs can mount up and
there are some long days, but we are
keeping them all on the road.
"Highlights of my deployment have
been going out on the build tasks and
convoys, and I spent seven weeks with
the engineers as they were upgrading
Patrol Base Mirawais, which was a
"I am enjoying working with the
newer equipment and my team -- we
have some good times here."
Here to serve: LCpl Brenton Rosman services a Bushmaster in the RAEME workshops at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot.
(left) and Cpl
of the new
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