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Army November 22, 2012
Better at Bahasa
THE use of the Indonesian language,
Bahasa, by Defence Force School of
Languages (DFSL) students has been
strengthened after a two-week train-
ing program in Bandung, West Java,
Indonesia. This formed the final stage
for students from DFSL in Melbourne
and Canberra, who completed 38 weeks
of language training to be used for joint
exercises, operational deployments and
overseas engagements. Training includ-
ed visiting children at an orphanage,
teaching at government schools, visiting
a training centre for the unemployed and
organising cultural navigation tasks for
Ride for charity
MOTORBIKE riders from Canberra
took part in the annual Snowy Ride on
November 3, which raises money for
Childhood Cancer Research. Formerly
with RACT and RASigs and now a com-
pliance officer with DMO, Paul Brealey
said the Snowy Ride was a motorcycle
event run annually in the alpine region
of NSW and aimed to involve motor-
cycle riders from all over Australia.
Another ride to Cairns in May next year
is also being planned and any Defence
member or ex-member, either ADF or
public service, wanting to participate
can contact Mr Brealey at DMO.
MORE than 1.5 million courses have
now been completed using Defence's
corporate learning management sys-
tem, Campus. About $106.5 million was
saved in the last financial year via the
e-learning capability Campus offered.
In 2011-2012, the average cost of each
Campus course completion was $5.20,
compared with the average cost of
face-to-face training of about $292 an
Capt Lily Mulholland
THE inviting blue waters of Jervis Bay provided a
picturesque backdrop to test the watermanship skills
of sappers from 5CER from October 20-21.
Designed to qualify unit members as small watercraft
operators, Exercise Qasmiye was a continuation training
activity focusing on mobility at troop level in a controlled
The course comprised a swim test, practical lessons
on equipment and craft handling, and individual practice
using Zodiac RHIBs. A highlight of the training was
the flotation of a half-tonne trailer and construction of
improvised rafts from empty jerry cans and steel mesh
Course manager SSgt Chris Hanger said the soldiers
did a good job assembling the makeshift floats.
"The purpose behind getting the soldiers to build
the rafts was to build up their skills and confidence in
providing mobility support to land forces under sub-
optimal conditions," he said.
"After a couple of false starts, the teams managed to
come up with two workable solutions, although one raft
was definitely more seaworthy than the other.
"Building the rafts focuses soldiers on water safety and
adaptability, which is a critical consideration in all water
OC 4 CE Sqn Capt Attila Ovari said the task had
deeper goals beyond improvised flotation.
"Through the trial and error process of assembling
improvised craft, we are also able to test out individual
leadership skills and reinforce the importance of
teamwork in achieving the required outcomes."
Ex Qasmiye is named after an action during WWII in
which the 7th Division pursued the Vichy French on June
9-10, 1941. The bridge at Qasmiye was blown up within
50m of the Australian advance guard securing it.
Sappers conducted watermanship and pontoon
bridging tasks to allow the division to resume its pursuit.
Working on water
Engineers from 5CER put their watermanship skills to the test on Ex Qasmiye
Waterworks: Sappers from 5CER practise water operations with Zodiac RHIBs at Jervis Bay
on the NSW south coast.
Check out more photos from Ex
Qasmiye in the online edition of Army at
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