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Cpl Nick Wiseman
COMMANDER US Pacific Command
Adm Samuel Locklear touched down
in Darwin in a US Air Force C-17 for a
whirlwind tour visiting ADF establish-
ments in the Northern Territory during
Adm Locklear's visit to Darwin
focused on the US Marine rotational pres-
ence in Darwin and increased visits by US
aircraft to northern Australia.
A combat guard of 1 Bde soldiers
greeted the visiting admiral at Robertson
"First rate soldiers, equipment and
presentation and they must be pretty tough
standing out in the high heat and humidity
waiting for me," Adm Locklear said.
"I felt a little humbled that they would
do that for me but I really did appreciate
it. [It was] very professional and very wel-
coming -- it was terrific."
After reviewing the combat guard,
Adm Locklear received briefings about
1 Bde and the Bradshaw Training Area
from Commander 1 Bde Brig John
The visit to Robertson Barracks
finished with a windshield tour of the
barracks, including the accommodation
facilities used by the first rotation of US
Adm Locklear noted the long military
partnership Australia and the US had
shared since World War I.
"Even today we're together in
Afghanistan, so part of my visiting here is
to ensure that the ADF and the Australian
people understand the commitment of the
US military in this relationship and we
expect it to be a good alliance for many
years to come," he said.
Adm Locklear departed after tour-
ing HMAS Coonawarra and RAAF Base
Darwin on the second day of his visit.
Reflecting on his short time in Darwin,
he said his visit had been terrific.
"I've had a few opportunities over
my naval career to be able to come to
Australia -- primarily Western Australia,"
"This visit I've had the chance to come
to the Northern Territory and see what
constitutes a great frontier -- one of the
few great frontiers left in the world."
When asked about the first Australian
general (Maj-Gen Rick Burr) to shortly
arrive under his command in the Pacific,
Adm Locklear said he was getting ready
to welcome him to Hawaii with a good
visits the Top End
Job well done
Construction complete on Nauru and Manus Island
Northern exposure: Visiting US Pacific Commander Adm Samuel Locklear
meets soldiers from 1 Bde at Robertson Barracks.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
Good order: Cfn Amy Pallentine checks a pump for the water
purification plant operating just off the beach on Manus Island.
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
A TEAM of ADF personnel bat-
tled monsoonal conditions to build
two temporary offshore processing
facilities for the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship on
Nauru and Manus Island at short
Within 10 weeks of the
Government's announcement to rein-
state offshore immigration process-
ing, ADF personnel delivered two
facilities, each capable of housing 500
residents and 200 staff complete with
power, kitchen, showers, toilets, sew-
erage treatment and water purification
On Nauru 21 Const Sqn led the
construction effort, with support from
22 other ADF units. On Manus Island
the Air Force's No. 382 Expeditionary
Combat Support Squadron deployed
up to 159 personnel from 21 units
during peak construction phases.
JTF 639 coordinated the effort as
part of Operation Resolute under JTF
639.4 at HQ NORCOM in Darwin.
Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen
Ash Power said the ADF personnel
completed the task in a short time
frame as part of a whole-of-govern-
"Our highly-skilled Defence
personnel have performed extreme-
ly well to meet the requirements of
the Australian Government and the
Department of Immigration and
Citizenship in building this facility,"
"In very hot and humid condi-
tions, these dedicated personnel on
the ground on Nauru have turned a
bare facility into a 700-person accom-
modation space in just over a month."
The Department of Immigration
and Citizenship has full responsibility
for operating and supporting facilities
on both Nauru and Manus Island.
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