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Army April 25, 2013
FORCE Communications Unit
Rotation 9 (FCU 9) was farewelled
at Robertson Barracks in Darwin on
April 11 by Deputy Air Commander
Australia Air-Cdre Chris Westwood
and Commander 1 Bde Brig John
was held at the
end of a 10-week
tion and prepa-
The unit is
Pert, the second Air Force officer to
command an FCU rotation.
The unit will provide and maintain
communications to all Australian forces
deployed in the MEAO. Its members,
63 from Army, six from Navy and 58
from Air Force, are drawn from a range
of units to support the deployed force.
Staff will be at locations in four
countries: the United Arab Emirates,
Qatar and Bahrain, as well as Tarin Kot,
Kandahar and Kabul in Afghanistan.
Wg-Cdr Pert said FCU's greatest
asset was its personnel.
"They bring with them a broad
range of knowledge and experience that
will greatly contribute to the successful
conduct of our mission," he said.
"I am proud to have the honour of
commanding such a talented team of
In addition to communications and
information system training, the unit
casualty first aid,
and weapons train-
ing during the
ity. Their training
nated in a five-day certification exercise
(Certex) run by observer trainers from
One of FCU 9's members is Sgt
Michael Phillips, who is on his second
"Despite Certex being a stressful
week, it was really useful in running us
through our paces and testing the skills
and knowledge that we had gained dur-
ing force preparation in a scenario-driv-
en, simulated environment," he said.
Brig Frewen said FCU 9 was a valu-
able asset in the Middle East.
"The unit is highly professional and
focused on the task at hand, and I wish
them good luck and a safe return."
Troops depart for six-month MEAO rotation
They bring with
them a broad range
of knowledge and
-- Wg-Cdr Gordon Pert, CO FCU 9
Establishing comms: Deputy Air Commander Australia Air-Cdre Chris Westwood meets members of the
triservice FCU 9 during their farewell parade at Robertson Barracks.
Photo by LS Jo Dilorenzo
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