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Cpl Max Bree
NEW satellite phones have been making life eas-
ier for soldiers out field since their roll-out across
the Army earlier this year.
The handheld IsatPhone Pro, made by Inmarsat,
replaced the man-pack and man portable Defence
Mobile Communications Network (DMCN) devic-
es after the system was decommissioned.
Cpl Nanda Holyoak, of 7CSR, said his unit
received the phones in June just before Exercise
"They are smaller and more compact," he said.
"They're handheld unlike the other ones which
were man-pack and man portable and required one
or two people to move around.
"Plus there's no requirement to point the anten-
na in a particular direction; you just need a clear
view of the sky.
"They pretty much work like a regular mobile
phone, so you just punch in the number you want to
dial and make the call."
The phones were brought into service to allow
soldiers to make unclassified phone calls in the
field or remote locations.
Cpl Holyoak said at 7CSR the phones were
mostly used as alternative emergency phones and
for engineering communications to set up networks.
"It provides near global coverage using the
Inmartsat satellite constellation, unlike the DMCN
which only had coverage of Australia and its sur-
rounding areas," he said.
"Probably the best advantage is the size; it's
like an oversized mobile phone and is easy to carry
Lt-Col Dave Jenkins, of AHQ, said Army
replaced the DMCN through the introduction of the
"The IsatPhone Pro provides the ADF with an
improved capability, while also achieving better
bang for buck than the DMCN service could offer,"
"This initiative modernises our equipment and
meets our immediate need for mobile unclassi-
fied telephone access beyond mobile phone range,
while also reducing costs through reform."
About 400 IsatPhones were distributed to units
in Forcomd, 1 Div, Socomd and the Air Force, and
a similar capability was provided to some Navy
vessels as well.
Small sat phone, big help
Technology upgrade: The new satellite phone does not need to have the antenna pointed in a specific direction and allow troops to
make unclassified calls in remote locations.
Respect: A Dharawal elder conducts the smoking ceremony at
the new Dharawal Garden at Lamia Barracks, Holsworthy. Inset,
Sgt John Angel-Hands and Col Chris Rule take a look around the
Photos by Cpl Joseph Graham
A SMOKING ceremony was held at
the Defence Police Training Centre
(DPTC) on September 20 to celebrate
the opening of the Dharawal Garden at
Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney.
An elder from the Dharawal tribe
-- the traditional custodians of the land
that Holsworthy Barracks occupies
-- wafted purifying smoke around the
more than 50 ADF personnel assem-
bled and stamped his feet in rhythm
to the throb of a didgeridoo during the
CO DPTC Wg-Cdr Andrew
Roberts said the garden was estab-
lished in recognition of the traditional
custodians of the land and the many
indigenous people who had served,
and serve, in the ADF.
He said the three rocks in the gar-
den symbolised the elements of land,
sea and air.
"At the DPTC these three elements
merge into one to make a triservice
unit," Wg-Cdr Roberts said.
"I want the DPTC to be a leader
in the ADF as an inclusive work
environment, where equity and
diversity are part of everyday goals
Wg-Cdr Roberts said the garden
opening marked a new era in the
relationship between his unit and the
"I want to ensure that this relation-
ship, along with the garden, continues
to grow," he said.
Soldiers are enjoying the new
e Pros that have replaced manpack and man-portable devices
"Accordingly, I have imple-
mented a program where all DPTC
staff and students will be educated
about the Dharawal people and the
significance of this land."
Tribal elders and indigenous
ADF personnel, including Sgt
John Angel-Hands, attended the
Sgt Angel-Hands, an Army
engineer, said the garden sym-
bolised the ADF's respect for
Aboriginal service people and
"We talk about the Anzacs
who laid a foundation for the
future but, for me as an Aboriginal,
I also reflect on my ancestors who
served before me at a time when
they were not even recognised as
Australian citizens," Sgt Angel-
"They wanted to fight for their
traditional lands nonetheless. It
is these people who inspire me to
promote my heritage, culture and
ancestors who served with such
pride before me."
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