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Army October 24, 2013
A self-sufficient ANA
ANA soldiers gain skills in air conditioning, reticulation and electrical maintenance to safely sustain bases
AN Australian-led explosive ord-
nance disposal operation will begin in
Solomon Islands in October 29.
Operation Render Safe 2013 is a stand-
ing ADF operation to help remove the
explosive remnants of war from the
South West Pacific. This year Solomon
Islands is the focus. The task is to con-
tinue removing ordnance left behind 68
Cmdr Doug Griffiths, Commander
Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance
Diving Task Force, will lead the
He said community engagement dur-
ing a recent site survey was vital to the
success of the program.
"Historically, the locals know where
the ordnance is located and in many
cases they have lived with the threat in
their villages for years," Cmdr Griffiths
"The Solomon Islands Government
has identified the locations we'll work
in, and we rely on residents to narrow
down the ordnance sites.
Cmdr Griffiths said this year 200
personnel from all three services would
be joined by clearance divers from the
Royal New Zealand Navy, US Navy and
the Royal Canadian Navy.
The mission will be supported by
the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
explosive ordnance disposal team.
The Op Render Safe 2013 team
will work closely with the RAMSI
Participating Police Force and lend
capacity to AusAID assisting in com-
munity engagement in the health and
in Solomon Islands
Cpl Mark Doran
AFGHAN National Army (ANA)
4 Bde 205 Hero Corps soldiers
received training to sustain
the facilities and equipment at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot in
The training by Australian soldiers
was provided in preparation for the
handover of the base to the ANA by the
end of 2013.
The ADF Force Extraction
Unit provided the training for the
ANA soldiers, teaching skills in air
conditioning, reticulation and electrical
Capt Gareth Humphreys, of 2 Cav
Regt Task Group's Security Force
Assistance Advisory Team, advises the
Hero Corps on garrison support and life
sustainment services and the integration
of those activities to enhance their
"The ANA tradesmen had
previously been taught skills in
plumbing, electrical repairs and
carpentry over a 16-week training
course coordinated by the Infrastructure
Transition Advisory Team (ITAT) at the
beginning of the year," he said.
"The installations on the base are
relatively complex compared to what
they have previously been exposed to.
"We identified we needed to provide
continuation training to enable them
to assume maintenance responsibility
for when the base transitions to their
"Currently, the Afghan engineers
are proficient at sustaining the
brigade's facilities and these
new skill-sets will make them an
extremely good capability for the
commander of 4 Bde."
US Army engineer 1Lt Ross Soares,
of ITAT, said the skills of the Afghan
engineers had greatly progressed since
the beginning of the year.
"They already have a base
knowledge on the skills the personnel
from the ADF are teaching them,"
"The Afghans could sit in a
classroom for hours, but nothing can
beat this hands-on training to gain an
understanding of the equipment they
will be maintaining.
"With this additional training 205
Corps will be absolutely ready to take
control of the base."
ANA engineer Lt Amid Hamad,
of 205 Corps, said the sustainment
training was very important.
"It gave the tradesmen the skills to
do their jobs properly," he said.
"The Hero Corps is now capable
of solving its own problems, which is
good for our future development."
Base support: Cpl Joel McKewen (right), of the Force Extraction Unit, provides sustainment training to Afghan National Army engineer Lt Amid
Hamad. Inset, Spr Nathan Sherwan (bottom left) and Cpl Joel McKewen (bottom right) work with ANA soldiers.
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
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