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Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« on: July 13, 2005, 04:25:38 »
No OPSEC here.

Well, today the PM publically announced the SASR is on its way back to Afghanistan, and they'll be there by Sep. They'll be there for a year.

Wanna know more? Try www.news.com.au www.skynews.com.au www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Upto and including 150 pers of SASR and the Cdo's, plus spt staff, and possibly another 200+ engineers too, but thats later in the yr or early next on a re-build mission.

Good luck to our elite, and it will be again 'Who Dares Wins'

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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2005, 22:02:43 »
Busy lads. Were they not recently in Iraq?
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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2005, 22:46:32 »
I thought the Aussies already had troops in A-Stan. Are they any still there? If so is this deployment reinforceing that group?

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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2005, 00:19:53 »
We did have them there in force, but since then only a 'skeletal staff' is there.

On a recent TV interview on the Aussie 60 minutes, with a SASR officer who was in Iraq at the pointy end, was quoted (by memory I might be off a word or two) saying "the enemy was willing to fight and die for his cause, and we simply obligated him to do so".

The PM admitted yesterday that there is all likely hood of Australian casualties once again we are in the fray. It was the last time we were in AStan that an SASR member was killed in action.

I wish all our forces a speedy and safe tour of duty over there.

EDIT: We currently have troops in Iraq throughout the country doing their bit, again no OPSEDC here, this is all public knowledge.

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« Last Edit: July 14, 2005, 00:22:36 by Wesley H. Allen, CD »
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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2005, 14:03:48 »
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Army spends $100K on wine glasses
By Luke McIlveen
July 17, 2005
From: Sunday Telegraph www.news.com.au


AS hundreds of Australian troops wait to be sent to Afghanistan, the army's top brass is preparing to spend up to $100,000 on champagne flutes, wine glasses and brandy balloons.
The shopping spree comes after the Defence Department identified a critical shortage of wine and beer glasses, pitchers and carafes in the officers' mess.

At the top of the list is 2405 champagne flutes and 3710 wine glasses. Defence records show the department is also seeking a supplier of 105 brandy balloons - the traditional tipple of generals.

Also on the list of acquisitions is 364 beer pitchers, 70 wine or spirits decanters and 350 carafes.
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The party atmosphere has spread to Townsville's Lavarack Barracks, where seafood and beverage suppliers are urged to bid for contracts.

While the officers are sipping wine out of fine glassware, the estimated 150 Special Air Service soldiers bound for Afghanistan will be working in drastically different conditions.

The elite SAS are trained to live off the land, no matter how squalid the conditions.

The SAS is likely to be joined by a contingent of engineers, who will carry on the task of rebuilding war-ravaged Afghanistan.

With an annual budget of about $17 billion, Defence is the biggest government department and questions have been raised about how it spends taxpayers' money.

Defence controls $50 billion in assets.

The Auditor-General's office recently blasted Defence for failing to keep track of its many purchases and questioned how bureaucrats in Canberra could not account for $8 billion worth of property at the end of 2004.

Meanwhile, troops in the field have complained of a lack of ammunition for training exercises and a shortage of protective clothing.

Pfft..  only wimps need ammunition and protective clothing.
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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2005, 15:36:10 »
That is a fine example of "gotcha" journalism. How much ammunition or pyrotechniques could $100,00 buy? Not all that much. Despite the good work of many reporters who try to report fairly and objectively, and some do like Stephen Thorne, Matthew Fisher and Chris Wattie for example, all it takes is something like this to make us all distrust the press.

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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2005, 16:12:20 »
I didn't mean it to be a serious criticism of the Australian Defence Department, just a little light reading. Besides, $100k is still $100k....
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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2005, 18:00:16 »
Army spends $100K on wine glasses
By Luke McIlveen
July 17, 2005
From: Sunday Telegraph www.news.com.au


AS hundreds of Australian troops wait to be sent to Afghanistan, the army's top brass is preparing to spend up to $100,000 on champagne flutes, wine glasses and brandy balloons.
The shopping spree comes after the Defence Department identified a critical shortage of wine and beer glasses, pitchers and carafes in the officers' mess.


Well - if they'd just stop pitching them into the fireplace, there wouldn't BE a critical shortage, now would there?
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Re: Aussie SASR off to AStan by Sep!
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2005, 03:02:39 »
 ;D

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