Afghanistan

Operation Slipper is Australia's military contribution to international campaign against terrorism. The aim of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is to bring security, stability and prosperity to the region.

D Coy OP SLIPPER

In September 2006, D Coy formed to commence training for the Security Task Group in Afghanistan as part of RTF2. The company continued training into early 2007. In March 2007 D Coy 1 RAR was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Security Task Group (STG) Reconstruction Task Force 2 (RTF 2) OP SLIPPER.

The company saw a wide variety of operations from local security for 3 CER to long range week patrols. All of which were conducted in a physically and mentally demanding environment. The heat of the desert highlighted the necessity for logistical support for basic items such as water.

Although the RTF's role in Op SLIPPER was largely hearts and minds regional reconstruction, D Coy saw action on numerous occasions against a resilient and determined Taliban. TheTaliban utilised all of TTP's available to insurgents against the STG; most notable, suicide IED's (improvised explosive devices). On one occasion the STG was tasked with a VAP task on the Wanow Bridge. The Taliban utilised a local national child, approximately 6 years old, to mark the PI HQ as the target for the imminent suicide attack. Approximately 3 hours later, a 16 year old Pakistani male approached 12 Platoons position from the south. PTE McNab was on piquet, manning his MAG 58 when he identified the Pakistani male approaching his location. It was at this stage that he aimed his weapon at the young Pakistani male. Despite not being at his target location the suicide bomber detonated himself approximately 10m from PTE McNab. The protection afforded by the bush master and the small compound wall limited PTE McNab's injuries to shrapnel wounds to his left arm and shoulder. PTE McNabs diligence on piquet ensured PHQ's safety during this incident.

Fortunately no Australians were injured during the Deployment, however several insurgents were killed, many more were wounded and large quantities of weapons were confiscated. D Coy's experience gained on OP SLIPPER is invaluable and when passed on will provide the backbone to the modern soldier's knowledge base.

 

 

Private Joshua Raward and Private Christopher Wright perform sentry duties at the Talani School while Australian Combat Engineers conduct reconstruction work at the Talani School.

(Date taken: 18 May 2007)

 

 

 

An Australian soldier from 1st Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment dismounts a Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle, to fire the 84mm rocket launcher at the range in Camp Holland.

(Date taken: 31 July 2007)

 

 

 

An infantry section prepares for a mission into Tarin Kowt at dawn.
22/5/07
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L-R) Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Gallaway from Townsville-based 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment is congratulated by Lieutenant Colonel Scott Goddard from the Brisbane-based 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, on taking command of the ANZAC Battle Group. 25/3/07

 

 

 

Members from Townsville-based 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, as part of the Anzac Battle Group, at the change of command parade, Camp Phoenix, Dili. 25/3/07

 

 

 

 

 

Two soldiers maintain a watchful eye on the area. Australian soldiers maintain security 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

(Date taken: 12 August 2007)

 

 

 

 

 

Private Troy Arthur-Miller of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, as part of the 2nd Reconstruction Task Force, scans the surrounding area for threats as a local man watches on during a patrol in Afghanistan.

(Date taken: 08 October 2007)

 

 

 

Chief of Operations Colonel Abdul Qadir of the 205th Corps Afghanistan Army is shown the finer points of the F88 Austeyr rifle by Major Simon Moore-WiIlton of the 1st Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment during a patrol in Afghanistan.

(Date taken: 08 October 2007)

 

 

 

 

An Australian soldier from 1st Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment dismounts a Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicle, to fire the 84mm rocket launcher at the range in Camp Holland.

(Date taken: 31 July 2007)

 

 

 

D Coy 1 RAR received the following medals and commendation for its actions during this incident and others in Afghanistan;

  1. MAJ Simon Moore-Wilton, DSM, for distinguished leadership
  2. LT Glenn Neilson, DSM, for outstanding leadership
  3. CAPT Paul Sanderson, Commendation for Distinguished Service
  4. PTE Trent Ollis, Commendation for Gallantry
  5. PTE Steven Hall, Commendation for Distinguished Service
  6. SGT Craig Rienets, Commander 633 Silver Commendation
  7. CPL Steven Wood, Commander 633 Silver Commendation
  8. PTE Daniel Cornford, Commander 633 Silver Commendation
 

MENTORING AND RECONSTRUCTION TASK FORCE (MRTF2)

The MRTF2 of about 670 personnel in engaged in construction and security operations in the Oruzgan Province. The MRTF2 is mainly composed of Infantry (1 RAR), Cavalry (2 CAV), and Engineers (3 CER) from the 1st battalion Task Force. The Task Force is commanded by Lt Col Peter Connolly.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP (SOTG)

The SOTG operates in support of ISAF security operations and provides security and force protection for coalition forces in the Oruzgan Province. The SOTG consists of Commandos, SASR and enabling and support personnel.

A Rotary Wing Group operates from the Kandahar Air Field.

Australian forces provided security support during the recent Afghan elections. Election Day in the Oruzgan Province was mainly without incident thanks to the dedicated training and support by the MRTF2 to the Afghan National Army. 

 

 

      

 

 

 

Service at the RAR Memorial Walk

 

Service at the RAR Memorial Walk

 

 Pte Ben Ranaudo was KIA on the 18 July 2009 (1802152 Jul 09), during a cordon and search as part of an operation in the Baluchi Valley.

 

 

Australia Day at Camp Holland MRTF2 26-1-2010

Auatralian LAV on patrol 21-1-2010

Cpl David Mitchell MRTF2 31-1-2010

             

MRTF2 on parade 14-2-2010

RSM 1 RAR Darren Murch 14-2-2010

Cpl John Naidu 1 RAR and his section accepts an award from Major General Mark Kelly 12-12-2009

Memorial Service for Pte Ben Ranaudo and L/Cpl Matthew Hopkins - Jan 2010

    

IED Improvised Explosive Device

"Sarbi" Explosive detection dog and her handler David.  Sarbi was missing in action for several months, was found and returned to duty.