Year in review

July 2007

Photo - caption followsThe last Leopard tanks in service for the Australian Army are farewelled by a guard of 1st Armoured Regiment's new M1A1 Abrams tanks from the 1st Brigade parade ground at Robertson Barracks.

Photo - caption followsOn 13 July 2007, a funeral with full military honours was held at the St Christopher's Cathedral, Manuka, ACT, for former Chief of the Defence Force, General John Stuart Baker AC, DSM. General Baker was Chief of the Defence Force between 1995 and 1998.

Photo - caption followsThe 20th Surveillance and Target Acquisition Regiment deployed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle detachment to the Australian base in Tarin Kowt, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

August 2007

Photo - caption followsCaptain Adam Loughrey (right) and soldiers of the Overwatch Battle Group (West)-3 visited Al Najem in southern Iraq to officially open a school that had been refurbished.

Photo - caption followsPlumbing instructor Sapper Nathan Beatson assists an Afghani Trade Training School student on the first plumbing course.

Photo - caption followsAustralian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Midshipmen and Officer Cadets demonstrate their military training in front of a record crowd at the ADFA Open Day.

September 2007

Photo - caption followsMajor General Tony Fraser and Captain Brad Wheeler prepare to start preflight checks before taking off over Brisbane in the final flight of the 'Huey' Iroquois helicopter. The Iroquois, the mainstay of Army Aviation in the Vietnam War era, was decommissioned on 21 September 2007.

Photo - caption followsHMAS Adelaide Boatswains Mates connect the span-wire to the bell housing during replenishment at sea with HMAS Sirius en-route for Exercise Malabar.

Photo - caption followsAir movements Training and Development Unit loading a CH47 Chinook helicopter into a C-17 Globemaster III Heavy Lift aircraft.

October 2007

Photo - caption followsPlatoon signalman Private Leigh Beazley relays information via a radio during his deployment in East Timor.

Photo - caption followsGovernor General Major General Michael Jeffery speaks during the presentation of a unit citation to the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando).

Photo - caption followsThe 'City of Sydney' Boeing 707 touches down for the last time at RAAF Richmond.

November 2007

Photo - caption followsAll smiles for Seaman Medic Jodie Schumacher, as HMAS Perth returns to her home port of Fleet Base West after five months away.

Photo - caption followsCorporal Bianca Greenslade jockeys Corporal Natalie Pinder down the home straight during the Melbourne Cup Day piggy-back race at the Force Level Logistic Asset in the Middle East.

Photo - caption follows(L-R) Flight Engineer Warrant Officer Ken Flint with fellow crew members Flying Officer Craig Taylor and Flying Officer Chris Jaensch from No 38 Squadron enjoy the company of hundreds of locals that turned out to greet them in the village of Itokama, during Operation PNG Assist.

December 2007

Photo - caption followsCaptain Ken Golder, keeps an eye on the adventurous Sapper Pat Bear in Afghanistan. Sapper Bear was a gift from the Defence Community Organisation in Townsville, QLD, and features regularly in the pages of the Reconstruction Task Force's monthly welfare newspaper.

Photo - caption followsChaplain Ted Macmillan leads the bearer party for the remains of Lance Corporal John Gillespie who has been returned to Australia after almost 40 years missing in action.

Photo - caption followsCommanding Officer Robert Slaven with his son Cameron (left) and Lochlan Manderson (right) at the family cruise day on HMAS Adelaide.

January 2008

Photo - caption followsA Black Hawk helicopter prepares to take off, after dropping a load of fodder to a property in the Clermont area. Due to their lift capability, Black Hawk helicopters are able to transport large loads of hay to areas isolated by flood.

Photo - caption followsHMAS Adelaide departs for Sydney from Parkes Wharf, Fleet Base West for the final time.

Photo - caption followsThe bowman uses arm signals to guide the coxswain to the beach whilst conducting beach landings at Liquica, west of Dili, East Timor, during water operations training for Assault Pioneers.

February 2008

Photo - caption followsMinister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP (right), Mrs Nicole Quinn (centre) and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie (left), at the unveiling of the Defence Families of Australia commemorative plaque in the Sculpture Garden of the Australian War Memorial.

Photo - caption followsMembers of the Maritime Patrol Task Group assigned to the Middle East gather for a photo in front of an AP-3C Orion aircraft at their base in the Middle East. In front is Commander Task Group 633.2 Wing Commander Stephen Hanrahan.

Photo - caption followsCorporal Daniel Lobascher in the teeth of a blizzard at an Observation Post in the Chora Valley, Afghanistan.

March 2008

Photo - caption follows(L-R) The Hon Kevin Foley MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP, and the Hon Mark Butler MP being shown around the Common User Facility at the Techport ship-building hub in Adelaide, SA.

Photo - caption followsTwo Northern Territory Australian Army Cadets conduct first-aid training for fractures under the supervision of Lance Corporal Jamie Akers (centre) at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, in preparation for the Chief of Army's Challenge.

Photo - caption followsADF members conducting post blast exploitation on a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device during Weapons Intelligence Team training delivered at Wide Bay Training Area, Queensland.

April 2008

Photo - caption followsVietnam veteran Lindsay Burton helps a cadet Ensign bearer from 409SZN AAFC, after he became light-headed on parade at the East Sale Memorial Hall on ANZAC Day. (Photograph by Corporal Bennet Duhig)

Photo - caption followsDarwin rail workers guide an M1A1 Abrams tank from the 1st Armoured Regiment onto purpose-built rolling stock at Berrimah Rail Yard in the Northern Territory during final trials of the tank's new rail transport cart. The utilisation of rail transport will provide another efficient and timely means of transporting 1st Brigade's Abrams tanks south for exercises during the Top End's 'Wet Season'.

Photo - caption followsSapper Luke 'Spike' Milligan from the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment is interviewed by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee during their live broadcast from Camp Holland in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.

May 2008

Photo - caption followsHMAS Waller enters Sydney Harbour for Exercise RIMPAC preparations at Fleet Base East, prior to departing for Hawaii.

Photo - caption followsThe Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, turns the first sod at Lavarack Barracks to mark the commencement of approximately $80 million in new facilities for the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment. More than $207 million will be invested in the Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Stage 4 Project. Also pictured is Commander of the 3rd Brigade, Brigadier John Caligari.

Photo - caption followsSergeant Paul Judges shows the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, some of the equipment used by the ADF Investigative Service. Dr Kelly officially opened the new ADF Investigative Service headquarters in Canberra on 15 May 2008.

June 2008

Photo - caption followsGeneral Sir Francis Hassett AC KBE CB DSO NVO passed away on 11 June 2008. General Hassett was the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from 24 November 1975 to 8 Feburary 1976, then Chief of the Defence Force Staff from 9 Feburary 1976 to 20 April 1977.

Photo - caption followsPrivate Lauren Maude sits with a group of Afghan girls during her time on the front line with the Reconstruction Task Force in Afghanistan.

Photo - caption follows(L-R) Building International relationships, Royal Thai Air Force Wing Commander Visut, Royal Australian Air Force Flying Officer Martin Alderette, Republic of Singapore Air Force members, Major Yeow Wei Pang and Lieutenant Chris Quek, German NATO Captain Peter Verlande and Royal Malaysian Air Force Major 'Hulk' Mohdnasir Mohddin, share a feed of the Northern Territory's Barramundi & Chips at Darwin's Stokes Hill Wharf.