Chief of the Defence Force rejects mistreatment claims

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File image: The starboard sea boat from HMAS Albany departs the ship with the boarding party embarked during a routine maritime border security patrol of Australia’s northern waters in April 2013.  (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)
File image: The starboard sea boat from HMAS Albany departs the ship with the boarding party embarked during a routine maritime border security patrol of Australia’s northern waters in April 2013.

Today the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) General David Hurley AC, DSC released a statement refuting allegations of mistreatment by Navy personnel while conducting border protection operations.
 
"In my view, our Navy, Army and Air Force personnel conduct themselves in a humane and considerate manner that is a credit to them and to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), said General Hurley.
 
"Defence Force personnel assigned to Operation RESOLUTE are required to conduct operations in an unpredictable and taxing environment under intense scrutiny.
 
"They are trained to operate with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity and consistently demonstrate great compassion and courage, often at great risk to their own safety," General Hurley said.

The Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, has echoed the sentiment in CDF's statement. Vice Admiral Griggs added his praise to those officers and sailors who undertake difficult tasks around the world on a daily basis in a professional, humane and compassionate manner.

He also praised serving members for maintaining their very good discipline around public comment and operational security. “I have made it very clear over the last couple of years about our responsibilities as members of the RAN to steer clear of any form of public comment (including in social media) relating to policy or our execution of it. Our people know that it is not our role to comment on policy matters and they know that Operational Security remains important for the safe and successful achievement of the mission, in particular it is the bedrock of ensuring their safety and the safety of their shipmates while on operations.' Vice Admiral Griggs said.
 
CDF's full statement can be found at http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/01/09/chief-of-the-defence-force-rejects-mistreatment-claims.