Sailors take a break after six months of Border Protection

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Tony White (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Darwin

Australian Army officer Brigadier Peter Connor, AM, Commander of 8th Brigade, thanks a Royal Australian Navy sailor from Transit Security Element 80 for his deployment on Operation Resolute during a parade held at Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Australian Army officer Brigadier Peter Connor, AM, Commander of 8th Brigade, thanks a Royal Australian Navy sailor from Transit Security Element 80 for his deployment on Operation Resolute during a parade held at Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin, on Tuesday, 21 June 2016.

Transit Security Element 80 (TSE80) has ended its six month rotation providing support for border protection operations with a ceremony at Larrakeyah Barracks. There were 60 Operational Service Border Protection Medals awarded by Commander 8th Brigade, Brigadier Peter Connor.
 
TSE are the force elements assigned to Operation RESOLUTE.  On a rotational basis, TSE personnel operate on board ADF and Australian Border Force vessels in order to provide security for Illegal Maritime Arrivals as well as board Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels. 
 
TSE80 consisted of more than 60 soldiers and sailors who were sometimes challenged by the heat and the tasks across our Northern borders but nevertheless found the work rewarding.
 
Leading Seaman Boatswain Mate Simone Van Dam may have come from the chilly waters around Hobart but accomplished four boardings of foreign fishing vessels in the space of one hour off our northern coasts in her time with TSE80. 
 
Leading Seaman Van Dam said he came away with an enhanced appreciation and understanding of how many agencies work together to secure our borders.
 
“The key thing for me was the variety of the vessels and the variety of agencies we worked with- it was a pretty unique experience, sailors and soldiers providing security across Navy and Australian Border Force vessels,” said Leading Seaman Van Dam.
 
It was the significant environmental protection activity that stood out for TSE 80 Watch Commander, Sub Lieutenant Nicholas Storey.
 
“Off the Tiwi Islands we hauled in an abandoned gill net or “ghost net” more than 8km long, it was full of dead turtles, sharks and fish and these sorts of nets can have devastating effect on fisheries and the local communities that rely on healthy fisheries to survive,” said Sub Lieutenant Storey
 
“Getting rid of that ghost net was a really tangible thing that we were doing to protect our fisheries and the environment,” Sub Lieutenant Storey said.