ADF Wins Multinational Respect
17 November 2014
ADF personnel deployed on Operation MAZURKA in the Sinai have achieved international fame and won admiration from their multinational colleagues following their success in the latest Multinational Force & Observers’ (MFO) Force Skills Competition.
Despite few team training opportunities and the average team-member age of 39, Team AUSCON (Australian Contingent) tackled with gusto the Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) three-day event held in North Sinai over 29 Sep – 01 Oct 14.
WO2 Gareth Hughes said five stands were established within MFO North Camp (NC), which included Assessing Rules for the Use of Force (RUF), Combat Lifesaving (CLS) and Casualty Evacuation, IED recognition and reporting, and an obstacle course, finally engaging targets using the respective contingent’s in-service weapon.
“Standing at the awards ceremony and having AUSCON read out as the winner for the Minor Contingent competition was a pretty big surprise. What was even more surprising was the team taking out second individual best shot and second place in the Officer/NCO competition,” WO2 Hughes said.
“That was a significant effort considering our NCO team was essentially the same team, with the exception of one substitution and had competed in the previous day’s competition and most of the other teams were fresh and had been solely dedicated to that one event.”
Operation MAZURKA is the name given to the Australian Defence Force’s contribution of 25 personnel to the independent MFO operating in the Sinai Peninsula.
The MFO’s mission is to supervise the implementation of the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace and prevent any violation of its terms. Observe, Verify and Report.