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Juneau Hosts Australian News Crew

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070628-01
Release Date: 6/28/2007 7:47:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Michael D. Kennedy, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Sasebo

USS JUNEAU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Juneau (LPD 10) hosted a visit for a news crew for Network Ten, a premier Australian network as part of Talisman Saber 2007.

The Brisbane-based news team, staffed by video journalist Daniel Barty and videographer Cameron Bauer, steered their coverage toward the Australian public for a look at what life is like aboard a U.S. Navy vessel.

The network team interviewed Capt. John D. Alexander, commanding officer of Juneau.

“I think they enjoyed the ship and seeing how we operate. We were able to get closer to the beach and give them the opportunity to take some pictures of the Australian ships,” said Alexander. “It was important to show an open and honest assessment of our operations. Also to show that we are allies in the region and that we have common goals for security and environmental protection for the region.”

The news team canvassed the ship to learn how meals are prepared for 950 troops. They filmed the ship conducting flight operations and learned about educational opportunities available to the crew through programs like “Juneau University.”

Barty said he was impressed with the young Sailors enrolled in this program.

“These are guys who joined at a certain education point, have been in a couple of years, and now they want to boost it [their education] up,” Barty said. “To me, that said a lot.”

The news team spent time with individual Sailors, such as Culinary Specialist Seaman Curtis M. Morales.

“It was a good experience,” Morales said. “I got to explain to people how we take care of our Sailors, Marines, and visitors. Also to tell how big a responsibility that is.”

“To date this is the best assignment of my career,” said Bauer, who compared watching the helicopters and deck action to something straight out of the movies.

Bauer noted the sense of teamwork and tremendous cooperation needed to maneuver helicopters, vehicles and Sailors about during ship operations.

“Logistically, this was probably one of the hardest assignments to do. To watch how effortless it looked, the coordination helicopters, LCACs (landing craft air cushioned) and all those sorts of resources necessary to get us where we needed to be,” Barty said. “No one has been unapproachable, everyone has been helpful, and what we have had access to has been just outstanding.”

Juneau is participating in Talisman Saber 2007, a U.S.- and Australian-led joint task force operation preparing our militaries for crisis action planning and execution of contingency operations. The exercise is designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces, demonstrating their commitment to military alliance and regional security. The exercise also supports increased flexibility and readiness, which are force multipliers in winning the global war on terrorism.

Juneau is the only forward-deployed amphibious transport dock and serves Task Force 76, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.

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