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The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2011

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Nov 2011

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2011-11-18

Description

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Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

Place of publication

Darwin

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

Nationwide News Pty. Limited

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/236154

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/643046

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Friday, November 18, 2011. NT NEWS. 55 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -N O V -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 5 5 C O L O R : C M Y K ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l OBAMA IN DARWIN Air Force One landing in Darwin Picture: MICHAEL FRANCHI This flying office is a real sky scraper THEPLANE ByALYSSABETTS A PRESIDENT is OK but hes no Air Force One. The overlooked star of the Presidential visit was the war-ready mansion on wings that delivered the man whose visit shut down Darwin. The Jumbo jet is a pimped up (read heavily customised) Boeing 747-200B series. Its capable of refueling mid-air, so theoretically its occupants could live forever in the clouds, excepting for the odd tune-up. The electronics are hardened to protect against electromagnetic pulse attack. Its kitted out in tip-top communications equipment to allow the aircraft to become a mobile command centre in the event of an attack on the US. According to a 2008 Fox News report there are 87 phones on board, as well as 19 televisions. The President can address the nation from his Oval Of fice in the air if needed. Theres an operating theatre, and a doctor is permanently stationed onboard. Air Force One comes with its own entourage and an aerial convoy of cargo ships precedes its arrival. They carry all the necessities such as helicopters and motorcade vehicles. Military build-up angers group THEPROTEST ByXAVIER LA CANNA A SMALL group of people angry with the US military presence in Australia staged a protest in Darwin ahead of the arrival by US President Barack Obama. The 12 protesters, with signs that included No Bases, Pine Gap is too much and Gillard is a puppet to the US war machine gathered near the Northern Territory Parliament. Some motorists yelled abuse at the small group, in the city where Australian troops are already a common sight on streets, cafes and bars. Former Royal Australian Air Force serviceman Greg Chapman said the rise in the number of US troops would not help Australia. It is all about American interests, Mr Chapman said. He said already too many military personnel were seen in the city. Whether you are just at the supermarket or walking down the street you have these codgers in camouflage gear, they are everywhere, Mr Chapman said. This has always been a defence town, but in the early days everyone blended in, but now they are everywhere and it is in your face, he added. Lawyer Diana Rickard said an influx in the number of US troops in Darwin would make the community less safe. We do not want marines in Australia doing the same things they have done in the Philippines, in Japan, in Germany and probably in most parts of the world where they have a military base, she said. Mr Obama has announced an increase in the number of US troops to be stationed in Darwin. Starting next year with a small contingent of up to 250 Marines, eventually a force of 2500 US troops will be located in Darwin. Darwin locked down for President The Army was called in to the help with the security effort, a serious business for some Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN Snipers hang from a helicopter Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD SECURITY ByDAMIENMcCARTNEY HUNDREDS of moustachewearing police officers swarmed city streets yesterday to close roads ahead of Barack Obamas visit to Darwin. The baby-faced Victorian coppers sporting the worst moustaches known to man were a little hard to take seriously. Most of them were at least friendly, a quick wave to them would usually get a quick wave back or a smile. But one grumpy old Western Australian copper just looked at me through his sunnies and whispered something into his shouldermounted walkie-talkie. After the cavalcade had been and gone, and left town, roads were not re-opened until it was safely back on the base. At the base to see Air Force One land and depart, covering media had to carry three types of security cards, and had to move as one pack. Television crews were forced to set up more than two hours before, and everything had to be scanned. Everyone stood on the back of a flat-bed truck, with bags on the floor below. If you needed to get something from your bag, too bad. All media were screened at the Darwin Showgrounds, before being bussed to the RAAF base. All equipment had to be checked, before everyone passed through a series of metal detectors.


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