Edition 5220, October 29, 2009



Edition 5220, October 29, 2009
Volume 52, No. 20,
October 29, 2009
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HMAS Stuart’s time to shine
By Michael Brooke
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AS HER distinguished service history suggests, HMAS Stuart (CMDR
Andrew Masters) has never failed
to live up to her motto of “Always
Stuart’s core values of readiness and
vigilance will again be put to the test
when she replaces HMAS Toowoomba
in the US-led Combined Task Force
combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden,
the Somali basin and off the Horn of
Living up to her motto enabled the
3400-tonne Anzac class frigate to set
the benchmark for RAN warships on
Operation Catalyst in 2004 and 2008.
Stuart wrote a glorious page in the
RAN’s history when, in 2004, she rescued US sailors from the USS Firebolt
who were the victims of a lethal terrorist attack.
In preparation for the challenge of
another six-month deployment, Stuart’s
ship’s company have worked tirelessly on the mission readiness work up
under the unrelenting scrutiny of Sea
Training Group assessors.
The work up was conducted to
ensure the ship’s company’s ability to
deal with any incident. This involved
high intensity training at all hours with
little time to recover from incidents.
Stuart’s CO CMDR Andrew
Masters said a great deal of hard work
was required to ensure that Navy’s
ships are appropriately prepared for the
rigours of an operational deployment.
“The work up is designed to be
stressful on ships’ companies and the
ships themselves and the benchmarks
for achieving a successful result are
set to a very high mark by our Sea
Training Group,” he said.
“While the work up period is
date with
intensely demanding, it is also a very
rewarding experience.
“At the end of the period, you know
that you are ready in all respects to
tackle the challenges ahead during the
OFF AGAIN: HMAS Stuart’s ship’s
company have worked hard in
preparation for another deployment.
Here, the ship arrives home after a
six-month deployment to the MEAO
in 2008.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
WHEN SMNCSO Jason Burton sails
with HMAS Stuart on his maiden
deployment to conduct anti-piracy
patrols with TF151, he will have the
theme music of the ‘Twilight Zone’
ringing in his ears.
Almost all his life SMNCSO Burton
has shared an uncanny destiny with
Stuart, AKA the ‘Tartan Terror’.
SMNCSO Burton was christened
as a baby on Stuart II (DE48) and with
his name engraved on the ship’s bell
he believes his posting to Stuart III in
2008 was more than chance.
“ Stuart II was my father’s ship,
so for me to be posted to the Tartan
Terror maintains the family connection
with the ship,” he said.
SMNCSO Burton said he never
knew of the connection with Stuart
until he told his parents, both ex-Navy,
of his first posting soon after graduating from category training at HMAS
SMNCSO Burton’s father, Michael,
said fact was often stranger than fiction in the Navy.
“Who could have known that,
almost 20 years after the christening,
our son would join Stuart on his first
sea posting and maiden deployment,”
he said.
ComTrack – helping
leaders lead
CHIEF of the Defence Force, ➤ Comply with the right reporting
processes – through automated
ACM Angus Houston, has encourwork steps.
aged commanders to use the new
complaints and grievance man- ➤ Improve the standard of service they provide complainants
agement system, ComTrack Self
– through detailed and up to date
Service, to resolve issues early
and at the lowest possible level.
“Nothing is more important to
me than the health and wellbeing of
the men and women of Defence,”
CDF said.
“I encourage people to report
unacceptable behaviour and support
others through the new ComTrack
Self Service. I particularly encourage people to try and make sure
they resolve all unacceptable behaviour in a timely manner.”
The new ComTrack Self Service
helps commanders do that, bringing
a number of processes and procedures into one common online system to improve knowledge sharing,
transparency and the efficiency and
effectiveness of ADF and APS complaints and grievance management.
“Fundamentally, ComTrack Self
Service will allow us to act promptly and effectively in the best interests of our people,” CDF said.
The new ComTrack Self Service
makes it easier and quicker for commanders to monitor ADF and APS
complaints and grievances because
they can now:
➤ Monitor progress – through automated alerts.
➤ Ensure information is up to date
– through acknowledgements,
follow-ups and reminders.
➤ Comply with the right audit proc-
esses – through automated transaction recording mechanisms.
Storing and managing information and progress reports on one
common online system also allows
all the relevant parties to monitor
the efficiency and effectiveness of
the process.
CDF said performance could be
tracked to ensure complaints and
grievances were managed in an
appropriate and timely manner.
“This is particularly important because in the past Defence
has been criticised for its lack of
responsiveness in the handling of
some complaints.”
ComTrack is also integrated
with PMKeyS to reduce duplication
of information and data entry.
“I strongly encourage everyone in the ADF to use the new
ComTrack Self Service,” ACM
Houston said.
“It will greatly improve the way
the ADF manages and reports complaints and grievances and assist the
way commanders respond to and
lead on these issues.”
You can access the new ComTrack Self
Service through the PMKeyS Self Service
Portal link on the Defweb homepage.
BASE SECURITY REVIEW: Base security enhancements include a new
alert system on bases, refined lockdown procedures and updated emergency response plans. HMAS Stirling is just one of the many Defence
bases across Australia.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
Base security a priority
DEFENCE is implementing a range
of policy and physical security measures that reflect the findings of a
recent review into Defence base security and the security risk assessments
now being conducted at each base.
The review, which followed
an alleged terrorist plot to attack
Holsworthy Army Barracks, examined
security arrangements at Defence bases
and facilities around Australia.
Defence Secretary Ian Watt said he
was pleased with the progress Defence
was making with implementing the
“Actions are either complete or in
progress on all recommendations,” Dr
Watt said.
“These initiatives include strengthening Defence’s protective security
alert system and other policy underpin-
ning security arrangements, additional
patrolling presence by the Australian
Federal Police and contracted security
guards, and a range of physical security measures.”
The Secretary said that, in addition
to these initiatives, Defence was also
implementing enhanced security measures to strengthen and make more consistent existing security arrangements
across all Defence bases and facilities.
The enhancements include a new
alert system on bases, refined lockdown procedures and updated emergency response plans.
“These security enhancements
reflect the importance that Defence and
the Government places on the safety,
security and wellbeing of ADF members, Defence employees and contractors,” Dr Watt said.
October 29, 2009
Work-life balance
CPOHSM Larissa Carrison has
just returned to work from maternity leave under a Flexible Work
A SAILOR based at HMAS Cairns is proof
that Navy’s focus on delivering peoplefocused work practices gives Navy people work-life balance and allows them to
keep their valued skills and knowledge.
CPOHSM Larissa Carrison has just
returned to work from maternity leave
under a Flexible Work Practice (FWP).
“Apart from being ecstatic that we
were finally starting a family having
twins, I thought it was the end of my
Navy career,” CPO Carrison said.
CPO Carrison’s supervisor, WO
Jeffery Langham, is supportive of her
FWP arrangement of working five days
a fortnight.
“The FWP for CPO Carrison allows
her to remain up to date with changes
within Navy and, from a support cell
perspective, currency in survey equipment and procedures, while maintaining quality time with her children,” WO
Langham said.
By LEUT Todd Austin
NOW that we have the Navy Values
book, Serving Australia with Pride,
the next step is to make the Signature
Behaviours real to Navy people of
all ranks.
“Making the Change” (MTC)
facilitator training is currently being
conducted at Navy establishments
right around Australia and at sea as the
first step in embedding the Signature
Commanders, directors, EL2s and
divisional staff are being trained to
facilitate MTC engagement sessions
with their people.
MTC facilitator CMDR Gary
Brown was extremely pleased to see
the level of commitment and participation displayed at the facilitator training
“The tools, one of which looks
similar to a board game, together with
the Navy Values booklet, have been
enthusiastically accepted and have
been a great way to engage constructive conversation on the Signature
Behaviours,” CMDR Brown said.
The MTC engagement sessions are
intended to be delivered by the trained
facilitators as four workplace engagements and will use the divisional sys-
KEEPING IT REAL: The ‘Making the Change’ workshops are a major
mechanism in NGN training being delivered to Navy personnel across
Photo: POIS Ollie Garside
tem and chains of command as the
direct means of communication.
The first engagement session with
Navy people will provide an introduction to the Signature Behaviours and
those following, preferably monthly,
will cover People, Performance and
Professionalism. All MTC engagement
sessions by the trained facilitators will
be complete by June 30, 2010.
At a MTC workshop at HMAS
Harman last week, CDRE Bruce Kafer
said it was early days in the MTC
program and elements of NGN, but
it was encouraging to see solid intent
to implement structural and cultural
changes through leadership events
focusing on the five values and 10
Signature Behaviours.
“Applying these behavioural changes with our people will encourage and
motivate sailors to really enjoy their
Navy careers and strive to be the best
they can, living and breathing the Navy
Values,” he said.
A timetable and workshop locations can
be found at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
navyweb/sites/NGN/. A copy of the new version of the Navy Values booklet incorporating the Signature Behaviours can also be
downloaded from the NGN intranet site at
Improved death and
invalidity benefits
DEATH and invalidity benefits for members of the Military Superannuation
and Benefits Scheme (MSBS) are to be
D e f e n c e Pe r s o n n e l , M a t e r i e l
and Science Minister Greg Combet
announced on October 22 that benefits for death and invalidity payments
would be calculated in line with recent
changes to the compulsory retirement
age for ADF members.
These will be backdated from July
1, 2007.
“For those eligible, this decision will
result in an average increase in death or
invalidity payments for eligible persons
of approximately 20 per cent, depending on their circumstances,” Mr Combet
“Benefit payments paid after July 1,
2007 that may have eligibility will be
reviewed as a matter of priority and,
where necessary, adjustments will be
“Affected parties will be advised of
any change in benefits as soon as the
review has been completed and any
increased benefit amount will be paid
with interest.”
He said he was pleased that increasing prospective service to calculate
death or invalidity benefits for the MSBS
resulted in a positive outcome for ADF
members and their families, especially
in their time of need.
The death and invalidity benefits
for members of the Defence Force
Retirement and Death Benefits Scheme
are not affected because benefits in this
scheme are based on a percentage of
salary and not linked to age.
A comprehensive list of FWP options
and advice for managers is available
on the NGN website at http://intranet.
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October 29, 2009
Anzac ready
for ASWEX 09
Secretary Dr Ian Watt
is adament Defence will
meet the Government’s
reform, budget cuts
and implementing the
White Paper.
Photo: CPL Ricky Fuller
New era in
Fleet ICT
DEPUTY Chief of Navy RADM
Davyd Thomas opened the new
Fleet Network Centre (FNC) at Fleet
Headquarters on September 16.
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Anzac (CAPT Peter Quinn)
has undergone a comprehensive
maintenance and refit period and is
now aiming to demonstrate her new
prowess in a game of cat and mouse
with a stealthy Collins class submarine in ASWEX 09.
Anzac recently sailed back from READY: HMAS Anzac ready for
FBE to her home port following the
completion of a six-month refit period
that involved an upgrade to her antisubmarine warfare capabilities, navigational aids, communications systems
and the replacement of her propulsion
diesel engines.
Anzac’s departure from FBE
marked the beginning of her Unit
Readiness Evaluation under the scrutiny of the Sea Training Group, which
is an important milestone leading to
The ship’s WEEO, CMDR Greg
Laxton, told Navy News that the ship’s
company had worked hard to get the
FFH first of class ready in preparation
for the work up period.
“In keeping with NGN the ship’s
company knocked over a lot of courses
and upskilling during the refit while
Anzac received her systems upgrades,”
he said.
Anzac’s systems upgrades included
Time of change
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
MASTIS, NDS, and a ‘partial plus’
fit, which has linked the combat system to the torpedo firing system for
the new MU90 torpedoes.
CMDR Laxton said the upgrade
would help the ship’s company to
kick a few goals during ASWEX 09,
including the test firing of a MU90
“Anzac will remain ever vigilant
as the operational response vessel
during the Christmas period, and
while we will reduce our manning
over Christmas we will also remain
ready to sail in the event of a contingency,” he said.
Early next year the ship is
scheduled to participate in Fleet
Concentration Period 2010 before
embarking on a navigation training
exercise in New Zealand and a South
East Asian deployment.
By Barry Rollings
DEFENCE Secretary Dr Ian Watt
has a succinct but compelling message for the naysayers who question Defence’s ability to change to
meet Government expectations – it
can do it, it will do it and it has to
do it.
In his first interview with Navy
News, Dr Watt took issue with recent
media analysis that pondered whether, in all the talk and planning, anything really would change in the face
of the Government’s requirements
for reform, budget cuts and implementing the White Paper.
“The media is asking the wrong
question,” Dr Watt said.
“The question that should be
asked is: ‘Can Defence deliver
the White Paper and the Strategic
Reform Program without changing?’
The answer is that it cannot.
“Defence has to change. I know
many people will say ‘it has been
said often before and Defence hasn’t
changed’, but I see a Defence organisation that has already changed a
great deal.”
He said Defence had a terrific
chance to build the organisation it
wanted to be.
“Very few organisations have the
opportunity to do something that this
Government has handed to Defence.
In setting the White Paper, a 20-year
budget and the Strategic Reform
Program, the Government has given
Defence the tools to change itself
and I think that’s great,” he said.
Dr Watt’s work philosophy will
be one of engagement, travelling to
see and talk with people.
“I am used to an organisation
where you can get round and talk to
everyone in it,” he said.
‘Commissioning’ the FNC, which
is collocated with DEFCOMMSTA
Sydney, is the first step in the master
plan to better deliver ICT to the Fleet
and marks the transition of the Fleet IT
help desk support from FISSO to the
Chief Information Officer Group.
Additional nodes in the FNC framework are planned for Cairns, Darwin
and Perth. The FNC will also provide a
cultural shift in how network support is
provided to the Fleet.
So what does this mean for CIS
➤ Provision of employment with IT
training meeting expectations of CIS
personnel, aiding retention of specialised CIS skills and knowledge in
our personnel.
➤ A reduction in the number of personnel maintaining legacy systems
outside of Navy.
➤ The ability to provide greater numbers of CIS capability, including
increased numbers of CIS personnel,
to support Fleet activity.
➤ A reduction of Navy’s reliance on
contractor-provided expertise in networking.
Further information is available from CMDR
Matt Doornbos on (02) 6266 4135 or
CMDR Jeremy Pickel on (02) 9359 4190.
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WARRANT Officer of the Navy Mark
Tandy, WOFF Air Force John Millar and
RSM Army WO Stephen Ward recently
returned from a visit to Singapore for high
level talks with their international counterparts.
The inaugural 2009 Senior Enlisted
Leaders Working Group (SELWG) was
hosted by Singapore and co-hosted by US
Pacific Command and the New Zealand
Defence Force. The forum’s theme was to
set the platform in “making connections
and strengthening relationships” for the
future generation of SELs in the Asia Pacific
WON said the forum provided a great
opportunity to network with other senior
enlisted representatives within our region.
“It also provided an occasion to discuss
some of the leadership and professional
development programs being put together
by some countries,” he said.
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October 29, 2009
Navy showcases
technical trades
By Michael Brooke
VETS HONOURED: LEUT Raymond McErlean observes the area over
the Persian Gulf in one of HMAS Parramatta’s embarked Seahawks while
deployed to the MEAO last year on Operation Catalyst.
Photo: CPL Mick Davis
Catalyst veterans to be
remembered at parade
A WELCOME home parade to mark and their families will be invited to an
the end of Operation Catalyst will take afternoon tea hosted by the Memorial.
Operation Catalyst was the ADF’s
place in Canberra on November 21 at
contribution to the US-led Multinational
the Australian War Memorial.
Force effort to develop a secure and
stable environment in Iraq and to assist
national recovery programs.
Australian forces first deployed to
Iraq in 2003. Servicemen and women
from all three Services were deployed
in a range of combat and combat support roles. This role then developed into
a security and training role to enable the
people of Iraq to take responsibility for
their own security.
Defence formally ended its military
commitment to the rehabilitation of Iraq
on July 31 this year.
More than 20,000 ADF personnel saw
service in Iraq between 2003 – 2009.
Anyone planning to attend the parade as a
spectator can register their interest in attending via email to [email protected]
The Year 11 students recently
visited Garden Island as part of the
2009 Defence Technical Scholarship
(DTS) tour to experience the trade
qualifications and lifestyle on offer
in the Navy.
The students visited HMAS
Parramatta , the Combat Systems
Maintenance School (CSMS), the
RAN Heritage Centre and a Thales
workshop to talk to young Navy
apprentices about career opportunities and rewards.
Parramatta is currently assigned
as the at-sea training ship for Plan
Train, implementing an intensive
ship-based program for the development of Marine Technician operator qualifications and competency
log progression for other critical
employment categories.
Thomas explains the role of
HMAS Parramatta’s machinery
control room to visiting Year 11
students who went aboard to
learn about technical trades and
training available in the Navy.
Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson
The visit to the CSMS saw staff
members give detailed explanations
of the type of equipment that Navy
technicians train on, such as the gas
turbine maintenance training station,
the guided missile launcher system
lab, the close-in weapon system
mount and the propulsion control
system trainer.
OIC CSMS, LCDR Rod Cooper,
said the tour of the CSMS opened
the eyes of the school leavers to a
whole new world of opportunity and
After a look at a Thales workshop, the students toured the RAN
Heritage Centre where they gained
a new appreciation of the chapters
written in the legend of Anzac by
the RAN.
Defence Personnel, Materiel
and Science Minister Greg Combet
praised the DTS experience.
The Minister said Australia was
experiencing a shortage of skilled
technical tradespeople across
all areas of industry and this was
impacting on meeting recruitment
targets for the ADF.
“The DTS is part of the
Government’s $71 million program
to assist in attracting and recruiting more people to critical technical
trade careers in the ADF,” he said.
DTS recipients are under no obligation to join the ADF on completion of their scholarship year, however, applicants must demonstrate a
genuine interest in an ADF technical
trade career pathway as part of the
application process.
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contribution of ADF and Defence personnel to the stabilisation and rehabilitation of Iraq.
More than 300 current and former
ADF veterans and Defence civilians who
have served on Operation Catalyst will
take part in the parade.
The parade will feature Australia’s
Federation Guard, the Band of the Royal
Military College of Australia and the
Royal Australian Navy Band, marching
from Anzac Parade onto the Memorial’s
parade ground.
A fly past and a number of static displays of equipment used during
Op Catalyst are planned to include a
Seahawk, a RHIB, a Bushmaster, an
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By LEUT Lucinda Casey
A NEW accounting package is about
to be introduced into some RAN
canteens and wardrooms.
QuickBooks by RECKON is an
For most tasks, QuickBooks
doesn’t require users to be conversant
in basic standard accounting procedures. Most transactions are recorded
using computer screens that closely
resemble paper-based forms, such as
invoices or cheques.
One of the biggest changes users
will experience is that the software
will operate on stand-alone computers.
Fleet Command, under CSO(S)
CAPT Nev Teague, has signed-off the
procurement decision to fund the initial roll-out of hardware to major fleet
Each unit will be issued two laptops (one for point of sale; the other
for business management transactions), a printer and USB stick for data
transfer. This will enable canteens to
really improve their service to ships’
The QuickBook’s rollout is being
overseen by Fleet Command.
ATO-recognised accounting software
package that promises to be easy to
learn and use and will replace the
existing accounting package, Small
Business Accountant, which has been
used extensively by the RAN for the
past 16 years.
The aim of moving to QuickBooks
is to up-skill our Steward category and
to bring the core business of canteen/
mess operations in line with current
world’s best practice.
QuickBooks will simplify transactions, business recordings and
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BRISBANE certainly loves the
RAN, and when the CO of Naval
Headquarters – South Queensland,
CMDR Geoff Fiedler, and his staff
combined a local program with visits by two warships, thousands of
people came out to have a look.
HMA Ships Newcastle (CMDR
Justin Jones) and Childers (LCDR
Brett Westcott) pulled into Brisbane
as a part of Navy Week celebrations
in south Queensland.
“Before we had even opened our
brow for the open day we had hundreds of people waiting on the wharf,”
CMDR Jones said.
“Between 10am and 11.45am
more than 1100 visitors had stepped
aboard, averaging about 100 visitors
every 10 minutes.”
By the time the gangway was
closed at 3pm, 2812 people had visited the ship.
The ship’s steel deck barbecue,
which raised money for the Hunter
Orthopaedic School, was so busy its
staff had to make repeated treks to the
local supermarket to purchase more
The open house on board
Newcastle was just one of an extensive program of activities for Navy
ALL SMILES: Thomas Purton was
all smiles as he sat in the CO’s chair
on Newcastle’s bridge with MIDN
Gemma Casserly looking on.
Photo: Graham Davis
Week during the weekend of October
Newcastle and Childers arrived
on the morning of October 16, having completed the Long Navigation
Course Sea Assessment Phase.
On the Friday evening close to
500 people watched the Queensland
Detachment of the RAN Band and
the 51-member RAN contingent of
Australia’s Federation Guard conduct Ceremonial Sunset and Beat to
From only
Quarters at Brisbane Square, in the
heart of Brisbane’s central business
The following day, while Newcastle
was open to the public, the RAN Band
conducted a two hour recital in the
Sunday saw a naval service at St
Mary’s Anglican Church at Kangaroo
Point, Brisbane while the Maritime
Museum at South Bank had a special
Navy Week exhibition.
While CMDR Jones and his ship’s
company were busy hosting visitors
during the open day, there were activities both in the water and on the wharf
that attracted much public attention.
The Navy Reserve’s Diving Team
8 displayed its skills to the public by
sending divers below for a routine
check of Newcastle’s hull.
On departing Brisbane both warships allowed some family members
to sea-ride during scheduled family
CMDR Fiedler said he was very
pleased with the Navy Week program.
“I thank all who participated
including the many reserve members
of the RAN we have here in south east
Queensland,” he said.
“I’d also like to thank the Brisbane
people who came to our activities and
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Darwin crew make
friends in Cambodia
By SBLT Alan Clarke
By LCDR Paul Yow and
ABIS Evan Murphy
LCDR Dennis ‘Taff’ Sweeney, currently the 2IC of the RAN Diving School
at HMAS Penguin (CMDR Michael
LCDR Dennis ‘Taff’ Sweeney
Hickey), has completed a remarkable
48 years of service with the Royal
2IC and OIC of the RAN Diving School,
Navy and RAN.
LCDR Sweeney served 24 years in
the RN and will complete 24 years of
service in the RAN on January 4 next
year, providing a life time of service as a
clearance diver in both navies.
LCDR Sweeney joined the RN in
1962 as an Underwater Weapons Junior
Seaman at HMS Ganges. After a number
of sea postings he began the clearance
diving course at HMS Vernon in 1966
and completed the advanced clearance
diving course in 1972.
In 1977, LCDR Sweeney graduated
from Britannia Naval College as a special duties sub lieutenant and became a
mine clearance diving officer in 1979.
After an exchange posting to
Australia from 1982-85 as the diving
training officer at Penguin and a posting as OIC of the diving team in the
Falklands, LCDR Sweeney transferred to
the RAN on January 4, 1986 and took up
positions within the Mine Warfare and
Clearance Diving community including
as well as two years as the CO of HMAS
Protector (now the DMS vessel Seahorse
LCDR Sweeney retired from the
Permanent Navy at age 55 on October
3, 2001 and immediately began CFTS
as the 2IC of the RAN Diving School,
where he views his position as a “very
rewarding face-to-face job”.
During his time in both navies, LCDR
Sweeney said that his highlights included, “qualifying as a clearance diver and
advanced clearance diver as a leading
hand, graduating from the Britannia
Naval College and joining the RAN”.
LCDR Sweeney’s time as OIC of
the RAN Diving School, Leadership
Management School and CO of Protector
have been highlights of his service during
his time in the RAN.
He said he was now looking forward
to completing 50 years continuous service in the Navy to round off a rewarding
and challenging career.
Inspector General
Australian Defence Force
EIGHT members of HMAS
Darwin recently spent two days
at the Cambodian Armed Forces’
National Defence University English
Language School in Phnom Penh.
The officers and sailors travelled four long hours by bus from
Sihanoukville where the ship was
berthed to assist in the classroom,
helping instruct English to the students.
CPO Stuart Armitage said the
experience was memorable.
“The experience of spending two
days being hosted at the English
Language School teaching English
is an experience that we will not
forget,” he said.
POCIS Lisa Corbett said the
task proved harder than she had first
“It was challenging but we soon
got into a routine and through the
use of games like hangman and discussions about Australia’s unique
animals, we managed to get the students involved,” she said.
In return, the students generously acted as local guides, taking
the Aussie sailors on tours around
the local points of interest like the
Royal Palace, Genocide Museum
and the Russia Markets.
The visit to the Genocide
Museum was confronting, but very
necessary to put Cambodia in perspective. The museum occupies the
former grounds of a high school that
was turned into a prison camp by
the Khmer Rouge, more commonly known as ‘S-21’. Some 17,000
FRIENDLY: Sailors from HMAS Darwin’s volleyball team mix with the
Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled) – “Scorpions”.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
Khmer people passed through this
centre before they were taken to sites
known as ‘The Killing Fields’ outside Phnom Penh, where most were
executed and buried in mass graves.
Of the thousands who entered the
prison only 12 people are known to
have survived.
Although primarily there to assist
in English language studies, the sailors also participated in a number of
sporting and social events, making
lots of new friends with both students and instructors at the school.
Hosted over two days, they experienced a taste of life within the
Cambodian Armed Forces, living in
the university dorm rooms, eating
meals in their mess hall, participating in morning PT and utilising their
unique shower and toilet facilities.
ABET Josh Roney said the volleyball games were great.
“They helped team building and
we were able to get to know the students better outside the classrooms,”
he said.
“All the students were excited
that we were playing and gathered
around the court to cheer for us.”
The overall experience was both
enlightening and a very personal
experience for the students and staff,
as well as the RAN sailors.
Darwin’s ship’s company of
206 are currently conducting a four
month South East Asian deployment
to seven overseas ports including
Bitung and Manado in Indonesia,
Lumut and Port Klang in Malaysia,
Singapore, Sattahip in Thailand,
Sihanoukville in Cambodia and Ho
Chi Minh inVietnam.
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Aircrew a hard act to follow
CDRE Tony Dalton
presents Amanda
McKenzie with her
Best All Rounder
Photo: LSIS Kelvin
RAN AIRCREWMEN are making a
big splash in land-based operations
in such places as East Timor and
Since the Vietnam War, when RAN
aircrewmen served in Army helicopter squadrons, Navy personnel have
served with distinction in numerous
land operations including land-locked
Two RAN aircrewmen currently
in Afghanistan include POA Jarrod
Nieuwendaal and LSA Matt Jose,
who are on exchange postings with
the Royal Navy, flying in the Mk 4
Commando Sea King from 846 Sqn.
POA Nieuwendaal and LSA Jose
jumped at the chance to serve operationally and are currently deployed
with the Joint Helicopter Command
– Afghanistan at Kandahar.
Since completing their conversion course with 848 Sqn, they have
also travelled extensively throughout
Europe and the Mediterranean.
They have also participated in
NATO exercises off the Turkish coast,
conducted amphibious assaults from
HMS Ocean and visited many countries while navigating across Europe.
Closer to home, LSA Brett
Kennedy is serving with the Australian
After completing the S-70A9 Blackhawk transition and tactics
course at Oakey, he was posted to 6
Avn Regt at Holsworthy. He said the
training and experience had been well
worth “jumping ship”.
“The fundamentals and considerations for flying are much the same, but
the biggest learning curve has been
Shoalhaven students make
their mark at HMAS Albatross
By Dallas McMaugh
FOURTEEN high school students from the Shoalhaven recently graduated with flying colours
after completing the 2009 Naval
Aviation Prospects Scheme (NAPS)
‘Adopt a School Program’ at HMAS
Albatross (CAPT Mark Sackley).
Brett Kennedy (above)
is seeing service in
Blackhawks with the
Army having completed
his conversion.
Matt Jose (right) is
deployed in Afghanistan
with the Royal Navy and
has been in Europe and
the Mediterranean.
using Night Vision Goggles (NVG),”
he said.
“The capability that NVG’s give is
unbelievable and it is exciting to think
that the RAN will also be using NVG’s
in the not too distant future.”
LSA Kennedy is currently serving
as part of Timor Leste Aviation Group
“The exposure over here has been
extremely beneficial. Our primary
roles are Aero Medical Evacuation and
to provide a Quick Reaction Force to
the Battle Group.
“The training opportunities are fantastic and it is a great environment to
hone your skills,” he said.
During the 10-week course the
students received tuition from Navy
experts in very specialised areas
including rotary wing aerodynamics,
aircraft propulsion and aircraft husbandry, the law of the sea, survival
drills and pyrotechnics.
NAPS is coordinated with the
Student Workplace Learning Centre.
Manager Natalie Witenden also had
praise for the program.
“The Navy has presented these
students with a magnificent opportunity,” she said.
“The students have all developed
key employability skills such as team
work, coordination and reliability –
essential attributes in any workforce.”
Announcing the two students
deemed Best All Rounders in the aviator and engineering categories, the
Commander of the Fleet Air Arm,
CDRE Tony Dalton, said he was also
impressed with the graduates.
“Navy depends on its recruits,” he
told them. “And it’s fantastic to see
such a bright and enthusiastic group
with such a commitment to study.”
When asked what aspects of the
program they most enjoyed, the students had a range of responses.
For Trent Mills a definite highlight was, “getting to see the MRH 90
before the rest of Australia”.
Trent’s mother, Jo Bullock, said
Trent got a lot out of the course.
“He enjoyed the whole experience, was totally engaged with all
the subjects – especially the theory
of flight, and he made lots of new
friends,” she said.
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October 29, 2009
Cerberus produces winning smile
HMAS Sirius at
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
By ABDEN(H) Pippa Denholm
THE Dental Department at
HMAS Cerberus (CAPT Sheldon
Williams) recently supported a
national drive to endorse dental
health awareness and the importance of maintaining good oral
hygiene as part of Dental Health
Sirius’ hard
slog pays off
By SBLT Stacey Munn
CMDR John Cowan sums up the first
four months of this year when he
says of his charge, “Sirius is the quiet
achiever of the Fleet, look at what we
have accomplished.”
ABCIS Rebecca Evans agreed.
“We have worked hard this year to
achieve so much, so there is a great
opportunity to relax and to have some
respite – everyone’s looking forward to
Phuket after exercise Bersama Lima,”
she said.
In the first four months of this year,
the RAN’s oiler was involved in the Fleet
Concentration Period and Fleet Review,
conducted a Freedom of Entry visit to
Norfolk Island, underwent extensive refit
in dry dock and was the first surface
ship to use Thistle Island in Southern
Australia for sound ranging.
In August the ship had its first real
test of its abilities with unit readiness
workups in damage control, seamanship,
gunnery and aviation evolutions, as well
as engineering team training, all conducted in a simulated combat environment.
Sirius performed her replenishment
duties under the unwavering protection
of HMA Ships Arunta (CMDR Stephen
Bowater) and Stuart (CMDR Andrew
Masters), often while conducting vertical
replenishments or damage control evolutions.
This was also the first time DC-200’s
were externally assessed on board, and
the ship’s company were often stretched
thinly along Sirius’s 191m length, combating anything the Sea Training Group
threw at them.
The ship’s company’s efforts did not
go unnoticed by CMDR Michele Miller
of the Sea Training Group, who praised
the ship’s company on their professionalism and enthusiasm in her final debrief.
The ship’s company have achieved
its highest level of operational capability since its commissioning in September
Any member attending dental
appointments during Dental Health
Week received a goody bag containing samples of product necessary to
maintain good oral hygiene.
All Cerberus personnel were
encouraged to take part in competitions, which ran throughout the
The most popular was to guess
the number of mini-floss packs in
a jar.
LEUT Shane Savy from the
Supply Officer Application Course
won with a correct answer of 117.
In another contest models of
teeth had to be put in the correct
order of age, ranging from a child’s
dentition through to that of a 50 year
Despite many entries there were
no correct answers.
However, the CO did draw
two names, AC Leonard Ngure
from RAAF Pearce and SMNBM
DECAY CHECK: SMN Melissa Lavelle at one of the dental displays
at HMAS Cerberus.
Photo: ABDEN(H) Pippa Denholm
Flanders, who won electric toothbrushes and shopping vouchers.
Overall oral health was also promoted through an educational board
in relation to sugar content in our
popular drinks. This generated a lot
of positive feedback and discussion,
especially regarding sports drinks
and the amount of sugar they contain.
The week was judged a success
in raising the awareness of personal
oral care and hygiene and Cerberus
dental staff are already planning for
Dental Health Week next year.
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October 29, 2009
Kuttabul welcomes USS
Blue Ridge to Sydney
By Michael Brooke
port visit provided a handy peek to the
THE Navy personnel anxiously count- day when the RAN’s two LHDs enter
ing down the days to the commissionHe said piloting Blue Ridge was the
ing of the RAN’s new Canberra class biggest challenge he had undertaken since
LHDs experienced a premature bout taking over as PSM two months ago.
of ‘amphibious fever’ when USS Blue
“Despite her draft of 9.1 metres and
Ridge berthed at Fleet Base East.
some tricky winds in the harbour she was
Scores of curious sailors gave the actually pretty easy to handle,” he said.
Seventh Fleet command ship the once
CO Blue Ridge, CAPT Thom Burke,
over during her port visit to Sydney from praised LCDR Savvakis for his skill in
September 30 to October 7.
piloting the Seventh Fleet flagship to her
Blue Ridge’s visit provided the RAN berth.
“LCDR Savvakis did a masterful job
with another opportunistic peek into the
as there are a lot of chalfuture when the LHDs
lenges to overcome in
enter service around USS Blue Ridge’s
coming into this har2012 to give the ADF a visit provided the
bour,” he said.
range of remarkable new RAN with another
CAPT Burke said
capabilities including C2
Blue Ridge’s visit set
and amphibious warfare. opportunistic peek
the scene for imporSailors from HMAS into the future when
tant dialogue between
Manoora gained an the LHDs enter
Commander Seventh
appreciation of the service around 2012
Fleet, VADM John Bird,
enormity of the RAN’s to give the ADF a
and RAN top brass.
future amphibious platThe port visit also
form when they served range of remarkable
allowed the sailors of
as the berthing party to new capabilities,
both navies to conhelp berth Blue Ridge.
including C2 and
nect on a personal level
The excitement was amphibious warfare.
through a sports compeclear on the faces of the
sailors as they worked feverishly to secure tition featuring soccer, softball, golf, netBlue Ridge, which is similar in size to the ball and basketball.
Based in Japan, Blue Ridge represents
RAN’s future Canberra class LHDs.
SMN Des Taylor told Navy News this the accumulated knowledge of four decwas the biggest warship he had helped ades of the Navy’s experience in meeting
difficult challenges of control and coordisecure this year.
“I’ve helped to secure a number of nation.
Blue Ridge is also equipped to also
foreign warships this year but Blue Ridge
function as a command ship for the
is by far the biggest,” he said.
HMAS Kuttabul’s Port Services Amphibious Task Force and Landing
Manager, LCDR Gerald Savvakis, came Force commanders during all phases of
to grips with Blue Ridge when he piloted Fleet-wide operations, as well as a Joint
Task Force flagship when national interthe ship to her berth at Fleet Base 1.
LCDR Savvakis said Blue Ridge’s ests require it.
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October 30 to November 11, RSL (QLD)
Branch will launch its mobile poppy, which
can be accessed via www.rslpoppy.com
Simply put, it’s a poppy wallpaper for
your mobile phone.
For a donation of $2 or more, mobile
phone users will be sent a poppy wallpaper. For every donation a poppy will also
be planted on the donor’s behalf in an
online Field of Remembrance.
Since 2001, 12 Australians have been
KIA in Iraq and Afghanistan and 83 have
been seriously wounded.
RSL QLD Branch President Doug
Formby said the younger generation was
becoming increasingly aware about the
sacrifices made, past and present, by our
Servicemen and women.
“It is hoped the mobile poppy and
Wall of Remembrance will help bridge the
generational gap of awareness regarding
Remembrance Day and what it stands for,”
he said.
ONE of our ongoing projects as Editors of
the Historical Royal Fleet Auxilary (RFA)
is to compile a comprehensive list of all
those who served in RFA ships during the
Falklands War of 1982.
We have searched the records at the
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as the National Archive and have drawn
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Ridge enters Sydney
Harbour to conduct a good
will visit to Sydney.
Taylor assists in the passing of lines from USS Blue
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Panvax good to go
By CPL Corinne Boer
H1N1 vaccine is
now available to
ADF members.
Make sure you
see your health
centre to get
Photo: LAC Casey
A VACCINE against the H1N1 influenza, formerly known as swine flu, is
now available to ADF members.
Panvax has been tested and assessed
as being safe and effective and registered in Australia by the Therapeutic
Goods Administration.
Senior Medical Adviser Military
Population Health – Joint Health
Command, Dr Victoria Ross, said the
strain of influenza was still dominant
in the northern hemisphere where their
flu season had picked up earlier than
“It has pretty much subsided in the
southern hemisphere and, in Australia,
flu levels are back to normal,” Dr Ross
“We don’t know how the virus will
behave in the future or when and how
it will mutate, so vaccination is encouraged as this is a new strain that people
don’t have immunity to.”
Dr Ross said influenza viruses
mutated quite often, which was why a
new vaccine was produced every year.
Joint Health Command highly recommends vaccination for those who
would benefit most from receiving the
vaccine including pregnant women and
people with chronic diseases like asthma or diabetes.
It is also highly recommended for
ADF health care workers involved
in direct patient contact, recruits or
trainees entering initial training establishments, where members live in
close quarters, and for ADF members
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Joint Operations Command is
working out the details for vaccinating personnel currently
While emphasis will be on targeting these priority groups, any
ADF member who wishes to protect themselves from pandemic
H1N1 influenza is also encouraged
to get the vaccination.
Currently, the vaccine is only
supplied from the Department of
Health and Ageing in multi-dose
packs, so for maximum safety and
benefit, enough people have to be
available for vaccination before a
pack is opened.
Anyone wanting the vaccine
should contact their ADF health
facility ahead of time to find out
what the local arrangements are.
The vaccine is essentially the
same as the usual seasonal flu vaccine but with a different strain of
Dr Ross said side effects and
precautions were also the same.
“Common side effects can
include some soreness at the site
of injection, headache, mild fever,
body aches and fatigue for a short
time after vaccination,” she said.
“As with the seasonal flu vaccine, anyone with an allergy to
eggs, chicken protein or any component of the vaccine should not
have it.”
Anyone who thinks they might
have influenza or have any concerns should contact their health
centre for advice.
More information can be found on the
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October 29, 2009
CHECK IT OUT: (Right) An Indonesian
military official watches a beach
survey team from HMAS Kanimbla
approach the beach landing site at
Photo: CPL Guy Young
HMAS Kanimbla at
anchor in Darwin
departing for Sumatra.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
HMAS Kanimbla
brings aid to
Ready to help
By LEUT Gary McHugh
HMAS Kanimbla arrived at the earthquake stricken region of Sumatra
on October 16 as part of Operation
Padang Assist, the Australian
Government’s response to a request
for humanitarian assistance from
Kanimbla, which left Sydney two
weeks earlier, anchored off the town
of Pariaman, north of Padang, and
immediately began offloading heavy
engineering equipment and Army personnel for joint TNI-ADF relief operations.
Pariaman, the town closest to the
earthquakes’ epicentres, is the nearest
town to a number of remote communities that suffered extensive damage
during the disaster.
Like most of Sumatra, the area is
surrounded by steep, tree-lined mountains, with many of them suffering
significant landslide as a result of the
Kanimbla’s CO CMDR Timothy
Byles said the time spent en route to
Indonesia had given his ship’s crew
and embarked forces a chance to hone
their skills to ensure Kanimbla’s conNAVY NEWS
tribution to the relief effort “hit the
ground running”.
“As soon as the Navy hydrographers had charted a clear and safe
route to the beach, we began offloading equipment and personnel via the
landing craft that we embarked in
Townsville,” he said.
“We expect to make a significant
contribution to Operation Padang
Assist, which is a joint effort between
the ADF, the TNI (Indonesian military)
and various aid agencies.
“One of the first landing craft to
return to the ship from the beach carried two TNI liaison officers who we
are working closely with to ensure
the equipment and personnel we have
brought are deployed to the areas
where they are most needed.”
The TNI representatives, both naval
officers based in Jakarta, remained on
board Kanimbla for a number of days.
During their time on the ship, they
provided a valuable point of contact
between Kanimbla’s CO, the Joint
Task Force and the TNI.
The ship also embarked two Sea
King helicopters from 817 Squadron in
Nowra as part of the operation.
Flight Commander LCDR Natalee
Johnston said the helicopters were
being used to access remote regions
of Sumatra that were cut off following
the earthquakes.
“The Sea King is a very versatile
aircraft that gives us the ability to
transport personnel and equipment to
remote villages that are not accessible
by road as a result of the earthquakes,”
she said.
“Because we have two aircraft on
board, we can be more flexible – this
means we can use one as a stand-by
medical evacuation unit and the other
for daily tasking.”
The ship’s aircraft spent the first
day on location assessing the immediate area for alternate landing zones
close to the Joint Task Force temporary
field hospital.
The Sea King was also used to
transport personnel and to collect mail
from Padang Airport, which survived
the earthquakes relatively unscathed.
Kanimbla is also carrying a Primary
Care Reception Facility that will be
used to treat ADF personnel should the
need arise.
The ship will remain on location
until tasked otherwise.
Dean Morgan waves to onlookers
as Sea King 22 departs a football
field near Pariaman.
HAPPIER: (Right) Kids play soccer out the front of 1HSB where a
temporary school has been established.
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
October 29, 2009
WELCOME: A local fisherman waves to the
crew of HMAS Kanimbla.
Hydrographers chart the waters for beach landing
ABMED Melissa
to a building
in Gerringing,
By LEUT Gary McHugh
BEFORE any equipment could be transported
ashore from HMAS Kanimbla when she anchored
off the coast of Sumatra, a safe transit route had to
be established from the coast to the beach for the
two LCM8 landing craft.
That’s where the Navy’s hydrographers came in.
Embarked Hydrographic Survey White Crew OIC
LEUT Shaun Burns said his team’s priority was to
upgrade the ship’s charts of the area before the landing craft started operating.
“The charts we had were fairly dated and this
area, like any other, is subject to a lot of variables
that can change the environment we are working in,”
he said.
“As soon as the ship anchored we launched our
lub and started collecting bathymetric data for inclusion into Australian charts.
“The task was made more challenging by the fact
that we had limited access to local information and
knowledge, but we managed to work around it and
came up with accurate information relating to the
area we were operating in.”
Once the hydrographers completed their task,
the information they gathered was passed onto
Kanimbla’s command and the disembarkation operation got underway.
First and foremost were the LCM8s, which
worked long hours to get personnel and equipment
Hydrographic Survey White Crew is one of three
HS crews based in Cairns. The teams are rotated
among the two Leeuwin class hydrographic survey AT WORK: LEUT Shaun Burns, SMNHSO Toby Waite and ABHSO Mark Miller leave Pariaman
beach after conducting a beach landing survey of the area.
LCM8 is unloaded
from the forecastle
in Darwin Harbour
as HMAS Kanimbla
supplies for Operation
PRECIOUS CARGO: (Above) Sea King 10 conducts a DLP on
Kanimbla’s flight deck while transfering stores to shore.
ON HER WAY: (Left) HMAS Kanimbla transits the Indian Ocean
en route to Indonesia.
Padang Assist
ABIS Andrew Dakin
HMAS Kanimbla’s crew on hand to help the people of Sumatra
pares to
the flight
Cooks go above and beyond to get everyone fed
By LEUT Gary McHugh
SMNMED Leisa Lowe
communicates with the
Operations Room from
the stern door, as HMAS
Betano (background)
prepares to marry with
HMAS Kanimbla.
from 817 Squadron preembark Sea King 10 on
deck of HMAS Kanimbla.
NAPOLEON said an Army marches on its stomach and if this is also the case for a Navy then the
crew of HMAS Kanimbla have got it made.
FEEDING THE MASSES: HMAS Kanimbla cooks work tirelessly in the galley during Op Padang
Assist, cooking 1300 meals a day for the ship’s company and embarked forces.
With more than 400 mouths to feed three times a
day when forces are embarked, the ship’s 15 cooks
are flat out, but that doesn’t show in the quality of
the meals they are producing.
Thai green curry, Atlantic salmon, enchiladas,
Hawaiian sausages and the traditional Sunday roast
are all par for the course for CPOCK Brett “Molly”
Meldrum and his team.
“Some of our more popular dishes include the
salmon and the lasagne; they always get a good run,”
he said.
With embarked forces aboard for Operation
Padang Assist, the junior sailors’ overflow cafe was
also being utilised with lines of hungry sailors and
soldiers often snaking along corridors and down ladders.
But when it’s all hands on deck in the galley, it
doesn’t take long to get everyone fed and watered
before the cooks start preparing their next meal.
“We are in three watches, which means everyone
is pretty busy,” CPO Meldrum said. “But the cooks
do get time off after they come off duty, which allows
them some valuable downtime.”
An added treat on the day’s menu is the freshly
baked bread that starts to be made after the bread
taken on at the last port runs out.
With the smell of fresh baked garlic bread permeating throughout the ship, it’s just another day at the
office for Kanimbla’s busy cooks.
SMNBM Joe Marriott scans
the horizon while conducting a force protection exercise in HMAS Kanimbla in
Darwin Harbour.
October 29, 2009
Photo: CPL Guy Young
DESTRUCTION: Ambacang Hotel was destroyed by the earthquake that hit Padang.
Engineers go all out
for Op Padang Assist
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
COMMENDABLE: (Top left to bottom right) LSMT Lynton Price, LSMT
Michael Chaffer, LSMT Shane Rennie, ABMT Kyle Lentz, LSMT Michael
Mirontschik, ABMT Leigh Ive, ABMT Raye Coleman and LSMT Darren
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
ratings were in the process of rectifying defects.
However, this was put on hold
when the ship was ordered to sail to
“ Kanimbla is an older ship and,
although defects are expected, it’s not
so much how difficult a problem is to
overcome but rather the availability of
parts,” LCDR Langridge said.
He said situations Kanimbla found
herself in encouraged section leaders
and sailors to identify solutions and
apply near-forgotten or discarded trade
For many of the engineers, this is
their second visit to Sumatra on board
Kanimbla, having also served during
Operation Sumatra Assist in 2005.
Kanimbla will continue to carry out
her mission until ordered to return to
( A b o v e )
10 flies over
the Padang
r e g i o n
the epicentre
of the earthquakes.
Dean Morgan
as Sea King
10 departs
Photos: ABIS
Andrew Dakin
LEUT Gary McHugh speaks to sailors at work
on board HMAS Kanimbla
ABET Liam McIntyre has been
in the Navy for four years, half
of which he has spent on board
HMAS Kanimbla.
As an Electronics Technician
sailor, ABET McIntyre plays
an integral role on board
Kanimbla, particularly from a
communications perspective.
“I specialise in the internal
and external communications
side of things,” he said.
“This means I am responsible for maintaining equipment
such as telephones, radios and
other equipment that the ship
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
uses to keep in contact with the
shore and other ships that we
may be in company with.”
ABET Liam McIntyre
OVER the past few weeks, Operation
Padang Assist has presented a challenge for everyone on board HMAS
Following the earthquakes at the
beginning of October, the ship crashsailed from Sydney to Padang, via
Townsville and Darwin to take on supplies.
This meant many of the ship’s crew
were recalled from leave and the ship
was again at sea, little more than a
week after returning from Exercise
Olgetta Warrior in Papua New Guinea.
While every member of the ship’s
company has worked tirelessly to
achieve Kanimbla’s operational tasking, the engineering department has
been particularly busy ensuring the
ship continues to operate at her peak.
Engineering Officer LCDR Stephen
Langridge said his department had
worked tirelessly to maintain operational capabilities.
“Our role has been to provide the
best speed for transit while ensuring
optimum provision of services throughout the ship,” he said.
“For the MTs this means ensuring
availability of three engines per shaft
line, electricity, refrigeration, air-conditioning, fresh water and sanitation.
“For the ETs the operation has
required constant attention to enhanced
communication services such as video
teleconferencing and MASTIS.”
At the end of Exercise Olgetta
Warrior, Kanimbla entered a maintenance period and the ship’s technical
Sailors at work
LSCSO Shannon Evans is
one of HMAS Kanimbla’s
Operations Rooms supervisors.
The nerve centre of the ship,
the Operations Room is essentially where the ship is fought
from and as such is home to a
vast array of high-tech radar
and communications equipment.
As part of their duties,
CSOs use a range of sensors
and communications equipment to provide the ship’s command team with a real-time
picture of any threats that may
be within striking range of the
“We also communicate nonthreatening contacts for navigational safety purposes,” she
This is LSCSO Evans’ second posting to Kanimbla.
“I was in Kanimbla as a
SMNCSO when I went to the
Gulf in 2001,” she said.
“After that I was in HMAS
Sydney for another Gulf trip,
then spent two years ashore at
the Fleet Weather Station.”
A two-year stint in HMAS
Newcastle saw LSCSO Evans
gain more sea time, before she
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
LSCSO Shannon Evans
was posted back to Kanimbla
last year.
“I will be posting off the ship
at the end of the year and will
probably do some more shore
time,” she said.
Mosmondor holds a newborn baby at 1HSB (who
was born at a local hospital), while conducting
medical observations on
Indonesians affected by
the recent earthquakes.
HIGH FIVE: (Inset)
Mosmondor meets some
local children at the
Gerringing market place.
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
October 29, 2009
Maritime Safety continues support
STAFFERS from the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
are major contributors to RAN capability.
AMSA has about a dozen ADF
reservists in Canberra – 11 of them
RANR – operating as civilian specialists in organisations such as the
Canberra-based National Rescue
Coordination Centre.
The Director-General ReservesNavy, CDRE Ranford Elsey, recently
took time out from a busy round of
Australia-wide briefings of members
of the Navy Reserve to call on AMSA
executives to thank them for their continuing support of reservists.
He was joined by the Chairperson
of the Defence Reserves Support
Council-ACT, Bill Thompson. (The
DRSC provides a link between the
ADF, employers and the community
from which the reserve force is drawn.)
On September 29, CDRE Elsey
visited AMSA CEO Graham Peachey
and Manager of Emergency Response
Division John Young at the Authority’s
Canberra headquarters.
Mr Peachey said he was glad
AMSA had the experience of so many
“second career” people in AMSA –
virtually all reservists with the organisation had come to AMSA after retirement from the Permanent Navy.
Many, such as the organiser of the
visit, LCDR Artie Heather, performed
vital roles within AMSA. In his civilian
capacity, Mr Heather, for example, was
a Senior Search and Rescue Officer in
the Rescue Coordination Centre.
LCDR Heather explained to CDRE
Elsey and other invited RAN members, including Warrant Officer of the
Navy Mark Tandy, the roles of AMSA,
including dealing with search and rescue, maritime casualty and pollution
CONTINUING SUPPORT: CMDR Rick Allen and LCDRs Chris Jones and MEMORIAL GIFT: DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey presents a plaque
Arthur Heather and WO Debbie Galway watch as Mr (LCDR) Peter Kelly to Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority
manages an emergecy in AMSA’s Rescue Coordination Centre involving Graham Peachey.
a ship in danger of sinking in the Indian Ocean.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
response in Australia’s area of responsibility. This equates to about one-tenth
of the earth’s surface.
He outlined the extensive national
network of resources available to the
Rescue Coordination Centre to deal
with search and rescue and other emergencies, including five Dornier fixedwing aircraft based in Perth, Darwin,
Cairns, Brisbane and Essendon.
Recent duties included searching
for the Twin Otter aircraft that crashed
in the Papua New Guinea highlands,
monitoring the progress of vessels suspected of illegal entry to Australian
waters and marine pollution accidents
such as the oil leak from the Montara
well in the Indian Ocean. AMSA han-
dles some 10,000 incidents a year and
saves the lives of an average of about
450 people annually.
CDRE Elsey said the long tradition of Navy Reserve service had been
greatly strengthened by the passage of
the Defence Reserves Protection Act in
2001. This, he said, prevented discrimination against people who chose to
serve in the reserve, protection of the
jobs of reservists, as well as providing
for payment of employers to cover the
cost of temporary workers in lieu of
reservists on duty with the ADF.
He reiterated that reserve service
had a two-way benefit with reservists
bringing to the Navy the skills they
had acquired in their civilian roles
and returning to the civilian jobs with
skills, such as leadership, initiative and
industry, they acquire through training
and work in the reserve.
CDRE Elsey thanked AMSA, Mr
Peachey and Mr Young for their help
in releasing Navy Reserve personnel
and presented Mr Peachey with a Navy
Reserve plaque, a pen set and sword
“There’s no telling the difference
between the Permanent Navy and Navy
Reserve personnel,” he said. “They do
the same job.
“About 10.5 per cent of the Navy’s
trained force is reservists. Without
their contribution, we’d be in a far
more serious state in the Navy than
we’re now in.”
Canberra-based Navy Reservists in
AMSA have a total of 65 years experience with the authority.
They include CMDR Rick Allen,
LCDRs Angela Barr, Cindy Francis,
Phil Gaden, Arthur Heather, Peter
Kelly, Christopher Jones, Trevor
Larkin, Nick Lemon, LEUTs Cindy
Francis, Phillip Gaden and Amanda
Mackinnell, and WO Debbie Galway.
LCDR Heather said his motivation
for reserve service, and that of some
others currently in civilian employment with AMSA, was to maintain
contact with the Navy because of previous service in the RAN.
Forty-five years ‘truly remarkable’
A feather in their tallybands
MAJOR events coordinator and
military support officer in the ACT,
LCDR Mike Hardwick, has reached
the conclusion that today’s sailors
are as good as sailors ever were.
THE saying is usually “a feather in their cap” but, in Brisbane, nine
Reserve musicians of the Queensland detachment of the RAN Band
(CPO Andrew Stapleton) have “feathers in their tallybands”. Last
month the nine were invited to join the acclaimed Brisbane Symphony
Orchestra for a recital called Symphony at the Shore. Held in the
Northshore Riverside Park on Saturday, September 26, the recital
was one of the highlights of the Brisbane Festival. Conductor of the
orchestra Antoni Bonetti has for a number of years requested support
from the Queensland Detachment. The concert began soon after sunset and attracted a crowd of more than 1000. Navy musicians participating included CPOMUSN Karina Bryer, who is also a regular member of the orchestra, and ABMUSNs Robert Schultz, Darren Skaar
and Cassandra Trent, pictured above. Bandmaster CPO Andrew
Stapleton said he was very proud of his musicians. “They performed
well and brought a very positive image to the RAN,” he said.
– Graham Davis
And, after 45 years in rig, he
should know.
Mike passed the incredible 45
year milestone in his naval career on
January 7.
CN VADM Russ Crane, AM,
CSM, RAN, recognised his achievement by presenting him with his second Federation Star and sixth clasp
to his Defence Long Service Medal
in Canberra on October 1.
VADM Crane described Mike’s
achievement as “truly remarkable”
and said it showed incredible commitment and dedication to Navy and
to the Australian people.
Joining as a junior recruit in 1964,
LCDR Hardwick spent many years at
sea, serving in nine different ships,
including in support of operations in
Vietnam, Malaysia and, most recently, in the Middle East area of operations.
He reached the rank of warrant
officer before commissioning in
1987, qualifying as a weapons electrical engineering officer during his
most recent sea service.
He transferred to the Navy
Reserve in 2002 and has continued
SPECIAL TIME: CN presents LCDR Mike Hardwick with his second
Federation Star.
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
to serve every year since, including as
a military support officer and major
events coordinator in the Canberra area
and as occasional acting XO at HMAS
“Of all things about Navy,” Mike
said, “the people are the best.
“The young people of today are up
to the same tricks we used to try, but
they are as good sailors as we have
ever had.”
As to his prospects for the future,
Mike has more plans yet with Navy,
promising to keep on for a few more
years. He was recently posted to fulltime reserve service.
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October 29, 2009
Author hoist on own petard
ATE wreaked her awful revenge
upon me for trying to be a smartie
with Miss October 1.
As usual, I went through my selection
of ship photos – most of them from the
Vic Jeffery Emporium of Obscure Ship
Photos – and, because I’d given you such
a soft, old image of HMA Ships Platypus
and Dubbo at Watsons Bay to deal with in
September, I thought I’d give you a nice
clear shot – but one with a sting in the tail.
The metadata – that’s the information
linked within the electronic image – said
the ship I’d chosen for Miss October 1
was HMAS Waterhen.
“Gotcha!” I thought as I read the first
entry that sailed onto my desktop from
CAPT Tony Aldred: “I think Miss October
is HMAS Stuart, CAPT Hec Waller’s
‘flagship of the Scrap Iron Flotilla’. The
general configuration looks right and I
noted a semblance of the black ‘leader’s’
band atop the funnel, so after recently
snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
with Miss August (HMAS Shoalhaven)
please don’t tell me I’ve jumped the wrong
way again.”
Well I’d like to, but I can’t.
Next in, SBLT Steve Dunne, ANC,
also identified Miss October as HMAS
Then ex-RO ‘Sandy’ McNabbed me
with: “I have narrowed it down to one of
October – I fooled nobody.
the five pre-WWII destroyers V and W
class, but which one?
“All five ships had been earmarked for
decommissioning but were transferred ‘on
loan’ to the RAN in 1933. From mid-1940
to October 1941, the ships became known
as the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’, so named by
the Germans because of their age and condition. All five operated for the resupply of
allied forces ashore at Tobruk.
“As the ship does not have a shortened
aft funnel as in several photos of the sister ships, Vampire /BDKM/168, Vendetta/
VJZD/169, Voyager/VJZF/131, and
Waterhen/VJZG/122, and purely as a guess
with its crows nest type lookout on the
main mast, I believe Miss October is the
leader destroyer HMAS Stuart/VJZB/100
possibly swinging around a buoy on
Sydney Harbour.”
CMDR Dave Goble, who’s not often
mistaken, also plumped for Stuart.
“She’s a member of the scrap
iron flotilla and has the black band
surrounding her for’ard funnel (flotilla leader),” he wrote. “She also
has the taller aft funnel, which the
others in the flotilla did not have.
There are some other tell-tale signs
but that would be stretching it.”
Then came the entries from
Geoffrey Skelton, CMDR Col Jones
(rtd), LCDR Derek Williams, Mark
Biega, Richard Jones, Mike, Ex-PO
Dave Rickard, Brian Holden, Harry
Goodall, ex-CPOUC Rob Sweet and
Tony Woodland. All reckoned Miss
October 1 was Tartan Terror Mk 1.
A little wary that Miss October
1 might not be Waterhen, I pulled
up a few references including our
own Sea Power Centre that showed
Stuart very clearly with funnel banding that was not fully apparent in the
shot I’d chosen for Miss October.
Then again, shots I could find of
Waterhen very clearly disclosed funnels of different heights, apart from
other differences.
My suspicions piqued by the
flood of Stuart advocates, I decided
to defer to my ultimate mystery ship
authority, Keeper of the Emporium
Vic Jeffery.
He said: “Definitely the flotilla
leader HMAS Stuart.
“The photo in question is indeed
from my extensive collection and
depicts the Admiralty-type flotilla
leader HMAS Stuart showing her
original appearance with a tall mainmast at the time of her transfer on
loan to the Royal Australian Navy in
1933. The original print came from
the Sport @ General Press Agency,
“Built by Hawthorn Leslie &
Co. Ltd. of Hebburn-on-Tyne, she
was laid down on October 18, 1917,
launched on August 22, 1918 and
first commissioned into the RN,
arrived at her new home, Sydney, on
December 21, 1933.
“After a couple of brief periods in
reserve, Stuart commissioned under
the command of CMDR Hec Waller
(Commander D) and led her brood,
HMA Ships Vampire, Vendetta,
Voyager and Waterhen to war in the
Mediterranean, where they became
known as the ‘Scrap Iron Flotilla’
and wrote an indelible chapter in the
RAN’s history.
“By 1942 Stuart had her armament modified and she served in
northern Australian and New Guinea
waters. In 1944 she was converted to
a fast transport for troops and urgently-needed supplies with her fore funnel and boiler removed to provide
extra storage space, her forecast was
vertical, cargo derricks fitted, and
she was re-armed.
“Finally the war-weary Stuart
entered Sydney for the last time in
February, 1946 and she was laid-up
awaiting disposal.
“Stuart’s death knell came on
February 3, 1947 when she was sold
to T.Carr & Co. of Ultimo, Sydney
and she was scrapped.
“During World War II HMAS
Stuart won an impressive list of
the Battle Honours, they were:
Mediterranean 1940, Calabria 1940,
Libya 1940-41, Matapan 1941,
Greece 1941, Crete 1941, New
Guinea 1942-44.”
So I got it real wrong.
The Stuart entries continued
to roll in – from Gordon Branch,
CMDR Greg Swinden, SQNLDR
Jimbo Stewart, Richard Bonsey,
ex-Defence civilian Reg Bonney,
PO Frank Bray ANC, CAPT Steve
Pearson and Alan Baddams. All confident and all correct
So, I can’t tell CAPT Aldred,
who was first in, or any of the 23
other mystery shippers that they had
‘jumped the wrong way’.
One of the entrants, Richard
Bonsey claims a family connection
with Stuart (1) before she was commissioned into RAN service.
“My grandfather served in her,”
he said and produced a photo (which
we don’t have space for) taken in
November 1926, showing his grandfather, PO Wareham, front right in a
shore party before Stuart was transferred to the RAN.
I also owe an apology to CAPT
Pearson who was at pains to point
out that he scored three out of three
with his correct identification of
HMA Ships Platypus and Dubbo
alongside at Watsons Bay in the late
Prophetically, he said: “If it is
Plats at that time and place then I
can also tell you the name of the then
CO (and Co Reserve Fleet) – CMDR
R. S. Pearson, my late father.”
And finally, I do agree with
SQNLDR Stewart that I should
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October 29, 2009
REOC part of a natural progression
By SBLT Carolyn Docking
TRAINEES from every state and
territory of Australia converged on
HMAS Creswell to participate in the
most recent Reserve Entry Officers’
Course Phase Three conducted there
and at nearby HMAS Albatross in the
period October 3-11.
One each came from Adelaide,
Perth, Darwin and Tasmania. The
remainder came from Queensland,
Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
Students spanned three REOC
intakes with four staying on from their
recent phase one course. The majority
were from the 01/09 intake and two
were from the 02/08 intake.
The trainees included police officers, surgeons, legal officers and teachers through to senior public service
managers and a Lutheran chaplain.
CHAP Simon Cooper from
Adelaide has been a Lutheran pastor
for the past 11 years and has always
been interested in the Navy. His older
brother is serving in the RAN as a
CPOBM at HMAS Cerberus.
CHAP Cooper said the REOC
course had been really good so far.
“A positive surprise is the great
sense of camaraderie that is gained in
such a short time,” he said.
SBLT Karen Williams, previously an IT and Japanese teacher, was
inspired to enter the Navy Reserve
by her fiancé who had gone through
REOC class 01/07.
SBLT Karen Deane, a customs
officer assisting the Executive Officer
HMAS Coonawarra, was in the Navy
full-time from 1994 until 1999 and
gained the rank of LSCSO.
She went straight to the reserves
and considered REOC a natural progression of her Navy career.
“I have found it pretty easy but my
focus has been on leadership and managing; not so much on the things I
already knew,” she said.
Another skill required for phase
three was teamwork, which was evident throughout the 10-day course with
all students using their particular civilian skills to assist each other.
Nursing officer LEUT Donna
INTENSE: LEUT Tim Morgan and SBLT Karen Deane practice emergency first aid on a ruptured pipe during a damage control practical session.
De Lanty helped her classmates out
with the three-day first aid course,
which started off the phase three residential course.
They also spent four days at
Albatross learning damage control, fire
fighting and how to protect themselves
and shipmates from gas exposure.
Trainees met another reserv-
ist doing CFTS at the School of
Survivability and Ship Safety. AB
Scott Ballantyne is on CFTS at the
school until December this year.
The former full-time marine technician had been working as a builder
as a civilian but ran out of work so
volunteered for some reserve time. AB
Ballantyne assisted with the circuit
training, which everyone enjoyed as
they got to try out the various tools
used in damage control and fire fighting.
Students found themselves getting
into bright orange thermal protective
suits and learning about all the protective features on lifejackets and in the
One of the more difficult aspects
of survival at sea was getting into the
liferaft from the sea unassisted.
SBLT Karen Williams said she had
some problems but eventually managed to get herself into the raft unassisted.
CHAP Cooper found the task quite
“I’ve got good upper body strength
because of my rock-climbing activities
so that helped me a great deal and I
was able to haul myself up quite easily,” he said.
Survival at sea finished at midday then the trainees returned to their
respective states.
TS Sirius ahead in awards stakes with essays and Cadet of the Year
AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadets and
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some prestigious awards.
On September 12, the training
ship’s CO, LCDR Phillip Anderson
(also the Director of Music – Navy),
announced a number of achievements resulting from the involvement
of cadets from Sirius in the Northern
Trident maritime essay contest and the
RSL NSW Navy Cadet of the Year.
The Northern Trident maritime
essay contest covered a number of topics including reasons for and protection against piracy, a proposition as to
why no member of the RAN has ever
been awarded a Victoria Cross, Navy
capability, and the lack of knowledge
that Australians have about the history
of the RAN.
The essay contest included sections
in journalistic and essay style.
Assessment for the RSL NSW
Navy Cadet of the Year included elements of drill, dress and bearing, first
aid, an interview on youth development issues, questions on general
knowledge about the RSL and an
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understanding of Australia’s military
traditions and the Anzac spirit.
Sirius cadets were encouraged to
enter the maritime essay contest and
to nominate for the RSL NSW Navy
Cadet of the Year.
SMN Isaac Tyler will receive a
certificate for his contribution to the
The RSL NSW Navy Cadet of the
Year, SMN Myles Boatman, won a 10day voyage as a crew member in STS
Young Endeavour, which he will complete in January next year just before
entering the RAN Recruit School followed by category training as a cook.
The unit’s achievements were
further acknowledged when LCDR
A n d e r s o n p r e s e n t e d a C O ’s
Commendation to PO Nathan Cole
for his outstanding contribution to
the training and development of the
ship’s company, and for his efforts to
enhance the appearance of the ship
and its resources.
PO Cole is a communications and
information systems rating who has
been undertaking voluntary work as an
instructor in TS Sirius.
“The Navy’s future is hugely
dependent upon our young people
and the degree to which they have
an awareness of our Navy and its
contribution to our society,” LCDR
Anderson said.
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TS Tobruk became the first
unit in NSW to try out the
new envy (N.V.) sailing craft
on a weekend posting on
Lake Macquarie.
Th e c a d e t s i n v o l v e d
learned a practical lesson
in seamanship, spending all
of Saturday sailing the new
envys and power boating,
(brumby craft familiarisation).
The cadets found the
envys to be a lot lighter and
easier to sail then the old
corsairs (150kg as against
The cadets at TS Tobruk
would like to thank Mr and
Mrs Dudley for letting them
stay at the Big 4 Caravan
Park, Mannering Park, as well
as CPO Edward McKenny ANC
for making sure the boats
were highly maintained.
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section. He will receive a Certificate of
Commendation and a trophy.
In the journalistic section, SMN
Joshua Werfel won second place for
his article recommending the award of
the Victoria Cross for LCDR Robert
Rankin (CO of the Grimsby class
WWII sloop, HMAS Yarra, whose
name is commemorated in the Collins
class submarine, HMAS Rankin)
and will also receive a Certificate of
Commendation and a trophy.
RCT Rhys Evans took out first
place in the journalistic section for
his article on the Australian National
Maritime Museum and its importance
in promoting the Australian naval
tradition, and will receive an iPod,
Certificate of Commendation and trophy as well as lunch with the CO of
HMAS Sydney in company with one
of his parents and his school principal.
Two cadets from TS Sirius, AB
Lyndon Phillips and SMN Myles
Boatman, were nominated for RSL
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MK44s presented to cadet units
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A UNIQUE twist has seen the delivery of MK44 torpedoes to Australian
Naval Cadet units for use as motivational display items.
LCDR JAK Wilson was appointed national delivery coordinator by
Director Navy Logistic Requirements
and Sustainment (DNLOGRS) CAPT
Siobhan Bacon.
“Rather than send the torpedoes
to the wreckers we felt that the cadet
units would benefit,” she said.
“They provide a valuable recruiting source for future members of the
LCDR Wilson said the group
comprised Staff Officer Weapons
Engineering and Energy CMDR John
McAree, Bernie Carton of the Torpedo
Maintenance Facility at Fleet Base
West, Missile Maintenance Orchard
Hills’ Tod Waring and Director
Australian Navy Cadets CMDR Royce
Spencer, his staff officer CPOCD
Gordon Lucas and himself.
“We developed a comprehensive
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went into production in earnest in
1956 and, for many of us who served
in the RAN during the 1960s, 70s and
80s, there was the Ikara missile derivative.”
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Paluma, Magnus, Diamantina and
Ipswich in QLD.
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Jervis Bay followed by TSs Latrobe,
Melbourne, Tingira and Albury then
TSs Melville, Darwin and Cairns,”
LCDR Wilson said.
Director Australian Navy Cadets
CMDR Royce Spencer said TSs
Adelaide, Augusta, Flinders and
Noarlunga would receive their torpedoes through Thales Systems.
“That will happen in the not-toodistant future,” he said.
“Along with each torpedo, we’ve
issued certificates of authenticity and
certification that the torpedo is inert.
“Each unit was also presented with
a brief history of the MK44.”
CMDR Spencer said the team covered 4500km and was responsible for
the safe arrival of 23 torpedoes.
“This activity has been of significant value for relations between the
RAN and ANC units and the feedback
has been very encouraging,” he said.
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implementation of such a program
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LIFE in a Blue Suit by Gerard McLennan
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Catholic family in the Melbourne suburb
of Kensington to the point where he opts
to ‘swallow the anchor’ after achieving
his goal of commanding an Australian
As the guided missile frigate he captains moves through a series of evolutions
in his last day of command en route home
to Sydney after 25 years in the RAN, the
author (as CO) opens windows – as a
series of flashbacks – describing various
different stages of his career.
He traces sitting for a RAN entrance
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Christine Sheppard ANC.
By LCDR Christine Sheppard ANC
EXTREMELY active Gold Coast Australian Navy
Cadet unit, TS Tyalgum, (LCDR Christine Sheppard,
ANC) celebrated its first half century of operations
with a presentation and reunion ball at the Gold
Coast Arts Centre on September 19.
The function brought together more than 70 present
and former cadets proud of their association with
the Broadwater-based unit, including the most senior
officer of today’s Navy, VADM Russ Crane, AM,
Local newspaper The Gold Coast Bulletin wrote:
“In a city with such a relatively short history, it is a
source of great pride when an organisation reaches 50
years service and on Saturday night TS Tyalgum celebrated that milestone.”
More than 240 people attended with 75 former
cadets from all eras from 1959, including the Chief of
Navy, a cadet in the 1960s, in attendance.
The ball was about celebrating the unit’s history
and events that have brought us from our beginnings
to where we are today. It was about celebration, rekindling friendships and reliving memories of cadet days.
Following a unit tradition, the current TS Tyalgum
cadets – with female cadets wearing gowns the colours of the rainbow and males wearing ceremonial
rig – took part in the Presentation of Cadets 2009, the
format being similar to a debutante ball. The 22 cadets
were presented to VADM and Mrs Crane.
Founding members of the Naval Association and
Navy League on the Gold Coast Jim Spiers and Ron
Lather, who were among those responsible for the formation of TS Tyalgum, were present and recognised by
CN for their contribution. These men were instrumental in the building of our unit premises.
In his speech CN reflected on his days as a young
lad, along with brother Terry and their dad, going to
the unit site and helping out, even before the days of
being cadets.
“The ANC has had a long and proud history since it
was recognised under the Naval Defence Act in 1910,”
VADM Crane said.
“Until 1973, they were known as the Sea Cadet
Corps. They were renamed the Naval Reserve Cadets
in 1973 and, in 2001, the Government review, Cadets:
The Future, recommended a final name change to
Australian Navy Cadets.”
VADM Crane also praised Tyalgum’s recent activities.
“TS Tyalgum is a very active unit that participates
and engages in community events and activities regularly,” he said. “The unit is consistent in its participation in area and flotilla events and excels in its
approach to waterborne activities.”
On the Sunday, a barbeque was held at the cadet
unit for more than 130 people, including CN, where
former cadets toured the unit, checked out old photos,
met with old friends and reflected.
October 29, 2009
Cerberus’ 15 minutes of fame
HMAS Cerberus (CAPT Sheldon Williams) became the centre of morning
television attention recently when Today Show reporter Christine Ahern
visited Recruit School to get a taste of life in the RAN.
LEUT Amy McMahon reports.
HE day began with
Christine reporting at
0700hrs to Recruit School’s
CO, CMDR Jim Hillock.
Her aim was to live a day in the life
of a Navy recruit. He provided her
with an overview of a typical day,
what he expected from a recruit
and outlined the five Navy Values.
Feeling confident and up to the
challenge, Christine left Recruit
School where her first test was to
face the high ropes course and her
unexpected fear of heights. After
receiving a brief from the high ropes
instructor LS Cameron Wallace,
Christine placed her life in the hands
of ‘fellow’ recruits and cautiously
climbed the 20-metre tower to success.
Next up was the mud run where
Christine was put through her paces
by physical training staff. Leopard
crawling and staggering her way
through the icy cold, murky Cerberus
mud, Christine received ‘kind’ words
of encouragement from the PT staff.
Christine then headed to
Seamanship School where she again
faced her new-found fear of heights
and performed the Navy safety jump
from the wharf into the ‘balmy’
eight-degree Hanns Inlet, testing out
the Navy’s thermal protective suits
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Feeling fighting fit, Christine
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abandoned ship.
Ti r e d , w e t a n d h o m e s i c k ,
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October 29, 2009
Wet your whistle
Adults need 2.5 to three litres of water
When the heat is on, it is important to
drink up and to keep those electrolytes a day. You need to drink 60 per cent of
balanced. As LT Rob Orr writes, your
this. The rest comes from food and metaperformance and health depend on it. bolic processes.
LAC Aaron Curran
Hydrating during the day:
Whenever you rinse your coffee cup, fill it with water and
have a drink.
Sit a bottle of water on your
desk – you’ll be amazed at
how much extra you drink.
S THE weather warms up, it is
timely to talk about the dangers
of dehydration and heat illness.
Failing to recognise, or ignoring, your
thirst can lead to reduced performance and serious health consequences.
Water is necessary for
energy production, the
removal of waste
products and, importantly, internal
You also need to consider you can lose
two to three litres of water for every hour
of exercise. Sweating in the heat increases
your fluid loss.
If you are dehydrated, your body does
not have enough water to function efficiently. Symptoms can include moderate
to severe thirst, a dry mouth, nausea, lightheadedness, confusion and disorientation.
Dehydration can be exacerbated by:
Diuretics – alcohol and caffeine
cause you to urinate and lose water.
Humidity – sweat evaporating off
the skin is the body’s main way of cooling
down during exercise, but higher humidity
means less evaporation and a less effective
cooling mechanism.
Hydrating during exercise:
Drink water before exercising.
Drink 100-200ml of water
every 10 to 15 minutes while
you exercise.
Drink on schedule rather than
relying on thirst – set an alarm
on your watch.
Drink cool water – it is more
palatable and reduces the
temperature of the stomach,
which increases fluid flow to
the small intestine.
Continue drinking water after
you finish exercising.
Clothing – ensure you allow for sufficient heat loss and air circulation.
Salt – salted foods or strong doses
of some sports drinks can “soak up” fluid.
The type of exercise – when you
cycle, for instance, the breeze dries the
sweat that is supposed to be cooling you
down. When you swim, the water impedes
sweat conduction.
Another important factor in minimising heat illness is maintaining your electrolyte balance. Electrolytes are vital for
muscle function and the nervous system’s
control of the body. Electrolytes are lost
through sweat, so factors affecting hydration also affect your electrolyte balance.
If you replace only water, your electrolyte concentrations will be diluted.
This imbalance, referred to as “electrolyte
wash-out”, can lead to a potentially fatal
condition known as hyponatremia.
You can maintain your electrolyte balance by:
Drinking water, but not too much.
Not skipping meals.
Using an electrolyte replacement
solution after prolonged exercise or when
excessive sweating occurs.
Monitoring your urine output
– urine should be straw-yellow to clear.
In general, you can guard against
dehydration and heat illness by monitoring the amount of physical exercise you
do, acclimatising to new environments,
watching for signs of dehydration in your
mates and reviewing heat policies before
exercising in hot and humid weather.
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October 29, 2009
Intel – the art of gathering information
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
chairman Tony D’Aloisio looks at how gathering
intelligence on companies can help your investing.
S ADF members, you are
used to gathering intelligence before you make
And when you’re in pressure situations you often rely on status reports
and proven information before deciding on a course of action.
The same principles apply to managing your investments. For example,
you would want to know about it if a
business that you have invested in:
➤ appointed an external administrator;
➤ reduced the value of your investment by re-valuing its key assets
down; or
➤ downgraded its forecast earnings.
These examples demonstrate how
important it is to have a regular flow
of information to keep track of your
Continuous disclosure
Material information is information
that affects the price or value of your
investment. Making this information
available is called ‘continuous
disclosure’. It’s the law for companies
to make material information available
to investors about events as they
happen and it is up to the investment
issuer to assess whether they think the
information is material.
Keeping up to date with this
information is important because it
could have an impact on the nature
of your investment, how much the
investment is worth, or your ability
to alter your investment. Continuous
disclosure information for investments
listed on a public market such as the
Australian Securities Exchange (shares
or derivatives) is relatively easy to find
on the ASX website at https://myasx.
However, for investments that are
not listed on a public market, finding this information is more difficult.
With unlisted shares, unlisted debentures and unlisted managed investment
➤ you can’t always easily see the price
of the investment;
➤ your ability to buy or sell your
investment may be restricted; and
➤ there isn’t ongoing supervision by a
market supervisor, such as the ASX.
Nevertheless, even with unlisted
investments, you do have a means
of finding out current information
because it is likely that the business (or
investment product issuer) must make
certain information available to you
from time to time.
What intel must be available?
The sort of information they must
provide can cover lots of things, including information relating to changes in:
➤ financial forecasts (expected earnings of the investment);
➤ valuations of assets that form part of
the investment;
➤ ratings by external ratings agencies
(Standard and Poors);
➤ borrowings;
tures, unlisted managed investment
schemes or products quoted on the
ASX-AQUA (a platform tailored
for managed funds, exchange traded
funds, exchange traded commodities and structured products);
➤ once you have made one of these
types of investments to keep track
of how your investment is going;
➤ when you are thinking about withdrawing your investments; and
➤ when you are thinking about making additional investments.
Where do I find the intel?
When to access this intel?
You might want to access the continuous disclosure information:
➤ before you make an investment in
unlisted shares, unlisted deben-
Visit ASIC’s consumer and investor website,
FIDO at www.fido.gov.au or call 1300 300
630. Email ASIC with topics that interest
you to [email protected]
STAY INFORMED: It is important to have a regular flow of information to
keep track of your investments.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
➤ the appointment of an external
administrator, insolvency or financial difficulties;
➤ management of the investment;
➤ access to funds;
➤ corporate actions (the issue of new
shares); and
➤ ASIC’s benchmark disclosures for
unlisted property trusts, unlisted
mortgage funds and unlisted debentures.
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cifically for some investments. If an
investment issuer does not meet a particular benchmark, they must explain
They also need to tell you if there
are changes to the information provided in accordance with the benchmarks.
The investment product issuer can
decide how they want to provide you
with the information, either:
➤ by making the information available
on its website; or
➤ by lodging the information with
If the investment product issuer
makes the information available on
its website, all you need to do is go to
their website and look for the ‘continuous disclosure’ information. It should
be easy to find and in one place.
Some product issuers do not publish this information on their website
but instead submit it to ASIC.
If the business lodges the information with ASIC, you have to pay a
fee to obtain the information from us.
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October 29, 2009
Netballers gear up for
Commonwealth Cup
A S S I S TA N C E :
Navy’s squash players received some
from five-time women’s world open
champion Sarah FitzGerald recently. Here,
AB Adrian James
competes at ADFA
last year.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
By LCDR Mick Gallagher
Squash players learn
from world champ
By Michael Brooke
NAVY squash players received
some very welcome tutelage during
their campaign in the World Masters
Games when five-time women’s world open squash champion
Sarah Fitz-Gerald visited HMAS
Three of Navy’s five World
Masters squash players and other
Navy and APS players benefitted
greatly from a two-hour coaching session with the former world champion,
who passed on the tricks of the trade
that helped her dominate the sport for
more than a decade.
This was much firmer footing for Sarah who sailed in HMAS
Parramatta (CMDR Jonathan Sadleir)
from Sydney to Newcastle on October
10. She was joined by CPO Dave
White from Navy Squash.
Sarah said the coaching session
was a great opportunity for her.
“It’s something I haven’t experienced before and I was glad to repay
the guys with some one-on-one coaching tips,” she said.
Sarah’s tips and techniques were
just the tonic the Navy’s squash players needed to help their campaign in
the World Masters Games.
LCDR Nick Barker, President of
the ADF Squash Association, said the
opportunity for the Navy squash team
to take advantage of Sarah’s coaching
tips was fantastic.
“Sarah exposed us to many tricks
of the trade including positional play,
racquet use, shaping up for the shot
and all the refining techniques that
she has obviously employed for years
while she was at the top,” he said.
LS Steve Henderson, Secretary of
Navy Squash, said the RAN players
were privileged to receive some quality coaching from Sarah, who is the
World Masters Games squash ambassador.
The culminating highlight was the
opportunity for each of the players to
take Sarah on in a single game each.
“She generously allowed us each
to score a few points against her,
while playing us to all corners of the
court – tiring, but an education and a
real privilege,” LS Henderson said.
NAVY Netball was launched aboard
HMAS Melbourne (CMDR Allison
Norris) at FBE on September 21
with retired Australian netball captain and Sydney World Masters
Games ambassador, Liz Ellis, on
board supporting the team.
Commanding Officer of
Melbourne and Patron of Navy
Netball, CMDR Allison Norris, welcomed Liz to the ship for the launch
of the season.
“Competing in the Masters
Games will be our lead up to the
Commonwealth Cup in New Zealand
scheduled for 2011,” CMDR Norris
Liz was captain of the Australian
netball team when they won the world
championships in 2007.
“I hope this launch today gives
us the exposure to promote Navy
Netball,” said Navy Netball member
and NSW combined Services representative, ABDEN Rachelle Johnson.
The 2009 Masters Games netball competition was held at the Anne
Clark Netball Stadium in Lidcombe,
Sydney, from 10-18 October where
Navy competed in 15 games over the
eight days of competition.
Although they did not walk away
with a medal, POWTR Liz Saunders
said the girls should be all very proud
of their achievments because they had
never played netball with each other
before and only met for the first time
on the first day of competition.
Navy Netball is also looking for
major sponsors to assist with the 2011
Commonwealth Cup Games.
“We are also currently looking for
anyone who is interested in becoming
involved with the committee and the
promotion of Navy Netball,” POWTR
Saunders said.
For more information about Navy Netball,
you can contact PO Saunders at elizabeth.
[email protected]
GOOD ADVICE: Australian netball champion Liz Ellis with
(L-R) CPOCTS Karen Lewis,
CMDR Amanda Garlick, LCDR
Georgina Wadsley, CO HMAS
Melbourne CMDR Allison Norris,
Liz Ellis, POWTR Liz Saunders,
POWTR Terri aLangdon, ABDEN
Rachelle Johnson and ABBM Jada
Photos: ABIS David McMahon
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RAN Ski Club
digs deep for
Navy sport
THE RAN Ski Club has dug
deep to support Navy sport
in 2009. Financial support was provided for both
alpine skiing and the Navy
Nordic Skiing and Biathlon
Association and both teams
enjoyed a successful season.
The RAN Ski Club has
three lodges above the snow
line. The lodges are situated
at Perisher, Mt Buller and
Thredbo and all Navy personnel are welcome to join. For
more information go to www.
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Triumph for hockey warriors
By Michael Brooke
IN A fairytale finish seemingly
plucked from a Hollywood movie the
Defence hockey team of underdogs
has triumphed over adversity to win
gold and silver medals at the World
Masters Games held in Sydney.
The Defence Hockey men’s team
won the gold medal in the Over-35B
category and silver in the Over-40s
against a tough field of international
The Defence Hockey women’s
team battled very hard but were unable
to match the result of their male counterparts.
The men’s Over-35B team, who
called themselves the Old Warriors,
beat Manly Magic 1-0 in a thriller to
claim the gold medal, while the Older
Warriors had to settle for the silver
after being beaten 3-1 by the Tassie
Old Boys.
The teams were made up of more
than 50 Navy, Army, Air Force and
APS personnel, who literally danced
the night away in celebration after their
fairy-tale triumphs.
Defence Hockey PR spokesman,
LEUT Stuart Cayzer, told Navy News
that the Defence Hockey Warriors
were literally on the war path in their
Masters Games campaign and their
gold and silver medal efforts were
something that will live on in Defence
Hockey history.
Victory in the Over-35B category was especially sweet for the Old
Warriors, who seemed to lose their
way in the middle of the round robin
competition after being flogged by
eight goals apiece by the two A-category grand-finalists.
But they rallied in the play-offs to
get the golden result they were looking
for and so richly deserved.
Navy’s finest included long-time
Defence Hockey national representative and former Defence Hockey
national men’s coach CPO Adam Day
and LCDR Robert ‘Dusty’ Miller, who
time and time again was the saviour in
the last line of defence to prevent certain opposition goals.
The Older Warriors fancied their
chances in the gold medal showdown
against the Tassie Old Boys, after
fighting them to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling round robin match.
Unfortunately they were missing
something up front on the day and
with injuries to players who had been
the focus at the tournament all week
unable to play, this may have been that
link that could have done it for them.
LEUT Cayzer said both teams had
their heroes who played crucial roles
in helping the Warriors to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in all their
games, with many players putting their
bodies on the line.
He said that, after a week of long,
hard competition, this was a significant ask but every member of the team
was prepared to risk all for their team
“Many players were on the pitch
with hamstrings that were close to
snapping – or that did – during the
final, and feet that were permanently
blistered and bleeding,” he said.
LEUT Cayzer said the way the
teams “jelled” spoke volumes about the
Defence Hockey’s combined Service
culture, as well as the multi-dimensional manoeuvre it achieved in both
the battlespace and the sports field.
The Defence Hockey women’s
team battled very hard but were unable
to match the result of their male counterparts early in the tournament and
were forced into the middle rounds of
the finals.
They did, however, close the week
strongly winning both of their last two
games, including their final to claim
the position of 10th best team in the
world; not too many people can say
The Female Old and The Older
Warriors were a mix of former national Defence representatives, as well as
GOOD GAME: LEUT Caydern Okelly dribbles the ball during the recent World Masters Games where the
Defence hockey men’s team won the gold medal in the Over-35B category and silver in the Over 40s.
INSET: CPO Adam Day gives the ball a whack during the competition.
Photos: LEUT Stuart Cayzer
players who had only before competed
at club level.
There were several Defence
Hockey life members and roll of honour inductees that showed how committed they still were to the sport.
The teams were recognised as
punching far above their weight with
many team members not meeting each
other before the registration day or not
having played together for at least five
or 10 years.
All members of the Masters and
Defence Hockey community wish
the team coordinator, LCDR Brian
Froome, a speedy recovery from illness so he can assist them with the
next Masters competition in 2010, the
Australian Masters Games in Adelaide
in 2011 and World Masters Games in
Italy in 2012.
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ADF Mountain Running
Championships will he held in
Canberra, starting at 6.30am
at Mt Majura Vineyard. The
Championships will be held in
conjunction with the ‘3 Peaks’
26km run (men’s championship), and ‘2 Peaks’ 20km
run (women’s championship). The route will take in
Mt Majura, Mt Ainslie and Mt
Pleasant, with prizes awarded
to everyone who finishes the
course. The winners of each
run will each receive a Mt
Majura Vineyard premium
wine pack. The entry fee is
$30 if your entry form is submitted before November 3
and members of the Defence
Athletic Club (DAC) will have
their entry fee reimbursed.
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October 29, 2009
SPLASH!: LCDRs Cliff Kyle and Steve Arney run through a creek during
the adventure race north of Sydney.
Bases combine to
conquer mountain
By POPT Travis Lovell
ADVENTURE training was the
name of the game as mountains
were conquered and team bonding
experienced by a group of sailors
from HMA Ships Penguin and
Waterhen recently.
The group participated in a oneweek adventure training activity at
Perisher in the Snowy Mountains
from September 7-11.
Twenty four personnel of all
ranks from LCDR to SMN – PT
staff from both establishments –
joined forces to mount the assault
on the mountain.
From day one it was evident
that the event would be worthwhile.
Some members did not know some
sailors from their own establishment, let alone others from across
the harbour.
The exercise allowed fears to be
conquered, new skills to be learnt
and relationships to be forged.
A great time was had by all who
participated, who made a special
vote of thanks to the Penguin and
Waterhen command “for making HARD SLOG: PTs from HMA Ships Penguin and Waterhen recently
fantastic events such as this pos- joined forces to conquer the mountains while participating in a oneweek adventure training activity at Perisher.
bush was so rugged in some
parts that the officers were
forced off their bikes.
Navy’s magical
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DESPITE having some experience
in adventure racing, it was akin to a
magical mystery tour for the five Navy
teams that recently descended on the
mountainous bushland north of Sydney
to compete in the annual Kathmandu
Max 12-hour adventure race.
None of the competitors knew where
the September 19 event near Wisemans
Ferry would take them with the race format incorporating trail running, mountain
biking, kayaking, and a surprise discipline or two such as tubing or caving
with course and checkpoint locations
revealed only with enough time to study
the map and plan course and race tactics.
LEUTs Jeff Rayner and Paul Davison
were the first Navy team over the line in
7hr and 13min, just over an hour behind
the leaders. They were relegated to third
of the Navy group thanks to time penalties for missing several checkpoints.
LEUT Bill Veale and CPOATV Rai
Winkler were over next in 7:53 followed
by CPOCSM Chris Boardman and POPT
Mick Hutchesson in 8:33.
Then the “navigationally challenged”
LCDR Cliff Kyle and myself crossed in
10:53 after adding an extra 15km bike
leg to the course following a navigational
Finally, LCDR Andrew Dawes and
LEUT David Jarrett limped over the line
well after dark in 13:20 with a front bike
wheel resembling a boomerang.
The race began with a descent into
the valley on foot. At the base, the course
followed a steep canyon where competitors could elect to swim or tough it out
through the thick foliage.
Few survived this section without lacerated chins or being ‘coat-hangered’
by a vine, and one competitor was seen
digging his team mate out of waist deep
At the end of the canyon, the long and
ridiculously steep climb out of the valley and up to the bike transition began.
The bikes were mounted with relief, the
competitors having completed 14km on
foot, and the 30km mountain bike leg to
the kayak transition began in terrain that
varied from slight uphill climbs to high
speed descents where the handle bars
were gripped for dear life and competitors hoped they hadn’t missed sight of a
rock or dip in the track.
The 15km kayak leg then gave competitors a chance to enjoy the surrounds
at a more reasonable pace before finishing off the race with another 12km
mountain bike leg.
Adventure racing is drawing significant interest in Australia with many races
scheduled around the country catering
for all ability levels. The Max 12 is in the
middle of the road when it comes to the
endurance events, with others lasting as
long as 10 days.
Shorter, more regular events are also
programmed that last 3-6 hours. All provide great mental and physical challenges and are extremely satisfying to complete and give participants opportunities
to visit some remote locations in some
spectacular countryside.
The Navy Adventure Sport and Solo
Extreme Association is operating on a
trial basis with a mandate to measure
the viability of an ongoing Navy Sports
Council-endorsed association and a view
to establishing it officially in the next
financial year.
If you are interested in joining such an
association, register your support via email
to POPT Michael Hutchesson (michael.
[email protected]). If you would
like general information about adventure racing and solo extreme events contact POPT
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Navy bowlers
break 25-year
An elated PO
Phil Black cheers
bowl from his
Navy’s impressive
win against APS.
By Scotty Tobias
IT TOOK a five-year plan to end a quarter of a century of losing but Navy lawn bowlers have delivered
in spectacular style, claiming their first-ever National
Lawn Bowls Champions crown.
Held recently in Brisbane, the reactions from the
team were as contrasting as their blend of youth and
experience. While the young guns were high on excitement, some of the old guard shed tears as they hugged
one another and looked back on an era of disappointments at the hands of Army and Air Force.
Team Manager PO Steve Adams said that, to people
such as PO Phil Black, his “old man” WO Dave Adams
and all of the senior members, it meant “a hell of a lot,
because they saw it all unfold”.
The trio created the Navy’s lawn bowls development plan in 2004 with two goals – winning the national
Service title within five years as well as developing the
skills of young bowlers.
PO Adams said the moment was perfect.
“Having the original president and founder of the
club, who is also my father, on location for the historic
event was an awesome feeling,” he said.
Navy’s first encounter was against Army, the most
successful Service in the competition’s 25-year history.
Confidence was high in the Navy camp with the addition of some young guns and because earlier in the week
Navy were the core of the winning NSW side in the state
They won on three of the four rinks to record an 8469 shot victory; however, it gave no indication of how
they would perform in the next round against last year’s
runners-up, APS, who defeated Air Force in the other
round one match.
After 15 minutes of play APS were tied with Navy
and that’s as close as they got. The last hour saw Navy’s
master board flip over like an old digital clock, such was
their relentless scoring. Their 102-49 win was a clear
announcement they had finally arrived as a force in lawn
History was beckoning as play got underway in
Navy’s final match against Air Force. The 2008 champions were magnificent in their match against Army, turning a 13-31 deficit into an 82-70 victory and were a slim
chance, as were APS, if Navy could fall in a hole.
Scores were 20 shots apiece before Navy began to
assert their dominance. Their class and energetic enthusiasm enabled them to forge ahead by 27 shots and then
with 30 mins left in the match the mood on the green
changed. The high fives and exuberance, so much a
feature of Navy’s play throughout the week, were put on
hold, perhaps tempered by the knowledge nothing was
going to stop them. Eventually they won 82-59 to claim
an historic win.
Navy also picked up the major share of individual
awards with PO Murray Piggott judged player of the
series, AB Glen Morris best third and CPO Brad Bessell
best novice and best lead.
They were simply too good, with PO Adams agreeing
2009 just might be the year Navy launched its juggernaut
of talent into a new era of Defence lawn bowls.
“We’ll continue to tap into the unknown talent,
because if we don’t do that it will give the other Services
a chance to catch up,” he said.
“I’m pretty confident we will have the majority of
our bowlers for the next 10 years and all of them, including the big guns, will have to fight for their position.”
(Inset left and right)
PO Murray Piggot
was judged player
of the series in the
Photos: CPL Andrew

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