a national newsletter for Cadets, Parents, Staff and the ANC community
Australian Navy Cadets
Vol 6 Issue 2
Worthy of Mention...
NCANC’s Signal July 09
Eliot R Fisher ESM CAPT ANC ~ National Commander Australian Navy Cadets
The last six months has been one Newspaper articles from the
of the most concentrated activity Brisbane Courier of 1898/9
periods I can recall with visits indicate Units were established in
to many flotillas, meeting staff, Maryborough and Cairns during
planning new initiatives, developing those years.
activities and attending training
courses. For me, completing the New Working Groups
CO/XO course and assignments Three important working groups
plus the child protection training have been established during July:
added to the workload.
assessed to develop our Staff
• An ANC Honours and Awards
establishment. Currently there are
Training Secretariat managing rewards and
14 Units requiring additional Staff
I expect staff who attended the recognition for ANC personnel
and these positions must be filled to
two-day CO/XO course will have (CMDRs Fraser, Mann and Gill).
provide supervision for Cadets and
now completed the assignments; • A National Music Task Force to
to deliver an effective program.
this is an essential requirement support a vigorous and progressive
for at least two Staff from every program to deliver a music program
Regardless of the pressing need for
Unit to be competent in the ANC in flotillas (WO K Lincoln RANR)
Staff the screening, qualification
incident management procedures. • A Ceremonial and Firearms
and child protection processes
At the time of writing compliance Task Force to deliver an effective
must have priority and stringent
with the CDF direction to all program and support for these
processes exist to maintain this
Cadet Staff to complete the Child important cadet activities. (CPO
“firewall” of protection. Adults who
Protection Training Course stood G Lucas, LCDR T Russell and
have not undergone this screening
at 316 enrolled with 206 completed LCDR D McDonald)The latter
MUST NOT HAVE access to
the course. It is imperative that all group is already in contact with the
Cadets in our care!
Staff complete this training without Australian Federation Guard
680kg of recruiting materials
Safety Concentration Period
(posters, brochures, lanyards and
Rewards and Recognition An important element of the NHQ
wrist bands) have been sent by
CMDR Gill has contributed an program is the Safety Concentration
courier to Units across Australia.
interesting article to this On Board Period commencing on 27 July
The packs are starter packs to get
explaining a new range of uniform 09 and concluding 30 October
Units going. If a Unit needs more
badges to be awarded to Staff and 09. CMDR J Rienks and CMDR
for a particular event material will
Cadets in line with the RAN model. P Jones will be supporting this
be sent to them on request to LCDR
These badges will be ready for important effort.
Carlson, Manager Recruiting.
issue in the next few months and
are an important element of our This edition contains a Safety
Units responding to the call for
reward and recognition program. Supplement showing the initiatives
a forwarding address will have
taken by the CadetSafe Board and
now received this material. Units
ANC Official Birthday the CARE Team (Cadet Activities
will commence the big push and
The ANC Official Birthday project in a Responsible Environment)
recruiting drive starting on 13 July.
is under way to establish a national to promote safety awareness and
celebration for the ANC. CMDR embed safety as a key element of
Vessel Replacement Program
Russell is the POC for this event. the ANC culture as expressed in the
The ANC vessel replacement
This project is currently a work in ANC Goals for a safe and secure
program continues to deliver new
progress and incidentally running environment.
boats to Cadet Units and this year
parallel is a research project on
the following has been achieved,
producing the ANC history by Recruiting
some of which are in the process of
RADM de Laat a former DGANC. Recruiting initiatives are already
The ANC is seeking information showing results with enquiries
on the early Sea Cadet and Naval being directed to Flotilla
1. Procurement of 12 Envy 4.3
Cadet organisations that were Commanders for follow-up. It is
sailing dinghies and associated
established in Australia. essential that all applicants for
trailers, trolleys and equipment
Staff positions be contacted and
distributed as follows:
NCANC’s Signal ctd.
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - which will commence in 2010 is to deference to seniority both in the
TS BUNDABERG (Sth QLD) validate the electronic records and ANC and the RAN.
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - ensure Staff are trained to take full • It requires compliance and
TS ONSLOW (Sth QLD) advantage of the new facilities. conformity in conduct, attitude,
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - dress, behaviour and method.
TS TyALGUM (Sth QLD) The following benefits will accrue • It has strong traditions of great
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - from maintain up-to-date registers. value which sustain its context and
TS TOBRUK (NSW) position it in the community
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - • New DPNU uniforms will • It is most often the public face
TS MARMION (WA) be ordered by size to individual of the RAN in the local community.
• 2 dinghies (1 double trailer) - members • It encourages participation,
TS CANNING (WA) • Personal nametapes will be innovation, positive comment and
• issued to individual members for inclusiveness.
2. Procurement of Trailer Sailer DPNU • It requires us to be active in
for TS DARWIN • Monthly census returns will no growing the organisation and
longer be required ensuring its sustainability
3. Repairs to Corsairs for the • Recruiting awards will be • It requires us to put Cadet
following units: issued to individual Units outcomes before Staff and personal
• TS NOARLUNGA outcomes.
• TS ARMIDALE (plus trailer New Unit Equipment
repair) A cash injection of $800,000 Being an ANC Staff member is
• TS BENDIGO from the Cadet Enhancement both a privilege and an obligation.
Fund allowed the purchase and It means being part of a team
4. Disposal of BER Corsairs as distribution by ANCHQ of much that subscribes to a range of
follows: needed equipment to Units and behaviours that have become
• TS COCKBURN (2 Corsairs) Flotilla HQs. This equipment has somewhat unfashionable in modern
(946 & 947) now been delivered or is in the society. Being punctual, being
• TS BUNBURy (796) process of delivery. It includes reliable, dressing and grooming
• TS CHALLENGER (1001) folding chairs and tables, tents and appropriately for special occasions
• camping equipment, data projectors and subscribing unconditionally to
5. Transfer of Corsairs from TS and computers, camel back water certain principles and values.
DARWIN to Cairns Units. containers, satellite phones and
multi function centres. This will be As a Cadet it means meeting many
6. Transfer of Corsairs (762 & of great assistance in supporting of these standards sometimes in
787) from TS TOBRUK & TS the ANC program. A number of peer groups that have no conception
GLADSTONE. individual requests by Units were of discipline, commitment,
also satisfied. community values or personal
Information and communication Conclusion
is the lifeblood of the organisation Whilst there is much to commend What then is the force that drives
and with broadband roll out at 70% in the development of the ANC us? It is that we wish to achieve
and an expected 100% completed and certainly we are seeing a great those standards of behaviour,
by Christmas we are well on the deal of effort in many areas, it does leadership and competence that set
way to being “well connected”. well to remember the nature and us aside and ready to make a real
Currently a number of problems requirements of our organisation. and beneficial contribution to the
deny us the ability to muster community serving our families,
electronically. It will be essential to • It is a youth development our friends and making it a better
rectify this and Units with existing organisation requiring great place for those who follow.
capability should ensure their CMC personal commitment for it to work
Cadet and Staff registers are up to successfully and deliver an exciting,
date. challenging program.
• It is a structured hierarchy
A key ICT initiative to be launched based on military lines requiring
by LCDR Radloff and his ISA team the paying of compliments and
National Safety Concentration Period
Eliot R Fisher ESM CAPT ANC ~ National Commander Australian Navy Cadets
To all our members of the ANC :
This should give us all enough time
When our Navy needs to prepare to achieve some very important
our warships for operations, the safety tasks concerning:
Fleet undertakes many activities the Head of Navy Personnel to the
during the Fleet Concentration • Conducting risk assessments; best performing Flotilla at the end
Period to ready those Units to • Safeguarding hazardous of each year. This new award is
deploy, if necessary, into harm’s substances; in addition to the Annual Chief of
way. Safety is a really important • Manual handling tasks; and Navy’s Prize.
part of this very hard work in • New Safety Committees in our
reaching and maintaining very high Units and Flotillas. The ANC conducts an enormous
operational standards in our Fleet. number of exciting and challenging
CMDR Spike Jones ANC will tell activities. We do very well in
As we complete our transition you more about this shortly through looking after the safety of our
across the ANC throughout Spike’s Safety Corner, with which Cadets, Staff, Volunteers and
Australia into our new Flotillas you should now be familiar. our wonderful supporters in the
from 01July, 2009, it is a really community.
good time to check our safety CMDR Jones will also let you
bearings and strive to reach an even know of the safety competitions we But we need to make sure that we
higher level of safety across the will enjoy across the ANC during are continuing to meet the high
ANC. the SAFETy CONCENTRATION community expectations about our
PERIOD, to recognise and reward safety performance.
Therefore, I am announcing outstanding safety achievements
now that the ANC will conduct by individual ANC members, Units That is what the SAFETy
its first extended SAFETy and Flotillas. CONCENTRATION PERIOD is
CONCENTRATION PERIOD, all about. We all can contribute
from the week starting 27 July, and I am pleased to announce the to its success towards delivering
lasting until the end of October this introduction of the ANC Annual the safest and most fulfilling ANC
year. Safety Award, to be presented by experience we can.
Director Resources Report
John Gill CMDR ANC ~ Director Resources
The last couple of months have seen a range of things. To that end, the
me focussing on a special project following badges have now been
at the direction of the National approved by the Director General
Commander, as well as keeping Australian Navy Cadets (DGANC),
tabs on the progress of our new and are now in the course of • Unit Support Committee lapel
Governor General’s Banner and production: badge
making preparations for the issue • ‘NAVy CADET’ and ‘CADET
of Disruptive Pattern Camouflage • ANC Readiness Badge (Bronze, STAFF’ patches for use on DPNU
Uniforms (DPNU), aka Navy Silver and Gold); • ANC embroidered badge for
Cams, later in the year. • ANC Charge Badge (Black, use on DPNU
Bronze, Silver and Gold);
Pleasingly, I am able to report • ANC Commendation Badge Policy and implementing
progress on two fronts. (Bronze and Silver) instructions for the award and
• CADETSAFE Board Member wearing of the badges and patches
The National Commander tasked identification Badge are yet to be finalised, but are well
me to bring forward designs for a • Unit Support Volunteer lapel down the path of formulation.
number of new badges to recognise badge
Director Resources Report ctd.
On the second front, I was also very The next few months will also see
pleased to have been advised (this me looking to review the uniform
week), that the Governor General’s requirements of the ANC, in the
Banner has now been completed – wake of the DPNU, so that NCANC
this is a project that has been about can put forward a submission to
ANC Commendation Badge (Silver version)
three years in the making, with DANC with regard to the level
the Banner being lovingly hand of support we would seek for
stitched. I am keen to work on our uniform requirements in the
the delivery aspects in the coming short to medium future. Separate
weeks. information will also be sent out in
respect of this activity in the next
At this stage, we are still on track month or so.
for DPNU to be rolled out to the
USV and USC Badges
ANC at the end of the year. I As can be seen from this report,
continue to work closely with the there is a hefty body of work
RAN’s Director of Navy Uniforms, underway and a deal yet more to
and I expect to be undertaking a do. I look forward to providing TRAINING SHIP
‘measurement’ activity in Sep/Oct, further updates as progress is made. CADETSAFE
so that we can accurately inform BOARD
Navy of our requirements in the Badge to be issued to Training Ship
CADETSAFE Board members
lead up to delivery. Included in the
delivery will be embroidered name
badges (Surname, in gold thread on
a black background), and to ensure ANC Readiness Badge
these are also accurate National
HQ will be looking to have all
CMC records validated in about
November 2009, so that orders can
be placed with the manufacturer
nearer to the delivery time for the
ANC Charge Badge
DPNU. More information will be
TS CANBERRA Cadets modelling DPNU (SRI used
sent out in the next couple of months. for modelling purposes only)
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TS ALBATROSS’ Hydration Guidelines
Referred to in Spike’s Safety Corner
Because it’s not attached to who didn’t see or save Spike’s communication to all ANC Staff:,
the website link and for those other email attachment from his here it is:.
HYDRATION GUIDELINES DID YOU EAT BREAKFAST?
FEELING THIRSTY IS AN
INDICATION OF DEHYDRATION
HYDRATE (Drink Water)
Before, During and After every
Activity, March, Parade
Water is one of the most essential The Dieticians Association of Australia
components of the human body. Water encourages all Australians to start the day
with a healthy breakfast. Eating breakfast MARCHES
regulates the body’s temperature, cushions
and protects vital organs and aids the contributes in many ways to good health and
digestive system. Water works inside each nutrition. PARADES
cell to transport nutrients and dispel waste.
It provides essential nutrients: CEREMONIES
Dehydration leads to muscle fatigue and loss Your body needs 50 different nutrients every day
of coordination. Even small amounts of fluid and breakfast provides some of those vitamins ALL CADET ACTIVITIES
loss may hinder physical and mental and minerals. Breakfast eaters are more likely to
performance. meet their nutrient intake requirements.
In a dehydrated state the body is unable to Breakfast improves alertness, concentration, Health Information
cool itself efficiently, leading to heat mental performance and memory.
exhaustion and possible heat stroke. Without
an adequate supply of water the body will lack Energy to last:
energy and the muscle may develop cramps To give your body long lasting supplies of energy Protect our Cadets
for a whole day of activities, parades or Protect our Staff
Fluid Balance and Replenishment marches, think about a bigger breakfast. Ideally
It is important to drink even before signs of breakfast should supply about 25% of your daily
thirst appear. Thirst is a signal that your body Protecting our Health while We Proudly
calories. This will help you last through the
is already dehydrated. It is important to drink morning and lessen the temptation for empty Support our Shipmates, Our Ship and the
more than thirst demands and to continue to calories like lollies and junk food at lunch. ANC
drink throughout the day. One way to check
your hydration level is to monitor your urine. It It sets the tone for a healthy lifestyle:
should be plentiful and pale yellow or straw Those who eat breakfast tend to make healthier
colour. Dark yellow to brown means you are lifestyle choices overall, including healthy food
very dehydrated choices and more physical activity. Eating
breakfast may reduce your of serious illness
THIS IS SERIOUS AND PUTS YOUR LIFE including cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
stroke and cancer.
HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE I’m Safe….My Shipmates are Safe
Krystle Horne ~ TS KANIMBLA
On Sunday 24 May 2009, three of sitting through the church come in the near future. He thanked
Sydney Cadet Units attended the service, which for some Cadets the Cadets for attending the Annual
Naval Association Annual Garden was a first time experience. The Naval Association Garden Island
Island Church Parade located at Church Parade also became more Church Parade and hoped that the
Garden Island East Woolloomooloo. exciting for the Sydney Cadets as Cadets will go on to make a career
TS KANIMBLA, TS NEPEAN they had the honour of receiving for themselves within the Royal
and TS SyDNEy were in full a speech from the CO HMAS Australian Navy.
show with maximum turn out KUTTABUL, CMDR Bryan Parker,
in their full Ceremonial Dress RAN, where he went on to talk
making the Sydney Units proud. about how the Royal Australian
The interaction of all three Units Navy is changing for the next
brought together the Sydney Units generation. – not only is the RAN
as a whole making the COs, LEUT fleet changing dramatically but
H. Pitt ANC and SBLT R. McClay changes are happening across
ANC very proud. the entire Defence Force and the
Australian Navy Cadets should be
The Sydney Units had the pleasure excited for the changes that will Page 6
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The Cadets then visited the Naval and CO TS KANIMBLA, TS
Museum for a short period of NEPEAN LEUT H. Pitt ANC for
time to have a look at some of the making this day for the Australian
artifacts that the Museum held. Navy Cadets of Sydney a wonderful
I would like to thank the CO TS
SyDNEy, SBLT R. McClay ANC
COMMENDATION for Victorian Senior Officer
Barbara Butterworth LCDR ANC ~ A/Director Public Relations
At the Flotilla Commander’s
Symposium held at Bulimba
Barracks on 30-31 May 2009,
NCANC, CAPT Eliot Fisher took
CMDR Cyril Cram, Senior Officer
for Victoria (and FLOTCOM
Flinders) by surprise when he
presented him with a Commander’s
Commendation. CMDR Cram was,
for once, rendered speechless.
Tasmania’s Senior Officer (ANC) recognised in
Queen’ Birthday Honours List
Article: Daryl Peebles LEUT RAN ~ PRO Navy Headquarters Tasmania
Photo: SBLT Carolyn Docking
CMDR Michael Mann, ANC, Michael knows of hundreds of to the ‘big island’ or overseas and
Senior Officer Cadets, Tasmania Cadets from Tasmania who have have made their mark in successful
Area was recognised in the 2009 enlisted. civilian careers.
Queens Birthday honour list with an
OAM for his service to the youth of Amongst those that ‘spring to Michael stated that his Area HQ
Tasmania through the ANC. mind’ are LCDR Peter Russell, Staff, Unit CO’s, Unit Staff and
ex TS MERSEy at Devonport, Unit Support Volunteers, both past
This honour recognises Michael’s currently serving at the Navigation and present have enabled him to run
service as an appointed Instructor School, HMAS WATSON and a successful Area since July 2001,
for over 36 years and a total of over recently selected to be the Guard when he was appointed Tasmania’s
43 years association when taking Commander for the Navy’s Senior Officer Cadets.
into consideration his time as a Freedom of Entry into the City
Cadet at TS DERWENT between Of Sydney; SMN Sophie Dexter, Michael acknowledged the support
1966 and 1972. ex TS TAMAR, currently serving he has received from ANC National
on HMAS DARWIN, who made Staff, Cadet Policy Branch and
Michael said he got so much out of herself known to Michael on Navy in general, particularly the
the Navy Cadets, that when he was Anzac Day this year after the assistance and guidance from the
rejected by the RAN, on medical conclusion of the march in Hobart; successive LNAs and their Staff.
grounds in 1970 to be enlisted as and SBLT Daniel Boettger, ex TS
a Midshipman, he decided that he ARGONAUT at St Helens, who He also reflected on the words
wanted to give something back. excelled at ADFA and was awarded of wisdom, encouragement and
the Commander in Chief’s Medal in support offered by RADM Coates
“So I sought appointment to December 2007. and RADM Gilmore during their
Staff at my former Unit, TS discussions over the years
DERWENT. and mentioned ‘old faithful’,
LCDR Allan Vidler.
“At that time, April 1973, I
never envisaged that I would “Allan is always available
still be involved in 2009, let when you need him –
alone be the Senior Officer,” particularly with ANC property
Michael said. issues,” Michael said.
After eight years on Staff at Michael pays tribute to his wife
TS DERWENT, Michael was of 35 years, Kerrin, who has
selected for promotion to supported him throughout this
SBLT and appointment as Staff journey and he fully recognises
Officer Administration at State the sacrifices his family has
Headquarters. He has reported made during this time.
to five Senior Officers and
worked alongside numerous Many weekends during the
Cadet Liaison Officers and 1980s and 90s while Michael
LNAs during the past 28 years. was away undertaking Cadet
duties, Kerrin was left to attend
Michael considers the most to their three girls’ basketball
rewarding part of being matches or family gatherings –
associated with the ANC is something he now regrets.
the feedback from past Cadets CMDR Michael Mann OAM , ANC
and to learn of some of their “This recognition and honour
successes, whether this is within the Michael is also aware of many is for my family as well,” Michael
ADF or in Civvy Street. other Cadets who are still living said.
in Tasmania, or who have moved Reflecting on his OAM and his Page 8
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ANC service, Michael said, “It is The ANC’s mission – to be a “I am very supportive of all Cadets
a wonderful organisation and more youth development organisation and actively encourage them
children should join to experience committed to helping young people to make the most of their ANC
the maritime activities that are develop to their full potential – was involvement to learn life skills that
conducted in a safe environment.” reiterated by Michael. will remain with them forever,” he
Australian Navy Cadets Step Up for Charity
Sarah Pemberton LEUT ANC
TS PERTH, an Australian to raise money for this
Navy Cadet Unit in fantastic cause, but also
Western Australia, to help raise awareness
held its inaugural Walk of a silent killer, and the
Against Depression from assistance of Coast FM
the 09-11 May 2009, was an important part of
raising funds for the this. TS PERTH would
Telethon Institute for also like to acknowledge
Child Health Research Navy Health, a major
in their fight against sponsor of the walk.
depression and youth
suicide. It was a tremendous
effort by all Cadets and
Over the course of the Staff throughout the
three days more than weekend, and everyone
twenty Cadets and Staff involved walked away
from TS PERTH walked with a tremendous
the 130 kilometres from sense of achievement…
Bunbury in the south- accompanied nicely by
west of the state to very sore muscles for
Rockingham, collecting many days afterwards!
sponsorship and money While the total money
along the way. raised is yet to be
finalised, TS PERTH
The cause was one that hoped to hand over a
was very close to the cheque in excess of
hearts of many Cadets $4000 to the Telethon
and Staff, and with Institute at their Annual
suicide being one of the Inspection on 27 June
major killers of young 2009. The money the
people in Australia, it was Unit raised will allow
something they all felt the Telethon Institute to
very passionate about. continue their fantastic
A highlight of the trip families and sufferers of
was a live crossover with from the foreshore in Mandurah. depression.
local radio station 97.3 Coast FM Not only were TS PERTH aiming
News from South Australia
David Lyas LEUT ANC ~ CO TS NOARLUNGA
ANCHQ SA conducted their annual The prize for the highest score Officer LCDR Ernie Simpson
Promotion Camp in the July School went to TS GAMBIER with an taking the salute and presenting the
Holidays (04–11) with Cadets from individual score of 127. Some of awards. It was also a rather sad day
all eight Units participating. What a the Cadets were intrigued by all of as the Camp CO LCDR Peter Imms
week!! the stuffed toys they could buy and who was also presented with his
a marvellous collection was soon 30 year clasp to the Cadet Medal,
gathered. The author hates to think retired shortly after the camp
at what cost. They alone helped our finished. Peter was congratulated
national debt. on a magnificent career working
with many, many Cadets. Everyone
Staff from all over the state wished him and his lovely wife Lyn
attended and assisted as instructors (LEUT ANC) all the best for the
and this was also a very good future.
opportunity to swap ideas and
hone new found skills. The camp
The weather was not the best with organisers were also very grateful
rain, rain and then for something to the three young junior Cadets
different cold and more rain for who acted as camp kitchen hands
most of the week. you can’t keep and they also managed to obtain
a good team down though and their Cooks badges.
all of the Cadets participated
in sail training, class room
lessons, rope work, Parade and
Ceremonial Instruction, Leadership,
OH&S Instruction and Class I am pleased to say that from the
presentations (they were varied feedback from all of the Cadets
and quite interesting) with 100% spoken to, everyone had a great
participation. time. It is obvious to this author that
the Cadets displayed a great deal of
The whole camp went bowling on professionalism and dedication and
the Thursday night and I can tell these camps are definitely of great
you all there were some very weird The Pass-Out Parade was well value.
and wonderful styles of bowling. attended with former Senior ANC
John Gill CMDR ANC
A recent discussion at the Flotilla of ‘The Oxford Companion to to wear as protection against the
Commander’s Conference saw Ships and the Sea’ to derive most weather. Originally the name was
me ‘volunteer’ to scribe a few of the information. Before we start applied only to able seamen and
words about ‘Jack Speak’ which, though, it stands to reason that I men whose station in the ship was
hopefully, will form the basis for should first explain ‘Jack’! on the mast and yards of square
some ongoing amusement and rigged warships, but it has been
enlightenment as a regular feature “Jack: ‘Jack’ or ‘Jack Tar’ extended to cover all British naval
in ‘On Board’. was the familiar name for a seamen.” It is also used in other
British Naval Seaman. Tar is the Commonwealth Navies, such as the
The following is but a sample shortened version of tarpaulin, Royal Australian Navy.
of some of the language used by the tarred canvas which seamen,
‘Jack’, and I have used my copy and especially ‘topmen’, used Needless to say, ‘Jack’ has his
‘JACK SPEAK’ ctd.
own language, which has confused ‘Forward’ – pronounced ‘Forrard’ on that bearing.
landlubbers and airmen alike over – towards the bows of a ship, or
the years! For this first instalment, in the fore part of a ship. It has no ‘Below’ – normally anywhere
I’ll cover off some of the more particular boundary line in the ship, underneath the upper deck. For
obvious ‘directional’ type language: being used more in a relative or example, ‘I’m going below to
directional sense than as a definition my cabin’. Also used in the cry
‘Port’ – being the left hand side of of any area. For example, ‘I’m ‘under below’ to warn sailors that
the ship; used to be larboard, but going forrard’ something has been dropped from
could be confused with ‘Starboard’ above them (either aloft or below
so it was changed in 1844; ‘Abaft the beam’ – any bearing decks).
or direction between the beam of a
ship (her widest part) and her stern ‘Aloft’ – above, overhead, also
(the back end) and the opposite to anywhere about the upper yards,
a bearing or direction ‘Before the masts, and rigging of ships. ‘Gone
‘Starboard’ – being the right hand beam’; Aloft’ is a sailor’s phrase for a
side of the ship; seaman who has died.
‘Quarter’ – being the two parts of
the ship, one on each side of the So, now that I’ve got you all freely
centreline. Strictly, a ship’s ‘port’ or moving about the ship, next time
‘starboard’ quarter is on a bearing I’ll look to addressing body parts
45 degrees from the stern, but the found in her!
‘Aft’ - being at or towards the stern term is more often rather loosely
or after part of the ship; applied to any point approximately Stand Easy!.
TS CONDAMINE is Afloat!
Wayne Gobert LCDR RANR ~ CO TS CONDAMINE
After a few years of inaction TS Precinct at TPHS boasts four Cadet Why Community Army Cadet Unit.
CONDAMINE has once again Units; TS CONDAMINE, 305 SQN
stood up. The new Unit opened its AAFC, The Pittwater House Army From a base of zero the Unit has
doors within the grounds of The School Cadet Unit, and the Dee now grown to 12 Cadets after a
Pittwater House Schools very brief period. Cadets
(TPHS) at Collaroy are drawn from eight
on Sydney’s Northern schools ranged across
beaches. Although the peninsula. At present
located within the school the group are working
precinct, the Unit is a hard to move from a
community based unit collection of recruits, to a
drawing from all schools cohesive ANC Unit.”
in the region. The Cadet
RCT Conway , Michael Reagan, Mayor of Warringah, and RCT Arrowsmith
TASMANIA ~Winter Activities
Michael Mann OAM, CMDR ANC ~FLOTCOM KELLATIE
Flotilla Name: my sincere appreciation goes to a three-day training activity in
In the last edition, I advised of the CMDR Vine in taking the foresight early June during the first week of
name chosen for the Tasmanian to seek the support of his fellow the Tasmanian School holidays.
Flotilla, Kellatie, an aboriginal command colleagues in this way Three recruits were enlisted for
name meaning Deep Water, and also to those COs who have so the training and during the Unit’s
synonymous of the sea state around generously contributed. This is a annual assessment on 25 June, it
Tasmania. Kellatie Flotilla will now win-win partnership for the ANC was pleasing to see these three
develop an appropriate adoption and the RAN. recruits parading. The training
ceremony in conjunction with the activity gave the Cadets an
Aboriginal Community. Flotilla Commander’s opportunity to spend many hours
Assessments: improving their individual skills as
RAN Assistance to TS I completed this year’s assessments well as time working as a group.
ARGONAUT over the weekend 04-05 July 2009. The Cadets provided a mini concert
As I have reported in several It was encouraging to see between on the Thursday evening, attended
earlier editions, TS ARGONAUT is two and six new recruits at all Units by parents and myself.
looking forward to the day its new this year. Most advised that they
Unit is formally commissioned. had joined through knowledge of TS DERWENT is planning a
Recently, I was advised that a school associate or friend, which week-long ACT in the September
Council had issued a Certificate supports my theory that the Cadets school holidays and will focus
of Occupancy as a storage area, are the best recruiters. If they are on ‘back to basics’ to reinforce
which will be upgraded to a full experiencing memorable times and skills and boost confidence. The
occupancy when internal works are experiences, they will ‘spread’ the activities will include a 24-hour
completed. In order to have some word. Hopefully by the time this stint on Windeward Bound, a sail
memorabilia displayed and to cover edition is available, the Kellatie training vessel, which operates out
the ‘empty walls’, the Senior Naval winner will be known. of Hobart, subject to CIA funding
Officer, Tasmania, CMDR Tony approval.
Vine, sought the support of RAN Ships Visits:
ships in providing a ships plaque or HMAS PARRAMATTA and HMAS Staff Training:
other suitable pieces of their ships NORMAN are scheduled to visit I am pleased to advise that 17 out of
heritage. Thanks to many COs, TS Hobart in late July and HMAS the eligible 19 Staff have attended
ARGONAUT has received many NORMAN is scheduled to also the CO/XO designate course with
items, including framed prints of berth at Devonport a few days after the remaining two nominated for
ships and ships plaques, to hang leaving Hobart. Cadets have been the next courses scheduled for
on their dedicated ‘history wall’, scheduled for tours of both ships in October 2009.
when it is completed and painted. Hobart and of HMAS NORMAN
I was privileged to present several whilst she is in Devonport. During the recent annual
to the CO on 05 July 2009 at the assessments, staff were presented
Unit’s annual assessment, including HMAS NORMAN is twinned to with their relevant certificates of
a large print of HMAS DARWIN TS ARGONAUT, which is located competency.
plus plaque, a print of HMAS at St Helens on the NE Coast and
PARRAMATTA plus plaque and a this Unit will endeavour to establish All staff are in the progress of or
plaque from HMAS PERTH. Many contact with the ship’s crew whilst have already completed the Child
other contributions were presented it is in Devonport. Protection Principles workbook and
to the Unit XO, PO J Watkins ANC assessment.
in Hobart on 06 April 2009, when Opportunity has also been given
her son, Cadet LSMN Nathan to AAC and AAFC Units to LEUT Jan Halliday (TS LEVEN)
Watkins was sworn into the Navy at participate in the Hobart visits. and PO Helen Scott (TS
a ceremony at Anglesea Barracks. MERSEy) attended the CadetLife
ACTs implementation workshop at
As FLOTCOM, Kellatie Flotilla, TS HOBART, band Unit, held HMAS CERBERUS over the
TASMANIA ~Winter Activities ctd.
weekend 23-24 May 2009. Their possible, I invite both to participate be aware, I was humbled by the
involvement is much appreciated. in ships visits. recognition of an OAM award for
my service to the youth of Tasmania
CadetNet: Tasmania also enjoys community through the ANC. I am aware of
I was privileged to attend the support through a group known as two previous ANC recipients of
CadetNet User Acceptance Training the Australian Cadet Assistance this award, being CMDR Ian Fraser
in Brisbane over the weekend 23- Group – Tasmania (ACAG-T). ANC, former SOANC QLD &
24 May and to see the significant This group aims to improve the NQLD and now FLOTCOM and
advances being made in this area facilities available to all three Cadet the late CMDR David Heath, NRC,
to make ANC administrative tasks Services, particularly in those former SOANC Tasmania, under
less onerous. Whilst we noted a areas that our parent services are whom I served for many years.
quantity of anomalies, this was the unable to contribute. It consists
precise intent of the weekend and I of a group of business men and I believe the recognition of this
am sure, those identified areas will women and is chaired by a former honour is paramount of the
be rectified. Honorary Colonel of Tasmanian recognition of the ANC in the
Army Cadets, COL Fred Ralph, community and I proudly accepted
Cadet Promotion: himself a prominent Launceston it in this regard.
CMDR Russell, Staff Officer businessman. Every three months,
Training had scheduled a promotion ACAG-T meets and the three Cadet I would be very interested to
assessment course to be held at Senior Officers sit on this group know of any other ANC member
TS MERSEy over the weekend in ex-officio capacities. The group or, indeed, a if member in one of
1-2 August 2009. It is anticipated seeks investments from businesses the former ANC disguises were
Cadets from at least five Units will and uses these funds and in turn, recipients of this or any similar
take the opportunity to be assessed requests submissions from the meritorious award for service to
for promotion from Able Seaman to respective Cadet Corps for possible the ANC, eg Pride of Australia,
Leading Seaman. avenues for support. The group also Australia Day Medal etc.
advocates to businesses the value of
Tri-Service Involvement: considering Cadets or ex-Cadets as Please respond to Michael.
In Kellatie, the AAC and the AAFC potential employees. Mann@cadetnet.gov.au with
continue to have a good working any relevant details, as I believe
relationship and enjoy periodic Recognition in 2009 Queens it very important to record such
activities with one another. As I Birthday Honours achievements and retain same in
have indicated above, wherever As many in the ANC would now our ANC history.
NTH QLD FLOTILLA ACT 09 Magnetic Island
SMN Shannon Irons & SMN Annalise Davison: Edited by John Osborne POANC ~TS CORAL SEA
TS CORAL SEA Cadets met At 1300 we started making our way After settling in the Cadets enjoyed
at 0900 and prepared for our to the ferry, after which was a short mingling with others, catching up
ACT on Magnetic Island off bus ride to the camp. with friends or making new ones.
Townsville. We met up with two We played games until pipe down.
Cadets and one PO from W.A. We were assigned our cabins and
who had travelled the day before settled in. Later we were divided Day 2
and we were going to meet more into our teams/divisions for the 0630 Wakey wakey! OMG its
Cadets from Units TS PIONEER, camp. Teams were Bright Point, Sunday! Can I sleep for another 30
ENDEAVOUR, CARPENTARIA, Bremner Point, Hawkings Point and mins please PO?
WHITSUNDAyS and West Point named after parts of the
MAGNETIC. island. After Colours we went on the
NTH QLD FLOTILLA ACT 09 Magnetic Island ctd.
Forts Walk which was a gun fort Groups went back to the mainland activities.
emplacement during WWII. It was and went abseiling off Mt Stuart
a long walk to the top of the hill and and then to the WTSS range at Day 7
was a great view all the way. Lavarack Barracks. In the morning and part of the
afternoon we had an expedition
around Picnic Bay.
All our directions were in code and
we needed a compass to find the
course and answer questions on the
Points were awarded to teams
all week and prizes were being
awarded after divisions.
After lunch at the camp we had a They even saw some whales on the The FLOTCOM, CMDR Ian Fraser
sports afternoon with tug of war way. AO ANC arrived on Day 6 and we
and an obstacle course. Bright Point had divisions at 1700.
won the tug of war. Hawkings Point Others went to Horseshoe Bay on
won the obstacle course. the island for Sea Kayaking and
then on the coastguard boat Spirit
Bremner Point won points for the of Rotary.
best cheer squad.
Days 3 - 6
It was full on for all divisions.
After dinner (why is it called
SCRAN?) prizes were given to
best division, best female and male
The seaplane ‘Red Baron” was cadet and thank you plaques given
taking off nearby and we had to to the providers of our activities
keep out of the way.
We went on the two-masted
schooner Providence V for the day.
Some were sick and others enjoyed
the ride. We helped rig the sails and
sailed to Florence Bay for a snorkel
and swim. We then sailed to Radical
Bay for lunch and we were allowed
up the rigging and also to jump off
the bowsprit. Day 8
Later in the week we also went Time to say goodbye. We all
to the Maritime Museum in exchanged telephone numbers and
Townsville followed by some sport emails, packed up our things and
or make-and-mend. cleaned our cabins.
All groups were rotated so everyone Goodbye Magnetic Island. What a
had a turn doing each of the great ACT.
Learning to Sail at TS KOOPA
Penny Gardner SBLT ANC ~TS TOOWOOMBA
Cadets from TS KOOPA and TS
TOOWOOMBA spent the weekend
learning to sail in July off Bribie
Island. The Cadets spent some time
learning the theory of sailing, safety
aspects including the importance
of wearing the new sailing helmets
and then to the water to practise
rigging, dry capsizing and then we
set sail. For some Cadets this was
their first time as the coxswain and
they enjoyed the experience once
they had mastered the tiller.
By the end of the weekend the
Cadets had learnt that sailing was
FUN and look forward to the next
Sailing Weekend to improve their
TS TOOWOOMBA CIA Voyage on South Passage
Penny Gardner SBLT ANC ~TS TOOWOOMBA
and Staff spent a weekend in March
on Sailing Ship South Passage. We
boarded South Passage at Manly in
Brisbane on Friday night and settled
in. On Saturday we set sail out into
Moreton Bay. We where the crew
so we had to learn to set the sails,
take the helm and all other required
duties to ensure that we reached our
We had knot tying competitions
and before each meal we had to
TS TOOWOOMBA was successful
show that we could tie each knot we
in last year CIA bids and 24 Cadets
CIA Voyage on South Passage ctd.
learnt. By the end of the weekend
the three watches competed to
find the best watch, by which time
some of us could tie knots behind
our backs, with eyes shut and even
with just one hand and these skill
ensured extra points.
We spent the night anchored off
the wrecks of Tangalooma Resort
where we had hourly night watches
to check and record the anchor
position, number of craft in the area
and generally that everything was
Sunday afternoon saw us arrive
back at Manly. What a great
weekend! The Cadets suggest that
next time we go for a week. It was
Navy | The Team Works
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