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                                                                                   Photo: LAC
 A new aviation                                                                       Dickson

 capability will hit Navy
 in 2010 as the MRH90s
 come into service.
 World-first maritime
 trials were held in
 HMAS Manoora off
 the coast of Tasmania
 last month before
 the MRH90 swooped
 into Canberra to
 give capital-based
 personnel a first-hand
 look at the chopper
 that will revolutionise
 the way Navy does
 See PAGE 4

02                                                                                                                                       CHRISTMAS MESSAGES
                                           Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane, AM, CSM, RAN                                                                                   Warrant Officer
                                                                                                                                                                          of the Navy
Rod Horan                                                                                                                                                                 Mark Tandy
                                                    nother busy year is fast
(02) 6265 4650                                      approaching. As a team                            and with the support of
Editor                                              our families and friends,
Alisha Welch
(02) 6266 7707
                                           we have succeeded in operations
                                           and exercises in the Middle East,                                                                                             ASthis opportunitylike thank
                                                                                                                                                                               WE enter the festive
                                                                                                                                                                             season, I would
Mob: 0434 622 850                          Asia Pacific, Southern Ocean,            Caribbean, across the north-                                                                                                  you and your families for your
                                           ern hemisphere and at home in                                                                                                 ongoing support and commit-
Deputy Editor                                                                                                                                                            ment to our Navy.
Hugh McKenzie                              Australian waters.
                                               As we finished our longstanding                                                                                               For those who are on
(02) 6266 7613                                                                                                                                                           operations or working over the           commitment to the rehabilitation                                                     HANDS ON LEADER: CN                      Christmas period, I thank you
                                           and reconstruction of Iraq through                                                      chats to SMNBM Taylor
Senior Reporter                                                                                                                                                          on behalf of the sailor communi-
                                           Operation Catalyst, we refocussed                                                    Bradshaw on board HMAS
Michael Brooke                                                                                                                                                           ty for your dedication and com-
                                           our commitment to anti-piracy and                                                    Darwin in August this year.              mitment. I hope you will have
(02) 9359 2494                             maritime security efforts through                                                         Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy                                                                                                                                           the opportunity to catch up with
                                           Operation Slipper, while main-                                                                                                your family and friends soon.
Photographer/Reporter                      taining our contribution to other                                                                                                 Merry Christmas and have a
                                                                                    so that they may take this knowledge    people should get the same, consist-
LSIS Paul McCallum                         areas, including Timor Leste. We                                                                                              safe, happy and successful New
                                                                                    of the Signature Behaviours and how     ent message about the culture Navy
(02) 6266 7615                             have participated in a vast array of                                                                                          Year in 2010.
                                                                                    they relate to People, Performance      aspires to have. They must be able to               humanitarian assistance operations
                                                                                    and Professionalism back to their       look to their leaders for support and
                                           throughout our region to bring help      work areas.                             reinforcement of that message.
Reserves Correspondent                     to those in urgent need, and we
LCDR Antony Underwood                                                                   NGN’s ultimate aim is to educate        From time to time, the conduct of
                                           have devoted enormous effort to the      all Navy people on the Navy Values      a few individuals can reflect poorly
(02) 6265 2700                             ongoing Operation Resolute in our                                                     and Signature Behaviours. A proc-       on us all. However, I know from the
                                           own area.                                ess is now in place for individual      dealings I’ve had with Navy’s people
Sports Coordinator                             All this has taken dedication and    conduct to be assessed against these    that the vast majority are a dedicated
John Martin                                hard work. It has highlighted our        Behaviours, and this information will   group of individuals committed to
(02) 6265 7219                             devotion to the Navy Values and          be used as part of the promotions       the defence of Australia. One year             Signature Behaviours, and it has         process.                                after NGN began, I believe we are
                                           tested our leadership – a key ele-           I am committed to using the         in sound shape, but this is a long
Advertising                                ment of the New Generation Navy          Signature Behaviours in guiding our     term plan to safeguard Navy’s future.
Tim Asher                                  (NGN) program.                           decision making and conduct. I will     To assist in this reform process, all
(07) 3332 7651                                 Leadership is not about rank and     always attempt to lead by example,      the NGN tools needed by serving
Mob: 0414 552 667                          positional power. It is a matter of      and ensure that support is in place     members and their families have now               integrity. Leadership is the privilege   for Navy’s leaders of all ranks to do   been placed on the Navy’s external
Manager Navy Internal                      and obligation shared equally by         the same.                               website at the NGN tab at www.
Communications                             every person serving Australia’s             Change of this nature takes
LEUT Kate Mathews                          Navy. Navy must develop as a             time and much of it depends on the          The Reduced Activity Period
(02) 6265 7985                             principles-based organisation that       examples set by Navy’s leaders.         gives us a much-needed moment           identifies, grows and supports lead-     For this reason, the Leadership and     to relax and enjoy a break with our
                                           ers of integrity, moral courage and      Ethics Program is well underway.        families. However, Navy is still on
Subscriptions                              loyalty.                                 Leadership development workshops        watch and many of our people will
Trish Dillon                                   “Making the Change” work-            and modules for all ranks are cur-      be away from home during the holi-
(02) 6266 7607                             shops are now well and truly under-      rently being conducted, with a focus    days. They, and their families and                 way. Their aim is to embed NGN’s         on Navy’s Leadership Framework.         friends at home, are in our thoughts
Postal Address                             Signature Behaviours into our            This framework is centred on the        and prayers.
R8-LG-041, Russell Offices, Canberra       culture. Navy personnel of all ranks     Navy Values and includes the                 I wish you all a safe and happy         SENIOR SAILOR: WO-N Mark
ACT 2600                                   have been trained as facilitators for    Signature Behaviours and other ethi-    holiday and I look forward to further        Tandy is proud of his sailors.
                                           the “Making the Change” program,         cal leadership principles. All Navy     contact with you in 2010.                    Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
Navy News Editorial Board
➤ Rod Horan, Director Defence
➤ Alisha Welch, Editor Navy News
➤ LCDR Wendy Hughes,
  A/Director Navy Reputation
                                           Chief of the Defence Force                                                           Governor General of Australia
➤ LEUT Kate Mathews, Manager                 ACM Angus Houston                                                                        Quentin Bryce
  Navy Internal Communications
➤ WON Mark Tandy, Warrant
  Officer of the Navy
➤ CMDR Dina Kinsman, Director of
  Reserves (Navy)                          AS THEIChief of the Defence
                                               Force, want to thank all
                                           Defence men and women, and
                                                                                                                                AS ICOMMANDER-in-Chief
                                                                                                                                    of the Australian Defence
                                                                                                                                                                      the opportunity to enjoy the festive
                                                                                                                                                                      season and celebrate with colleagues
                                                                                                                                                                      and friends. We as a nation are
➤ LCDR Tony Underwood, Reserves                                                                                                 Force extend the warmest sea-
  Correspondent                            their families, for their hard work                                                  son’s greetings and congratula-       proud of the contribution you are
                                           and dedication this year.                                                            tions to all Royal Australian Navy making and our thoughts are with
                                               2009 has been eventful and                                                       personnel on a job well done in       you.
Editor’s note                              demanding with many unexpected                                                       2009.
                                                                                                                                                                         During the year I attended the
This is the final edition of Navy          tasks in addition to the anticipated                                                                                       Fleet Review in Sydney and visited
                                                                                                                                    This year, both at home and       HQNORCOM and an Armidale
News for 2009.                             requirements of our various deploy-                                                  abroad, the Navy has consistently
    Thank you to everyone who              ments, exercises and training.                                                                                             class patrol boat in Darwin. I met
                                                                                                                                demonstrated the highest levels of    bright, motivated sailors and officers
has contributed to the newspa-                 I would like to particu-                                                         dedication, compassion and profes-
per this year – and please con-            larly acknowledge our efforts in                                                                                           who are unwavering in service to
                                                                                    THANKFUL: LCDR Elizabeth                    sionalism in challenging roles in a   our country.
tinue to send me your stories in           Afghanistan training and mentoring       Mulder and AB Sally Reiffel with            high operational tempo. The Navy
2010. It’s your paper after all!           the Afghan National Army; our suc-                                                                                            Michael and I want to extend our
                                                                                    CDF ACM Angus Houston at                    continues to move forward with        deep appreciation for your service
    The first edition next year is         cess in our offshore maritime area       Parliament House.                           new initiatives for personnel as well and commitment, and also to your
February 4, and submissions                with numerous boardings and inter-       Photo: Bryan Doherty                        as the exciting acquisition of new    families and friends who support
are required by January 20.                dictions; and our very fast response
                                                                                                                                platforms.                            your invaluable contribution.
    Have a great Christmas and             to assistance requests from our
New Year.                                                                                                                           I know many Navy personnel           Keep up the good work. Have
                                           neighbours in Indonesia, Samoa,              Some of you will not have your          will spend Christmas on duty around a joyous Christmas and New Year
            – Alisha Welch, Editor         Tonga and Papua New Guinea.              loved ones at home this Christmas.
                                               The ADF’s performance both                                                       Australia and deployed across the     and a safe return home for those
                                                                                    Our thoughts will be with your fami-
                                           overseas and here at home has                                                        world. I hope those absent will have overseas.
                                                                                    lies and all those Defence men and
  Disclaimer: Navy News is pub-            once again been very impressive. I       women deployed on operations over
  lished fortnightly by the Directorate    couldn’t be prouder of you all and       the festive season. We look forward
  of Defence Newspapers.                   the great work you’ve done, and          to their safe return and I hope you
  It is printed by Capital Fine Print.     continue to do, on behalf of our         are able to celebrate together at a                                                                 COMMANDER-
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                                               While we ask a lot of you, we            Many of you will also be packing                                                                Governor General
  inappropriate and to change the                                                                                                                                                       Quentin Bryce
  size of the advertisement, print type    also ask a lot of your families. It is   up and moving to a new location. I
  or other specifications if material is   your families who provide the love       wish you well as you settle in a new                                                                on a visit to the
  not compatible with our system.          and support that enables you all to      place and make new friends.                                                                         Northern Territory
  The fact an advertisement is             perform so well.                             To you and your families, thank                                                                 earlier this year.
  accepted for publication does not            My wife, Liz, and I know the life    you for your strength, courage and                                                                  Photo: LSIS Helen
  mean that the product or service         of a Service family can be compli-                                                                                                           Frank
  has the endorsement of Defence or
                                                                                    sacrifice. Liz and I wish you all a
  Navy News.                               cated and challenging and particu-       very Merry Christmas and a happy,
                                           larly so at this time of year.           healthy and prosperous New Year.

NAVY NEWS                                                                                                                                    December 10, 2009
NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                         03
 HMAS Stuart begins Slipper ops                                                                                         Toowoomba home
                                                                           SAFE ARRIVAL: HMAS Stuart con-
                                                                             ducts a RAS with USNS Bridge in
                                                                         the MEAO. The Tartan Terror has now
                                                                                                                         from Op Slipper
                                                                            begun counter-piracy operations as          By LEUT Kelli Lunt                                   Toowoomba’s CO CMDR Ivan
                                                                                       part of Task Force 151.                                                          Ingham said it had been an eventful trip.
                                                                                             Photo: LSA Nick Lowe       HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR Ivan
                                                                                                                                                                            “Australians can be very proud of
                                                                                                                        Ingham) is home after a successful
                                                                                                                                                                        what their Navy’s people have achieved
                                                                                                                        deployment on Operation Slipper, arriv-
                                                                                                                                                                        here,” he said.
                                                                                                                        ing at Fleet Base West on December 7.               During her deployment, Toowoomba
                                                                                                                           The broad range of capabilities and
                                                                                                                                                                        conducted 17 approach assist visit board-
                                                                                                                        the inherent flexibility of Australian war-
                                                                                                                                                                        ings while assigned to CTF151 and four
                                                                                                                        ships was demonstrated admirably during
                                                                                                                        the deployment to a greatly expanded            flag verification visits while assigned
                                                                                                                        area of operations.                             to CTF150. Toowoomba also queried a
                                                                                                                           Most notably, Toowoomba disrupted            total of 118 vessels. The embarked S70B
                                                                                                                        Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa as        helicopter completed 150 sorties equat-
                                                                                                                        part of a Coalition, NATO and European          ing to more than 250 flying hours of
                                                                                                                        naval operation to protect merchant ship-       surveillance.
                                                                                                                        ping. One such incident was caught on               CJTF633 MAJGEN Mark Kelly con-
                                                                                                                        camera during a dramatic confrontation          gratulated Toowoomba’s successful mis-
                                                                                                                        between suspected pirates and the RAN           sion to enforce maritime security.
                                                                                                                        crew on September 20.                               “You should be very proud of the con-
                                                                                                                           Toowoomba also made an important             tribution you have made toward maritime
                                                                                                                        contribution to maritime security and           security and counter-terrorism operations
                                                                                                                        counter-terrorist operations in the Gulf        in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea,

 Tartan Terror
                                                                                                                        of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Australian         as well as being the first Australian ship
                                                                                                                        boarding parties searched suspect vessels       to participate in counter-piracy operations
                                                                                                                        for illegal cargo, including drugs and          as part of TF151,” MAJGEN Kelly said.
                                                                                                                        weapons.                                                   Continued Page 9

                                                                                                                            FULL STEAM
                                                                                                                            AHEAD: HMAS
                                                                                                                            Toowoomba sails

touches down
                                                                                                                            home to Fleet
                                                                                                                            Base West.
                                                                                                                            Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt

By SBLT Peter Shirley                    assigned patrol area in the Gulf of command team were treated to an
                                                                                excellent lunch prepared by the
HMAS Stuart (CMDR Andrew Aden as part of Task Force 151,
                                                                                Supply Department. The Admiral
Masters) has begun her first patrol Counter-Piracy. On November 13              spent time in each of the messes
in support of Operation Slipper.    Stuart formally assumed CTG 633.1,
                                                                 nd             engaging in conversation with
    The Anzac class frigate is con-      starting the RAN’s 22 operation- personnel about the ship’s role in
ducting operations as part of            al rotation in the Middle East and CTF151.
Australia’s contribution to coalition    Stuart’s third deployment to the area.     RADM Sanders said one of the
efforts against terrorism and to pro-        On arrival in the Gulf the com- positive outcomes of counter-pira-
mote maritime security in the Gulf of                                           cy operations was the high level
Aden, Somali Basin and the Arabian                                              of cooperation and goodwill being
Sea.                                     On November 13 Stuart
                                         formally assumed CTG                   shown by the participating navies.
    Stuart left Fleet Base East on                                              The visit also provided an opportu-
October 26 after several intense         633.1, starting the RAN’s              nity for several of Stuart’s crew to        TURN YOUR TAX                                         INTO A POSITIVE
months of training preparations.         22nd operational rotation              visit the Ticonderoga class cruiser
    With heavy sea states initially,     in the Middle East and                 and experience life in the USN for             MONEY                                                        ASSET
she transited first to Fleet Base West   Stuart’s third deployment an afternoon.
to complete mission rehearsal train-     to the area.                               Stuart’s CO CMDR Andrew
ing, and then on to the MEAO with                                               Masters said Stuart’s contribu-
port visits at Diego Garcia and Jebel                                           tion was an integral part of the
Ali in the United Arab Emirates.         mander of CTF151, RADM Scott Government’s commitment to coun-
    For many of the ship’s company,      Sanders, USN, and a number of his tering piracy in the Gulf of Aden
this was the first time that they had    staff, were flown to Stuart to conduct and maritime security abroad.
left Australian shores. Both ports       a series of briefings.                     “Stuart is looking forward to the
provided a welcome opportunity for           The Admiral and his staff were challenges involved with CTF151
some respite and cultural interaction.   transferred from USS Chosin by and I am confident that we will
    Following the port visit to Jebel    Stuart’s Seahawk ‘Mongrel’.            acquit ourselves well as part of the
Ali, Stuart made her way to the              RADM Sanders and the Stuart Coalition Task Force,” he said.

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NAVY NEWS                                                                                                                                          December 10, 2009
 04                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NEWS

  CDF slams                                                                                                                            IMPRESSIVE: A stormy day in the nation’s cap-
                                                                                                                                       ital didn’t stop the MRH90 landing at Russell
                                                                                                                                       Offices on November 27, giving ADF, APS and
                                                                                                                                       members of the public the opportunity to check
                                                                                                                                       out the chopper first-hand.

“baseless story”                                                                                                                       Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington

By WO2 Graham McBean                       undergoing difficulties to enable Defence
CDF ACM Angus Houston has slammed assistance to be provided as its funda-
                                           mental duty of care.
media reports of widespread illicit drug       To date, Mr Jarrett has refused to
use by ADF personnel deployed to assist Defence.
Afghanistan as baseless.                       More than 35,000 tests have been
    The reports claimed soldiers were conducted on ADF members under the
“returning home as addicts” despite prohibitive drug testing program between
Defence information provided that no June 16, 2005 and August 31, 2009 in
ADF member had tested positive to Australia and overseas on operations.
drugs in Afghanistan since tests began         A recent review increased the ADF
in 2005.                                   testing rate from 10 per cent to 25 per
    The ADF has a no-drug policy and cent and 100 per cent of initial train-
has discharged 373 ADF                                       ees, similar to other
members under its pro- The ADF has a no-                     Western armed forces.
hibited drug testing pro- drug policy and has                    The average rate
gram since testing began discharged 373 ADF                  of positive results has
in 2005 and through members under its                        been 1.54 per cent.
other means where drug prohibited drug testing That rate has dropped
use was found.              program since testing to 0.98 per cent during
    A Defence statement                                      the current fiscal year
                            began in 2005.

                                                                                                                                     Revolutionary chopper
said a detailed response                                     (July to August 2009).
was provided to the journalists responsi-      In a formal response to newspa-
ble and “deplores the fact that they chose pers that published the article, Director
to omit much of the information provid- General Public Affairs BRIG Brian
ed to them in search of a headline”.       Dawson said Defence had forwarded the
    “On the basis of these results the journalist the correct and up-to-date sta-                                                    By SGT Andrew Hetherington                  A new standout feature of the      digital map generator, allows crews
story is completely baseless,” ACM tistics requested on November 20.                                                                                                         aircraft is the TopOwl Helmet          to operate in more reduced weath-
Houston said.                                  He said no evidence suggested multi-                                                  “WHAT we have in the MRH90
                                                                                                                                     are the latest and best operating       Mounted Sight Display (HMSD),          er conditions than what they could
    Young Diggers president John Jarrett ple deployments may contribute to drug
                                                                                                                                     systems we can get for military         which allows pilots to fully utilise   with the Sea King and Black Hawk.
was quoted widely throughout the article use on Australian bases and preventive
                                                                                                                                     aviation.”                              night vision, a pilotage forward          Successful maritime trials were
syndicated in News Limited papers.         measures were in place to reduce the
    The ADF has invited Mr Jarrett to likelihood of an ADF member using illic-                                                          MAJ Richard Garvey, pilot            looking infra red (FLIR) camera and    conducted in HMAS Manoora
provide details of soldiers allegedly it drugs.                                                                                      and senior instructor of MRH90          a heads-up display.                    off the coast of Tasmania during
                                                                                                                                     pilot training, used these words to         Use of this technology incor-      October and November where it
                                                                                                                                     describe the aircraft after his fly-    porated into the clear visor of the    was found to be much more stable
                                                                                                                                     ing visit to Russell Offices on         helmet allows pilots to minimise       and easier to handle than some in-

   TIME FOR A NEW CAR?                                                                                                               November 27.
                                                                                                                                        The visit gave ADF, APS and the
                                                                                                                                     public a closer look at the aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                             head-down time to view cockpit
                                                                                                                                                                                 The aircraft also has a weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    service choppers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The first of the 46 aircraft are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    expected to enter service with Navy
                                                                                                                                     that will revolutionise Navy and        radar that, used in conjunction with   in mid-2010 and with Army later in
        Salary Packaging that really does                                                                                            Army aviation from 2010.                the FLIR camera, night vision and a    the year.

                         SAVE YOU MONEY                                                                                              Another busy day in paradise
                                                                                                                                     By WO2 Graham McBean
                                                                                                                                     WHEN LCDR Scott Mason
                                                                                                                                     arrived in Honiara in 2007
                                                                                                                                     he thought he would be in the
                                                                         Give me a call today and I
                                                                                                                                     Solomon Islands for a single
                                                                         can show you how much of                                    year.
                                                                         a benefit it can be to Salary                                  As he enters his fourth year
                                                                         Package your next vehicle.                                  (which he expects to be his last) in
                                                                                                    - Tim, Fleet Network             2010, the Maritime Surveillance
                                                                                                                                     Adviser says he liked the job so
                                                                                                                                     much he decided to stay on.
                                                                                                                                        Together with his Technical
                                                                                                                                     Advisor CPO Daniel Dingle, the
                                                                                                                                     two Australians provide assist-
                                                                                                                                     ance to the Royal Solomon
                                                                                                                                     Islands Police Force (RSIPF)
                                                                                                                                     Maritime Unit.
                                                                                                                                        LCDR Mason said that, while
                                                                                                                                     a lot of people consider it to be
                                                                                                                                     a cushy job in paradise, it was
                                                                                                                                     a busy billet – but one that also
                                                                                                                                     was immensely satisfying.
                                                                                                                                        “No day is the same and it is a
                                                                                                                                                                            GREAT JOB: CPO Damien Dingle, left, Royal Solomon Islands
                                                                                                                                     pleasure working with the RSIPF
                                                                                                                                                                            Police Maritime Unit officer Fatima Aoraunisaka and LCDR Scott
                                                                                                                                     Maritime Unit,” LCDR Mason
                                                                                                                                                                            Mason tend to business while the RSIPF Patrol Boat Auki is along-
                                                                                                                                     said.                                  side at Honiara police wharf, Solomon Islands.
                                                                                                                                        “They are a great bunch of          Photo: WO2 Graham McBean
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                                                                                                                                     necessary in the capability devel-     year as a prime example.                opportunity and the Tasmanian
                                                                                                                                     opment of the RSIPF Maritime              2009 was also a milestone for        people had welcomed her.
                                                                                                                                     Unit’s two patrol boats, RSIPV         the RSIPF Maritime Unit’s first            “I have wanted to do engineer-
                                                                                                                                     Auki and Lata.                         female to join the Maritime Unit        ing since I was child,” Fatima said.
                                                                                                                                        Under the Defence                   (in 2008). She became the first            “The college and the lecturers
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                                                                                                                                                                            Constable Fatima Aoraunisaka
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    big project is to return Auki to
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NAVY NEWS                                                                                                                                                                               December 10, 2009
NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           05
                                                                                                                     Desert Christmas in MEAO
                                                                                                                     By LTCOL Rob Barnes
                                                                                                                     IT WILL be Christmas with a
                                                                                                                     difference for three ‘Old Salts’
                                                                                                                     serving in the Middle East this
                                                                                                                     year as they swap the more
                                                                                                                     familiar battleship grey for
                                                                                                                     desert yellow.
                                                                                                                         With almost a century of
                                                                                                                     service between them, CPOs
                                                                                                                     Dave Wheeler, Jack Onaca
                                                                                                                     and Rocky Stone are currently
                                                                                                                     deployed with JTF633. CPOs
                                                                                                                     Onaca and Stone are posted to
                                                                                                                     the HQ, while CPO Wheeler
                                                                                                                     is the only sailor posted to the
                                                                                                                     Force Communications Unit.
                                                                                                                         “It’ll certainly be a different
                                                                                                                     Christmas in more ways than
                                                                                                                     one,” CPO Wheeler said.
                                                                                                                         An ardent fan of Patrol Boat           CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: L-R CPOs Rocky Stone, Jack Onaca and Dave
                                                                                                                     while at school in the early               Wheeler will celebrate Christmas in the MEAO this year.
                                                                                                                     1980s, CPO Wheeler joined the              Photo: SGT Rob Nyffenegger
                                                                                                                     Navy in 1986 to go to sea.
NEW FRIENDS: Getting into the spirit of Christmas at Forward Operating                                                   “Over the years I’ve certain-              For CPO Onaca, who joined the                      Brisbane in 1981, it will be his first
Base Ripley in southern Afghanistan are (L-R) FSGT Philip Barnes, LSCD                                               ly been to sea, but this is my             Navy 10 years earlier in 1976, this is                 Christmas on operations since joining
Jeremy Thomas and PTE Gary Drennan.                                                                                  first land-based deployment,”              his second Christmas in the MEAO.                      the Navy as a Junior Recruit in 1967.
Photo: SGT Christopher Rohweder                                                                                      he said.                                       “I spent Christmas 2007 on the                        “I’ve been at sea and on duty at
                                                                                                                         “While it’s been great, it’s           Iraqi oil rigs, which was a unique                     home at Christmas before, but this will
                                                                                                                                                                experience,” CPO Onaca said.                           be the first time while deployed on
Sailor looks forward to feast in Oruzgan                                                                             also been a long time away
                                                                                                                     from family, so it will be good                “This time around the living condi-                operations,” CPO Stone said.
                                                                                                                     to enjoy the company of my fel-            tions are a little more comfortable.”                     “It will be great to enjoy Christmas

All the trappings
                                                                                                                     low chiefs this Christmas,” he                 Meanwhile, for CPO Stone who                       with my colleagues from all the
                                                                                                                     said.                                      last served in the region in HMAS                      Services.”

By LT Madeline Denholm                                       “Good food is definitely what we
THERE will be all the traditional trap-
pings of Christmas when Australia’s
                                                         want and we always enjoy having a few
                                                         beers as well.”                                                 Do the things you really want to do
Servicemen and women deployed                                LSCD Thomas is a member of
to Oruzgan Province in southern                          Sydney-based AUSCDT One. In the 10
Afghanistan celebrate the special day.                   years he has been in the Navy, he has
    There is even the chance there could                 spent three Christmases away from his
be snow on the ground at Tarin Kowt and                  family.
in surrounding areas.                                        “It’s definitely the hardest day of the
    In keeping with tradition, senior offic-             year,” he said.
ers will serve enlisted personnel their                      “I’m used to missing birthdays and
Christmas lunch at Forward Operating                     other family celebrations, but Christmas
Base Ripley.                                             is definitely difficult. But we’re all here
    LSCD Jeremy Thomas is looking for-                   together and we’re all missing our fami-
ward to the big day.                                     lies, so we make the most of it and I’m
    “I think the roast dinner is going to go             sure there’ll be games and a whole heap
down an absolute treat,” he said.                        of celebrations going on here.”

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NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        07
                                                                                       Safeguarding sailors
                                                                                        against asbestos
                                                                                       By Hugh McKenzie
                                                                                       CURRENT and former Navy per-
                                                                                       sonnel who believe they have
                                                                                       been exposed to airborne asbes-
                                                                                       tos fibres are being encouraged
                                                                                       to register for a medical evalu-
                                                                                           Defence Centre for
CHRISTMAS WISH: ABCIS Jessica Dalgleish of Defence Communications                      Occupational Health Director John
Station Sydney makes a Christmas wish come true for three year old Akira               Heggart said his team were con-
Daly while her brother Cameron Daly offers support.                                    cerned that the registration scheme
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams                                                             may have slipped below the radar.
                                                                                           “Based on the number of people
                                                                                       currently registering there doesn’t

Making dreams                                                                          appear to be a lot of concern,” Mr
                                                                                       Heggart said.
                                                                                           “In past years when asbestos
                                                                                       was initially identified, concern
                                                                                       was significant and a lot of peo-
                                                                                                                              ASBESTOS AWARE: Centre for Occupational Health Director John
                                                                                                                              Heggart is encouraging people who think they have been exposed to
                                                                                                                              asbestos to register to have a health assessment conducted.

  come true
                                                                                                                              Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
                                                                                       ple registered and went through a
                                                                                       medical examination process.               Mr Heggart said registration was                           their asbestos-related medical status
                                                                                           “Defence is committed to the       a simple procedure.                                            evaluated, are encouraged to contact
                                                                                       eradication of all asbestos and            “My team can make sure that,                               1800 Defence (1800 333 3623) and
By Michael Brooke                         lookers with a samba dance on stage dur-     asbestos products.”                    if there is a health problem, it can                           register with the Defence Asbestos
                                          ing a bongo concert, which also had the          Indeed, the Asbestos Inventory     be addressed as quickly as possible
RAN sailors have helped to make the                                                                                                                                                          Exposure Evaluation Scheme.
                                          children dancing and clapping with joy.      Tiger Team is working to identify      through our arrangement with Health
Christmas wishes of more than 500             Many of the children had watched
disabled and disadvantaged children                                                    any asbestos remaining in inven-       Services Australia.”
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come true.                                edly with the sailors about the adventure                                                                                                
    More than 50 sailors joined hands                                                  menting programs and strategies        bers and APS employees who
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                                              Rogers Division Coordinator CPO
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Gardens Race Course on December 2.        ond time that the Navy had joined hands
    The sailors from HMAS Kuttabul        with the wider community to support the
and HMAS Creswell’s Rogers Division       Special Children’s Christmas Party.
helped make the Christmas party a huge
success by pushing children in their
wheelchairs around the show ground,
                                              “We love being here to join hands
                                          with the local community and to contrib-
                                          ute to such a worthwhile cause as helping
                                                                                            Smooth sailing ahead
which featured scores of exhibitions,
rides and amusements.
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                                          disabled children celebrate Christmas in
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Sailors turn out for Op Catalyst march
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
MORE than 300 current and ex-
Serving ADF personnel who deployed                                                                                                                                                   WELCOME HOME: More
on Operation Catalyst celebrated the                                                                                                                                              than 300 current and former
                                                                                                                                                                                   ADF veterans took part in a
end of the operation by participat-                                                                                                                                               parade at the Australian War
ing in a welcome home parade on                                                                                                                                                  Memorial in Canberra to mark
November 21.                                                                                                                                                                           the end of Op Catalyst.
    Led by Australia’s Federation Guard                                                                                                                                                  Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
(AFG), the tri-Service formed body
made its way along Anzac Parade to
the Australian War Memorial (AWM)
parade ground.
    Waiting for them were applauding
family and friends who thanked them
for their service.
    Dignitaries in attendance included
the Governor General Quentin Bryce,
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Chief
of the Defence Force ACM Angus
Houston and the three Service Chiefs.
    More than 17,300 person-
nel deployed on Operation Catalyst
between July 16, 2003 and July 31,
    In his speech Prime Minister
Rudd commended ADF personnel for
their service to the operation and to
    “Wherever you serve, my experi-
ence is that other nations always want
more of you,” Mr Rudd said.
    “Whether in headquarters functions     Defence Force Academy, who was           to Americans on the oil platforms),          things like the common cold affected
or in the field you are professional,      killed in Iraq while serving with the    aided medical assistance to locals and       people, as well as some of the condi-
superbly trained, know your craft, are     Royal Air Force.”                        worked alongside other boarding teams
practical, adaptable, approachable and                                                                                           tions they lived in – it made me grate-
                                               ACM Houston also said we should      from Britain and the US,” LS Brown
sensitive to the cultures of the local     remember the ADF personnel who           said.                                        ful for the conditions we have here in
people. You are, in short, great ambas-    were wounded during their service.           She reflected fondly on her time         Australia.”
sadors for Australia.”                         “There were 27 ADF men and           serving in Parramatta during the opera-          She said she felt a great sense of
    ACM Houston paid tribute to the        women who were wounded during this       tion.                                        pride to march in the parade.
three men who died during their serv-      operation. Some made full recoveries.        “Looking back on it now I realise            “It was nice to be part of it as I
ice in Iraq.                               Others will never fully recover,” he     it was the chance of a lifetime to be
    “Very sadly, three Australians never                                                                                         have been home for almost two and
                                           said.                                    part of something of the enormity of
came home from their military service          LS Michaela Brown, who partici-      Operation Catalyst,” she said.               a half years; I guess you could say it
in Iraq,” ACM Houston said.                pated in the parade, served in HMAS          “I was part of an awesome crew;          brought back some memories as well
    “Today I honour the service of         Parramatta as an AB Steward between      the camaraderie and friendships were         as some familiar faces.”
WO2 David Nary from the Special            October 2005 and April 2006.             something I have never experienced                After the parade participants and            PROUD: LS Michaela Brown
Air Service Regiment and PTE Jacob             As part of her duties she was bow-   before and to this day still exist.”                                                           served in HMAS Parramatta
                                                                                                                                 their families were treated to an after-
Kovco from the 3 rd Batallion of the       man for ship boarding teams and par-         Her time serving on Operation                                                              on Op Catalyst and marched
Royal Australian Regiment.                 ticipated in general ship evolutions.    Catalyst also showed her how lucky           noon tea provided by the AWM and                  in the recent parade at the
    “I also wish to mention FLTLT Paul         “We did more than 1000 boat oper-    she was to live in Australia.                entertainment provided by the AFG’s               Australian War Memorial.
Pardoel, a graduate of the Australian      ations, meals on keels (food transfers       “I was shocked to see how basic          Precision Drill Team.                             Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington

                                                                                                                                  Inspector General                                           PPB
                                                                                                                          Australian Defence Force
                                                                                                                          P R O M O T I N G M I L I TA RY J U S T I C E                     refits on
                                                                                                                                                                                            AN OPENING prayer
                                                                                                                                                                                            and blessing of the
                                                                                                                                                                                            ship, a parade by
                                                                                                                                                                                            the ship’s company
                                                                                                                                                                                            and the signing of an
                                                                                                                                                                                            official Certificate of
                                                                                                                                                                                            Completion marked
                                                                                                                                                                                            the finished refit of
                                                                                                                                                                                            FSS Micronesia on
                                                                                                                                                                                            November 6.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The certificate is the
                                                                                                                                                                                            latest issued in a series
                                                                                                                                                                                            of Australian-sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pacific Patrol Boat
                                                                                                                                                                                            (PPB) refits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Twenty two of the
                                                                                                                                                                                            31.5 metre PPBs, spon-
                                                                                                                                                                                            sored and funded by
                                                                                                                                                                                            Defence’s International
                                                                                                                                                                                            Policy Division, were
                                                                                                                                                                                            built to commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                            standard and gifted
                                                                                                                                                                                            to 12 Pacific nations
                                                                                                     If you’ve had a first hand experience with the DFDA or                                  between 1987 and 1997.
                                                                                                  complaints process, here’s your chance to tell us about it.                                   Each PPB will
                                                                                                                                                                                            undergo a six-month life
                                                                                              Our aim is to make sure you have confidence that the military justice system will deliver      extension refit that will
                                                                                                      unbiased, timely and fair outcomes and to improve any areas where necessary.          see the repair and refur-
                                                                                                                                                                                            bishment of key systems
                                                                                               Personal experience with the system is the only requirement. You can have your say by        to allow a further 15
                                                                                                                                                  visiting          years operation, bring-
                                                                                                                                              Your comments will be non-attributable.       ing the total operational
                                                                                                                                                                                            life of the boats to 30

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Toowoomba home                                                                 No crew, no sea-time,
  from successful
Slipper deployment                                                             but mightily important
          From Page 3                   “The tasking to counter-piracy was     By CPL Corinne Boer
    “Your ingenuity and adaptive    exciting because it was a role that was    THERE is a ship at Ross Island
                                    new to everyone,” LSCSO Barnard
approach to surveillance, vessel moni-                                         Barracks in Townsville that has
toring and the conduct of boardings said.                                      never been to sea, does not have a
was first rate given the new opera-     “It actually felt like we were mak-
                                                                               crew and is only half a vessel, but
tional environment in which the RAN ing a difference, especially when we
                                                                               it’s just as important as any other
                                    received messages from merchant ves-
is now a part. Through your individual                                         ship in the Fleet.
and collective achievements you havesels commenting on how much safer
                                                                                  Maritime Wing is the only training
most emphatically demonstrated that they felt as a result of our escort.       facility in Australia with a land ship.
Toowoomba is ‘Fearless’.”               “It was a high energy environment,     The impressive structure simulates a
    After providing support to CTF50,
                                    with action always going on around         ship’s hull, which is 12m wide, 24m
the USN aircraft carrier USS Nimitz us. The chance to work with ships          long and stands about 5-6m high. It
replenished Toowoomba with fuel and from other navies was challenging but      has a large hatch on the upper deck
supplies before her homeward jour-  also very fulfilling. Professionally, it   that simulates the opening to a ship’s
ney.                                was a fantastic learning experience.”      hold.
    Toowoomba’s assistance earned       One of Toowoomba’s cooks,                 The land ship has two cranes – a
them well-deserved praise by the USNABCK Thomas Hood, echoed LSCSO             three-tonne Favco crane that is used
commander of the Fifth Fleet VADM   Barnard’s views.                           on most cargo ships and a Derrick
William Gortney, who said the flex-     “Completing my sea time on             crane, which consists of a number of
ibility demonstrated by Toowoomba’s this deployment and being involved
crew to meet the challenges of hi-                                             single sheaved blocks set at differ-
                                    in this type of operational work has       ent positions to change the direction
tempo carrier operations was excep-
                                    been an experience and something I         of the cargo runner that is used even
    “The professionalism, motivationwill remember for the rest of my life,”    today on older-style coastal vessels.
and mission readiness of the entire ABCK Hood said.                               The Cargo Specialist Training
Toowoomba crew was clearly evident      Toowoomba returned to her home         Section (CSTS) has begun a Navy
during this mission,” VADM Gortney  port at Fleet Base West on December        familiarisation course that provides
said.                               7 where they reunited with their fami-     Landing Craft Heavy crew with an             Section Head CSTS, WO2 Michael         IMPRESSIVE: Maritime Wing’s
    LSCSO Reece Barnard, one        lies and friends for a well earned         understanding on how to load their        Giampino, said the emphasis on safety     land ship provides ADF personnel
of Toowoomba’s Operations Room      Christmas holiday.                         landing craft, how to safely manoeu-      was very high.                            with the skills required to safely
members, said the deployment was a                                             vre around suspended loads, the types        “We have this facility to reduce the   load landing craft, manoeuvre
great experience and provided a good For more stories and photos from          of signals to use and how to reverse      danger and allow trainees to appreciate   around suspended loads and
opportunity to work with coalition Toowoomba’s deployment, turn to this        vehicles onto the craft during stern-     what is involved with loading a ship,”    reverse vehicles onto craft during
navies.                                edition’s centrespread.                 door marriages.                           WO2 Giampino said.                        stern-door marriages.

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RAN supply community
                                               RAN chaplain makes                                                                                                                   CTF150 on
                                                                                                                                                                                     its way to
THE RAN supply community took out
the national award for ‘Excellence in
People Development’ at the Chartered
Institute of Logistics and Transport
Australia (CILTA) annual awards ceremo-
ny in Newcastle on October 23.
    CAPT Steve O’Keefe and LEUT Jodie
                                                his mark in MEAO                                                                                                                    Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                                    Cof theRichard hold
                                                                                                                                                                                        Menhinick will
Wilkinson accepted the award on behalf         FOR the first time in history Navy                                                                                                   one      most senior
of the Navy supply community, which was        has provided a Chaplain to work at                                                                                                   Coalition naval positions in
nominated because of its investment in         the headquarters of JTF633 in the                                                                                                    the MEAO when he assumes
aligning its members with professional         Middle East Area of Operations as                                                                                                    command of CTF150 on
institutions, increasing professional knowl-   the J08 Theatre Chaplain.                                                                                                            December 16.
edge and preparing members to perform              CHAP Paddy Sykes was posted                                                                                                          CDRE Menhinick and his
effectively in the contemporary logistics      from HMAS Manoora in June for six                                                                                                    command group left Australia
environment.                                   months.                                                                                                                              on December 8 after a formal
                                                   The headquarters moved from                                                                                                      farewell at Fleet Base East.
                                               Baghdad to its current Middle East                                                                                                       As CTF150, CDRE
2010 Sydney Military                                                                                                                                                                Menhinick will be in tacti-
                                               location late in 2008, and the position
Tattoo                                         of Theatre Chaplain went from being                                                                                                  cal control of Coalition ships
MEMBERS of the Navy/Army Band will step        an Army position to a tri-Service posi-                                                                                              and aircraft from many
off on the nights of February 4-7 next year    tion.                                                                                                                                nations including the US, UK,
as a part of the more than 1500 musicians          CHAP Sykes said his main respon-                                                                                                 Singapore, Pakistan, Germany
and other entertainers coming from around      sibility was to provide religious and                                                                                                and Australia and, during
the world for the 2010 Sydney Military         spiritual advice and support to the                                                                                                  peak operational periods,
Tattoo.                                        Commander JTF633, MAJGEN Mark                                                                                                        about 1600 personnel.
    The star-studded spectacular will be       Kelly, and other headquarters staff.                                                                                                     CDRE Menhinick is the
held at the Sydney Football Stadium and            “I am also responsible for the                                                                                                   first RAN officer to hold this
members will be part of a special ADF          other chaplains posted to the MEAO                                                                                                   important Coalition position.
Band formed for the event.                     in ships and with various deployed                                                                                                       CTF150 is an interna-
    For further information, including cost    groups from the Army and Air Force,”                                                                                                 tional task force that conducts
of tickets and packages, log on to www.        CHAP Sykes said.                                                                                                                     Maritime Security Operations or               In the course of his duties, CHAP                                                                                                southeast of the Strait of                            Sykes has forged close working rela-                                                                                                 Hormuz, in the Gulf of Aden,
                                               tionships with other Coalition chap-                                                                                                 Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Red Sea and parts of the
George Bass Surfboat                           lains from Canada, US and UK.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Indian Ocean.
                                                   Since CHAP Sykes has worked
race                                           mostly in Navy establishments and                                                                                                        Since 2001, 24 nations
NAVY families holidaying on the NSW            ships, it has been a steep learning                                                                                                  have operated as part of this
South Coast over the New Year break will       curve as he has been exposed to the                                                                                                  Coalition task force.
have the chance to witness one of the          cultures of the other two Services.                                                                                                      CTF150 will command
toughest surf boat challenges in Australia.        “Working in the headquarters has                                                                                                 assigned Coalition forces in
    In 1797, CMDR George Bass charted          also exposed me to the world of joint                                                                                                order to develop security,
the coast from Sydney to Westernport in an     operations for the first time,” he said.                                                                                             promote stability and global
old whale boat. He and his crew of just six        “The position has been very                                                                                                      prosperity in the maritime
made the trip in less than two months.         rewarding because I’ve been able to                                                                                                  environment, and complement
    Today, the George Bass Surfboat race       travel to many parts of the theatre and REWARDING: CHAP Paddy Sykes is working in the MEAO as the                                    counter-terrorism and secu-
brings together male and female crews          see first-hand how our ADF people JTF633 Theatre Chaplain, which has been a steep learning curve and                                 rity efforts of regional nations.
from around the country.                       are deployed.”                           very rewarding at the same time.
    STS Young Endeavour will also be there
during the final days in a show of support
for Navy’s involvement in the event.
    The event begins in Batemans Bay on
January 3, 2010 and finishes seven days
later in Eden.
    Images, video and articles on the event
will be placed on
                                               Rejoining Navy
                                               easier than ever
au daily. The site can also be accessed at

Review of compensation
                                               By LEUT Todd Austin                        efforts of the RCMT, he probably
THE Department of Veterans’ Affairs is                                                    wouldn’t be in the Navy in a full-time
reviewing military rehabilitation and          AFTER six months of frustra-
compensation arrangements to ensure            tion with the re-entry process to              “The correspondence I received
they meet the current and future needs         the permanent Navy, CPO Arthur             from the RCMT was the reason I per-
of today’s Service personnel.                  Mitcherson is now back in uniform          sisted in my attempts to rejoin,” he          WELCOME BACK: CPOMT Arthur
    The review is an opportunity for sailors   full-time thanks to the efforts of         said.                                         Mitcherson at HMAS Waterhen wharf.
to voice their concerns about rehabilita-      Rejoin Case Management Team                    “It showed me that the Chief of           Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
tion and compensation issues and will          (RCMT).                                    Navy’s initiatives in putting people
recommend improvements to the Military             “After successive sea deployments,     first were actually working; there was          “His efforts were at the centre of     rejoining process reduced to allow eas-
Rehabilitation and Compensation Act            I needed a break,” CPO Mitcherson
2004. This Act provides compensation and                                                  a way forward.”                             CN’s directive to assist, ease and expe-   ier re-entry.
                                               said.                                          Tw o o f N a v y ’s S i g n a t u r e   dite the re-entry to the permanent Navy
benefits for injured or deceased Service                                                                                                                                             RCMT has been able to drastically
                                                   “I wanted to spend some time with      Behaviours, “Challenge and Innovate”        of ex-members,” CMDR Glancy said.
personnel who have served after July 1,                                                                                                                                          shorten the process, with some applica-
2004 and their families.                       my family to ensure they were okay.”       and “Fix Problems and Take Action”,             “CPO Mitcherson had the qualifica-
                                                   Ironically, it was actually his fam-   were at the forefront of CPO                                                           tions being completed within 36 hours.
    Meetings are being held on selected                                                                                               tions and experience that Navy needed
bases in the coming months. There will         ily who suggested he rejoin.               Mitcherson’s actions when he wrote          to allow us to expedite his return to
                                                   “I always wanted to come back          to CN advising him of his situation.        full-time service within two days.”        The RCMT is located in Canberra and Fleet
also be public meetings off-base around
the same time for ex-Serving members and       – after 20 years in the Navy it’s a part       Head of the RCMT CMDR Greg                  Navy is short of numbers in certain    Base West. Each member is dedicated to
families to provide their views as well.       of you and I missed it.”                   Glancy said CPO Mitcherson was the          specialist categories and ex-members       smoothing the way for re-joiners. For more
    For more information on the review fol-        CPO Mitcherson acknowledged            catalyst for future re-joiner develop-      who have the skills and experience         information email
low the links at                that, if it wasn’t for the support and     ments and initiatives.                      in these critical areas can have their     au

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                                                     NOYOs ready for ADFA                                                                                                                 IN BRIEF
                                                                                                                                                                                       Work begins on National
                                                                                                                                                                                       Service memorial
                                                      By LEUT Maneckji Gazdar
                                                                                                                                                                                       WORK has begun on the National
                                                      ELEVEN Naval Officer Year One                                                                                                    Service memorial in Canberra.
                                                      (NOYO) engineering students have                                                                                                     The National Service memorial will
                                                      completed their five-month long                                                                                                  commemorate more than 290,000 young
THE TEAM WORKS: Course                                engineering course and are about                                                                                                 men who were called up for National
members take time out to enjoy                                                                                                                                                         Service between 1951 and 1972.
the scenery at Point Nepean
                                                      to begin their degree studies at the
                                                      Australian Defence Force Academy                                                                                                     The memorial is part of the Australian
National Park.                                                                                                                                                                         War Memorial’s development of its
                                                          The NOYO-EN is a bridging                                                                                                    Eastern Precinct, which is due to be com-

Day out at                                            program for engineering midship-
                                                      men between the completion of the
                                                      New Entry Officers Course at HMAS
                                                                                                                                                                                       pleted by Anzac Day 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The National Service memorial will
                                                                                                                                                                                       be unveiled and dedicated in September
Cerberus                                              Creswell and the beginning of degree
                                                      studies the following year at ADFA.
                                                          This year there were 11 NOYO                                                                                                 Sailors must complete
                                                      engineers comprising four Weapons                                                                                                new security course
THE Defence Force School of                           Electrical Engineering Officers and      READY FOR STUDY: Eleven midshipmen have spent the last five                             THE Defence Security Authority (DSA)
Signals’ Maritime Communications                      seven Marine Engineering Officers.       months learning about Navy engineering and are about to begin their                     has introduced a new online course
Information Systems section                               One of the students, MIDN James      degrees at ADFA.                                                                        titled “Introduction to Security” that all
recently organised a team-building                    Stahlhut, said it was a fantastic pro-                                                                                           Defence personnel must complete.
day in Point Nepean National Park.                    gram and provided huge benefits to       time with the Fleet Air Arm’s different     arranged in HMA Ships Farncomb and               A DSA spokesman said awareness
   Lodged within HMAS Cerberus                        his career.                              squadrons and support facilities.           Waller for those interested in a subma-     of security issues was a vital aspect of
(CAPT Sheldon Williams), Class                            “The biggest benefit I have taken        A few of the highlights included        rine career.                                Defence’s security regime and helped
CIS265 are undergoing initial                         away from the NOYO program is the        flights in the AS350B Squirrel and the          After Stirling the midshipmen went      to protect our people, capabilities and
employment training under the guid-                   opportunity to work with junior sail-    Augusta A109E, viewing the deeper           to HMAS Cerberus to complete the            resources.
ance of POCIS Peter Thorne and                        ors and gain an appreciation of their    maintenance of the S-70B-2 Seahawk          final phase of the year – a five-week            “By completing an awareness pro-
LSCIS Anthea Hiras.                                   roles and work conditions,” he said.     and AS350B Squirrel, as well as par-        mathematics refresher program to            gram that incorporates the Introduction
    Upon arrival members of the                           The NOYOs spent the first two        ticipating in the preparation of sea tri-   ensure that they were not disadvan-         to Security course, Defence personnel and
group were paired off and tasked with                 months at Fleet Support Unit (FSU)       als for the MRH90 on board Manoora.         taged at ADFA after a year away from        external service providers will be aware of
finding out at least three things about               – Sydney, as well as the systems pro-        The NOYO midshipmen then                formal education.                           their security responsibilities,” the spokes-
their partner that the group didn’t                   gramming offices that support the var-   spent three weeks at HMAS Stirling,             MIDN Rebecca Holmes said the            man said.
know. The journey included explora-                   ious ship classes in maintenance and     mainly with FSU – Perth. During             course had opened her eyes to the                “They will be able to contribute to a
tion of the old six-inch gun positions                design changes.                          their time at Stirling the midship-         many components that make up Navy.          sound security culture within Defence.”
and machine gunners pill boxes that                       Time at sea was arranged in vari-    men visited the Helicopter Support              “We have really enjoyed ourselves            The course is available on Campus or,
are part of the national park.                        ous ships, which included HMA Ships      Facility, Thales Explosive Ordnance         over the past five months,” she said.       for those without Campus access, on the
    During the wash up PO Thorne                      Ballarat, Leeuwin, Manoora, Norman,      Facility and Ammunitioning Wharf,               “Getting to travel around the coun-     DSA website under “training”.
lead the group in discussing what they                Success and Tobruk.                      Submarine Escape Training Facility          try and experience such a broad cross            Further information about DSA cours-
had learned and how that knowledge                        This was followed with a three-      and Submarine School, Collins SPO,          section of the Navy will spur us on         es, including “Introduction to Security”,
could be applied to enhance the vision                week period at HMAS Albatross            Anzac SPO and Training Unit – Anzac         during our time in Canberra complet-        can be found on the DSA website at
of: Navy – the team works.                            where the midshipmen experienced         Ship Support Centre. Tours were also        ing our degrees.”                 

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12                                                                                                                                                                                                   NEWS

                                                                                         816 Sqn’s home
                                                                                         away from home
                                                                                         By SBLT Matthew Shipton
                                                                                         TWO thousand residents of the
                                                                                         City of Caloundra turned out to
 ONE HELL OF A MO! ABET Mustafa Ehsan is                                                 watch more than 100 members of
 crowned “Movember” winner at HMAS Kuttabul.                                             816 Squadron exercise the right of
 Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams                                                              Freedom of Entry to their city on
                                                                                         October 31.
                                                                                             The Squadron was first linked

Sailors shave down
                                                                                         with the City of Caloundra in 1996
                                                                                         and, after a change of borders
                                                                                         and redistribution, a ‘Friendship
                                                                                         Agreement’ was formed to formal-
                                                                                         ly recognise the adoption of 816

  for Movember                                                                           Squadron by the Sunshine Coast
                                                                                         Regional Council.
                                                                                             Two days before the beginning
                                                                                         of the late October parade, two
By Michael Brooke                           $1100 in sponsorship, which saw him          Seahawks flew north to begin a
                                            crowned a ‘Platinum MO-BRO’.                 round of school visits while other
SCORES of sailors posted to shore               Movember has become a very popu-         personnel covered the 1400km jour-
establishments around the country and       lar and worthwhile cause for the thou-       ney by coach.
in ships on deployment around the           sands of sailors, soldiers and airmen in         Sunshine Christian College and
globe dispensed with shaving for a          Australia or deployed on operations who      Sunshine Beach State High School
month to participate in “Movember”          were sponsored to grow a mo.                 were visited by one Seahawk while                PROUD: 816 SQN CO, CMDR Chris Smallhorn, with WO Sean
2009.                                           The RAN Movember volunteers              Sunshine Coast Grammar School                    Campbell holding the Freedom of Entry scroll.
    Many sailors, including ABET            were saluted by the Prostate Cancer          and Maleny State High School were
Mustapha Eshan from Fleet Support           Foundation of Australia (PCFA) at an         visited by the other.                            “816 Squadron exercising its right            CMDR Smallhorn said mem-
Unit – Sydney, grew a mo and beard last     official function in the officers’ mess at       On the day of the march one                  and privilege to pass through the         bers of 816 Squadron visted the area
month to raise money for men’s prostate     Victoria Barracks in Sydney recently.        Seahawk landed in King’s Park to                 township of Caloundra with swords         at least once a year, but especial-
cancer research.                                CEO PCFA Andrew Giles said impor-        act as a static display while the other,         drawn, drums beating, band play-
                                                                                         flown by LEUTs Andrew Rohrsheim                                                            ly on Anzac Day where personnel
    ABET Eshan was crowned the winner       tant milestones into the treatment of                                                         ing and colours flying,” Inspector
                                            prostate cancer that had been developed      and Marcelo Lagos and crewed by                  Henderson was satisfied that the          marched and the CO was the key-
of the Kuttabul Movember competition at                                                                                                                                             note speaker.
                                            over the past 12 months would not have       WOA Brian Pashley, provided a fly-               scroll was in order and allowed the
the indoor sports centre on November 27.                                                 ing and winching demonstration.                                                                “Each time we visit we also
                                            been possible without the funds raised by                                                     parade to proceed.
    ABET Eshan edged out 19 other com-                                                       Led by CO CMDR Chris
                                            Movember.                                                                                         CMDR Smallhorn said the FOE           use the flight hours to and from
petitors with his creative mo and beard         Mr Giles said the milestones include     Smallhorn, the Squadron marched                  was a great honour and an exciting        Caloundra as Seahawk conversion
to collect the prestigious title and Navy   the development of drugs for the treat-      around King’s Park to be met with                time for his Squadron.
memorabilia worth $100.                                                                                                                                                             and currency training for our air-
                                            ment of prostate cancer to inhibit the       the traditional challenge, “Identify                 “An FOE is recognised as the
    “Winning today definitely makes up                                                                                                                                              crew.”
                                            growth of tumours.                           yourselves and state by what right               single greatest honour a town or city
for the disappointment of coming second                                                  you enter and use the township of                                                              With the parade and festivities
                                                Latest figures show that each year                                                        can bestow upon a military unit and,
last year,” he said.                        nearly 19,000 Australian men are diag-       Caloundra,” which was delivered                  coupled with the experience of a          finished, CMDR Smallhorn summed
    In 2008 ABET Eshan was runner-          nosed with prostrate cancer and, tragi-      by local Police Inspector Mark                   centuries old tradition, it is hard not   up events.
up to LCDR Rod Cooper, OIC Combat           cally, more than 3000 die each year from     Henderson.                                       to become wrapped up in the event,”           “This is our home away from
System Management School, who raised        this disease.                                    After CMDR Smallhorn replied,                he said.                                  home,” he said.

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                                                                                         exemplary service in the west
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                                                                                         Commendations for their tireless                 sory roles.                               above standard achievements dur-
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                                                                                                                Lady Luck shines
  WELCOME ABOARD: ABCIS Gerard Kyan (left) and MIDN
                                                                                                                on HMAS Kuttabul
                                                                                                               By Michael Brooke
  Simone McIntosh help visitors board HMAS Manoora.
  Photo: ABIS James Whittle                                                                                    CHRISTMAS has come early for
                                                                                                               WO Mark Duncan who, thanks to
                                                                                                               the inaugural “Win With Navy” raf-
                                                                                                               fle, is $5000 richer.
Community engagement                                                                                               “I was in shock when they called
                                                                                                               out my name as the winner,” he said.
                                                                                                                   WO Duncan said negotiations with
  triumph in Sydney                                                                                            his wife were underway to determine
                                                                                                               how the money would be best spent
                                                                                                               this festive season. His Christmas
By Michael Brooke                                        LSCSO Steve Harvey greeted                            wish is to buy a 1961 Holden he saw
                                                                                                               advertised for $5000 in the newspaper
NAVY Open Day saw HMAS                               several hundred fascinated visitors to
                                                                                                               on the morning of the raffle draw.
Kuttabul (CMDR Christine Clarke)                     Newcastle and answered their ques-                            “But I’ll see what the wife says,”
and other stone frigates in Victoria                 tions about how the FFGUP contrib-                        he laughed.
and South Australia open their gang-                 utes to Fleet operations and the secu-                        WO Duncan, of FHQ Engineering                       WINNER! WO Mark Duncan won the inaugural “Win With Navy” compe-
ways to the public in another tri-                   rity of Australia.                                        Division, said he never expected to                     tition, drawn by Fleet Commander RADM Steve Gilmore on November
umph for the RAN’s community                             “A lot of young people expressed                      win the cash prize and only bought                      26.
engagement program.                                  interest in the Navy lifestyle with a                     tickets in the RAN Central Canteens                         RADM Gilmore said it was fan-                       ing members above and beyond that
   Not even the inclement weather                    view to joining the RAN,” he said.                        Board (CCB) raffle because it was a                     tastic odds that the raffle winner was                  which could be made available through
could dampen the jovial spirits of                       Manoora’s sailors were also kept                      good fundraiser for the Navy.                           among the 100 sailors gathered at FHQ                   the public purse.
more than 3000 people who flocked                    busy answering questions about the                            WO Duncan, who has never won                        for the special draw on November 26.                        The money raised by the raffle will
to Kuttabul on October 25, where                     new MRH90s that were embarked                             anything before in his 23 years in the                      “I didn’t buy a ticket this time                    allow the RAN CCB to provide fund-
they toured HMA Ships Manoora,                                                                                 RAN, beat the odds to have one of                       because I couldn’t risk winning the
                                                     for sea trials, with CPO James Bond                                                                                                                                       ing for Navy sports, the RAN Relief
Newcastle and Melbourne and a dozen                                                                            his five $2 tickets drawn from among                    money myself,” he joked.
                                                     saying many people were fascinated                        more than 13,000 entries nationwide.                                                                            Trust Fund, Navy Ticketing, and loans
Navy-themed display booths.                                                                                                                                                “Win with Navy” is a raffle run by
   Kuttabul’s sailors relished the                   to learn of the Navy’s new maritime                            He owes his good fortune to the                    the RAN CCB that offers $5000 every                     and grants to messes.
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of other topics including recruiting                 before so they were very interested,”                     Steve Gilmore that drew ticket                          provides a stable funding mechanism                     application form on www.winwithnavy.
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14                                                                                                                                                                              FEATURES

CO owes his life to HMAS Melbourne
By LSIS Paul McCallum                who was 12, were rescued from the
                                     stricken ship Helen B. Stirling by

          MDR Michael Harris
                                     HMAS Melbourne I.
          has a unique affili-
                                         “From a very young age I was
          ation with HMAS            aware of the rescue by Melbourne.
          Melbourne – it could       My grandfather was increadibly
be said that he owes his life and    lucky the ship was able to respond
livelihood to RAN warships that      in the way it did. Of all the mem-
carry that name.                     orabilia that my grandfather had
    Having served in Melbourne as from the rescue, I treasured the
an OOW in 1994, CMDR Harris Melbourne tallyband he was given.
has returned to the warship 15           “I wrote a short story on the
years later as her new CO.           rescue in primary school and have
    While returning to a previ- always believed that, if it wasn’t for
ous ship isn’t unusual, the history Melbourne rescuing the members
shared between                                       of the Helen B , I
C M D R H a r r i s “If it wasn’t for HMAS           wouldn’t have been
a n d t h e n a m e Melbourne I rescuing             born.”
M e l b o u r n e i s the members of Helen              CMDR Harris
truly special.        B Stirling, I wouldn’t         hopes to get the
    “I joined the                                    opportunity to have
Navy to be the
                      have been born.”               his father at sea
CO of a major              – CMDR Michael Harris with him for a night
fleet unit and ever                                  or two, along with
since the FFG Melbourne was wife Angela, two children James
built, I hoped that I would com- and Olivia, and his mother, to show
mand her,” CMDR Harris said.         them what they have helped him
    “Since I was awarded my achieve.
bridge watching certificate as an        “They are all incredibly proud,
OOW in Melbourne, it firmly none more so than my father. All
became the ship I set my sights on
                                     of what I know of the rescue and of
    There is good reason for my great grandfather is because of
CMDR Harris to be so keen on him,” he said.
the one ship and that reason dates       “I know he wishes that my               ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: CMDR Michael Harris commissioned this painting depicting the rescue of his great grand-
back to 1922.                        grandparents were still alive               parents and his grandfather by HMAS Melbourne in 1922. CMDR Harris’ grandfather was just 12 years old when he
    In 1922, CMDR Harris’ great to see me assume command of                      was rescued.
grandparents and grandfather, Melbourne.”                                        Image courtesy CMDR Michael Harris

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PERSONNEL                                                                                                                                                                                                                               15

Not so senior in
                                                                                                                                                                                         SHOW OF SUPPORT: Members
                                                                                                                                                                                           of HMAS Warramunga’s ship’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            company form the shape of a
                                                                                                                                                                                          white ribbon in support of White
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ribbon Day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: ABIS Morgana Salabert

Senior Service
Defence Census reveals interesting results for Navy
By Annie Casey                                                                                   YOUNG GUNS:
NAVY has a younger age profile                                                                   ABSNs Salulnelanei
than the other Services with the                                                                 Gray (left) and
lowest median age of 27.3 years.                                                                 Jonathan Magri
This is just one of the observations                                                             enjoy lunch and the
drawn from the fifth Defence Census                                                              hospitality of the
of May 2007.                                                                                     Rural Development
    Although the overall Defence                                                                 Unit of the Tongan
participation was lower than in                                                                  Defence Service
2003, Navy’s support for the Census                                                              while deployed on
increased because of the efforts                                                                 Operation Samoa
of staff working in Navy People                                                                  Assist. Navy has the
Branch (formerly Navy Personnel
                                                                                                 youngest members
and Training) and the support of
Commanding Officers.                                                                             on average accord-
    Head of Navy People and                                                                      ing to the 2007
Reputation CDRE David Letts said                                                                 Defence Census.
Census feedback was one of the vital                                                             Photo: ABIS Lincoln
sources of information that could be
used for assisting and directing poli-
cy that supports Navy’s people.          ➤ Navy people experienced being
                                                                                  came to family support, 45 per cent
                                                                                                                          Sailors join to support
    “It helps tease out the varia-         away from home for longer with         of ADF members with dependent
tions and differences between the
Services and influence future policy
and guidelines,” CDRE Letts said.
                                           an average of 18.8 weeks per
                                         ➤ Navy has the highest number of
                                                                                  children living at home received
                                                                                  some form of Commonwealth ben-
                                                                                                                           the rights of women
    In October 2009 the Defence            “Service” partnerships at 20 per
Attitudinal Survey also produced           cent, compared to Army’s 14 per            “Navy and Army are the same         MEMBERS of the RAN have come and be treated with dignity and respect,”
a noteworthy comparison with               cent and RAAF’s 17 per cent.           in terms of awareness of accessing      together on both sides of the country in he said.
Navy having a higher percentage of       ➤ Navy has almost double the rep-        Commonwealth child care benefits,       a symbolic show of support for women        “This view underpins our equity and
females at 18 per cent, compared to        resentation of members with                                                    on White Ribbon Day.                     diversity policies and is fundamental to
                                                                                  with 25 per cent being unaware of
Army’s 10 per cent and Air Force’s         dependents unaccompanied at 13                                                    In eastern Australia, crew members                         our culture.”
                                           per cent compared to Army’s 7          their entitlement,” he said.            from HMAS Kanimbla joined to form a                              Sailors took part in other smaller
17 per cent.
    Other interesting findings aris-       per cent and RAAF’s 5 per cent.            “This was given as a reason for     human white ribbon alongside at Fleet                         White Ribbon Day events across the
ing from the Defence Census 2007         ➤ Navy has the lowest percentage         not receiving child care benefits.”     Base East but, not to be outdone in the                       country.
include:                                   of dependents at 42 per cent com-          CDRE Letts said the informa-        west, HMAS Warramunga’s ship’s com-                              The White Ribbon Foundation of
➤ Most Navy people – 38 per cent –         pared to Army’s 52 per cent and        tion gained from the Census was         pany did the same.                                            Australia aims to eliminate violence
   work in the Sydney area (includ-        RAAF’s 59 per cent.                                                                Head of Navy People and Reputation                        against women by promoting culture-
                                                                                  important because it informed future
   ing FBE ships).                       ➤ Navy members have the highest                                                  CDRE David Letts said Navy was proud                          change around the issue.
➤ Navy members spend the longest           average rent at $205, compared to      policy and provided information to      to be a supporter of White Ribbon Day
   getting to work with an average         Army’s $195 and RAAF’s $186.           members about themselves and the        and an advocate of women’s rights.                            For further information visist www.whiterib-
   travel time of 29 minutes.               CDRE Letts said that, when it         Navy profile.                              “All women have the right to feel safe           

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 STUNNING: HMAS Toowoomba’s ship’s company
 recently visited the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.
 Photo: LCDR Stan Buckham

          Experience of a lifetime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A nuclear-powered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cross deck for lucky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Toowoomba sailors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       By ABET Samantha Whitfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           IS not every         a RAN sailor gets the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ITcross-deck to aday thatHMAScarrier. But that’sopportunity to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         USN aircraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       happened to me during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        exactly what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Toowoomba’s tasking in CTF50.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was one of the lucky ones chosen to cross-deck to the nuclear-

               From LEUT Kelli Lunt in Aqaba                                          HMAS Toowoomba has returned                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      powered carrier USS Nimitz. Flown over by our Seahawk Pegasus,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       together with five other members of the ship’s company, I spent the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       day being shown around the impressive ship.
                                                                                      to Australia after HMAS Stuart
                       O BE the first RAN ship to berth in Aqaba, Jordan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My guide was Operations Specialist E7 Maritza Chavez, the
                       in more than 15 years was an amazing experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 equivalent rank to leading seaman. We got along well right from the
                       and a deployment highlight for the ship’s company
                       of HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR Ivan Ingham).
                   As the location for a six-day port visit for rest and relaxa-
                                                                                      took over operational duties in the                                                                                                                                                                                                                              start and I enjoyed hearing her talk about the ship. Her tour included
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       places such as the hangar, flight deck, fo’c’sle and the bridge.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I learnt about the different coloured jerseys worn by the sailors
               tion, Aqaba was the gateway to visit spectacular scenery,
               ancient wonders and a fascinating culture in a very hospitable
                                                                                      Middle East. Before leaving though,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              who work on the flight deck and how the aircraft are lowered from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the flight deck to the hangar for maintenance. Maintenance is con-
                   The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is home to about 6.3               Toowoomba’s ship’s company                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ducted 24 hours a day!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We also toured the various gyms. The ship had a dedicated
               million people. Geographically, the nation lies in the centre of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        treadmill room complete with 30 treadmills and 15 spin bikes.
               the Levant, an area of great interest and significant strategic
               importance. This is because Jordan shares its borders with
                                                                                      visited Jordan and, by all reports,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toowoomba has just one treadmill and two bikes so you can imag-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ine my expression when I walked into this gym! Up another deck,
               Syria in the north, Iraq to the north east, Saudi Arabia to the
               south east, the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south west,        had the time of their lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     however, there was a compartment the size of a mainstream gym full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of weights.
               and Israel and the West Bank to the west.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the bridge I got to take the helm and steer the ship. What a
                   In the Gulf of Aqaba, just 12 nautical miles separates the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          thrill to claim that I have steered an aircraft carrier!
               coasts of Egypt and Israel to the west and Saudi Arabia and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Of course one of the most impressive aspects of Nimitz was the
               Jordan in the east. This was the backdrop as Toowoomba ber-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             number of aircraft on board. We spent time on ‘Vultures Row’ adja-
               thed at the Royal Jordanian Naval Base, Aqaba. The impres-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cent to the air tower to see the jets take off – it was a great view
               sive scenery comprised towering escarpments and a rugged                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of the whole operation. With the engines winding up, the roar of
               coastline with beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear blue                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the engines were so loud we both had ear plugs and ear muffs on.
               seas. The climate was perfect.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Following all the noise came the vibration through my body and the
                   Twenty-four hours before arriving in Aqaba, Toowoomba                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               entire ship. In just seconds the jet took off and left us with the smell
               hosted two special guests: Commander Joint Task Force 633                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of burnt rubber and rising steam from the catapult on the deck.
               MAJGEN Mark Kelly and the Australian Ambassador to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Accommodation on Nimitz was quite different to Toowoomba
               Jordan Glenn White. Both arrived by helo and spent a rare                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               – Maritza lived in a berthing area with 80 girls that were all from
               night at sea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           her department. They share three showers! She said there was never
                   The arrival in Aqaba coincided with Toowoomba’s fourth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a long queue because they all had different watches. Their rack size
               birthday. Built in Williamstown, Victoria and Commissioned                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is a lot smaller than ours; although wider, the height from one to
               on October 8, 2005 in Brisbane, Toowoomba has travelled                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 another is much smaller. They also have coffin lockers where their
               more than 135,000 nautical miles during 12,551 hours under-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             belongings are stored under their rack.
               way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         There were a number of rumours about aircraft carriers I was
                   A magnificent birthday cake, prepared by ABCK Thomas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                keen to dispel with Maritza. She told me there was no McDonald’s
               Hood, was cut by the youngest sailor ABCK Barton and the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                restaurant, no bowling alley, no swimming pool, no one person to
               CO. Toowoomba’s birthday was also celebrated at an official                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             change all the light bulbs and, despite a company of close to 4800,
               reception held on board the same night.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 there was no one person to fill the goffa machines. However, they
                   Guests attending the reception included the Australian                                                                                                                               CLOCKWISE FROM TOP (L-R):                                                                                                                      did have a church and USS Ronald Reagan has a Starbucks!
               Ambassador, Deputy Chief of the Jordanian Navy, BRIG GEN
               Al Karim Al Fdoul, the Defence Attache to Jordan GPCAPT
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ➤ LSMT Ratislav Zamencik is taught how to tie a ‘keffiyeh’ by a local
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bedouin at Wadi Rum, Jordan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Job well done                                                   After lunch in their giant sailors’ mess, I had a quick tour and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       explanation of the brig on board and visited the convenience store
               Murray Gordon, as well as a large contingent of Embassy staff
               and members from the Royal Jordanian Navy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ➤ The coastline along Aqaba, Jordan boasts spectacular coral and sea                                                                           for souvenirs. Maritza and I exchanged hats, coffee mugs and of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       course our email addresses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        life including this Petrois species lion fish.
                   After the official duties were completed, the ship’s com-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was likely that the next chance I would have to see Maritza
               pany embraced the opportunity to explore Aqaba and sur-
               rounding areas including Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo: LS Jarrod Vowell
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ➤ HMAS Toowoomba steams towards the Port of Aqaba, Jordan.                          A     S HMAS Toowoomba conducted her final patrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in the MEAO, Commander JTF633 MAJGEN Mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kelly joined her to congratulate the ship’s company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       would be if the ship came to Australia. But fate had a different plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and, two days later, Maritza visited Toowoomba as part of the per-
               Bethany Beyond Jordan.                                                                                                                                                                   Photo: LCDR Stan Buckham                                                                                                                       sonnel exchange program. Maritza arrived shortly after our RAS with
                   The most popular destination was the ancient city of Petra,                                                                                                                          ➤ L-R: CMDR Ivan Ingham, LCDR Carroll, LCDR Stan Buckham and                        on a successful deployment and to recognise some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            their exceptional achievements.                            Nimitz and I happily showed her how we live on board an Anzac
               probably best known for a scene in the film Indiana Jones and                                                                                                                            XO Simon Howard stand in front of the treasury building in the lost city                                                                       class frigate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of Petra, Jordan.                                                                        “I congratulate you on the completion of a most
               the Last Crusade when Indiana enters a monstrous column-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Where I had exclaimed “Wow, it’s so big” when on board Nimitz,
               clad building carved into the rock-face in search of the chalice                                                                                                                         ➤ L-R: LSCIS Glenn Willats, ABCD Jackson, ABET Cristy Hazelman                      successful mission in enforcing maritime security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            across the MEAO and while tasked to TF50 and CTFs          her comments were quite the opposite – especially when we visited
               of immortality. More stunning visually in real life than on                                                                                                                              and LSMT Rastislav Zamecnik smear themselves in black mud before                                                                               our weights and cardio room. Maritza said she had a warm feeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            150 and 151,” MAJGEN Kelly said.
               screen, Petra did not disappoint Toowoomba’s sailors.                                                                                                                                    swimming in the salty water in the Dead Sea, Jordan.                                     “You should be extremely proud of the important       from our ship and liked how everybody knew one another.
                   Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and proclaimed                                                                                                                                Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt                                                              contribution you have all made toward maritime secu-            This was one of the most amazing opportunities of my Navy
               in 2007 to be one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   rity in the Gulf, as well as being the first RAN warship   career to date and, hopefully, fate will once again step in and I will
               Petra boasts phenomenal architecture and statues that were cut                                                                                                                                                                                                               to participate in counter-terrorism operations in the      get to see Maritza in Perth next year.
               into the side of sheer rock faces some 2000 years ago. The area                                                                                                                                                                                                              Arabian Sea and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf
               was originally built by the Nabataeans, but came under the rule                                                                                                                                                                                                              of Aden.”
               of the Romans, the Byzantines and the Umayyads before dis-             LSCIS Glenn Willats said swimming in the Dead Sea was a        name from Wadi (one of the dry valleys) and Jebel Rum (the          ibility of the sea in Jordan as absolutely perfect,” ABCD               Silver CJTF633 commendations were awarded to
               appearing from western civilisation until rediscovered in 1816.     remarkable sensation.                                             highest mountain in Jordan) and is home to local Bedouin            Wetton said.                                                       RANLO Bahrain LCDR Michael Slattery, Toowoomba’s
                   Two of the more significant sites were the Treasury                “I was quite sceptical of the Dead Sea ‘experience’, though    people.                                                                   “In conditions of visibility exceeding 25 metres and with    Navigator LEUT Jonathon Beatty, LSPT Nicole
               (Khazneh), where the Nabataean empire kept its wealth and           I now firmly believe that it should not be missed,” LSCIS             What makes this geographical wonder so special are the          the perfect water temperature, Jordan was easily one of the        Gunthorpe, POMT Dane Field and LSCK Darrin Eslick,
               riches, mainly food and grain, and the Monastery (Deir) which       Willats said.                                                     unusual rock forms of granite and sandstone, and the vast           highlights of my diving career. As well as unbelievable diving     for their outstanding performance.
               sits 50 metres wide and 40 metres long at the top of 800 steps.        “The chance to cover head to toe in mud and then to float      desert which casts an array of colours at different times of the    conditions the abundance of beautiful fish and coral made for           Individual Bronze CJTF633 commendations were
                   While some took the opportunity to ride by camel or             so effortlessly on the ocean was awesome.”                        day. There are also more than 4000 ancient inscriptions to be       spectacular snorkelling.”                                          awarded to CPOMT Andrew Bowering and POMT
               donkey through the Siq, the creviced entrance to the ancient           Tours to the Dead Sea also included the chance to visit        found on the rock faces throughout the area.                            Aqaba also offered an excellent range of local market          Raymond White, while a group Bronze CJTF633
               Nabataean city, most were happy to wander along on foot, lis-       Bethany, the historically significant biblical site where Jesus                                                                                                                                          commendation recognised the exceptional efforts of
                                                                                                                                                         Wadi Rum is perhaps best known in the modern era for its        places offering local handcrafts including silver, semi-precious
               tening to the insights of the tour guide.                           was believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist in the                                                                                                                                            Toowoomba’s (Flight 3) aviation maintainers.
                   Visiting the Dead Sea was a unique experience for those                                                                           connection with T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and his          jewellery and Dead Sea salts and beauty products.                       “Through a combination of sheer hard work and
                                                                                   Jordan River.
               who chose to travel the four hours drive north of Aqaba. At            The site featured five church ruins at differing stages of     role during the Arab Revolt. It was also the site for filming of        The visit to Jordan was enjoyed so much that many of           technical excellence, you delivered a near-perfect
               422 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place        excavation and indicates the geographical separation of two       Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2008.                        Toowoomba’s crew hope they will get the opportunity to             and truly exceptional record of aviation capability,”
               on the Earth’s surface. Its salinity is 10 times that of an ocean   countries – just three metres between the countries of Jordan          The ship’s company enjoyed their time in Aqaba, making         return again either with work or on holidays.                      MAJGEN Kelly said.
               and therefore enables swimmers to easily float.                     and Israel at some points.                                        the most of the coastline by swimming and snorkelling.                  Toowoomba left Jordan to continue patrols in the Middle             CO group commendations were also presented
                   Visitors relished the opportunity to cover themselves in           Another area that displayed an almost mythical beauty was          ABCD Leigh Wetton said the snorkelling and diving was           East Area of Operations, contributing to maritime security         to Toowoomba’s cookery sub-department, the level           MAMMOTH: Operations E7 Maritza Chavez (left) gives
               thick black mud, which is highly regarded and sought after          the area of Wadi Rum, a desert area known as the “Valley of       some of the best he had ever seen.                                  operations, counter-piracy and counter-terrorist activities in     four boarding team and TF633 1.1 Logistics Support         ABET Sam Whitfield a tour of USS
               globally for its beauty and health enriching properties.            the Moon” located in the southern part of Jordan. It gets its         “After years of civilian and military diving, I rate the vis-   the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa.                       Element, which is based in Bahrain.                        Nimitz.                          Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt

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Don’t fear change – embrace it                   take appropriate training and develop     engagements under the ‘Making the          has put a lot of pressure on leader-        7.60 per cent. In FY07-08, that figure
                                                 expertise if they are to be effectively   Change’ activities to end in June 2010.    ship and employees. However, the NR         rose to 9.65 per cent; and for FY08-
                                                 utilised in tomorrow’s Navy.                  All active reserves are directed to    has remained committed to providing         09, the contribution reached 10.47 per
                                                     New Generation Navy (NGN) has         attend ‘Making the Change’ engage-         Navy capability and outputs.                cent – an outstanding effort by any
                     By CDRE                     really picked up pace since July 1.       ments over the next seven months.              I would like to pay tribute to the      measure.
                     Ranford Elsey               Its three pillars, Culture, Leadership    This can be arranged through your          outstanding contribution NR members             Without that level of NR support,
                     DGRES-N                     and Ethics, and Structure are aimed at    supervisor and chain of command.           make to Defence. Over the past four         doing business in some critical areas
                                                 transforming Navy over the next five      Your attendance will be recorded as a      years, the number of continuous full-       would be extremely difficult. Reserves
                                                 years. It’s a program that belongs to     proficiency in PMKeyS.                     time service (CFTS) contracts written       are contributing increasingly in either
                                                 every member of Navy – permanent,             Navy is also embarking on a whole      has increased steadily by over 30 each      a full- or part-time capacities.

      HIS year has witnessed the                 reserve and public service.               of Navy Capability Workforce Review        year and, in this FY, there were 543            My sincere thanks go not only to
      start of possibly the most sig-                In the most visible change to the     and the Navy Reserve (NR) is very          reservists on CFTS (as at October 31).      members, but also to employers and
      nificant change program across                                                       much a part of that program. Over the      This is 50 more than the last FY.
                                                 organisation, Navy Systems Command                                                                                               family members who make this pos-
Defence beginning with the release                                                         next couple of months, the offices of          Likewise, the contribution of
                                                 functions were predominantly amalga-                                                                                             sible.
of the Government’s White Paper                                                            Directors General, Navy Capability         part-time members has steadily
                                                 mated with Navy Headquarters to form      Transformation and Sustainment, Navy       increased, notably in filling permanent         I take this opportunity to wish
2009.                                            the new Navy Strategic Command.                                                                                                  you and your loved ones a blessed
                                                                                           Personnel and Reserves will review all     Navy vacancies. The NR Capability
    For Navy, it presents a significant          Individual training was placed                                                                                                   Christmas, a safe and enjoyable holi-
                                                                                           funded reserve commitment (FRC) and        Enhancement Program is now consid-
challenge to introduce into service              with collective training under Fleet      project positions with a view to priori-   ered business as usual with reservists      day, and a 2010 that brings both chal-
highly sophisticated new platforms               Command.                                  tising these according to Navy capabil-    continually filling operational posi-       lenges and rewards.
and technologies – a quantum leap                    Navy’s Signature Behaviours were      ity requirements. More information         tions; the Patrol Boat Group leading            May I encourage you to continue
from where we are today.                         introduced along with a number of         on the review will be provided in the      the charts and reaping the benefits.        to serve Navy as a reservist either in
    This is not something to fear, but           ‘Bow Wave Projects’ aimed at reform-      months ahead.                                  CFTS and FRC (including NRCEP)          full- or part-time service, or to con-
rather embrace, for Australia will have          ing processes and culture within              Australia has fared reasonably well    and project contributions are up signif-    sider whether you may wish to make
a highly capable Navy in Force 2030.             Navy. Members attended ‘Leading           and come out of the global financial       icantly on figures for the same period      a permanent commitment to full-time
It also means that reservists must               the Change’ workshops and these are       crisis in better shape than expected.      last year. In FY06-07 the NR contribu-      service? Either way, Navy appreciates
also be expected at times to under-              being followed up with a series of four   As for all organisations, the crisis       tion to the Navy’s trained force was        your contribution.

                                                                Reservist’s perfect job and
                                                                  lifestyle at Jervis Bay
                                                                By SBLT Carolyn Docking                    His time away from RANC is              “We go from taking people that          He went straight into the
                                                                                                       spent bushwalking, landscaping,         can’t halt and are terrified, through   reserves but there were gaps in his
                                                                CPO Richard Timms found his
                                                                                                       sailing and diving.                     to them saying ‘I can do this’,” he     reserve service because of his var-
                                                                perfect job as an instructor at the        “You need a pretty good level       said.                                   ied and interesting civilian employ-
                                                                Royal Australian Naval College         of fitness for this job, particularly       “It’s interesting watching the      ment.
                                                                (RANC) at HMAS Creswell and            during exercises,” he said.             NEOC students as well because               CPO Timms previously drove
                                                                the perfect lifestyle in nearby            CPO Timms has instructed 10         their course is so much longer.         a 6400 tonne bulker carrier in
                                                                Vincentia.                             Reserve Entry Officer Courses               “It’s very different dynamics       the Gulf of Carpentaria, worked
                                                                    His days are filled with a mix     (REOC) and four New Entry               teaching NEOC to REOC.                  at TAFE as a maritime studies
                                                                of reserve time and spending time      Officer Courses (NEOC) and                  “Some of the challenges of the      lecturer and was a tug driver in
                                                                with his wife and their five grand-    received a CO’s commendation            job are staffing the leadership exer-   Western Australia. His move to the
                                                                children aged from four to 14.         earlier this year for his service and   cises of Sunda Strait, Matapan and      RANC came after asking around
                                                                    “I fill them full of fairy floss   dedication to the training environ-     Coral Sea.                              for reserve time.
                                                                and send them back to their moth-      ment, along with his enthusiasm             “We all help out where we               He was offered the position in
PERFECTION: CPO Richard Timms enjoys see-                       er,” he joked.                         for performing his tasks.               can.”                                   March 2005.
ing everybody complete their courses at HMAS                        CPO Timms said his active life-        He said his favourite part of the       CPO Timms first joined the              CPO Timms plans to contin-
Creswell.                                                       style kept him fit for the demands     job was seeing everyone complete        permanent Navy in 1967 and left         ue working at Creswell until his
Photo: SBLT Carolyn Docking                                     of being an instructor.                their courses.                          after 26 years.                         retirement.

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            on-line classified site                                                                                       By Graham Davis                                    served from March 1941 aboard HMA
                                                                                                                                                                            Ships Colac, Bendigo and Norman.
                                                                                                                         THE group gathered beneath the flut-                   Ron Kirkwood, the president of the
   Advertise until sold for the one low price                                                                            tering Australian White Ensign (AWE)               local Naval Association branch was a petty
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   Receive nationwide exposure                                                                                           in remembrance and reverence.                      and served a further 12 years as a ser-
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   through to Real Estate                                                                                                men who had given their lives for their                Ron can still blow a trumpet as he
                                                                                                                         country when their ship, HMAS Sydney,              showed when he sounded The Last Post as
                                                                                                                         was sunk by the German raider HSK                  Mick Rudkins lowered the AWE.
                                                                                                                         Kormoran.                                              Joining the veterans were others who
                                                                                                                            The group, brought together by the              had served the RAN including a number
                                                                                                                         Redcliffe (Qld) sub-branch of the Naval            of WRANS.
                                                                                                                                                                                The group heard from Ron how the
                                                                                                                         Association, paid its tribute at a sim-
                                                                                                                                                                            ship was lost on that fateful night but how
                                                                                                                         ple ceremony held on the foreshore of              she had recently been found off the coast
                                                                                                                         Moreton Bay.                                       of Western Australia.
                                                                                                                            Among the group was LS Peter Craig,                 The HMAS Sydney remembrance cer-
                                                                                                                         a staunch member of the HMAS Sydney                emony has been conducted annually at
                                                                     MOVING: The small ceremony                                           was held at Moreton Bay.
                                                                                                                         Association. He helped commission the
                                                                                                                         aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney.
                                                                                                                                                                            Redcliffe for many decades.
                                                                                                                                                                                “And it will continue,” declared those
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Rationalising reserve requirement
Navy command looking to the future
THE Head of Navy Capability has called    Responses are required by December        (aligned with Navy Strategic Plan 2009-
for input from Navy Reserve position 11.                                            2010).
managers to rationalise capability with   “The aim of the review is to align the ➤ The appropriateness of the rank and
spending.                               NR construct to prioritised capability out- PQ/category to achieve the capability
    In an all-ship-all-shore signal on            puts in accordance with the Navy Strategic      output.
November 17, Deputy Chief of Navy                 Plan 2009-2010 and to ensure a sustain-       ➤ The adequacy of both position manag-
(DCN) RADM Davyd Thomas said spend-               able workforce to meet future capability         ers’ and position supervisors’ under-
ing on the reserves was forecast to exceed        requirements,” DCN said.                         standing of the relative importance
budget this fiscal year by nearly 40 per              “It is key that we use this opportunity
cent.                                                                                              of the position in ensuring capability
                                                  to design a NR that delivers maximum             delivery.
    “It is imperative that Navy rationalises      capability to Navy while acknowledging
its reserve requirement to fit within the                                                       ➤ The implication of removing positions
                                                  the unique requirements and skills of our
approved budget,” he said.                                                                         as evidenced by the assessments in sec-
                                                  reserve workforce.”
    “In order to deliver the approved level                                                        tions of the spreadsheet.
                                                      In the minute to NR position manag-
of capability within the budget, a whole-                                                       ➤ The extent to which the position has
                                                  ers, CDRE Lockwood said the Reserve
of-capability workforce review to the NR                                                           been filled over the past five years.
                                                  Reform Stream of the Strategic Reform
capability will begin in November.”                                                             ➤ Any new NR position bids with identi-
    RADM Thomas said the review was               Program aimed to save about $380 mil-
                                                  lion over the next decade through better         fied offsets (any project position that is
being conducted under the direction of                                                             enduring in nature should be considered
the Director General Navy Capability              integration of part- and full-time reserve
                                                  capabilities.                                    and submitted as a new position bid, if
Transition and Sustainment, CDRE Peter
Lockwood.                                              CDRE Lockwood said completion and           justified and appropriate).
    “The input of each NR position manag-         submission of spreadsheets by December            CDRE Lockwood also warned position
er is vital to the review process,” he said.      11 would allow completion of the analysis     managers: “For planning purposes, you
    “NR position managers will shortly            phase of the review by March 10.              should expect that there will be no excess STICKING TO BUDGET: DCN RADM Davyd Thomas will apply
receive a minute detailing positions under            The aim is to determine:                  financial resources available to supplement a whole of capability workforce review to reserves.
their control that require input.”                ➤ The capability output of the position       the NR budget in FY10/11 and beyond.”         Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo

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A special day to remember
THE filming of the Nine Network Navy drama series, Sea Patrol, has taken a high level of cooperation between the Service and producers in HMAS Cairns,
homeport for Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Launceston, alias HMAS Hammersley (as she appears in the series). It’s all a matter of geography and, in
terms of proximity, Cairns-based TS Endeavour has a distinct advantage … as two separate incidents involving the vessels and cast of Sea Patrol show.

By CDTABs Brett Cope and
Jessica O’Donnell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Star struck
IN LATE October we were lucky
enough to visit HMAS Hammersley,                                                                                                                                                                                       cadets’ claim to
the fictional patrol boat that appears
in the TV drama Sea Patrol.                                                                                                                                                                                            fame in Cairns
    We travelled from Cairns to
Mission Beach where we were met by                                                                                                                                                                                     By CDTAB Alex Taifalos
PO Tony Leslie, the real coxswain of
the patrol boat and also an instructor                                                                                                                                                                                 FIFTEEN cadets from TS Endeavour
at our unit, and driven to Hammersley                                                                                                                                                                                  had the opportunity to witness
(HMAS Launceston) by RHIB.                                                                                                                                                                                             the filming of an episode of the
    Once on board we were given a                                                                                                                                                                                      hit Channel Nine drama Sea Patrol
safety brief and split into two groups                                                                                                                                                                                 on November 10.
for a tour of the ship.                                                                                                                                                                                                    We arrived at our unit at 1600
    After our tour we witnessed a fire-                                                                                                                                                                                to prepare to take part in this
fighting demonstration and then were                                                                                                                                                                                   once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
lucky enough to try on all the firefight-                                                                                                                                                                                  But, when we marched to the
ing gear and practice with the hoses                                                                                                                                                                                   HMAS Cairns wharf we had little
off the back of the ship. The crew also                                                                                                                                                                                idea that we had made a great
showed us the bridge and all the latest                                                                                                                                                                                first impression.
electrical equipment, including naviga-                                                                                                                                                                                    After CDTLS Adam Kregenbrink
tional and surveillance gear.                                                                                                                                                                                          dismissed us, we were moved
    The crew gave us an insight into                                                                                                                                                                                   over to the other side of the set
their everyday life in the Navy but the                                                                                                                                                                                where we watched the filming.
most exciting part of the trip was going                                                                                                                                                                                   Imagine our disbelief when
on the RHIB as the boarding party,                                                                                                                                                                                     our CO, LCDR Christine Wootton,
where everyone enjoyed the fast ride                                                                                                                                                                                   told us that the director was so
on the ocean.                                                                                                                                                                                                          impressed with us he wanted to
    After that evolution we were fam-                                                                                                                                                                                  include us in the scene that was
ished so we headed to the galley to                                                                                                                                                                                    being filmed.
check out what was on for lunch – the                                                                                                                                                                                      We were asked to form a
food ranged from hamburgers to toma-                                                                                                                                                                                   squad and march down the wharf.
to fettuccini.                                                                                                                                                                                                         After half a dozen takes of the
    After lunch we were thrilled to                                                           DAZZLED: Crew members of TS Endeavour meet                                                                               30-second scene, the stars of the
watch some of the filming of the show.                                                        Hammersley’s new Buffer. Inset, ABCK Rebecca                                                                             series took time out of their busy
Sadly, before long it was time to head                                                        ‘Bomber’ Brown, played by Kirsty Lee Allan, smiles                                                                       day to have photos taken with us.
ashore. On the bright side, we were                                                           for the camera with TS Endeavour’s CDTSMN Josh                                                                               What can we say but WOW!
met at Mourilyan Wharf by some                                                                Cummins.                                                                                                                 We enjoyed ourselves and had the
of the Sea Patrol cast and crew who                                                                                                                                                                                    best time being ‘stars’ and meet-
signed autographs for us and had their                                                                                                                                                                                 ing the real ones.
photo taken with us.                      could share our wonderful experience    Those who joined us from TS Josh Cummins, Layla Cutter and                                                                               Season four of Sea Patrol is
    Although we were sorry to leave, and adventure on HMAS Hammersley Endeavour were PO Dominique Letitia Field, and our XO LEUT Mark                                                                                  scheduled to air in mid-2010.
we were happy to be going home so we with our families and friends.            Taylor, LS Adam Kregenbrink, SMNs Anderson ANC.

                                                                                                                                         CN praises outstanding cadets
                                                                                                                                         TS ANZAC was a hive of activ-              VADM Crane praised the out-        that the ANC was very proud to
                                                                                                                                         ity and a blaze of colour on            standing efforts of the unit say-     have a former cadet as the Chief
                                                                                                                                         November 14 as the unit eagerly         ing they had realised their motto,    of Navy. A framed presentation
                                                                                                                                         awaited the arrival of the Chief        Second to None.                       of ANC badges and accoutre-
                                                                                                                                         of Navy to present the awards              After the march past VADM          ments was then presented to CN
                                                                                                                                         recognising the premier unit in         Crane presented his Premier Unit      in appreciation of his support to
                                                                                                                                         Australia for 2009.                     Flag, signifying the best unit in     the ANC.
                                                                                                                                            National Commander CAPT              Australia. The hoist was conducted       Later the first of the Cadet
                                                                                                                                         Eliot Fisher, ANC, and TS Anzac         with great pride by the signal hand   Readiness badges (Staff) were
                                                                                                                                         CO SBLT Ray Cron, ANC, greet-           and the flag will be flown for 12     presented to LCDR Peter Martin,
                                                                                                                                         ed VADM Russ Crane, AM, CSM,            months. This was followed by the      LEUT Lance Spice and SBLT
 SPECIAL UNIT: CN VADM Russ Crane inspects                                                                                               RAN, as he arrived and, following       presentation of the NLA Trophy to     Cron, followed by presentations of
 the parade during a ceremony at TS Anzac.                                                                                               the salute, accompanied him on          SBLT Cron.                            Cadet Readiness badges (Cadet)
 Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith                                                                                                              the inspection of a well-presented         Following the presentation,        to Cadets CPO Perham, LS Lewis
                                                                                                                                         unit with a guard and drum corps.       CAPT Fisher told VADM Crane           Ascough and LS Bradshaw.

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                                                                                                                        From statehood
                                                                                                                         to the present
                                                                                                                        By CMDR Jim Huggett                                        When Queen Victoria signed the offi-
                                                                                                                        QUEENSLAND reservists joined other                     cial proclamation document on June 6,
                                                                                                                        Government authorities and Queensland                  1859 Queensland became a state in its
                                                                                                                        Police in late October to provide the                  own right.
                                                                                                                        public and Defence Reserve employers                       Victoria Barracks was officially
                                                                                                                        with a glimpse of Defence and police                   opened on October 27, 1864 (some five
                                                                                                                        from statehood to the present.                         years younger than Queensland) and has,
                                                                                                                            The Defence Reserves Support                       at various stages, hosted the ADF and the
                                                                                                                        Council sponsored an open day pageant                  Queensland Police Service. The ADF and
                                                                                                                        at Victoria Barracks on October 25 to                  police have worked closely together over
                                                                                                                        mark the 150th anniversary of the state                the years and enjoy a strong relationship.
                                                                                                                        of Queensland, one of a number of cel-                     The Queensland Naval Brigade
                                                                                                                        ebration events throughout the year.                   (Militia) was formed in 1883, eight years
                                                                                                                        The day was a great success with more                  before the RAN. Because no ships were
                                                                                                                        than 1000 people recognising Defence’s                 available, they were used as naval infan-
                                                                                                                        historic association with the citizens of              try to garrison and to defend ports along
                                                                                                                        Queensland.                                            the Queensland coast.
                                                                                                                            The pageant offered entertainment                      The maritime display included a
TIRED TEAM: (Front row L-R) SA Governor RADM Kevin Scarce with the oldest surviving “Fuzzy Wuzzy                        throughout the day, with participating                 scale model of the Lucinda donated by
Angel”, Ovuru Ndiki, ADC Carolyn Sladden and LCDR Trish Matthews. Back row (L-R) CAPT Sam                               bodies including the ADF, Queensland                   Maritime Safety Queensland (my civilian
Benveniste, Peter Jeffery, FLTLT Guy Bowering, CAPT Robyn Sluyters and MAJ Peter Reynolds.                              Police, Queensland Mounted Infantry
                                                                                                                                                                               employer). The Queensland Government
                                                                                                                        Historical Troop, Queensland Scottish
                                                                                                                        Vo l u n t e e r R e - e n a c t m e n t G r o u p ,   steamship Lucinda has special histori-

Governor’s team
                                                                                                                        Queensland Anzac Day Commemorative                     cal significance through its association
                                                                                                                        Committee, Victoria Barracks Museum,                   with the first draft of the Australian
                                                                                                                        and the Queensland Maritime Museum.                    Constitution.
                                                                                                                            The naval contingent I headed estab-                   In 1891 Sir Samuel Griffith, then
                                                                                                                        lished a maritime and Navy display fea-                Queensland Premier, sailed to Sydney
                                                                                                                        turing historical period uniforms, ship                in the Lucinda and the Australian
                                                                                                                        models and memorabilia.                                Constitution was drafted on board.

toughs out trek
By CMDR Steve Dunning                mountain walk (Mt Lofty in SA),”             LCDR Matthews said the high-
DEPUTY Director Naval Reserve        she said.                                light of the trek was the honour of
                                         “As the weeks passed this            meeting Ovuru Ndiki, one of the last
Support-SA LCDR Trish Matthews       increased to daily walks of one hour     Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, in the village
achieved a significant career mile-  at top speed to the terrain available,   of Naduri. LCDR Matthews also
stone recently when she tackled      and a weekly mountain walk of five       acknowledged the help provided by
“the world’s third toughest trek”,   hours.”                                  the indigenous support crew, which
by completing the 96km Kokoda            According to LCDR Matthews           she said was invaluable.
Track in the company of the South    and her colleagues, RADM Scarce              “A porter was always within arms
Australian Governor, his full-time   was a driving factor in motivating       reach at creek crossings and other
aide de-camp and a number of fel-    the HADCs who had volunteered            sections of difficult terrain to ensure
low reservists from the Army and     to meet for the longer team treks        the safety of trekkers and to offer a
Air Force.                           and included participating in the        gentle hand or words of encourage-
    As with many adventures it all 12km City to Bay Walk for charity          ment when individuals in our party
started after a couple of glasses of in September.                            were struggling.”
wine. The honorary aides de-camp                                                  She said the group were fortunate
(HADC) to the Governor (and sen- “It was a humbling                           to have mild weather during the trek
ior Navy reservist), RADM Kevin experience to read the                        with only a little rain.
Scarce, were gathered with their                                                  “I can appreciate how a few           CELEBRATION OF STATEHOOD: LCDR Mark Jarrett and CMDR Jim
partners for a Christmas celebration four black polished                      extra degrees in temperature, higher      Huggett join Queensland Police Commisioner Bob Atkinson at the 150th
in 2008 when the challenge was set. monuments at the                          humidity or more rain could make          anniversary display.
    Why Kokoda? RADM Scarce Isurava battle site,                              the terrain and each day’s slog far
explained that he had always wanted                                           more difficult.
to walk the track since studying the
                                     inscribed Endurance,                         “I also learnt something about
history of the Kokoda campaign as a Mateship, Sacrifice and                   myself and the importance of being
midshipman and his later interaction Courage.”                                prepared and focussed,” she said.
with senior Australian and American                                               “Of course being part of a team
Army colleagues had intensified that           – LCDR Trish Matthews          meant there was extra support and
aspiration.                              “We flew out to Port Moresby         encouragement when someone was
    With the seed planted RADM on October 18 before flying to                 struggling. By the end of the trek
Scarce got the ball rolling and a Popondetta the next day,” she said.         I was pretty exhausted but it was
trekking company was identified.         “But an unscheduled overnight        worth it and it’s something that will
LCDR Matthews said that, of the stopover in Popondetta was fortui-            stay with me forever.”
initial 11 individuals who volun- tous because it allowed the group
teered, the numbers dwindled due to be taken to the beach at Gona,
to health, family and employment where Japanese soldiers first landed
commitments. The final group of in 1942, and the scene of significant
                                                                                 Special mark
seven keen individuals including the battles when they withdrew.                 NAVAL Reserve news
Governor, his civilian ADC and five      “We then travelled by road to           items will take their
Reserve HADC participants, includ- Kokoda and walked the 96km to                 place in Navy
ing LCDR Trish Matthews, then set Owers Corner over eight days. In               News along-
about preparing for the trek.        this time, the team gained consider-        side items
    LCDR Matthews said that, indi- able insight into the difficult terrain       on the
vidual physical training regimes the Australian soldiers encountered             perma-
started at various times throughout and paid tribute to their bravery at         nent Navy
early 2009 but, at the 12-week pre- various memorials.                           next year.
trek mark, they focussed on a sched-     “It was a humbling experience           Items about
ule recommended by the trekking to read the four black polished                  reservists will
company.                             monuments at the Isurava battle             be identified by a blue
    “This began with short daily site, inscribed Endurance, Mateship,            NR dinkus.
walks at top speed and a weekly Sacrifice and Courage.”

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HEALTH                                                                                                                                                                       23

Give fat the heave-ho ho ho
Without wanting to spoil the fun and fare
of Christmas, LT Rob Orr has some tips
for giving your body the best start to the
new year.

         HE festive season is not usually    in moderation and avoid the accompa-
         a good time for girths, as physi-   nying salty, fatty snacks.
         cal activity takes a back seat
         to eating, drinking and being
                                                E    xperience life: Try some-
                                              thing new every week. What about
merry. To salvage your hard-won fit-          waterskiing, bushwalking, hiking,
ness, a plan of action is needed.             mountain-bike riding or archery?
    Christmas works on two fronts in shift- Maybe you can learn to surf, play
ing the balance of energy intake versus golf or skate?
output. Apart from having to store a calo-
rie surplus, the body, in the absence of        A    ctivate: Go for family walks after
exercise, can lose about one per cent of lunch, rather than loosen the belt and
fitness a day over a month.                   take an afternoon nap. Take your kids,
    If your New Year resolution is to get pets and/or mates to the park. Walk to
fitter/faster/stronger, you may find it takes the shop for the paper. Walk along the
several weeks, if not months, to regain beach rather than sunbake (with your
pre-Christmas fitness levels.                 sunblock on, of course).
    It is unrealistic to expect you to
increase your training regime over the          T   arget plans: Place a chart on
stand-down period, but the SWEAT prin-        your fridge with achievable targets.
ciple might help you keep healthy.            For example: “I will walk for at least
                                              200 minutes a week and count any walk
   S    witch off: Set aside 30 minutes a of more than five minutes” or “Family
day for no-electronics playtime. That is, activities – 15 minutes of backyard cricket
turn off the TV and video games and play three times a week”.
physical games.                                   Have a happy, healthy
                                              Christmas and
   W     atch the intake: Wait at least 20 remember to
minutes before having second helpings. SWEAT.                                                                                                  FAMILY FITNESS You’re never
Don’t keep junk food around (if you                                                                                                            too young to learn about stay-
really want it, you’ll have to walk to the                                                                                                     ing healthy at Christmas, even if
shops). Drink water before and with your                                                                                                       Santa has other ideas.
meals. Alternate a glass of water for every                                                                                                    Photo: CPL Corinne Boer
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                                                                                                STAYING INSIDE THE LINES:
                                                                                                ABET Amber Roomes working in
                                                                                                the graphics workshop at FBE.
                                                                                                Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey

                                                                                                ALL SECURE: LSBM Gle
                                                                                                Phillips returns an F88 Aus
                                                                                                rifle to the rack in HMAS
                                                                                                armoury.       Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

   Patterson and Kirsti e Nicholls spend time in HMA
   Darwin.                         Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

                                                                                                                              NUMBERS GAME: LSSN Joseph
                                                                                                                              Elliott checks stores items on board
                                                                                                                              HMAS Darwin. Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

                                                                                                                         KISS OF LIFE:
                                                                                                                         SMNMED Sara Sullivan
                                                                                                                         works on a simu-
                                                                                                                         lated patient in HMAS
                                                                                                                         Darwin’s sickbay.
                                                                                                                         Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

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                                                                                     TAKING A DIP: ABMT
                                                                                     Ashley Jackson checks
                                                                                  engine oil during rounds in
                                                                                the main machinery room in
                                                                                                HMAS Anzac.
                                                                                     Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson

                                                                                                                  ON COMMS: LSET Paul Bird during
                                                                                                                  action stations on board HMAS Darw
                                                                                                                  Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
    TASTY: ABBM Chris Bradshaw
    the chicken kebabs while getting o:
    dinn er on board HMAS Tobruk. Phot
    ABIS Lincoln Commane

  WE’RE HERE: LEUT Stephen Blume
  is serving in East Timor as the Liaison
  Officer to the ISF commander.
  Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo

                                       ean Naidu
  in the missile con trol room on board HMAS
  Darwin.                  Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

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A Christmas to remember
           YCLONE Tracy hit the city of       Tarakan and Wewak arrived with 3000
           Darwin at 3am on Christmas         naval personnel.                              As Navy personnel around Australia and the world
           day 1974 with such ferocity
           that 70 per cent of housing
                                                  The arrival of Melbourne precipitated
                                              the establishment of a Shore Command          prepare for Santa’s visit, LSIS Paul McCallum
was damaged or destroyed and 65 peo-
ple lost their lives.
                                              Headquarters to coordinate the working
                                              parties, which were tasked by the Natural     looks back at Christmas in Australia 35 years ago.
    At the time, Navy had a staff of 351      Disasters Organisation.
serving at Darwin Navy Headquarters,              With the arrival of the task group, the
the communications station HMAS               primary focus for ACDT One turned to
Coonawarra, and on the four Attack class      the extraction of Arrow from Stokes Hill
patrol boats based in Darwin.                 Wharf, a task achieved on January 13
    All four of the patrol boats suffered     after much work.
damage, however, HMAS Arrow was                   Unfortunately Arrow was damaged
damaged beyond repair and was found           beyond repair and was subsequently
sunk under Stokes Hill Wharf. Two sail-       decommissioned and scrapped.
ors lost their lives on board.                    During January, naval personnel spent
    The cyclone forced HMAS Attack            17,979 man days ashore, with up to 1200
ashore at Doctor’s Gully while HMA            ashore at the peak of the operation.
Ships Advance and Assail suffered less            Working parties cleared 1593 blocks
damage.                                       and cleaned up schools, government and
    Darwin Navy Headquarters was              commercial buildings and recreational
destroyed along with 80 per cent of the       facilities.
patrol boat base and 90 per cent of the           They installed generators, rewired
married quarters. HMAS Coonawarra             houses, repaired electrical and air-con-
was extensively damaged as well.              ditioning systems, re-roofed or weather-
    As the gravity of the disaster became     proofed buildings, and maintained and
apparent, a naval task force under the        repaired vehicles. Some parties worked to
command of the Flag Officer command-          save rare plants in the Botanical Gardens.
ing the Australian Fleet (FOCAF), RADM
                                                  Hygiene parties disposed of spoiled
D.C. Wells, was assembled to render aid
                                              foodstuffs from houses, supermarkets and
to Darwin.
    The first RAN asset to arrive in the
city was a HS748 aircraft from 851                Wessex helicopters transported 7832
Squadron, carrying blood transfusion          passengers, 110,912kg of freight and
equipment and a team of Red Cross work-       made 2505 landings.
ers. They arrived on Boxing Day.                  The HS748 aircraft completed 14
    Members of ACDT One arrived short-        return flights to Darwin and carried 485
ly after in another HS748, while Fleet        passengers and 22,680kg of freight.           HIGH AND DRY: HMAS Attack was forced onto the shore at Doctors Gully, just east of the current
units in Sydney were recalled to sail north       In May and June 1975 the mine hunt-       HMAS Coonawarra.
and render aid.                               ers HMA Ships Curlew, Ibis and Snipe
    HMAS Flinders and Brisbane arrived        surveyed the approaches to Darwin and
                                                                                            SCRAP METAL: (Below and inset) HMAS Arrow was re-floated after being recoverd from Stokes
in Darwin on December 31 with Flinders        the harbour itself, locating ships sunk
                                                                                            Hill Wharf. All equipment that could be recovered was removed and the ship was decommissioned
surveying the approaches to Darwin to         during Cyclone Tracy and other naviga-        and sold into scrap.
ensure safe passage and anchorage of the      tional hazards.
task group, while Brisbane landed work-           Darwin steadily rebuilt over the fol-     Photos courtesy Naval Historical Society of Australia
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‘Minney dynasty’                                                                                                                                                                 HO, HO: LSPT
                                                                                                                                                                                 Alex Minney
                                                                                                                                                                                 dresses up as
                                                                                                                                                                                 santa to raise
                                                                                                                                                                                 money for the
                                                                                                                                                                                 Variety Children’s

 rocks Penguin
                                                                                                                                                                                 Charity at Fleet
                                                                                                                                                                                 Base East, with
                                                                                                                                                                                 SMNBM Matthew
                                                                                                                                                                                 Magill from HMAS
                                                                                                                                                                                 Newcastle kindly
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo: ABIS Andrew

 in gate to gate

                                                                                                             Santa races for the kids
By Michael Brooke
                                                                                                             By Michael Brooke                                 Gold medal Olympian Libby Trickett
FOR the third year in succession                                                                                                                            greeted LSPT Minney at the finish line
LSPT Alex Minney of HMAS                                                                                     LSPT Alex Minney has won the 2km
                                                                                                                                                            where he was interviewed by Channel
                                                                                                             Santa Fun Run as well as the admira-           Nine News about his role in the Navy
Kuttabul has cantered to vic-
                                                                                                             tion of scores of disabled and sick            and his motive for competing in the race,
tory in the Gate to Gate 5km fun
                                                                                                             children who will benefit from the             which was to help answer the Christmas
run and power walk at HMAS
                                                                                                             $1700 he has raised for Children’s             wishes of sick and disadvantaged chil-
Penguin.                                                                                                     Variety Bash.
    The fleet-footed LSPT Minney                                                                                                                            dren.
                                                                                                                 In what marks a fairy-tale ending to          LSPT Minney said he was also
won the 2009 event in a time of                                                                              a Christmas wish, LSPT Minney out-             inspired to run the race of his life by the
17:08 – 40 seconds faster than his                                                                           paced 2000 other santa-suited runners          overwhelming sponsorship he received
other two triumphs in the annual                                                                             in the Sydney CBD on November 29,              from Navy personnel, who gave gen-
race.                                                                                                        also raising the most money out of any         erously to the santa-clad sailor during
    The former Navy cook is the                                                                              competitor.                                    two days of fundraising at the Kuttabul
first sailor to win this race three                                                                              LSPT Minney virtually sprinted the         gangway.
times, with his triumphs from                                                                                entire 2km down George Street to win              Victory in the Santa Fun Run marks
2007 to 2009 recognised by the                                                                               the annual charity race in a time of 4:27.     LSPT Minney’s third significant triumph
Navy PT fraternity as a ‘Minney                                                                                  “The stampede by 2000 santas at the        for the year, following his success in
dynasty’.                                                                                                    start was a little surreal but I was able to   the gate to gate 5km fun run at HMAS
    “I was determined to make it                                                                             kick ahead over the last 500 metres,” LS       Penguin and the ship to shore 5km fun
three in a row and it was probably                                                                           Minney said.                                   run at Kuttabul.
lucky that the second runner-up
had run a marathon just a few
days earlier,” LSPT Minney said.
    For his winning effort this year
                                                                                                             Masters of the helm win gold
LSPT Minney received gift vouch-                                                                             By CMDR Martin Linsley
ers worth $200, which he called an                                                                           MEMBERS of the Navy sailing team
early Christmas present.
                                                                                                             won gold and bronze at the recent
    This milestone victory follows
                                                                                                             World Masters Games in Sydney.
LSPT Minney’s triumph in the
                                                                                                                  In a 97-strong Tasar fleet CDRE Rick
2009 Ship to Shore 5km fun run at                                                                            Longbottom and CMDR Henry Nord-
HMAS Kuttabul in October, when                                                                               Thomson won the 35-45 division, beat-
he dethroned the reigning cham-                                                                              ing not only 2000 Olympic gold medal-
pion from Thales.                                                                                            list Tom King, but Crown Prince Frederik
    LSPT Minney also claimed                                                        LEADER OF THE            of Denmark.
victory in the Santa Fun Run on                                                     PACK: (Above)                 I sailed with Phil Hextell and we won
November 29, which saw him run                                                      LSPT Alex Minney         bronze in the 55-65 division.
2km in a Santa suit through the                                                     led from start to fin-        The standard of competition in the
Sydney CBD.                                                                         ish.                     Tasar fleet was of the highest level. Three
    In the women’s open Army                                                        Photo: ABIS Peter        past Olympic representatives and three
CPL Stephanie Knight held off a                                                     Thompson                 ex-Tasar world champions – including           STREAKING AHEAD: Tasars at the
game challenge from LSPT Trish                                                      CHARGING UP              CDRE Longbottom – competed. In the             World Masters Games start a race
Muller to win the title just 18 sec-                                                THE HILL: (Left)         spirit of Masters Games, however, the          on a choppy Sydney Harbour.
onds shy of the race record.                                                        PO Benjamin White        sailors’ competitiveness was mixed with
    The gate to gate fun run saw a                                                  and Kate Huff par-       goodwill and camaraderie.                         A 35 knot squall decimated the fleet
record number of 167 competitors                                                    ticipate in the HMAS          Sailing conditions were tough during      on one day, causing most boats to cap-
contest the course, which incor-                                                    Penguin gate to          the games. Racing on the first two days        size. As a result, just five of the pro-
porated panoramic views and an                                                      gate fun run.            of competition was cancelled because of        grammed eight races were completed,
undulating route around Penguin                                                     Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne     gusty westerly winds funnelling down           with every race counting towards the
and the Middle Head area.                                                           Mack                     Sydney Harbour.                                overall result.

MAD DASH: Competitors in the gate to gate fun run jostle for their positions at the start of the race.
Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson

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RAN all out in IDCC semi
By LEUT Ben Churcher and                     reached with the loss of just two wickets
LSIS Paul McCallum                           for Navy, SBLT Wallace capping off a
NAVY has won the Stan Sismey Plate           fantastic day with 49 not out while LS
                                             Chris Berry contributed 34 runs.
against the RNZAF despite beeing bun-
                                                 The following day saw the tourna-
dled out of the International Defence        ment switch to 50 over mode, and the big
Cricket Challenge in Canberra, los-          game of Navy v Aus Army was the key
ing to the Army in the semi-final on         match. Unfortunately the RAN failed to
November 24.                                 rise to the occasion, and only managed
    A team of 17 players was selected        109, being bowled out in the 37th over.
from a two-day trial squad to compete        LS Joe Rule top scored with 20, but the
in the challenge, which comprised 20/20      RAN innings never got going.
and 50 over games.                               The Army blasted their way to the
    Team coach LEUT Marty Karow said         total in only 10.4 overs, ensuring the
the 35+ temperatures in Canberra during      RAN didn’t have to dwell on their bat-
the competition and the intensity of the     ting performance for too long.
games played were a great challenge to           The RNZAF was the next opponent
players and coaching staff.                  and won the toss and batted. At zero for
    “Navy went into every game as if it
                                             75 it looked as though Navy was going
was a grand final,” LEUT Karow said.
                                             to have a hard day. However, a remark-
    “There was no doubting the dedica-
                                             able comeback from our bowlers turned
tion and commitment to the cause by the
                                             the game on its head, with the Kiwis dis-
guys as they finished every game well
                                             missed for only 127. LCDR Nigel Rowan
    The championship started with two        was the pick, with an outstanding five for
20/20 matches on November 18 for Navy        45 with the ball, while LS Grant Malouf
with a win against the RAAF first up.        supported him well with an economical
LEUT Ben Churcher’s 62 runs placed           2-17 before WO Fuss cleaned up the tail                                                     ON THE ATTACK: LS Geoff Crossman fires in an off-cut-
Navy in a strong position, the team get-     with 3-20.                                                                                  ter against his RAAF opponent while, below, LEUT Ben
ting a total of 114. WO Gary Fuss added          After AB Nick Magafas and LEUT                                                          Churcher drives a delivery off his leg side against the
a quick 20 and continued his strong per-     Churcher saw off the opening bowlers,                                                       RAAF team. LEUT Churcher was the best batsman for
                                             SBLT Wallace came to the crease and he       LCDR Rowan both contributed two
formance while bowling, taking three                                                      wickets.                                       Navy with 62 runs from just 58 balls faced.
wickets for just 17 runs.                    and LEUT Churcher put on a partnership                                                      Photos: LAC Aaron Curran
                                             of 68, taking the side to within reach of        It was not a big total but the Navy
    Just one hour after finishing the game                                                batsman crumbled again, not helped this
against RAAF, Navy was up against            the small target. LEUT Churcher was
                                             eventually dismissed for 54, while SBLT      time by some bad luck and questionable
a fresh Royal Malaysian Air Force                                                         umpiring decisions. Despite some fight-
(RMAF) side.                                 Wallace fell just before the goal was
                                             reached for 45. The RAN won the match        ing batting from SBLT Wallace and PO
    Batting first again, Navy managed
                                             by seven wickets, and their place in the     Grimmond, the side could not gain any
110 after a slow start. LEUT Churcher
                                             semi-finals was secured.                     momentum and was dismissed in the 28th
led the batting again with a solid 41,
while SBLT Shane Wallace added anoth-            A show-down with the Aus Army            over for only 68.
er 20.                                       was what awaited the Navy side in the            With the loss to Army, the team faced
    Missing some key opportunities,          semi, with the prospect of gaining some      a third place play-off against the RNZAF
Navy were outclassed by the Malaysian        revenge for the heavy defeat only days       and secured the Stan Sismey Plate.
side who reached the target with an over     before prominent in everyone’s mind.             The final saw Army take on the
to spare. WO Fuss again led the bowling          From the outset, this looked likely,     RMAF with the Malaysian side winning
attack with two for 21.                      with WO Fuss and LS Geoff Crossman           by 149 runs.
    The next day saw Navy take on the        outstanding with the ball in the opening         Both SBLT Wallace and LCDR
RNZN and the NZ Army in another two          overs. The Army batsman were totally         Rowan were selected in the World XI at
20/20 matches.                               outclassed, and after LS Malouf backed       the grand final dinner, and there were
    The Navy side put pressure on the        up the opening bowlers with an equally       several other players from the side in
Kiwi batting, restricting them to 128        restrictive and dangerous spell, the Army    contention. LEUT Churcher was award-
despite a late batting surge with the off    were struggling at five for 57 after 26      ed the Knight/Fuss trophy for RAN
spin of SBLT Wallace proving too much        overs.                                       Players’ Player, while LS Crossman, PO
for the batsmen, taking three for 11 off          All looked good for Navy before         Grimmond and WO Fuss all had fine
just four overs.                             things began to go awry. Wicketkeeper        tournaments.
    Despite early wickets, the Navy          LEUT Churcher went down with what                All players were accommodated at
answered the challenge with SBLT             appeared to be a serious back injury, and    HMAS Harman, which proved an excel-
Wallace and team captain PO Luke             was ruled out of the game from that point    lent venue for the team.
Grimmond scoring 62 and 52 respec-           on.                                              “The IDCC could not have been as
tively. Both men saw out the innings and         PO Grimmond had to take the gloves       successful if it weren’t for the support of
finished undefeated.                         and the Navy batting card would be           Harman and the ship’s company,” LEUT
    With their confidence up, the team       one batsman short. From this point on        Karow said.
demolished the NZ Army with SBLT             the Army fought back and managed to              “With all teams staying in the same
Wallace again devastating the batsmen,       get to 171 before being bowled out. LS       place, good friendships were formed that
this time taking five for 14, keeping the    Crossman was the standout with a bril-       we hope to carry over to future cricketing
batsmen to just 115 runs. The total was      liant five for 30, while LS Malouf and       events.”

                                                                                           Crackerjack day for Navy bowls
                                                                                           By POIS Phillip Hunt
                                                                                           THE Victoria Barracks Bowling
                                                                                           Club hosted a Remembrance Day
                                                                                           service in Sydney recently where
                                                                                           local bowling clubs contested the
                                                                                           Diggers’ Day Shield.
                                                                                              Victoria Barrack’s club president
                                                                                           CAPT Adel Amin hosted the event,
                                                                                           while club treasurer Roger Stemp
                                                                                           took on the role of MC for the day.
                                                                                           Army Padre Phil Anderson conduct-
                                                                                           ed the service as CAPT Amin laid
                                                                                           the wreath and CPL Ian Stenning
                                                                                           played The Last Post.
                                                                                              A fine game of bowls took place
                                                                                           after the service, which was won
                                                                                           by the Navy Bowls team compris-         present, and costs $35. It is also rec- CHAMPIONS: Vaughan King
                                                                                           ing skipper CPO Wade Vidulich, 2nd      ognised by the Royal NSW Bowling presents the Diggers’ Day Trophy
                                                                                           CPO Scott McNally and lead AB           Association.                            to the Navy Bowls Team. (L-R)
                                                                                           Mark Wallace.                                                                   CPO Scott McNally, CPO Wade
                                                                                              Full membership to the Victoria      The point of contact is PO ‘Rex’ Hunt   Vidulich, AB Mark Wallace and
                                                                                           Barracks Bowling Club is open           on (02) 9359 3039 or email phillip.hunt Stan Rugless looks on.
                                                                                           to all Defence members, past and                         Photo: POIS Phillip Hunt

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 Masters lead Navy
                                                                                                                                                                                                  ON GUARD: LEUT David
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kingdom conducts a self
                                                                                                                                                                                                 defence class at the HMAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Albatross gym.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: ABIS Justin Brown

volleyball resurgence
FOLLOWING a lean period for national inter-Service competitions, consolation being the selections for
Navy volleyball over the past few which were held in Townsville in the ADVA national teams.
years, interest in the sport has seen late October.                         A highlight of the year was the
a recent resurrection.                    Navy volleyball president LCDR opportunity for the Navy Masters
    The Navy Volleyball Player             Les Crawford said he was confident         +35 squad to mix with some of the
Development database now has the           that a significant number of Navy          28,000 participants in the World
names of more than 60 Navy mem-            players would go on to be selected         Masters Games held in Sydney in
bers who are either active in volley-      for the ADVA squad to tour the USA         October.
ball or are interested in participating.   in 2010.                                       Despite some last minute with-
As well, the Navy Sports Council               That confidence was reflect-           drawals from sea-going players, a
is actively supporting and funding         ed with five members selected              small squad of seven players met for
development of the sport.                  on completion of the National
                                                                                      the first time only two days before
    The Red Anchor competition,                                                       the competition at a training session
held at the Sydney Olympic Park
                                                                                      in Sydney.
sports hall on July 29, saw 12 teams
                                                                                          Following five pool and cross-
enter and, under the direction of the      “Navy volleyball is                        over games, Navy was well placed
FBE PT staff and the nationally rec-
ognised referees, there was some
                                           keen to hear from                          to enter the medal play offs. A 2-0
excellent volleyball from all teams.       members of any                             win against Hills Dragons and a nar-
                                                                                      row 2-1 loss to Canadian team – The
    In this competition the youth and      age and skill level                        Piranha Brothers – set the team up
vitality of HMAS Kanimbla was
                                           who would like to
narrowly edged out by the experi-
ence of the HMAS Waterhen team.            get involved in the
                                                                                      for a gold medal play off against the
                                                                                      more youthful Canadian visitors.                   Protect Australia and yourself
    Navy players from Victoria                                                            In a hard-fought and spirited
were also active on that day in the        sport.”                                    match Navy went down 3-0 but
                                                    – LCDR Les Crawford,                                                                 By LEUT David Kingdom                          tion and weapon disarming techniques
Victoria inter-Service competition,                                                   could hold their heads high as they
with a number of players making the               Navy Volleyball President                                                                                                             (knife, pistol and rifle).
                                                                                      collected their silver medals. The                 RECOGNISING the importance of
Victorian Combined Service squad.                                                     team has resolved to fit in more                                                                      Exponents who complete MSD train-
                                                                                                                                         sailors’ personal safety, Navy physical        ing will not only gain physical fitness
    The employment of a civilian                                                      training before the next Masters
coach and regular coaching sessions                                                                                                      trainers will now have to pass a mili-         and confidence, but will gain skills that
                                                                                      Games in Torino in 2013.                           tary self defence (MSD) component of           may prevent injury in the event of a con-
paid off at the NSW inter-Service          Combined Service competition.
                                                                                          Navy volleyball is keen to hear                training at HMAS Cerberus.                     frontational situation or serious assault.
competition held at HMAS Albatross         Congratulations to: SMN Rebecca
                                                                                      from members of any age and skill                      All Army physical trainers have been       Those personnel who are trained in MSD
in August, where Navy prevailed            Kuenster, LEUT Bianca Letuzzi,
over the RAAF and Army taking the                                                     level who would like to get involved               directed to become MSD instructors and         can also be utilised in a variety of opera-
                                           LEUT Helen Anderson, AB Simon              in the sport.
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player awards and most improved                                                       For further information contact LCDR                   MSD is now a component of the ADF          trained in MSD, as long as they are phys-
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YEAR IN REVIEW                                                                                               01

   The year that was...                                          O
                                                                        nce again

                                                                        the Navy has
                                                                        displayed its
                                                                 dedication to duty
                                                                 after ploughing
                                                                 through another
                                                                 busy year that has
                                                                 seen sailors respond
                                                                 with tenacity to
                                                                 events ranging from
                                                                 natural disasters and
                                                                 piracy attacks, to pay
                                                                 reform and cultural
                                                                 Alisha Welch reports.
                                                                    n arguably one of the busiest

                                                                 I  years in the history of the Royal
                                                                    Australian Navy, New Generation
                                                                 Navy (NGN) took on full swing early
                                                                 with the Chief of Navy, VADM Russ
                                                                 Crane, AM, CSM, RAN announcing
                                                                 Navy’s culture change program and,
                                                                 in particular, Plan TRAIN – a scheme
                                                                 under which two Anzac frigates are
                                                                 dedicated to training in order to
                                                                 unclog training pipelines in the Fleet.
                                                                      One ship now remains alongside
                                                                 to conduct training while the other
                                                                 undertakes daily running to further
                                                                 progress competency training. HMA
                                                                 Ships Arunta and Anzac began this
                                                                 new scheme back in February, and
                                                                 HMA Ships Ballarat and Toowoomba
                                                                 will greet 2010 as the Plan TRAIN
                                                                 ships playing one of the most impor-
                                                                 tant roles in the Fleet. Feedback so
                                                                 far has been very positive, with sailors
                                                                 gaining competencies far more quickly
                                                                 than in previous years and seeing sea
                                                                 service earlier than ever before.
                                                                      When bushfires devastated lives
                                                                 and communities across Victoria on
                                                                 February 7, sailors mourned alongside
                                                                 all Australians. Four hundred and
                                                                 sixty ADF personnel were involved in
                                                                 containment and recovery efforts as
                                                                 the bushfires raged, including CHAP
                                                                 Jason Wright from HMAS Cerberus,
                                                                 who said his main goal was to sup-
                                                                 port the ADF personnel in the field.
                                                                 In all, 173 Australians lost their lives,
                                                                 5000 people were injured and 2029
                                                                 homes burnt to the ground as fires
                                                                 sped through more than 4500 square
                                                                 kilometres of land.
                                                                      March sailed in and so did 15
                                                                 proud ships into Sydney Harbour for
                                                                 the Fleet Entry and Review on March
                                                                 13. Led by HMAS Sydney, HMA Ships
                                                                 Darwin, Newcastle, Anzac, Ballarat,
                                                                 Stuart, Manoora, Kanimbla, Success,
                                                                 Sirius, Diamantina, Hawkesbury, Yarra,
                                                                 Norman, Gascoyne, Farncomb and
                                                                 HMNZS Canterbury steamed through
                                                                 Sydney Heads as part of an historic
                                                                 Fleet Divisions Ceremony. The next day,
                                                                 4600 sailors created a sea of white
                                                                 during an impressive Freedom of Entry
                                                                 parade through the city.

    FINE SHOW: Officers
    and sailors begin their
    Freedom of Entry
    Parade down George
    Street, Sydney on
    March 14.
    Photo: ABCSO Steven

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   ➤                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    FULL STEAM AHEAD: The Fleet
          On April 16 sailors finally saw the results                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 passes through Sydney Heads dur-
     of almost six years of remuneration reform                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing the Fleet Entry and Review on
     as the Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              March 13. Thousands turned out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     around Sydney Harbour to watch the
     (GORPS) was implemented. GORPS provides                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  impressive spectacle unfold.
     a structure that rewards increases in skill and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo: ABIS Andrew Black
     acceptance of responsibility.
          Also in April, CN rolled out Navy’s NGN
     challenge, saying the reforms were essential
     to safeguard Navy’s future. But structural
     reform in the way of creating Navy Strategic
     Command and abolishing Navy Systems
     Command were only the surface of the
     changes planned – cultural change was, and
     remains, the most pressing NGN priority.
          As the 10 Signature Behaviours were
     announced under NGN, HMA Ships Sydney
     and Ballarat departed for Northern Trident –
     the exciting six-month deployment that saw
     the ships’ companies travel 33,000 nautical
     miles around the world. Highlights included
     twice transiting the Suez Canal, visiting ports
     in France and Spain and, of course, seeing
     the bright lights of New York City where                                                                                                                                                                                              NEW YORK, NEW YORK!: (Left) HMAS Ballarat transits
     Aussie sailors not only flooded the streets                                                                                                                                                                                           the Hudson River as part of her goodwill visit to New
     in a sea of white, but featured in a short                                                                                                                                                                                            York City during Northern Trident 2009, the six-month
     promotional video on the big screen in Times                                                                                                                                                                                          round-the-world voyage that saw the ships’ companies of
     Square. Before they got there, though, the                                                                                                                                                                                            HMA Ships Sydney and Ballarat showcase the RAN to
     ships displayed their strength by responding                                                                                                                                                                                          thousands of people around the globe. Countries visited
     to distress signals from two merchant vessels                                                                                                                                                                                         included Spain, France, UK, Canada and US.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
     in the Gulf of Aden. On the night of May 17,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           HIGHLY SKILLED: (Above) HMAS Ballarat’s boarding
     Sydney and Ballarat came to the aid of mer-                                                                                                                                                                                           team approaches HMAS Sydney during a training exer-
     chant vessels Dubai Princess and MSC Stella,                                                                                                                                                                                          cise on Northern Trident 2009. On the night of May 17,
     successfully thwarting pirate attacks.                                                                                                                                                                                                Sydney and Ballarat came to the aid of merchant vessels
          Back at home, submariners in the west                                                                                                                                                                                            Dubai Princess and MSC Stella, successfully thwarting
     were making history as HMAS Waller hosted                                                                                                                                                                                             pirate attacks.
     the first transmission of an email from a                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
     RAN submarine. Before then, they had
     been unable to access the internet at sea or
     alongside but, thanks to this web revolution,
     submariners can now surf the net and send
     emails while alongside.
          On June 15 one of the RAN’s legends
     crossed the bar. LCDR Max Shean DSO and
     BAR, RANR (Rtd) was one of the most active
     and colourful officers in Navy history – he
     was 90. Farewelled at a funeral with full
     Service honours in Perth on June 22, CN
     said LCDR Shean was a remarkable hero
     who served Australia with distinction dur-
     ing World War II and remained part of the
     submarine community and Navy family until
     the end.
          On July 1 Navy Systems Command dis-
     banded, with all of its functions taken over
     by Fleet Command and Navy Headquarters.
     Navy Headquarters was also renamed Navy
     Strategic Command. July also saw the unveil-
     ing of the Defence Capability Plan – the
     $60 billion plan including new or expanded
     programs in several key areas like the initial
     phases for a future submarine and the acqui-
     sition of 24 naval combat helicopters with
     advanced ASW.
          Operation Catalyst ceased on July 31,
     ending the ADF contribution to the stabilisa-
     tion and rehabilitation of Iraq. During the
     operation, Australian personnel trained about
     36,000 members of the Iraqi Army, Navy and
     Marines, including the conduct of specialist
     training in logistics support, counter-insur-
     gency operations and maritime interception
     and interdiction operations in protecting
     Iraq’s vital off-shore resources.
          Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 involved
     more than 24,000 Australian and US person-
     nel and, during July and August, saw sailors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         IMPRESSIVE: (Far left) The MRH90
     work hard to improve their combat training,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lands on runway 03 at HMAS
     readiness and interoperability across the full         In August, HMAS Toowoomba, deployed          board at night in heavy weather and high             Also in September the MRH90 swooped         team to investigate, search, disarm and
                                                        on Operation Slipper, became the first HMA       seas in 2007.                                    into HMAS Albatross after a successful test     seize. The search of the vessel revealed a                                                     Albatross after a successful test
     spectrum of military operations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    flight to Nowra from Townsville via
                                                        Ship to begin anti-piracy operations off the         Later that month our military justice sys-   flight to Nowra from Townsville via Oakey.      cache of weapons and a large amount of
          Also in August the Navy’s culture of read-                                                     tem faced its biggest challenge yet when the     The first MRH90 is expected to enter service    ammunition. There were no causalities.                                                         Oakey. The first MRH90 is expected
     iness was again illustrated when it respond-       Horn of Africa, in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf                                                                                                                                                                                                     to enter service next year and rep-
                                                                                                         High Court found that the provisions of the      next year and represents an exciting new            As the end of the year approached,
     ed to two urgent requests for assistance           of Oman in support of Counter-Piracy Task                                                                                                         October came and went, but not before an                                                       resents an exciting new chapter in
                                                                                                         DFDA establishing the Australian Military        chapter in naval aviation.
     from regional neighbours. Operation Ashika         Force 151. HMA Ships Betano and Wewak                                                                                                             earthquake shattered parts of Indonesia and                                                    naval aviation.
                                                                                                         Court were invalid.                                  On September 20, HMAS Toowoomba’s
     Assist saw clearance divers from AUSCDT            enabled the delivery of vital medical, dental,                                                                                                    a tsunami rolled over parts of Samoa and                                                       Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
                                                                                                             It found that the military court was         role in counter-piracy operations in the Gulf   Tonga.
     One deploy at short notice to Tonga fol-           engineering and veterinary aid to Tonga          exercising the judicial power of the             of Aden revved up as she responded to an
                                                        and Solomon Islands as part of Pacific                                                                                                                HMAS Kanimbla played a major role                                                          DETER AND DISARM: (Left) HMAS
     lowing the sinking of the ferry, MV Princess                                                        Commonwealth but did not meet the                emergency radio call from the Merchant
                                                        Partnership 2009, while the Australian                                                                                                            in Sumatran recovery efforts after the                                                         Toowoomba’s role in counter-piracy
     Ashika, while Operation Kokoda Assist saw                                                           requirement of chapter three of the              Vessel BBC Portugal, which reported             earthquake, embarking two Sea Kings, an
                                                        Bravery Decorations Council awarded CPO                                                                                                                                                                                                          operations revved up on September
     HMAS Success deploy to PNG to assist with                                                           Constitution. In September, interim legisla-     sighting a boat carrying a group of armed       Army engineering team, LCM8 landing craft                                                      20 when her boarding party
     the search and recovery of the people who          Rohan Pugh, PO Greg Langshaw and LS              tion was introduced that reintroduced the        people closing at high speed. Toowoomba         and LARCs in Townsville before reaching                                                        searched a suspect vessel revealing
     died when an Airline PNG aircraft crashed en       Steven Rowell for their efforts to rescue        system of trial by courts martial and Defence    immediately responded, moving to the scene      their destination on October 16 as part of                                                     a cache of weapons including an
     route to Kokoda village on August 11.              shipmates after they were washed over-           Force magistrates.                               at high speed and launching her boarding        Operation Padang Assist.                   ➤                                                   RPG, six AK47 assault rifles, a G3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         assault rifle and ammunition.

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     In all, 1.3 million litres of water were
produced and distributed, 1300 patients         MULTI-SKILLED: (Above) A small contingent from HMAS Darwin’s
were treated in a purpose-built medical         boarding team speed away from the ship during Exercise Bersama
facility in the village of Seigerringing, 63    Lima 2009. L-R: LSBM Glenn Phillips, ABBM Jarrdyn Pittman and
buildings were assessed for structural          SMNBM Taylor Bradshaw.
integrity and more than 532.4 metric            Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
tonnes of humanitarian aid was flown into
the region. Kanimbla stayed for a month,        PRECIOUS: (Right) ABMED Melissa Mosmondor, from HMAS
returning to Australia in early November.       Kanimbla’s Primary Casualty Reception Facility, greets a newborn
    Meanwhile, HMAS Darwin was sailing          baby while conducting medical observations on Indonesians affected
through South East Asia on a deploy-            by the earthquakes in Sumatra during Operation Padang Assist.
ment that saw her and HMAS Success              Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
join their Malaysian counterparts for
                                                THE TEAM WORKS: (Below) Sailors from HMAS Tobruk work with
Exercise Mastex, a combined maritime
                                                members of the Rural Development Unit, Tongan Defence Service,
warfare exercise that was conducted in the      to transport much-needed tsunami relief aid and equipment from the
Malacca Straits, Malaysia. As well, Darwin      LCM8 to the wharf on the island of Niuatoputapu during Operation
joined the Royal Thai Navy in the Gulf of       Samoa Assist.
Thailand to practice war games with HTMS        Photo: LEUT Todd Austin
Rattanakosin and HTMS Kririrat, as well
as participate in Exercise Bersama Lima
before visiting Vietnam and Cambodia.
    In November the RAN paused to
commemorate the anniversary of its first
sea battle between HMAS Sydney and
the German light cruiser SMS Emden in
a confrontation that changed the way
Australians thought of themselves as a
maritime nation. Sailors and officers also
welcomed a 3.5 per cent pay increase
on November 26, with the Defence Force
Remuneration Tribunal approving a new
two-year ADF workplace remuneration
    Back to operations and HMAS Tobruk
arrived in Samoa and Tonga delivering vital
tsunami relief aid in mid-November, while
HMAS Toowoomba, in its last Operation
Slipper tasking, provided important air
defence to the nuclear-powered aircraft
carrier USS Nimitz.
    As the end of the year approached,
HMAS Toowoomba returned home to Fleet
Base West and HMAS Stuart took over the
RAN’s contribution to combating interna-
tional piracy as part of Task Force 151.
    It’s been a busy year – no doubt 2010
will pose the same unique challenges
as the year just past. But, thanks to the
strength of character of the people who
proudly wear the uniform of the Senior
Service, these challenges will be tackled
head on to ensure Navy continues to live
up to its values of honour, honesty, cour-
age, integrity and loyalty.

NAVY NEWS                                                                          December 10, 2009

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