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					          Volume 51, No. 12, July 10, 2008




                          UNLOCKING THE                                                    CLIMATE OF                                                      LOOKING
                                                                                                                                                           TO THE
                          HOUSING RIDDLE                                                   CHANGE AT                                                       FUTURE
                            Home ownership within                                          ALBATROSS                                                       OF SUBS
                            your grasp – Page 2                                             SEE PAGES 12-13                                                PAGE 5

FINAL SALUTE: Outgoing Chief of Navy, Vice
Admiral Russ Shalders AO, CSC, RAN and the
incoming Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane
AM, CSM, RAN receive a general salute from the
guard at Vice Admiral Shalders’ last parade held
at HMAS Harman.

Photo: LSPH Yuri Ramsey




Outgoing Chief of Navy
VADM Russ Shalders
passes the weight to his
successor VADM Russ
Crane at a ceremony at
HMAS Harman on July 3
➤ Meet the new CN Page 3




CN HANDOVER By Tony Underwood
     The retiring Chief of Navy has paid
  resounding tribute to the men and
  women of the Service.
                                               those on parade represent today, I offer
                                               my most profound and sincere appre-
                                               ciation for your great support.”
                                                  VADM Shalders was addressing
                                                                                          tions of Navy officers,” VADM Shalders
                                                                                          said.
                                                                                             He said he was leaving a service that
                                                                                          was “in very good shape”.
                                                                                                                                     the Navy that most of the changes that
                                                                                                                                     he’d witnessed had been for the good.
                                                                                                                                         “On a personal note, I’ve never, ever
                                                                                                                                     had a bad job,” he said.
                                               guests and an immaculately turned-out         “I inherited a Navy that was in very         “Every posting has been enjoyable,
     “I have always said and I still believe                                              good shape and I hope to leave to my       rewarding and great fun. I’ve truly had a
  that the men and women of the Royal          guard and RAN Band at HMAS Harman
                                               on July 3 in the lead up to the formal     successor a Navy which is in equally       great ride.”
  Australian Navy are world class,” VADM                                                  good shape,” he said. “I think I do.”          VADM Shalders said he and VADM
  Russ Shalders AO, CSC, RAN said at           ‘passing of the weight’ to his succes-
                                                                                             VADM Shalders said the RAN “pos-        Crane had developed the habit in recent
  the ceremony where he officially hand-       sor, VADM Russ Crane AM, CSM, RAN
                                                                                          sesses great capabilities now”.            times when he had been proceeding
  ed command to his successor.                 who became CN at a minute past mid-
                                                                                             “We are operationally focused,” he      overseas or going on leave of formally
     “And my strongest and most endur-         night on July 4.                           said. “I think we are operationally sea-   handing over with the words: “I have
  ing memory of my time in the Navy will          The wife of the late VADM Rod Taylor,   soned and I think we have very strong      the ship.”
  be our sailors.                              Mrs Judy Taylor, and three Chiefs of       and robust plans in place which will           “No doubt we’ll do that again
     “They are professional, committed,        Navy who succeeded him, VADMs Don          develop an even more capable Navy in       tonight,” he said. “I’ll feel a touch of
  dedicated, enthusiastic and great fun        Chalmers, David Shackleton and Chris       the future.”                               sadness, of course, as I hear him say:
  and that will be my longest and strong-      Ritchie, witnessed the handover.              This, VADM Shalders said, was attrib-   ‘I have the ship’, but it’ll be my pleasure
  est memory of my time in the Navy.              “VADM Rod Taylor was a role model       utable to the work of his predecessors.    and privilege to hand it on to a man I
     “To all the sailors in the Navy, who      for many of us in the Navy – for genera-      He said in his more than 41 years in    know will do a great job.”
 02                                                                                                                                                                                                          NEWS
                                                                                                                                                                      Briefs
New home incentive                                                                                                                                                    Navy requested to butt out
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Navy has urged its sailors
                                                                                                                                                                                                   not to drop cigarettes butts
                                                                                                                                                                                                   overboard because of the
     ADF to keep the home ownership dream alive                                                                                                                                                    environmental damage it
                                                                                                                                                                                                   can cause. Cigarette butts
                                                                                                                                                                                                   are a pollution problem in
    The Australian dream of home owner-                                                                                                                                                            coastal areas. They can
ship is within reach for ADF members with                                                                                                                                                          be carried to the sea via
the introduction of the new Defence Home                                                                                                                              rivers and waterways, or washed from beach and coastal
Ownership Assistance Scheme (DHOAS).                                                                                                                                  areas. Apart from being unsightly, birds, fish and marine
    DHOAS came into effect on July 1 and                                                                                                                              mammals can mistake them for food. Filters can leak
provides progressively higher home loan sub-                                                                                                                          toxic chemicals when eaten by wildlife, and kill them.
sidies to permanent ADF members who serve                                                                                                                             The problems in cities have become so bad that city
beyond the critical departure points of four,                                                                                                                         councils have banned smoking on some popular beaches
eight and 12 years, and for reservists with                                                                                                                           like Bondi, Manly, Torquay and Joondalup. This is a
service past eight, 12 and 16 years.                                                                                                                                  problem for Navy too. Butts thrown overboard float
    The subsidy will enable members to buy                                                                                                                            ashore, where they can remain for years before breaking
or build a house, or renovate a house they                                                                                                                            down. Navy has urged personnel whether at sea or
occupy. Project Director Robert McComas                                                                                                                               anchored to dispose of cigarette butts appropriately on
said the scheme was beneficial to members at                                                                                                                          board. Don’t be a ‘drop in the ocean’ sailor.
different stages of their careers.
    “Members who have joined in the last four                                                                                                                         Changes to RANRTF products
years and don’t have an entitlement yet could                                                                                                                         As part of the ongoing review of RAN Relief Trust
use this as an opportunity to start preparing                                                                                                                         Fund (RANRTF) policy and procedures, the trustees
for home ownership,” Mr McComas said.                                                                                                                                 have approved increases and changes to RTF products
    “For members who have served from four                                                                                                                            which took effect on July 1 this year. More information
to the 10 years, this scheme provides the                                                                                                                             is available from the RANRTF website at http://intranet.
opportunity to make some critical decisions                                                                                                                           defence.gov.au/navyweb/sites/RANRTF/ Applications
as to whether they want to exercise their right                                                                                                                       for all RTF loans with the exception of the HMS/HMS-
to gain this subsidy to set themselves up in a WELCOME HOME: Getting your own keys has been made easier thanks to the new                                             TA grants are to made online through the RTF ‘Loan
house.                                               Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme.                           Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
                                                                                                                                                                      Application and Management Service (LAMS) website
                                                         “Members who have served beyond 10                 “It also encourages the home loan lenders                 located on the DRN at http://navy.defence.gov.au/LAMS/.
   The scheme at a glance years and may be more financially stable can to offer better services and prices for mem-                                                   All applications for a HMS/HMS-TA grant are to be
  Qualifying period                                  leverage off the scheme as well.”                  bers.”                                                        made through the Defence Community Organisation
  ➤ Permanent members. Four years of continu-
                                                         The scheme is also beneficial to members           Mr McComas said each of the banks would                   (DCO) offices.
                                                     who are thinking of discharging from the full- have their own fee structure.
      ous service. Reserve members. Eight years,                                                                                                                      Seahawk swoops in for a visit
                                                     time forces as it allows their time to continue        “The home loan must provide a product
      based on 20 days service minimum over          to be recognised through Reserve service.          which is equal to or better than a current prod-                                            A Seahawk helicopter from
      consecutive years.                                 Previously, home ownership assistance uct that they have available,” he said.                                                              816 SQN proved to be a
  Loan limit                                         was available to ADF members through the               Defence Science and Personnel Minister                                                  big hit with Bowral high
  ➤ The loan limit at each Tier level is proportion- Defence Service Home Loan and the Defence Warren Snowdon said the DHOAS was one                                                                school students during
     ate to the average house price determined for   Home Owner Scheme and members who of a number of retention initiatives that would                                                              the first Naval Aviation
                                                     accessed these may also be eligible for the new encourage ADF members to serve longer.                                                         Prospects Scheme (NAPS)
     the financial year in which the member first
                                                     scheme.                                                “The subsidies represent a significant                                                  school visit to the Southern
     receives the subsidy on a loan.                     One of the advantages of DHOAS over the incentive for ADF members to remain serv-                                                          Highlands last month. The
     Tier 1 - 40 per cent of the price               previous schemes is it moves with interest rates ing and will assist them and their families in                  helicopter was the major drawcard to showcase careers
     Tier 2 - 60 per cent of the price               and national loan and housing prices. Director the current competitive housing market,” Mr                       in the ADF and was complemented by mobile helicopter
     Tier 3 - 80 per cent of the price.              Housing and Removal Policy Robert McKellar Snowdon said.                                                         simulators, the ‘Fly Navy’ van and a giant inflatable
  Subsidy assistance amounts                         said the old schemes did not keep pace with ➤ Information sessions will be provided at                           aircraft technician. Defence Force Recruiting personnel
  ➤ Subsidy value Permanent (Reserve).               changes in the market.                                ADF bases by a “road show” team from                       provided an excellent information session regarding ADF
                                                         “They lost their value over a period of time      July to September. Members can also obtain                 careers and LCDR Daryl Robinson provided a brief on
     Tier 1 - $353pm on a loan limit of $187,159
                                                     and they were also restricted to a single pro-        more information by visiting www.dhoas.                    interview techniques including a mock interview with
     after four (eight) years                        vider and a single loan product. This scheme          gov.au or ringing 1300 4 DHOAS.                            LS Danielle Claridge as his job applicant. Coordinator
     Tier 2 - $529pm on $280,783                     will give you a choice of three providers and a                                                                  of NAPS, LEUT Richard Foster said, “This was the first
     after eight (12) years                          choice of products,” Mr McKellar said.                                                                           time NAPS has visited a school outside the Shoalhaven.
     Tier 3 - $705pm on $374,318 after 12 (16)           “You couldn’t own investment properties            DHOAS Case study                                          By all accounts students thoroughly enjoyed the day,
                                                     under the old schemes. Ownership of other               WO Sanderson has completed 21                            and the teachers were amazed that the Year 9 students in
     years.
                                                     property doesn’t prevent access to this scheme years’ service in the Navy. He has a                              particular, had never been so quiet for a lesson before.”
  Service eligibility period                         for the purpose of buying a home to live in.”       mortgage balance of $320,000 on his
  ➤ The maximum subsidy period is 20 years.              Another advantage is a lump sum payment, current home and previously obtained                                Bataan veterans to join together
      Up to an extra five years of subsidy may be    which is available to members who purchase a home ownership assistance under the                                 The HMAS Bataan Veterans Association national
      granted for proven warlike service. If the     home for the first time while in service.           DHOS for a period of 10 years. He wants                      reunion will be held in Queanbeyan, NSW from
      subsidy is not accessed on becoming eli-           “It’s simple to transfer to the new scheme, to know his entitlement under the                                October 9-12. National president Joe Flaherty has
                                                     but members need to be aware that the peri- DHOAS.                                                               invited all Bataan members to take part. Further details
      gible, it accrues on a one-for-one basis for
                                                     od they have received subsidy under the old             He will be eligible for assistance at                    are currently being finalised.
      each subsequent year of service.               scheme will be taken into account when cal- the Tier 3 subsidy level and have an
  Lump sum deposit option                            culating their period of entitlement to the new accrued subsidy period of 17 years.                              Getting ready for reunion
  ➤ An option may be available to convert up to      subsidy,” Mr McKellar said.                         However, as his mortgage balance is
                                                         The scheme will be administered by the below the Tier 3 loan limit of $374,318,                              Organisers are seeking contact details for all
       four years at Tier 1 rate.                                                                                                                                     members of the 10th JRTE intake – January 1965
  Benefits                                           Department of Veterans’ Affairs and made the assistance available to him will
                                                     available through three loan providers: the be based on the mortgage balance of                                  with the view to compiling a contact list, and,
  ➤ Eligibility may transfer to a surviving partner                                                      $320,000. Therefore, his monthly subsi-                      attending a meet and greet in Sydney in August.
                                                     National Australia Bank,
     on the death of the member. Members who                                                                                                                          Point of contact is Dave Sutherland (Howden 2) on
                                                         Defence Force Credit Union and Australian dy payment will be about $603. The 10-
     separate as a result of an injury or compen-                                                                                                                     email da.si.sutherland@bigpond.com or phone (02)
                                                     Defence Credit Union. Mr McKellar said the year period over which he accessed the
                                                                                                                                                                      96073637.
     satable condition will have access to a mini-   choice of three lenders was a matter of bal- DHOS will be taken into account when
     mum eight years subsidy assistance.             ancing the benefit to members with value for assessing the period over which he may                              Calling all radio mechanics
  Members under existing schemes                     money for the government.                           receive the DHOAS assistance. This will
  ➤ Members under existing schemes are eli-              “By having a panel of three lenders it assists be calculated by subtracting the 10                           The RAN Radio Mechanics Association national
       gible if they were serving from July 1 and    Defence in meeting its financial accountability years from his DHOAS accrued subsidy                             reunion will be held in Canberra ACT from October
                                                                                                         period, leaving him with a DHOAS serv-                       28 to November 2. Contact the Victorian organiser for
                                                     and reporting obligations under the Financial
       meet the eligibility criteria.                                                                    ice credit of 84 months (seven years).                       further details on the itinerary and accommodation.
                                                     Management and Accountability Act,” he said.

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NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           03

Command changes hands
Incoming Chief of Navy VADM                                                                                                                                                      uals has been strengthened. While implementa-
                                                                                                                                                                                 tion of the reforms is well advanced there is still
Russ Crane AM, CSM, RAN                                                                                                                                                          much to be done and implementation of these
assumes command and                                                                                                                                                              reforms to further strengthen our maritime capa-
outlines his key priorities                                                                                                           HANDOVER:                                  bility will be one of my high priorities.
                                                                                                                                      Incoming Chief of                              My highest priority in meeting our mission
                                                                                                                                      Navy VADM Russ                             must be, and will continue to be, our people.
    At 0001 04 Jul 2008, I assumed command of
                                                                                                                                      Crane receives                             Our men and women be they permanent, reserve
the Royal Australian Navy.
                                                                                                                                      a salute from the                          or civilian are the Navy’s engine room and I will
     I want to take this opportunity to sincerely
                                                                                                                                      Guard during the                           continue to work hard to ensure that all in Navy
thank Vice Admiral Russ Shalders, AO, CSC,                                                                                            outgoing Chief of
RANR for his years of service. His transfer to                                                                                                                                   have an opportunity to serve in a positive, safe
                                                                                                                                      Navy’s last parade                         and progressive environment where we can excel
the Navy Reserve marks the completion of nearly                                                                                       at HMAS Harman.
42 years of dedicated and outstanding perma-                                                                                                                                     and reach our full potential.
nent service to the Royal Australian Navy, the                                                                                                                                       Each of you has made an enormous commit-
                                                                                                                                               Photo: LSPH                       ment to our nation through service in the RAN or
Australian Defence Force and to Australia.                                                                                                     Yuri Ramsey
      His service culminated with six years as                                                                                                                                   the Department of Defence and you should ask
a Vice Admiral, serving as the Vice Chief of                                                                                                                                     for nothing less.
Defence Force from 2002-05, before taking over                                                                                                                                       My personal approach in assuming the posi-
his watch as the Chief of Navy in mid-2005.                                                                                                                                      tion as your Chief of Navy will be one of – look,
    On behalf of the RAN I wish Russ and his           this exciting point in our history. There can be        My enduring priority for the RAN is that we                       listen, learn and lead. I intend to get out and
wife Judy and family all the very best for the         no doubt that the Navy we are about to inherit      continue to meet our obligation to our nation by                      look at what our Navy is doing, listen to what
future and sincerely thank them for their time,        will be superbly equipped, extremely capable        fulfilling our Navy Mission. We must continue                         you have to tell me, learn from that opportunity
effort and sacrifice throughout an outstanding         and manned by the best officers and sailors in      “to be ready to fight and win in the maritime                         and provide the leadership you expect of me in
career in the RAN.                                     the world. I intend to maintain and build on this   environment as an element of a joint or com-                          achieving our mission and taking our Navy for-
    VADM Shalders’ watch occurred during an            hard won momentum which our predecessors            bined force to assist in maintaining Australia’s                      ward.
extremely important and defining period in the         have provided to us.                                sovereignty and to contribute to the security of                          I plan to visit as many of our ships and bases
life of the RAN and I want to express my per-              There is, however, no easy road and main-       our region”. Wherever our nation sends us and                         as possible before the end of this year, and I will
sonal gratitude to an officer who has led our          taining this momentum will take hard work,          whatever they ask us to do – we must be ready.                        be aiming to listen and talk with as many of you
Navy with a steady and courageous hand for the         unwavering mutual commitment as a Navy team         This is what we do.                                                   as possible at that time.
past three years.                                      and courage to adapt quickly to new social, eco-        Key to our operational capability and effec-                          I have been enormously privileged to have
    We will all miss their active contribution but I   nomic, strategic and technological realities. My    tiveness is the requirement to be a highly disci-                     had an opportunity to serve the RAN for the past
look forward and welcome their ongoing partici-        experience to date gives me great confidence in     plined force aligned and committed to our navy                        38 years and to now serve as your Chief of Navy
pation as part of the important retired element of     the men and women of the RAN and I know this        values.                                                               and Command the RAN.
our broader Navy family. I know that you all join      is a challenge we can all meet.                         The ongoing reform of our military discipline                         My own experience to date indicates to me
me in thanking VADM Shalders for his devotion               I will shortly be assembling separately the    system will help us maintain the high standards                       that we can all achieve outstanding results if
and in wishing him well on his quest to lower his      Navy Star Ranked and Senior Warrant Officer         of discipline and fairness we all expect. These                       we commit as a Navy team to our shared values
golf handicap.                                         communities to discuss our future and develop an    recent and ongoing reforms have enhanced over-                        and goals and I ask for your ongoing support
    I am deeply privileged and honoured to have        ongoing strategy to ensure that the RAN remains     sight, timeliness, transparency and impartiality.                     and assistance as we advance the interests of our
been offered an opportunity to lead the RAN at         a world class Navy.                                     In particular the protection offered to individ-                  Navy in our mission of serving Australia.



Sixty seconds with new CN                                                                                                               STILL DRIVING THAT OLD CAR?
VADM Crane barracks for                                       What is your favourite drink?                                    VEHICLE SALARY
                                                                                                                              PACKAGE INSTEAD
Queensland, likes a hot curry and                               Cold beer on a hot day!
lists his favourite car as a fully ‘sick’                     What is your favourite destination in Australia?
Torana                                                          Anywhere there is a secluded beach.
Tell us a little about your family?                  What is your favourite overseas destination?
                                                         London.
    Married with three daughters – one married and
    living in Sydney, one living in Canberra and one What type of music do you listen to?                                  DRIVE A NEW CAR AND
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What do you do to unwind?
                                                     What is your all-time favourite film?                                                                                                                    LIMITE
                                                         Man From Snowy River – looking forward to
    I really enjoy fishing and gardening.                Australia being released.
What is your dream car?                              If you were stuck in a life raft, who would you
    A fully “sick” Torana!!                          want to be there?
If you hadn’t joined the Navy, what do you think         I would have to say my wife of 30 years.
you would have done?                                 A proud moment in my life was …
    Probably worked in the tourist industry on the       When my three girls were born.
    Gold Coast where I was born and raised.
                                                     What sporting teams do you barrack for?
What is your favourite type of food?                     Queensland – Reds and State of Origin.
    A hot Indian curry.                                  NSW – Wests Tigers. Victoria – Saints.
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You have a voice                            any issue or complaint that you might         ➤ Email: clientservices@dha.gov.
                                            raise. When necessary, they will con-             au.
                                            sult Defence specialists to ensure that       ➤ In writing:
                                            you receive an accurate response.              National Customer Relations
                                                If you are not happy with the way          Defence Housing Australia
    Did you know that DHA encourage         your issue or complaint has been han-          26 Brisbane Avenue
and appreciate your feedback? Often         dled at the local level, you may ask to        Barton ACT 2600
members do not elevate their griev-         have it escalated to your Customer            As a Defence member, if you are
ances to an appropriate level where         Relations Officer (CRO), who has          not satisfied with the outcome after
action can be taken to either rectify       responsibility for co-ordinating the      liaison with DHA, you may choose to
their particular concerns or ensure they    management of the complaint. The          obtain an advocate through your chain
                                            CRO will refer the matter to the HMC      of command. Your divisional officer
are provided with the correct informa-
                                            Manager and / or their representative.    should be your first point of contact in
tion as to why a particular decision has
                                            The Manager will review your case         this instance. If appropriate, you may
been made.
                                            and, where possible, propose a resolu-    request your dispute be referred to the
    Through the Sea Change
                                            tion.                                     Joint Housing and Accommodation
Implementation Management and
Reporting System (SCIMARS) and               DHA’s complaints resolution              Review Committee (JHARC) for
                                                                                      issues relating to the provision of

                                                                                                                                 Discipline reforms:
Sea Change surveys, the Sea Change           process should provide you
Implementation Team (SCIT) regularly         an opportunity to:                       Service Residences, as outlined in
receives your feedback regarding the         ➤ Have your concern heard                the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual
services provided by Defence Housing            and investigated.                     (PACMAN).
Australia (DHA) to RAN members                                                            Where it is not appropriate for an

                                                                                                                                 major steps taken
                                             ➤ Be presented with a clear
upon posting and removal. Some of                                                     issue to be escalated to the JHARC,
                                                and direct process to
the feedback is good but more often                                                   or where an issue is not resolved by
                                                resolve the dispute.                  the JHARC, you may submit an appli-
than not the information is a complaint      ➤ Access a fair and independ-
by a member who believes that their                                                   cation for Redress of Grievance in
                                                ent review.                           accordance with DI(N) ADMIN 35-9.
housing requirements have not been                                                                                                     By GPCAPT Paul Cronan                    of Military Discipline, GPCAPT Paul
                                             ➤ Have a clear explanation of                You should also know that the
met or that they have not received their                                                                                                                                        Cronan said.
                                                any decisions.                        Director of Housing and Removals               The Military Law Centre of the
full entitlement.                                                                                                                                                                   “Complementing the recent introduc-
    If you have a concern or a com-                                                   Policy (DHRP) are conducting a             Defence Legal Division is about to
                                                At a national level. If you are                                                                                                 tion of the Australian Military Court, the
plaint about any aspect of DHA’s serv-                                                Strategic Review of Housing and that       embark on an ADF-wide training pro-
                                            not satisfied with the outcome pro-                                                                                                 changes will improve and simplify sum-
ice, the best way to proceed is as fol-                                               an ADF Conditions of Service Review        gram to ensure that members are aware
                                            posed by your HMC Manager, and                                                                                                      mary authority proceedings. Post-trial
lows:                                                                                 has commenced which will hopefully         how discipline law reforms will impact
                                            wish to further escalate your issue or                                                                                              review processes and appeal rights of
    At a regional level. Your Housing                                                 streamline housing policy and lessen       on them.                                       ADF members will also be affected. In
Management Centre (HMC) case                complaint, the next step is to bring      the administrative red tape with hous-         The centre will coordinate the train-
                                            the matter to the attention of DHA’s                                                                                                addition, the Discipline Officer scheme
officer should always be your first                                                   ing related issues.                        ing through the Service Headquarters and
                                            National Customer Relations team.                                                                                                   will expand to cover all members up to
point of contact as the staff will gener-                                                 Rest assured that SCIT is feeding      says the magnitude of the legal reforms
                                            This may be done by phone, email or       these reviews your issues and ideas so
                                                                                                                                                                                and including the rank of Lieutenant /
ally be able to address your concern at                                                                                          has prompted the program.
a local level. DHA staff will respond       in writing:                               they can incorporate them into their                                                      Captain / Flight Lieutenant.”
                                                                                                                                     As part of the ongoing reforms, funda-         General awareness training, and
to your needs and will seek to resolve          ➤ Phone:1800 249 711,                 findings / recommendations.                mental changes will occur on September         more advanced training courses for
                                                                                                                                 20 (2008) that will affect every ADF           Commanders, summary authorities, disci-
                                                                                                                                 member.                                        pline officers and unit discipline advisors
                                                                                                                                     “It is critical to the ADF’s operational   (such as NPCs, RSM and WOD/Exec
                                                                                                                                 effectiveness, and the protection of indi-     WOFF) will be conducted in August and
        Your car. Your savings. Your choice.                                                                                     viduals and their rights that we have a
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                                                                                                                                                                                September 2008.
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                                                                                                                                                                                and the training program will be provided
                                                                                                                                 structures and ensures that all members        through the chain of command over the
                                                                                                                                 work in a fair and just environment,” CDF      coming months.
                                                                                                                                 ACM Angus Houston said on June 20.             ➤ Members can access the Military
        Find out why 7,000 Defence employees use SmartSalary                                                                         “Since 2005, some major steps have             Justice training website for additional
                                                                                                                                 been taken to address concerns raised              resources at: http://intranet.defence.
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Looking to the future
for submariners
    The Australia-wide skills shortage has impacted sig-        RADM Moffitt aims to identify all potential areas
nificantly on the Navy’s submarine arm and its ability to   where changes in the way Navy does business might
attract and retain the high calibre of person required to   help to stabilise and grow the submarine workforce.
meet the duties associated with submarine service.              He will also develop an integrated action plan and
    The situation is now more severe than it has been for   has rallied for submissions.
some time and, despite continued efforts to address the         “The value of this review depends on me gaining
causes, workforce pressures continue.                       access to as many views and opinions as possible across
                                                            the Navy community,” RADM Moffitt said.
 RADM Moffitt aims to identify all                              “I will treat all submissions with the strictest confi-
 potential areas where changes                              dence and the names of contributors will not be revealed
                                                            if individuals ask to remain anonymous.”
 in the way Navy does business                                  RADM Moffitt will be seeking input from across
 might help to stabilise and grow                           Navy, Defence, industry and the retired community. He
                                                            is keen to hear from anyone who has information that
 the submarine workforce.                                   they think may be of assistance to him.
                                                                RADM Moffitt is a PWO and a specialist navigator
    How does Navy ensure our submarine capability is        with command experience in HMA Ships Newcastle and
sustained in the future? This question and others are       Brisbane.
being investigated by RADM Rowan Moffitt.                       He is a previous Deputy Chief of Navy and Fleet
    RADM Moffitt has been tasked by CN to examine a         Commander who has just returned to Navy after two and
range of factors affecting the uniformed workforce of the   a half years as the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations.
Navy’s submarine arm.                                       ➤ Submissions can be sent by e-mail to submarine.
    These include examining Navy’s organisational struc-        review@defence.gov.au or by mail addressed to
tures and the processes within which Navy generates and         RADM R.C. Moffitt AO, RAN, Submarine Review,
sustains the submarine capability, reviewing the recruit-       Russell Offices R1-4-C002, Department of Defence,
ing process for submariners, examining the main factors         Canberra, ACT, 2600.
which impact Navy’s submarine specialist categories and
ensuring submarine specialist training meets the needs of   OPINIONS WANTED: RADM Moffitt is looking at
both the trainee submariners and Navy.                      ways to improve the recruitment and retention of
    A copy of CN’s directive to RADM Moffitt is avail-      the Navy’s submariners.
able at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/sites/CN.    Photo: ABPH Andrew Dakin



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 NAVY NEWS                                                                      www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/                                                           July 10, 2008
06                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEWS

Harman shines
at OHS awardsBy Barry Rollings                     of ADF employees, its OHS manage-
    Navy figured prominently in the                ment system now comprises eight key        WINNING ENTRY:
2008 Defence Occupational Health and               functions.                                       CMDR Bruce
Safety Awards in winning one major                     HMAS Harman CO, CMDR Bruce                 Shearman, CO
category and receiving two commen-                 Shearman, said that the award recog-           HMAS Harman,
dations and one recognition certificate.           nised a transformational change to the      accepts the award
                                                   base approach to OHS over that peri-       for Best Workplace
    HMAS Harman won the category
                                                   od, supported by strong communica-          Health and Safety
for Best Workplace Health and Safety
                                                   tions and partnership among all parties          Management
Management System when the awards
                                                   resident at Harman.                                   System.
were announced in the R1 theatrette in
                                                       He was particularly proud of those          Photo: Grace
Canberra on June 12.
                                                   (including CAPT Nick Youseman                           Costa
    Commendations were award-                      and LCDR Steve Carroll who jointly
ed: to RADM Davyd Thomas in                        accepted the award with him) who
the Leadership Award for Injury                    had put a simple but robust system in     for “exemplary leadership of the Fleet         to a can-do safely attitude and if that        ing Defence a healthier and safer place
Prevention and Management (no win-                 place today which had established and     Command, in part evidenced by the              pervades everything we do that will            to work,” CDF ACM Angus Houston
ner was selected in this category) and             ensured its enduring nature permeated     efforts to influence and shape the safe-       improve some of these compensation             told the gathering.
to LEUT Tracey Elliott in the category             the establishment.                        ty culture of the fleet.”                      results that we always aim to improve              “The Secretary (Nick Warner) and
for the Best Individual Contribution to                                                          Because of the significance of the         upon,” he said.                                I ask that all our people, civilian and
Health and Safety.                       ‘These awards                                       work that led to the commendation, the            LEUT Elliott was commended for              military alike, take up the challenge of
    HMAS Darwin received a recogni-                                                          award organisers departed from tradi-          the development and implementation             being Defence OHS leaders and help
tion certificate in the same category demonstrate that                                       tion when RADM Thomas was given                of a new physical training and injury          us build on the advances Defence has
as RADM Thomas received his com- our people play an                                          the rare opportunity to make a speech          management program to midshipmen               made in improving occupational health
mendation.                               important role in making                            on receipt of his award.                       and cadets at the Australian Defence           and safety,” he said.
    In recognising HMAS Harman’s                                                                 RADM Thomas said the safety                Force Academy.                                     “Occupational health and safety is
achievements, it was noted that the Defence a healthier and                                  catalyst for Navy was the Sea King                The judging panel observed that it          not something that you can set and
base had transited from a “relatively safer place to work.’                                  accident of 2005, which was a water-           was an “excellent program that shows           forget. It requires ongoing leadership
thin and disjointed” OHS management – CDF ACM Angus Houston                                  shed time which had changed Navy’s             the results of increasing fitness of           attention and commitment to set and
system 18 months ago to a fully inte-                                                        culture and approach to safety forever.        cadets while reducing injuries.” It was        maintain standards that make a real
grated and functioning system now                                                                Enduring change in safety would            a “well researched and strong business         difference and improve workplace
which is supported by strong com-          “HMAS Harman is now a safer and                   be achieved through cultural change            case to get appropriate support and            safety. It requires vigilant attention in
munication and partnership between healthier place to work, live and visit,”                 and the continued efforts of leadership        implemented”.                                  the workplace and it requires fresh,
all parties. Established in 1943 and CMDR Shearman said.                                     to push the message about safety. “We             “These awards demonstrate that our          innovative and challenging review by
the workplace or home of hundreds          RADM Thomas was commended                         have to move from a can-do attitude            people play an important role in mak-          those at the coalface.”




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 NAVY NEWS                                                                               www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/                                                                                      July 10, 2008
NEWS                                                                                                                                                  07
                                                                                                                                          Ship no longer
Ready for Success
        By LCDR Mick Gallagher
                                                                                                                                           high and dry
                                                                                                                                                        By LCDR Mick Gallagher
                                                                                                                                              HMAS Balikpapan (LCDR Paul Hines) is no longer
   After a nine month refit in Sydney the                                                                                                 ‘high and dry’ after five weeks at HMAS Coonawarra
17,933 tonne replenishment tanker HMAS                                                                                                    (CMDR Ainsley Morthorpe) where she underwent her
Success (CMDR Simon Brown) visited                                                                                                        AMP for hull survey and tank inspections.
Darwin before departing for the multi-                                                                                                        The 316-tonne LCH was hauled out of ‘The Shed’
nation exercise RIMPAC 08.                                                                                                                and lowered to sea level under the control of Dock
    RIMPAC 08 is the largest maritime exer-                                                                                               Master POMT Cameron Paice from FSU-Darwin (LEUT
cise in the world and the 21st in the RIMPAC                                                                                              Damien Goodbun).
series.                                                                                                                                       It was then the task of LSBM Melissa Mowbray,
    During her transit between Sydney and                                                                                                 I/C seamanship operations, and her team to complete the
Cairns, Success carried out her Damage                                                                                                    final stage of guiding Balikpapan from the lift and into
Control Assessment. It was then time for her                                                                                              the sea.
Mission Readiness Evaluation (MRE) under                                                                                                      Balikpapan then joined sister LCHs Labuan (LEUT
the watchful eye of the Fleet Gunnery Officer,                                                                                            Paul Ukhoff) and Wewak, (LEUT Craig Flynn) to
LCDR Mitchell Livingstone.                                                                                                                make several round trips to the remote community of
    Before her departure, junior officers of                                                                                              Kalumburu on the northern tip of the Kimberly in WA,
                                                                                                                                          in support of AACAP 08 (Army Aboriginal Community
NEOC 38, who had spent time onboard
                                                                                                                                          Assistance Program 2008).
Success under training, were farewelled by
                                                                                                                                              “This will involve transporting some 1,800 tonnes of
the CO and training staff.                                                                                                                building material, vehicles and machinery to the remote
    “If you want to be a leader, be yourself,”                                                                                            community over a three week shuttle run period from
said CMDR Brown. “Your leadership will be                                                                                                 Darwin,” said LCDR Hines.
shaped by your experience.                                                                                                                ➤ For more on Balikpapan see Page 16.
    “I was impressed with your enthusiasm
during your time aboard,” added the ship’s
Training Manager, LEUT Kyle Schulstad.           ‘If you want to be a leader,
    The 12 NEOCs were accompanied onboard        be yourself. Your leadership
by their Divisional Officer LEUT Brandon         will be shaped by your
Ikimau and Naval Chaplain Ian Lindsay.           experience,’
    “It was a positive experience living
and working with them,” said SBLT Peter           – CMDR Simon Brown
Chapman of NEOC 38.
    The trainees returned to HMAS Creswell
to reunite with eight of their fellow class-     class design, was visiting HMAS Stirling in     ON THE MOVE: HMAS Success departs
mates, who had been aboard HMAS Manoora,         WA.                                             Darwin harbour.
for their graduation parade on June 27.              HMAS Success (OR 304) is the second         ABOVE: PO Michael Hutchesson is an
    HMAS Success is based on the French          RAN ship to carry this historical name. The     integral part of HMAS Success’s board-   ABOVE: HMAS Balikpapan undergoes her hull sur-
Durance Class design and while in Darwin         first was the ‘S’ Class destroyer (H 02) com-   ing team.                                vey and tank inspections at FSU-Darwin.
her French sister ship, FNS Var of the same      mission in the RAN from 1920-1931.              Photos: ABPH Bradley Darvill                                 Photo: LCDR Mick Gallagher




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 NAVY NEWS                                                                    www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/                                                                 July 10, 2008
 08                                                                                                                                                                                       NEWS
                                                                                                                       Minor war vessels
                                                                                                                       association ‘afloat
                                                                                                                         and underway’
                                                                                                                           Anzac Days in particular draw atten-         The association is now beginning a
                                                                                                                       tion to the various Navy associations        membership drive, and spreading the
                                                                                                                       linked to either prominent ship names or     word that the newly-commissioned asso-
                                                                                                                       groups who march under their banners         ciation is now afloat and underway.
                                                                                                                       with considerable pride.                         Membership is open to all those who
                                                                                                                           Until now there has not been an organ-   have served in or supported any of the
                                                                                                                       isation dedicated to bringing together the   various Minor War Vessel employed in
                                                                                                                       officers and sailors – past and present,     the RAN.
                                                                                                                       permanent and reserve – who have served          While not exhaustive, this would
                                                                                                                       in the RAN’s smaller ships.                  include former GPVs Bass and Banks;
                                                                                                                                                                    Attack and Fremantle Class Patrol Boats,
                                                                                                                       Membership is open to all                    Landing Craft Heavy, all mine warfare
HANDOVER: Kanimbla Second World War veterans present HMAS Kanimbla’s Senior Sailors mess with a                        those who have served in                     vessels including the Ton Class and cur-
framed and signed photograph of their ship.                      Photo: ABPH Justin Brown                                                                           rent MHCs, Flinders, Survey Motor
                                                                                                                       or supported any of the                      Launches and the Armidale Class Patrol
                                                                                                                       various Minor War Vessel
 Pictures prove a perfect gift
                                                                                                                                                                    Boats.
                                                                                                                       employed in the RAN.                             As membership and sponsorship
                                                                                                                                                                    expands, so will the activities of the
                                                                                                                                                                    Association.
    The Petty Officer’s and Sergeant’s Mess of HMAS      Harry Price used the occasion to present the mess pres-           RADM Davyd Thomas, as Fleet                  A major aim is for membership to
Kanimbla (CMDR Stuart Taylor) recently invited mem-      ident POMT Christopher Rigg with a large, signed,             Commander in 2006, set about establish-      increase to enable former and serv-
bers of the Sydney-based Armed Merchant Cruiser/         framed photo of their ship.                                   ing such an association.                     ing Navy personnel to march under the
Landing Ship Infantry (AMC/LSI) Association aboard as        Former HMS Kanimbla commissioning crew member                 This led to the RAN Minor War            RANMWVA banner in various locations
their guests for a small function.                       Con Cannon also presented the mess with a framed crew         Vessels Association being formally incor-    around Australia on Anzac Day 2009.
    Eight former crew members of the original Kanimbla   photo taken in 1941 showing the ship’s company proudly        porated in NSW in January 2008.              ➤ Membership information and further
made their way aboard the LPA lying alongside Garden                                                                       To work out a way forward, a commit-         insights into the association’s ambi-
                                                         displaying a Nazi ensign captured during the ship’s high-
Island in late May.                                                                                                    tee was formed in 2007, with CMDR Ian            tions are available on the RANMWVA
    Kanimbla I was a coastal passenger liner which was   ly successful assault on Bandar Shahpur in Iran in which      Gibson leading the way as its president.         website www.ranmwva.org.au.
converted to an armed merchant cruiser for service in    they took seven German and Italian ships.
the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1943 but was crewed by           The old sailors were welcomed aboard by both the
Australian personnel. She later became an RAN infantry   Commanding and Executive Officers before being enter-
assault ship, serving through to 1949.                   tained by the mess, all attesting to an enjoyable afternoon
    Association president George Hinton and secretary    aboard ship.




                Caring for families of those who died                                                                  DID YOU SERVE ON THESE SHIPS?: If so, the newly formed Minor War
                                                                                                                       Vessel Association would like you to join the association.

              defending Australians and their freedom.                                                                                                                              Comms
                                                                                                                                                                                   team help
                                                                                                                                                                                    out kids
                                                                                                                                                                                        By LEUT Gary
                                                                                                                                                                                            McHugh
                                                                                                                                                                                       They say char-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ity begins at home – but
                                                                                                                                                                                   for the staff of Defence
                                                                                                                                                                                   Communication Station
                                                                                                                                                                                   Perth, it begins at work.
                                                                                                                                                                                       The team at the com-
                                                                                                                                                                                   munications station,
                                                                                                                                                                                   based at HMAS Stirling,
                                                                                                                                                                                   recently presented a
   Legacy is there for the families of defence force personnel killed in war, training,                                                                                            cheque of $1000 to the
     peacekeeping, or other hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.                                                                                                      Malibu Special School,
                                                                                                                                                                                   near Rockingham, WA.
                                                                                                                                                                                       The money was raised
        Should the worst happen, all defence force services have peace of mind                                                                                                     over a number of weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                   by holding “free dress
                     Legacy will care for the families le behind.                                                                                                                  Fridays” and the cheque
                                                                                                                                                                                   was officially handed
                                                                                                                                                                                   over in June.
   Throughout Australia, Legacy assists more than 122,000 widows, 1,800 children                                                                                                       School staff said the
   and dependants with a disability, providing advice and prac cal assistance with                                                                                                 money would be put
                                                                                                                                                                                   towards a special commu-
     pension en tlements, special housing, medical, financial and social support.                                                                                                   nication device that would
                                                                                                                                                                                   allow the students, many
                                                                                                                                                                                   of whom have speech
           Please volunteer, donate or consider leaving a bequest. Thank you!                                                                                                      impediments, to commu-
                                                                                                                                                                                   nicate more effectively.
                                                                                                                                                                                       HMAS Stirling and
         Support Legacy, so that we can continue to keep the                                                                                                                       the ships based at Fleet
                                                                                                                                                                                   Base West have a close
                                                                                                                                                                                   connection to the local
                   flame of care burning bright!                                                                                                                                   community, and charita-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ble gestures such as this
                                                                                                                                                                                   are a way of maintaining
          Call 1800 LEGACY (1800 534 229) or visit www.legacy.com.au                                                                                                               that connection.

  NAVY NEWS                                                                  www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/                                                                             July 10, 2008
NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                                              09

Reliving the
Kokoda trek
    AUSCDT one (LCDR E.S.M.
Mulder) traded their wet-suits and oxy-
                                                 Each night was spent in either a
                                             village or a camp site where all were
gen cylinders for backpacks and boots        introduced to the local culinary
to walk in the footsteps of Australian       delights, mainly of yams, cabbage and
soldiers who fought at Kokoda.               Tapioca.
    Planning for the activity com-               With the assistance of only one
menced during the Team’s URE in              guide and four porters, the group soldi-
September 07 where it was suggest-           ered on carrying their own backpacks
ed that they could possibly attempt          (weighing over 20kg) loaded with
to walk the Kokoda trail to test their       essential camping equipment, medical
mental and physical endurance in a           supplies, food and water.
‘foreign environment’.                           The decision to carry all equipment
    The group consisted of 24 trekkers       was made to ‘experience’ the trek and
(22 male and two female) from a              the conditions, a closely as possible, to
combination of AUSCDT One, RAN
                                             those diggers in 1942.
Diving School, MCD FEG and RAAF
                                                 Although no one will ever be able
AMCC Richmond and followed the
path of the AIF’s fighting withdraw-         to grasp the horrific conditions in
al from Kokoda across the gruelling          which they fought, the trek identified
Owen Stanley Ranges through to               just how hard it much have been for
Owers Corner.                                those who fought there.
    The group arrived in Port Moresby            One of the trekkers, LSCD Rob
                                             Court, said, “Nothing could have pre-                                                                             UNFORGETTABLE: (Top and left) The 24 trekkers and
on May 31 before flying out to Kokoda                                                                                                                          their guides endured a tough but memorable journey.
in two small cargo planes the follow-        pared me for how physically demand-
ing day. No sooner had they landed           ing it was to walk the track carrying       ly recommended for anyone to give it a              medals, patches and pins gifted to him War cemetery before booking into the
in Kokoda, the trekkers weaved their         a pack.                                     go if the chance ever arises.”                      over the years.                        island resort of Lolo Ata for the night
way up and down endless mountains                “It brings it home even harder how          A highlight of the trek was being                  Team One continued this tradition of relaxation prior to returning to Port
through 96 km of pristine wilderness,        extremely difficult it would have been      able to meet the last surviving ‘Fuzzy              and presented him with a clearance Moresby on June 13.
reaching a highest point at Mt Bellamy       for the diggers of the Kokoda cam-          Wuzzy’ at Naduli Village.                           diving badge.                               The 12-day trek was an experi-
(2190m) and a lowest point at Ua’Ule         paign.                                          Ovuru Ndiki is reportedly 102 years                The team reached Owers Corner on ence that the personnel of AUSCDT
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Waterhen aids
 big day out                         By Michael Brooke
    Personnel from HMAS Waterhen have
helped wheelchair-bound war veterans
and war widows to momentarily escape
the confines of their retirement home
by treating them to a big day out at the
Sydney Aquarium.
    The caring gesture to take the war
veterans and war widows to Sydney’s
Darling Harbour provided them with a
much-needed getaway.                                       OPEN WIDE: Personnel from HMAS
    The war veterans and widows from                       Waterhen take veterans and their
Peter Cosgrove House, a retirement vil-                    widows out for the day.
lage which is operated by RSL LifeCare,
sang the praises of the eight sailors for                  the passage of time and it feels great to
pushing them around the aquarium in                        be able to give a little back,” he said.
wheelchairs to see an array of amazing                        This point was shared by HMAS              STARS OF THE SHOW: Jon Sarvis (producer) from the Navy Video Unit presents CAPT Leggatt (Training
marine life.                                               Waterhen and her welfare committee            Authority Maritime Warfare) with The Theory of Celestial Navigation narrated by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.
                                                           which has adopted the Peter Cosgrove
    Former Navy signaller Max Jarvis 92,
                                                           House as one of its charities.

                                                                                                          DVD guided by the stars
said the day trip meant so much to him.                       Suki Petgo, the recreation officer at
    “I can’t begin to describe what it                     the Peter Cosgrove House’s Long Tan
means to get outside and see the sights                    and RSL wing, praised the sailors for
again,” he said.                                           their good deed.
    “I can only sing the praises of the                       “The young sailors from Waterhen              The Navy has enlisted the help      images generated from the graphic     E), LCDR Ben Hissink (OIC-N) and
sailors from Waterhen for going out of                     who volunteered their time to help old        of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki to help        design department of the Navy Video   staff of the navigation faculty.
their way to give us this treat.”                          war veterans and war widows speaks            explain the topic of celestial navi-   Unit, the DVD which is narrated by        The DVD will of great benefit
    SBLT Jason Priest said he and the                      volumes of their community spirit and         gation.                                Dr Karl Kruszelnicki simplifies the   supplementing current instruction of
seven sailors were delighted to help the                   respect for those who have served the            Thanks to a coordinated effort      concepts of celestial navigation.     astro navigation to the junior warfare
war veterans and the war widows in such                    country and are now too old to care for       by the RAN navigation faculty and         The first viewing of the DVD was   application course and for refresher
a meaningful way.                                          themselves.”                                  the Navy Video Unit an introductory    held at the Ritchie building, HMAS    training in other navigation coursed
    “We were very happy to help the eld-                      She said that life could get pretty bor-   DVD that better explains the theo-     Watson on June 16 and was attended    held at the RAN navigation facultly.
erly from Peter Cosgrove House because                     ing for the elderly in wheelchairs and it     ry of celestial navigation has been    by CAPT Ray Leggatt (TA-MW),              The Theory of Celestial
this gesture means that their sacrifices for               was important for them to get out and         developed for use in the RAN.          Jon Sarvis (OIC Navy Video Unit),     Navigation DVD was produced by
the country have not been forgotten with                   about.                                           With the aid of excellent 3D        CMDR Pat O’Brien (OIC NPTC-           Navy video over the past 18 months.




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                                                                               Shark swoops to help birds
                                                                                                   By Michael Brooke                 Gagnon, said the equipment was         ment, whilst also providing a signifi-
                                                                                   A Navy Sea King helicopter from                   needed on the island to slash areas    cant real world training opportunity
                                                                                                                                     where regeneration works are to take   for our crews.”
                                                                               817 SQN, based at HMAS Albatross,
                                                                                                                                     place and remove weed which was            Local dairy farmers and commu-
                                                                               recently answered a call for help to                  strangling native vegetation.          nity groups Riverwatch, Shoalhaven
                                                                               protect bird life in the Shoalhaven.                      “This is obviously an unusual      Landcare, Numbaa Landcare Group,
                                                                                   Sea King Shark 05 crewed by                       type of tasking for Navy,” he said.    the Southern Rivers Catchment
                                                                               LCDR Tanzi Lea, LEUT Ben White                            “However, we were happy to         Management Authority and the
                                                                               and LSA Bryan Druery transported                      assist when we found out what the      Department of Lands have teamed up
                                                                               a tractor across the Shoalhaven River                 project was about, the great out-      to help improve the biodiversity of
                                                                               to Numbaa Island near Nowra NSW.                      comes that will be achieved both for   Numbaa Island and the Shoalhaven
                                                                                   CO 817 SQN, CMDR Rob                              the local community and environ-       River catchment.




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ABOVE RIGHT: The crew of Shark 05 keep a close eye on events.
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Albatross says
fond farewell
    Commander Australian Navy Aviation                Tony Dalton who is returning to Albatross
Group (COMAUSNAVAIRGRP), CDRE                         from a posting as DNOP in Canberra.
Tim Barrett, was farewelled from the                      CDRE Dalton addressed the CLD
AVN FEG last month during a clear lower               and read out his directive from Fleet
deck at HMAS Albatross.                               Commander highlighting the importance
    CDRE Barrett has been the Aviation                of Naval Aviation and its vital role in pro-
FEG Commander for the last two and                    viding operational capability to the Navy
half years and has led the Fleet Air Arm              and ADF.
through some difficult times.                            To signify the end of his time as FEG
    Personnel from all squadrons and other
                                                      Commander, CDRE Barrett’s pennant
departments around the base gathered to
say farewell.                                         was hauled down and presented to him by
    During his career, CDRE Barrett has               CAPT Brad White (COS AVN).
held many positions at the base includ-                  A new pennant was then struck to sig-
ing CO 817 SQN, OIC AMAFTU, CO                        nify that CDRE Dalton is now in com-
Albatross and Chief of Staff Aviation                 mand.
(COS AVN).                                            With a final wave, CDRE
    This posting marks the end of his time                                                                FINAL WORD: CDRE Tim Barrett gives
as an active member of the Fleet Air Arm              Barrett left the base                               one final speech at a clear lower deck
                                                                                                          at HMAS Albatross last month.
and his direct association with Albatross.            formally for the last time
    The farewell was a low-key and per-
sonal event, something that CDRE Barrett                                                         RIGHT: CDRE Barrett departs
                                                          CDRE Barrett departed Albatross in Albatross in style onboard an 816 SQN
was so well known and respected for.
    CDRE Barrett farewelled the base and              style onboard a 816 SQN Seahawk.           Seahawk.
the Fleet Air Arm, he thanked everyone                    As he walked across the flight line to
for their support and encouraged them to              his Seahawk, three Squirrel helicopters Photos: LSPH Kelvin Hockey
continue with the good work.                          from 723 SQN, conducted a farewell fly-
    He emphasised the importance of                   past. With a final wave, CDRE Barrett left
Naval Aviation to the Navy and ADF and                the base formally for the last time.
stressed that the future of Naval Aviation                He now moves on to new challenges
lay with them.                                        as the Director General Defence Force
    CDRE Barrett handed over to CDRE                  Recruiting in Canberra.


                                                                                                                                                                          Tour group
                                                                                                                                                                             Students from the Nowra Hill
                                                                                                                                                                          Public School recently received
                                                                                                                                                                          a guided tour of the Fleet Air
                                                                                                                                                                          Arm Museum from Chief Petty
                                                                                                                                                                          Officer Jim Hill.
                                                                                                                                                                             I t ’s a l l p a r t o f H M A S
                                                                                                                                                                          Albatross’ Diamond Jubilee cel-
                                                                                                                                                                          ebrations.
                                                                                                                                                                             The students were partici-
                                                                                                                                                                          pating in the Shoalhaven City
                                                                                                                                                                          Schools Art Competition.




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Over sea and sand no longer
           By Michael Brooke                                 “Each of these members has sculpted the                     Procurement said the current 805 SQN was re-
    805 SQN decommissioned at HMAS                       exceptional work ethic and camaraderie that                     commissioned in 2001 to be equipped with a
Albatross in a ceremony on 26 June, after                has become synonymous with 805 Squadron,”                       fleet of 11 Seasprite attack helicopters.
seven years of providing valuable training to            he said.                                                            Mr Combet said the past and present
Navy personnel. The majority of her highly-                  LCDR Royals said the hardships associated                   members of the squadron had achieved a
skilled people having recently posted to 816             with the Seasprite helicopter project had not                   number of good results despite difficult cir-
SQN, 817 SQN and 723 SQN.                                deterred the men and women of the squadron                      cumstances.
    The decommissioning ceremony was                     from doing their job “bloody well”.                                 “The limited release achieved by the
attended by Greg Combet, the Parliamentary                   LCDR Royals said as with all ships and                      Seasprite helicopters enabled Navy to train
Secretary for Defence Procurement, the former            squadrons of the Navy, 805 SQN’s reputation                     personnel at HMAS Albatross in aeroskills and
Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Shalders AO,                    was built on the people – “and not the aircraft                 mechanical expertise, with 29 attaining qualifi-
CSC, RAN and about 100 current and past                  you see in the hangar today.”                                   cations as aeronautical maintenance tradespeo-
members of 805 SQN.                                          “It is the sailors and officers whose actions               ple.” he said.
                                                         and memories will speak for 805 SQN long                            The squadron has also helped raise more
 It is the sailors and                                   after today’s decommissioning,” he said.                        than $15,000 for the children’s charity Camp
 officers whose actions and                                  LCDR Royals said within a few years                         Quality through a marathon bike ride in LAST HURRAH: VADM Russ Shalders, AO, CSC,
                                                         another 805 SQN may be formed, coinciding                       regional NSW.                                    RAN and 805 Squadron member ABATA Paul
 memories will speak for                                 with the introduction into service of new RAN                       Due to ongoing delays, the Federal Geutjes cut the decommissioning cake.
 805 SQN long after today’s                              fighting helicopters.                                           Government has decided not to continue with                          Photo: LSPH Kel Hockey.
 decommissioning.’                                           “If so, the next incarnation of 805 SQN will                the aircraft, with the helicopters being sold
                                                         play a key role in the introduction of a host of                under an agreement with the manufacturer
 – LCDR Matthew Royals, Commanding                       new capabilities into the RAN and the Fleet                     Kaman.
 Officer 805 SQN.                                        Air Arm,” he said.                                                  805 SQN originally formed in 1940 and
                                                             “That process will no doubt deliver new                     served in WWII before switching focus to
   Amid very gusty winds that blew more                  challenges and rely on the experiences of many                  maritime search and strike.
than a dozen hats from the heads of sailors,             here today to continue to build a bigger, better                     The 805 Squadron Crest depicts blue and
805 SQN’s Australian White Ensign was                    reputation for future generations of officers                   white waves representing navy, sea and heral-
lowered and handed to the CO, LCDR Matt                  and sailors.”                                                   dic principles.
Royals.                                                      LCDR Royals said the Officers, sailors                          The orange represents the desert of Libya,
   LCDR Royals said the decommissioning                  and staff of 805 SQN who devoted their                          with the Palm Trees representing the native
ceremony acknowledged the 250 assorted                   efforts to maintaining such high standards                      trees of the Libyan area.
RAN personnel and APS staff, who served                  truly set the benchmark by which all others                         The motto ‘Over Sea and Sand’ alludes to
during the seven years the squadron was in               will be judged.                                                 the areas flown over by the squadron in World
service with pride and devotion.                             The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence                     War II.



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   Proud to take step up
       By AB Carolyn Docking
                                                                                                                                                                            executives
                                                                                                                                                                          through paces
                                                                                                                                                                           By CMDR Steve Dunning
                                                                                                                                                               Members of South Australian
                                                                                                                                                           based Dive Team 9 were out in sup-
    Six Tasmanian reservists attended a                                                                                                                    port of Defence Reserves Support –
promotions ceremony on Tuesday, June                                                                                                                       SA recently when they assisted with
24 at Anglesea Barracks in Hobart and a                                                                                                                    an innovative one-day mini Exercise
seventh received two medals.                                                                                                                               Executive Stretch (EES) targeted at
    NHQ-Tas CO CMDR Tony Vine                                                                                                                              local Defence Teaming Centre staff.
addressed family and friends before pre-                                                                                                                        DRS-SA Liaison Officer MAJ
senting the reservists with their soft insig-                                                                                                              Antony Simcock said the mini
nia and certificates.                                                                                                                                      EES, an initiative of local DRS
    CMDR Vine praised the support of                                                                                                                       staff, was designed to introduce
the Defence Reserves Support Council                                                                                                                       business executives to the military
(DRSC) who sponsored the function.                                                                                                                         environment in a unique one-off
    “The support the DRSC give to reserv-                                                                                                                  day long activity.
ists and employers is invaluable and I’d                                                                                                                       Mini EES participants experienced
also like to thank employers who release                                                                                                                   a range of activities including weapons
reservists for service,” he said.                                                                                                                          demonstrations to abseiling, with one
    Tasmanian Police Commissioner                                                                                                                          of the highlights being the work boat
Jack Johnston attended the ceremony                                                                                                                        activities and diving demonstration
to watch AB Stuart Bumford promoted                                                                                                                        conducted by DT9.
to LSCD.                                                                                                                                                       This year’s activities were located
    AB Bumford recently graduated from                                                                                                                     at Port Adelaide’s Birkenhead Naval
the Tasmanian Police Academy and now                                                                                                                       Yard using the team’s 17ft LUB and
a constable serving at Hobart Police                                                                                                                       GPIB. Further support was provided
Station.                                                                                                                                                   DMO’s submarine support vessel
    DRSC Chairman Michael Barratt was                                                                                                                      Seahorse Investigator (SI).
pleased to see the number of employers,                                                                                                                        MAJ Simcock said the mini EES
friends and family who turned up to watch       to CPO, POMUSN Greg Hince to CPO,           HAPPY AS LARRY: From left: LS Justin Munday, LS Guy Neave, managed to “recruit” some prospective
the ceremony.                                   ABMUSN Justin Munday to LS and              CPO Greg Hince, PO Damien Norman, LS Stuart Bumford and Reservists from the participants and
    “It is really great that we can see these   ABCIS Guy Neave to LS.                      CPO Catriona Holt after receiving their promotions.            forge positive networks between DRS
young people doing so well in reserves,”            It was a poignant night for LS Ian                                           Photo: AB Carolyn Docking and business.
he said.                                        Turner who was presented with the
    RAN Band Tasmanian Detachment LS            Australian Defence Medal and his
Damien Norman was promoted to PO.               Defence Long Service Medal.
    “I have been a reservist for 15 years           LS Turner entered the reserves in
and I joined when HMAS Huon was still           March 1983. “In the early days, Navy
open,” he said.                                 gave me lots of new experiences and I
    “I’ve learned a lot from the Navy           would thoroughly recommend any young
which has helped in civilian life particu-      person to accept the challenge,” he said.
larly with leadership skills.”                      “I’m very happy to be getting two
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guitar is an analytical chemist in his civil-   away got three medals during World War                 :(5( <28 6(59,1* %(7:((1
ian employment at Analytical Services           II. If he had been alive today, he would
Tasmania.                                       be very proud of me tonight.                                         (3/2<0(17
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   2000 days ...
   and counting
    By LCDR Mick Gallagher                                                     in for a year’s extension and got it,”
                                                                               POSN Woods said.
    “If you are looking for some
action, we are the people to call,”                                                On completion of her four-year
said POSN Robyn Woods of the                                                   engagement, POSN Woods left the
Reserve Regional Pool (RRP-NA) at                                              RAN as a SNR WRAN and settled
HMAS Coonawarra in Darwin.                                                     in Darwin. In 1996, with the ’Pusser
    With her in the Reserve office                                             spirit’ still in her, POSN Woods LURE OF THE SEA: CPOMT Jim Soar as First Engineer HMAS Balikpapan
are LEUT Danny Meredith (RRPM-                                                 re-entered the RAN, this time as a during loading operations at HMAS Coonawarra for aid to Kalumburu in WA.
NA) and CPONPC Wayne Hicks A/                                                  Recruit SN and is married with four
RRPM. Their main task is to keep                                               children to former Army PTE Mark
the Darwin-based RAN ships oper-
ational by ensuring Reservists are
                                         HERE AND WAITING: CPONPC
                                         Wayne Hicks, POSN Robyn Woods
                                                                               Woods, RAEME.
                                                                                   “I initially worked in the Naval
                                                                                                                        Messin’ around in small ships
available to fill short- and long-term   and LEUT Danny Meredith.              Stores warehouse at three to four             By LCDR Mick Galllagher              ing. By coincidence this also was my first
gaps that occur in PNF positions.                                              days a week until 2004 and left there      Sea Salt CPOMT Jim Soar is a            ship, in January 1964.
                                         ROS (Radio Operator Special).         as a LSSN to join the reserve cell Reservist who loves “messin’ around in              Except for a sea posting to the survey
    “We have filled over 2000 PDR
days [personnel deficiency report]       Besides the traditional postings to   where I have been ever since,” POSN small ships”. As the First Engineer in         ship HMAS Flinders , CPO Soar has
since January this year and expect       HMA Ships Cerberus and Harman         Woods said.                                                                        since then had a Navy life in small ships.
                                         (Bonshaw Signal Station), she was                                            HMAS Balikpapan he has a few tales to
it to be 4000 by the end of the year.                                              If you are a Reservist and want                                                These have included the survey catama-
                                         posted to HMAS Coonawarra, April                                             tell of his many years of service.
In 2007 the total was 1100,” LEUT                                              a posting to a Darwin- or Cairns-                                                  ran HMAS Benalla and the LCHs Brunei,
Meredith said.                           1977 – April 1980.                                                               I caught up with Jim on my visit to     Labuan and Balikpapan.
                                                                               based ship call – RRP-NA: Darwin
    POSN Woods (nee Clift) joined           “It was suppose to be a two-year   (08) 8935 5283 or Cairns (07) 4042 Darwin and we talked about the times we             “My highlights in the PNF were pro-
the RAN in April 1976 as a WRAN          posting – I loved it so much I put    0935.                                  had in the early 1980s at the then HMAS viding humanitarian aid to the Solomon
                                                                                                                      Nirimba at Quakers Hill in Sydney. He       Islands in 1986 in the wake of Cyclone
                                                                                                                      was an apprentice MTP and I was his         Namu whilst serving in HMAS Brunei,
                                                                                                                      sports and divisional officer.              and aid to East Timor in 2001, 2002
                                                                                                                          “I paid off from the PNF in 2003 after and 2006 whilst serving in HMAS
                                                                                                                      24 years of service and started a com-      Balikpapan,” CPO Soar said.
                                                                                                                      puter retail shop in Clontarf, Brisbane. I      Now as a Reservist CPO Soar con-
                                                                                                                      found I still had the sea in me so in 2007  tinues his passion for humanitarian aid
                                                                                                                      I put a manager in the shop and moved to as Balikpapan makes several 600 NM
                                                                                                                      Darwin as a Reservist,” CPO Soar said.      round trips to the remote community of
                                                                                                                          CPO Soar joined the RAN in July         Kalumburu on the northern tip of the
                                                                                                                      1979 and, after his apprentice training     Kimberley in Western Australia, carry-
                                                                                                                      graduation in September 1981, joined his ing supplies in support of AACAP08
                                                                                                                      first ship the Daring class destroyer (D11) (Army Aboriginal Community Assistance


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 Three cheers for Diamantina
           By Graham Davis
    The Australian Navy Cadet organi-
sation in southern Queensland contin-
ues to expand with training ship, T.S.
Diamantina commissioned on Sunday,
June 22.
    Two other “nuships”, one at
Gladstone and another at Maryborough
will be commissioned in a few weeks.
    There are now 22 cadet units in
southern Queensland taking the total
Australia-wide to 90.
    More than 300 people attended
                                                                                                                                                       WELL DONE: CMDR John Goss hands the pen-
the commissioning of TS Diamantina
                                                                                                                                                       nant TS Diamantina CO LEUT Ron Thorne.
which took place beside and then on
board HMAS Diamantina 1, the princi-
pal exhibit at the Queensland Maritime                                                                                                                    Safety a prime concern
Museum in Brisbane.
    It could not have been a more                                                                                                                          “Keeping them safe” is the credo for the Australian
appropriate venue with the cadets and                                                                                                                  Navy Cadet organisation, its National Commanding
their officers being called upon to “man                                                                                                               Officer, CMDR John Goss, declared.
ship,” raise their caps and give three                                                                                                                     “We are part of the Navy safety program,” he added.
cheers.                                                                                                                                                    CMDR Goss was addressing 300 cadets, their fami-
    TS Diamantina was born as an                                                                                                                       lies and VIPs at the commissioning of TS Diamantina.
annexe to TS Norfolk an existing cadet                                                                                                                     He said the ANC had a strong OH and S policy.
unit in the Redland Shire a south-         SAILORS OF THE FUTURE: The proud cadets and their CO, LEUT Ron Thorne,                                          That policy had been promulgated to ANC staff, the
eastern suburb of Brisbane, accord-        get ready to tuck into celebratory cake.                    Photo: Graham Davis                             cadets and its many volunteers.
ing to the commanding officer of TS                                                                                                                        He said Government was assisting the three cadet
Diamantina, LEUT Ron Thorne.               were the Member for Redland Bay,                                                                            organisations, ANC, Army and Air Force, by allocating
    “Just under 18 months ago I was        John English, local councillor Mr Peter                                                                     $100 million to be spent over the next 10 years.
requested by the senior officer to take    Dowling and the CEO of the museum
up a posting of a new training ship        Mr Ian Jempsen.
after a five-year deployment at area          The Director General for Cadet
headquarters as the Queensland devel-      Policy (three services), RADM Karel
opment officer working with and sup-       De Laat, flew in from Sydney while
porting sub units and new training         the RAN itself made sure the ceremony
ships,” he said.                           went like clockwork with involvement
    “My task was to work towards oper-     from the region’s protocol officer, WO
ational readiness for NUSHIP Redland       Tony Graham, and the Queensland
Bay, to enter the ANC as a recognised      detachment of the RAN Band led by
training ship.”                            CPO Mike Vaughan.
    For CMDR John Goss, the national          Redland Bay’s 136 Army Cadet
Commanding Officer of the ANC, the         Unit provided a well turned out squad
occasion brought back memories.            as did a number of other ANC cadet
    “When I joined the RAN at the          units based in Brisbane.                                                          MAN SHIP:
age of fifteen-and-a-half, HMAS               It was a proud group of cadets                                                 Cadets march up
Diamantina, behind me, was the first       and officers who, heeding the call to                                             TS Diamantina’s
warship I ever stepped aboard, he said     “man ship”, marched aboard and lined                                              gangway.
after presenting the ANC colours to        Diamantina’s rails and bridge wing.
the cadets.“She was in use as a training      Their flag was hoisted as three                                                LEFT: The cer-
ship in Western Australia.”                cheers echoed across the Brisbane                                                 emony in front of
    The new cadet training ship has        River and invited guests and mem-                                                 the ship.
good support from its community.           bers of the public watching from the
    Joining 100 parents and friends        Goodwill Bridge above, applauded.



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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a painful                                          at night and symptoms which first
                                                                                     present after 40 years of age.
disturbance in the bowel’s normal rhythmic                                           Treatment
                                                                                         Unfortunately, there is no cure for
movement. SQNLDR Kay Hatton looks at the                                             IBS. The aim of current treatment is
                                                                                     to manage or control your symptoms.
many ways IBS may affect you.                                                        The first step is to identify individual
                                                                                     triggers and avoid these where ever


I
    T’S a common disorder – around         describe your IBS, because when your
    one in five Australians experience     bowel is examined there is no sign of     possible. One way to help identify trig-
    symptoms of IBS at some time in        disease, despite the obvious change in    gers is to keep a diary of events sur-
    their lives, but some suffer much      your bowel function. For this reason,     rounding each episode (including food
more than others.                          diagnosis of IBS is usually made based    and fluid intake, activities, workload
    IBS is more common in women            on the presentation of your symptoms      and any personal issues). Treatment
than men, its symptoms usually pre-        and the absence of other disease proc-    options can then be tailored to suit
senting in the late teens and early        esses.                                    individual needs, and may include:
twenties. It is unusual for symptoms       Symptoms                                     A modest increase in dietary fibre
to present for the first time in someone       If you have IBS, you may experi-         and plenty of clear fluids (increase
over 40.                                   ence some of the common symptoms             in fibre should be gradual to give
What causes IBS?                           which can include constipation, diar-        the bowel time to adjust).
    The cause of IBS remains               rhoea, abdominal pain or cramping,           Avoiding foods and other substances
unknown. Some factors such as diet,        bloating and excessive gas, mucous in        that clearly trigger symptoms.
infection, food intolerance and stress     the stool and nausea. None of these          Taking medication or beginning
have been identified as being likely to    symptoms are exclusive to IBS, so it is      treatments to assist with constipa-
trigger an attack in susceptible people.   important for you to see you doctor to       tion and/or diarrhoea.
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aggravate a normal bowel, can cause                                                     Beginning stress management if
                                               There are three main types of IBS:       stress is a trigger.
pain and discomfort in sufferers. There
is growing evidence to support the the-       Constipation predominant                  Trying to establish a healthy bal-
ory that chronic diarrhoea and chronic        Diarrhoea predominant                     anced diet and avoiding sudden
                                                                                                                                Prophylaxis: Dietary fibre may help your IBS.
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Functional disorder                        include blood in your bowel motions,      tive, but they aren’t a sign of and they   if you experience a change in your then work out an individual treatment
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                                                                                           END OF THE ROAD:
                                                                                           The family of the
                                                                                           late PO Bob Wilson,
                                                                                           daughter Kim Hinkley,
                                                                                                                            Suicide awareness
                                                                                           wife Carol Wilson and
                                                                                           son Stuart Wilson
                                                                                           pose for a photo after
                                                                                           completing the walk
                                                                                                                             just a click away
                                                                                           from Coolangatta to                   By CPL Jane Ashby-Cliffe                        was delivered only on the request of unit
                                                                                           Canberra to raise                                                                     commanders.
                                                                                           money for kids with                  ADF members will be able to com-
                                                                                                                            plete mandatory suicide awareness train-                 “The suicide rate within the ADF has
                                                                                           cancer.                                                                               declined considerably since the Mental
                                                                                                                            ing online through CAMPUS from July
                                                                                                                                                                                 Health Strategy was introduced and the
                                                                                           BELOW: Walkers                   1, 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                 ADF suicide rate is just over half of that
                                                                                           complete the final few               The Directorate of Mental Health
                                                                                                                                                                                 in Australian society,” LTCOL Cohn said.
                                                                                           steps of the walk along          (DMH) has designed the self-paced online
                                                                                           Canberra’s Anzac                                                                          COs are encouraged to explore the
                                                                                                                            training, which includes interactive case            subsequent levels of training offered by
                                                                                           Parade.                          studies and website links to further devel-          Defence including KYMS-Suicide (Keep
                                                                                                                            op every member’s understanding of sui-              Your Mates Safe – Suicide) and ASIST
                                                                                           Photos: ABPH Jo                  cide awareness.
                                                                                           Dilorenzo                                                                             (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
                                                                                                                                “The training is an opening for peo-             Training).
                                                                                                                            ple to gain a better understanding of the                ADF members can obtain further
                                                                                                                            warning signs and symptoms of suicide,               information through DMH, their Regional
                                                                                                                            so they have a better idea of what to look           Mental Health team, the Psychology
                                                                                                                            out for and what to do about it,” said SO1           Support Section, Medical Centres, Padres
                                                                                                                            Mental Health, DMH LTCOL Andrew                      and DCO.
                                                                                                                            Cohn.                                                    LTCOL Cohn said there were many
                                                                                                                                “It is an awareness program to teach             mental health professionals in Defence
                                                                                                                            ADF members what they need to know,                  “willing and able to help, and it is OK to
                                                                                                                            but also to instil in them an interest to            talk about it”.
                                                                                                                            learn more.”                                         ➤ For more information visit DMH on
                                                                                                                                Before the establishment of the Mental              http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/
                                                                                                                            Health Strategy in 2002, suicide aware-                 dmh/ or www.defence.gov.au/health/
                                                                                                                            ness training had not been standardised                 DMH/i-dmh.htm or email DMH.
                                                                                                                            across Defence and was not mandatory; it                mentalhealth@defence.gov.au



Cancer walk raises                                                                                                           Language school change
                                                                                                                                    By CPL Corinne Boer                          but that is not a result of the transfer.



more than $55,000                                                                                                               The ADF School of Languages trans-               It will be based on current operational
                                                                                                                            ferred command from the RAAF College                 tempo.”
                                                                                                                            to HQ Training Command-Army on                           The change follows a review in 2005
                                                                                                                            July 1.                                              which established that TC-A was already
                                                                                                                                CO ADF School of Languages CMDR                  the manager of joint training for other
                                                                                                                            Katja Bizilj said the transfer of command            associated capabilities.
        By Barry Rollings                 Marshall, chairman of the central       ily involved and did some walking,                                                                 It was decided to include the
                                          canteens committee, who boosted         daughter Kim Hinkley found time           would only change the school’s reporting
    The dying wish of a husband and                                                                                         chain.                                               Languages Other Than English capabil-
father was realised beyond his wild-      funds by $500 with a cheque on          in her busy life as the mother of four                                                         ity under the same training management
                                          behalf of Navy.                         children to organise the logistics and        “It’s the command structure that’s
est dreams when the Cancer Walk for                                                                                         changing so from the July 1 we report to             framework.
Kids rolled in to Canberra on June 6           “During his many visits to         join in for six days. Stuart walked on
                                                                                                                            HQTC-A,” CMDR Bizilj said.                               The school teaches 16 languages and
with more than $55,000 in the kitty.      the Prince Alexandra Hospital in        three days. Kim was amazed by all
                                                                                                                                “The school is going to stay at RAAF             conducts cultural awareness training for
    The concept was that of former        Brisbane for treatment and appoint-     the support, generosity and how all
                                                                                                                            Base Williams, all military staff will               pre-deployment for about 3500 personnel.
Navy Petty Officer Bob Wilson, 62,        ments, dad met and saw many chil-       the community and past and current
                                          dren with cancer and was touched by     submariners pulled together in such       remain and courses won’t change as a                     It provides 12-month, six-month and
who was diagnosed with cancer on                                                                                            result of the transfer either.                       three-month courses that educate 450-500
June 28, last year. That co-inciden-      their situations,” SGT Wilson said.     a short time.
                                              “That’s why he decided to organ-        Walker Jock Copeland, 67, was             “The number of courses may increase,             students annually.
tally was the birthday of his son and
RAAF Base Richmond loadmaster             ise a fundraising event for kids with   surprised that people driving on the
SGT Stuart Wilson, who has subse-         cancer and send the proceeds to the     highway would stop and donate. In          Would you like To Save Up to $0.45c / Ltr *
quently deployed to the Middle East       children’s hospitals in Sydney and      most of the towns the group of walk-
Area of Operations with 37SQN in          Brisbane.”                              ers expanded to 50.                                    on Fuel Costs ?
C-130s.                                       The walk of about 1200km from             “Thank you to everybody who
    Bob, who died on April 2 at 62,       Coolangatta to Canberra began on        has been involved in walking, or
would have been mighty proud as           May 4.                                  helped along the way and supported           You can by Salary Packaging a New or Existing Vehicle
the fundraising participants, who             The eight permanent walkers         us,” a tearful Carol said at the walk’s                        Ask us how?
had more than doubled their goal          were joined along the way by about      end. “It was Bob’s dream that we do
of $25,000, did the last hard slog to     150 volunteers and other walkers,       this.”
their objective, the Royal Australian     including some of his old subma-            “The amount raised was quite in
Navy Memorial on Anzac Parade.            riner mates and people from com-        excess of what dad was expecting, so
    There they were met by a hearty       munities through which the event        it’s fantastic,” Stuart said. “He would
three cheers and CDRE Peter               passed. Bob’s wife Carol was heav-      have been ecstatic.”


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 Embracing higher learning                                                                                           By LEUT Heather Walker              the ADF for greater periods and who
                                                                                                          The University of Queensland has               gain associated Defence qualifications
                                                                                                      become the 21st university to sign up as           are likely to gain greater advanced stand-
                                                                                                      a member of the ADF Higher Education               ing towards their studies.
                                                                                                      Advanced Standing Scheme.                              AIRCDRE Pearson referred to the
                                                                                                          Now well established, the ADF Higher           feedback his staff had received from
                                                                                                      Education Advanced Standing Scheme                 members who had already benefitted
                                                                                                      (ADFHEASS) recognises ADF training                 from the scheme, including the case of
                                                                                                      and employment experience to provide               a junior Navy officer who had made sub-
                                                                                                      serving and former ADF members with a              stantial progress towards a postgraduate
                                                                                                      fast track towards a variety of undergrad-         qualification through distance learning
                                                                                                      uate and postgraduate university awards.           whilst on deployment in the MEAO.
                                                                                                      The level of advanced standing awarded                 While the early focus of the scheme
                                                                                                      by participating universities depends on           was on postgraduate qualifications,
                                                                                                      where members are in their ADF career,             AIRCDRE Pearson said that the current
                                                                                                      or where former members left the ADF.              priority was to provide opportunities
                                                                                                          At the signing ceremony, Director-             for enlisted ranks to translate their trade
                                                                                                      General Defence Education, Training and            qualifications into undergraduate degrees.
                                                                                                      Development, AIRCDRE Ian Pearson                       Non-commissioned members do not
                                                                                                      welcomed the University of Queensland              need to hold HSC or equivalent to partic-
                                                                                                      as the 21st member of ADFHEASS, not-               ipate in the Scheme since the universities
                                                                                                      ing that the university is a member of the         look at ADF career experience and trade
                                                                                                      prestigious ‘Universitas 21’, an interna-          training when working out the level of
                                                                                                      tional network of 21 leading research-             advanced standing offered.
                                                                                                      intensive universities in 13 countries.            ➤ Details of the ADF Higher Education
                                                                                                          AIRCDRE Pearson said that                         Advanced Standing Scheme are on
                                                                                                      ADFHEASS represents a win for the                     both the Defence intranet and the
                                                                                                      ADF, a win for participating univer-                  internet at: www.defence.gov.au/dsg/
                                                                                                      sities, and a win for the broader com-                organisation/adfheas/ In addition to the
                                                                                                      munity. In addition to the advanced                   comprehensive information at these
                                                                                                      standing received towards their chosen                two websites, LEUT Heather Walker,
                                                                                                      studies, serving ADF members may also                 in Defence Education, Training and
SIGNING UP: University of Queensland Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and Air be eligible for a study assistance pack-                        Development Branch is available
Commodore Ian Pearson, Director-General Defence Education, Training and Development, sign a letter of age through the Defence Assisted Study                to point you in the right direction
understanding as part of the ADF Higher Education Advanced Standing Scheme.                           Scheme.                                               should you need further advice on the
                                                  Photo: Jeremy Patten, University of Queensland          Meanwhile, members who serve in                   scheme.

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22                                                                                                                                                                                   SPORT
                                                                                                                                            IN BRIEF

   Cerberus day of glory
    Cerberus Football Club received a big shot in
                                                                                                                                            NSW bowls titles at Penrith
                                                                                                                                            The NSW inter-Service Lawn Bowls Carnival at Penrith
                                                                                                                                            club from August 18 to 22 will provide a stepping stone
                                                                                                                                            to the national titles. After play-offs between the Navy, Air
                                                                                                                                            Force and Army teams, a match between Probables and
the arm when it beat the Westernport Warriors in                                                                                            Possibles will assist in the final selection of a state team for
the annual Community Cup AFL challenge match at                                                                                             the Australian Services Bowls Association’s national cham-
Hastings last month.                                                                                                                        pionships at Ipswich from October 13 to 17. The event is
    Cerberus, coached by LSCIS Adam Bamford,                                                                                                open to all ADF members, permanent and part-time, and
beat Westernport 7. 8 (50) to 1.2 (8).                                                                                                      APS members. Final nominations need to be received
    No wonder the players were happy. They’ve had a                                                                                         by July 31. Accommodation for the event will be at the
bleak year so far.                                                                                                                          Orchard Hills Defence establishment. For information, con-
    Cerberus fields two teams – in first grade and                                                                                          tact PO Steven Adams on 99262296.
reserves – in the division-three Southern Football
League (division 3), but neither team has had a great                                                                                       Soccer sevens seek cup
season.                                                                                                                                     The Albatross/Nirimba Cup will be up for grabs when
    After nine rounds, first grade had recorded no                                                                                          the annual seven-a-side soccer competition is played
wins and the reserve team just one win.                                                                                                     on Monday, July 28. HMAS Kuttabul will stage the
    But that changed against the Warriors, a commu-                                                                                         event at Queens Park Field in Avoca Street, Queens
nity-based team consisting of local youths from the                                                                                         Park. The competition is open to all permanent Navy
Westernport area, coached by local identity Andrew                                                                                          personnel, reservists and APS members. Play will begin
Brady. The Community Cup trophy had eluded the                                                                                              at 9am after a competition brief for all team managers
Warriors in the three previous encounters.                                                                                                  at 8.30am. Three points will be awarded for a win, two
    The Cerberus team was drawn from both teams,                                                                                            for a score draw and one for a scoreless draw. Team
but most of the players came from reserve grade                                                                                             registrations must be submitted by July 24. Late nomina-
with a handful of fringe first grade players to provide                                                                                     tions will not be accepted. The POC is: LSPT Nathan
some leadership and guidance on the field.                                                                                                  Adamson on (02) 9359 2406, fax (02) 9359 2909 or e-
    The match was officiated by the ADFPTS course                                                                                           mail: nathan.adamson@defence.gov.au
1/2008 under the guidance of WO2 Clayton Baker,
current ASAFA umpires director.                                                                                                             ACT netball trials
    Cerberus dominated the ball early in the game but                                                                                RAN personnel at HMAS Albatross, HMAS Creswell
inaccurate kicking kept the scores close. Westernport                                                                                and the Wagga region are encouraged to participate in
then controlled the midfield and around the ground                                                                                   the ACT ADF netball trials on July 31 at RMC Duntroon
but could not convert this possession into scoreboard                                                                                from 10am to 3pm. ACT ADF netball is seeking players
pressure.                                                                                                                            for its representative women’s, men’s and mixed teams
    By half-time Cerberus held a modest lead despite                                                                                 for the ADF Netball Association’s national carnival in
solid efforts by the Warriors’ Matt Hope and Marty                                                                                   Albury/Wodonga from November 2 to 8. For further
Beck. In the second half Cerberus found more con-                                                                                    information about participating in the ACT trials, contact
sistency across the halfback line with SMNET Jason                                                                                   LEUT Jemma Power at: jemma.power@defence.gov.
O’Shea and SMNMT Ian Fobister being responsible            FIGHTBACK: SMNMT Tommy O’Conner attempts to clear with support from ABCIS au APS players should contact Iain Rowley at: iain.
for several forward thrusts. This constant pressure        Bryce Honey and SMNET Cody Waller.    Photos: ABPH Quentin Mushins rowley@defence.gov.au
saw Cerberus take charge of the game.
    The Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus,
CAPT Sheldon Williams, commended the match for
its quality and community spirit.
    Hawthorn legend Don Scott presented a medal
which he sponsors, to the Warriors player who best
displayed community spirit, Matt Hope.
    The best Cerberus player was voted SMNCIS
Tomasz Szymanski.
    The win was a heartening one for Cerberus which
has found it hard this season to get settled teams.
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Rains holds
 off for fun                                                                                                                            Baxter takes
 run at FBE
         By Michael Brooke
    The prayers of the runners and
walkers in the annual Kuttabul/Thales
                                                                                                                                        third in 10km
                                                                                                                                            By PO Brad Hetharia
5km fun run were answered just before
the start time when the monsoon-like                                                                                                     MIDN Scott Baxter played a lone
rain momentarily abated just long                                                                                                    hand for Navy at the Defence cross-
enough for them to complete the event                                                                                                country championships in Canberra on
without getting soaking wet.                                                                                                         June 20.
    The torrential rain that had lashed                                                                                                  A field of 60 Defence runners tack-
HMAS Kuttabul (CMDR Bryan                                                                                                            led Deek’s cross-country track in unfa-
                                               GREAT TRAINING: CMDR Martin Linsley on the Green Patch paddle.                        vourable wet and cold conditions.
Parker) non-stop during the first week
of June miraculously paused to allow                                                                                                     The race was held on the recently
the 50 competitors to run the 5km
course around Fleet Base East.                   Making waves together                                                               opened, fast and undulating 2.5km
                                                                                                                                     course in Stromlo Park, designed to
                                                                                                                                     provide Australia with a world-class
    Pete Conway, 39, a Thales draughts-
                                                   Navy and Army joined forces to         required to safely undertake sea-kay-      purpose built cross country facility.
man, and ABCIS Amelia Kirkhope,
                                               explore the theory and practicalities of   aking expeditions preceded a return            The men’s open 10km race was
cantered to victory in the men’s and
                                               sea kayaking using HMAS Creswell as        to the water for the more technical        hotly contested, with an entertaining
women’s open events, respectively.
                                               the base for their weekend activities of   strokes and beach landings to be prac-     first three laps for the enthusiastic
    Conway set a blistering pace to
                                               May 31-June 1.                             tised during a paddle to Green Patch       crowd.
cross the finish-line in a time of 15:28,
                                                   CPOCD Gordon Lucas and                 and back.                                      The battle for first and second
while AB Kirkhope clocked 19:11.
                                               CMDR Martin Linsley, both from the             That night the team experienced a      came down to the fourth and final lap,
    Snapping at Conway’s heels from
                                               Directorate of Australian Navy Cadets,     night paddle.                              with victory going to Luke Grattan in
start to finish was AB Aaron Kiviranta,
                                               participated in a weekend’s introduc-          The adventure for the Sunday was       34min and 28sec not far in advance
who clocked 16:44 to secure second
                                               tion to sea kayaking course in one of      to paddle around Bowen Island. This        of SQDLDR Craig Benson. MIDN              GAINING POSITION: MIDN Scott
place.
                                               Australia’s most attractive locations,     involved the seas and swells of an open    Baxter was third.                         Baxter was one of 60 runners.
    AB Kirkhope, 24, clinched the
                                               Jervis Bay.                                coast; safe, but challenging enough for        PTE Rhiannon Brown took the
women’s open title with a gazelle-like                                                                                                                                             In the teams event, the young
                                                   Leading the activity was MAJ           newcomers to appreciate the exercises of   women’s open 7.5km race with a con-
run that saw her finish only a second                                                                                                                                          ADFA I team consisting of MIDN
                                               “Jack” Thurgar, an Army Reserve            the previous day. Back in calm waters,     vincing victory in a 30min and 39sec
behind the first Kuttabul veteran male                                                                                                                                         Baxter, OCDT Rowan Beggs-French,
                                               officer for whom sea kayaking has          it was time to clean and stow the gear     from LT Amy Curtis, followed by MAJ
runner, LCDR Gary Lewis.                       long been a passion. Assisting him was     before heading home.                                                                 OCT Tom Pollett, and OCDT Tim
                                                                                                                                     Jo-Anne Hem.
CATEGORY WINNERS : Overall winner Open
                                               CPOPT Tony Chapman, the adven-             ➤ To learn more about the tri-serv-            MAJ Hem won the veterans’             Modra won by a narrow margin. Close
Male Runner, Peter Conway; overall winner                                                                                                                                      behind were the consistently strong
Open Women’s Runner, AB Amelia Kirkhope;       turous training instructor at HMAS             ice Army White Water Association,      event for women from FLTLT Cindy
Overall winner Veteran Male Runner, Mitch      Creswell.                                      which promotes all types of kay-       Masterson. Luke Grattan and SQNLDR        teams of ALTC, and 8/7 RVR.
Tracey (Thales); Overall winner Male Walker,       The group camped at HMAS                   aking and canoeing, see its web-       Benson also took out first and second        ➤ The next Defence running event
Sean Delaney (Thales); Overall winner Open     Creswell and the course began with a           site at http://intranet.defence.gov.   in the veteran males’ category, with         is the Sydney City to Surf Fun run
Women’s Walker. Margaret Lee; Overall win-     swim, to prove competency, followed            au/ArmyWeb/sites/AWWA/comweb.          WOFF Warren Matulik third.                   on August 10. More information
ner Veteran Male Walker, WO Mark Dolan;        by canoe capsize and exit drills.              asp?page=Home or conduct a                 WO2 Pat Thomas and SGT Steve             can be obtained at www.adf.coolrun-
and Overall Veteran Women’s Walker, Beryl          A brief on kayak types, a CPR              search of AWWA using the DRN           Linane fought out the masters’ event         ning.com.au or www.navyrunning.
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                                                                   WHY ARE THESE PLAYERS SO HAPPY?                                   HMAS
                                                                   It’s been a tough year for the players who turn out week in       Creswell
                                                                   and week out for the Cerberus Football Club. About 80 play-       was the
                                                                   ers were tried in the club’s first-grade and reserves teams in    idyllic base
                                                                   the first nine weeks of the Australian football season – for a    for a sea
                                                                   paltry tally of one win from 18 games. But hearts were uplifted   kayaking
                                                                   the day they came up against the Westernport Warriors in the      course
                                                                   annual Community Cup.                     ➤ Report, Page 22       ➤ Page 23




   Great Scott’s day



NEXT STOP,
PODIUM: MIDN Scott
Baxter heads towards
                                                                         MIDN Scott Baxter had a big day at the Defence cross-
third place at Stromlo
Forest Park. INSET:                                                      country championships in Canberra on June 20. In
The eventual winner
Luke Grattan (DMO),
is just ahead of him                                                     wet and cold conditions, he finished third in the 10km
early in the race.
       Pictures: LSPH                                                    individual race and helped ADFA 1 to victory in the
          Yuri Ramsey
                                                                         teams event.                    ➤ Report, Page 23




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