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Aussies clean up at US Marine Corps Paralympic Trials

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Volume 54, No. 4,
March 17, 2011                                                           The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Navy

                                       AWESOME EFFORT: ABCD Paul de
                                       Gelder with the five medals he won
                                       competing in Exercise Wounded Warrior.
                                       Photo: LAC Bill Solomou

                                                      By Michael Brooke                                 tion of swimming, which was the opening
                                                      FIVE ADF members including ABCD Paul              event, stunned the US Marine Corps and the
                                                      de Gelder demonstrated their courage and          other competing countries, who feared the
                                                                                                        Australians would win all the gold medals in
                                                      determination to overcome adversity at the
                                                                                                        the other events as well.
                                                      recent US Marine Corps Paralympic Trials.
                                                                                                            The ADF won 10 gold medals in swimming,
                                                          The Service personnel, who are involved
                                                      in Joint Health Command’s ADF Paralympic          with ABCD de Gelder, who lost a leg and a
                                                      Sports Program, shocked our Coalition partners    hand beating off a shark in 2009, winning four
                                                      by winning 12 gold medals, 11 silver and one      of them.
                                                      bronze.                                               The clearance diver did the Navy fraternity
                                                          Their participation in the US Marine Corps    proud, winning the 50m and 100m freestyle

Aussies clean up                                      Paralympic Trials was part of the ADF’s           events, the 50m backstroke and the team relay.
                                                      Exercise Wounded Warrior, which was con-              ABCD de Gelder said he was particularly
                                                      ducted in the US and Canada from February         surprised at winning two silver medals in

                                                                                                        shooting, as he had not fired a rifle in two years

at US Marine Corps
                                                          The ADF Paralympic Sports Program mem-        and had never fired an air rifle.
                                                      bers were highly successful at the trials, with       “It was an awesome competition, where we
                                                      each member winning multiple medals across        Australian Service personnel really showed

Paralympic Trials
                                                      the swimming, shooting and track and field        our courage, commitment and determination
                                                      events.                                           against some 200 other competitors,” he said.
                                                          ABCD de Gelder said the ADF’s domina-                                     Continued page 2

02                                                                                                                                                                                                                     NEWS

Overcoming adversity
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Women’s Day
From page 1                                                                                                                                                                                           By Michael Brooke
    ABCD de Gelder said the cama-                                                                                                                                                                     PERSONNEl around Australia
raderie among the competitors was                                                                                                                                                                     and the world marked the 100th
unique.                                                                                                                                                                                               anniversary of International
    “The best experience I have taken                                                                                                                                                                 Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8
away is how other Coalition personnel                                                                                                                                                                 by toasting the contributions and
dealt with their traumatic experiences                                                                                                                                                                achievements of women in the
and injuries, and how we really bond-                                                                                                                                                                 RAN.
ed in such a short period of time, to                                                                                                                                                                     Officers and sailors came togeth-
help each other with advice,” he said.                                                                                                                                                                er at barbecues to acknowledge the
    “We not only traded stories but                                                                                                                                                                   important role of women in the RAN
inner strengths, as well as ‘black                                                                                                                                                                    and to celebrate the improvement in
humour’ about our wounds and inju-                                                                                                                                                                    career opportunities.
ries.”                                                                                                                                                   INSPIRING: ABCD Paul de                          The career progression of women
    Navy’s shark-punching clear-                                                                                                                         Gelder takes a breather dur-                 has been signified not only by the
ance diver, who is posted to the RAN                                                                                                                     ing a training session at the US             number of women to command war-
Diving School at HMAS Penguin, said                                                                                                                      Marine Corps Paralympic Trials               ships and naval bases, but the first
he would soon start training for his                                                                                                                     in California. INSET: Members of             promotion recently of a female to
next challenge – the Arafura Games in                                                                                                                    ADF Paralympic Team from left,               the rank of RADM.
Darwin in May.                                                                                                                                           PTE Damien Thomlinson, FSGT                      CDF ACM Angus Houston
    During Exercise Wounded Warrior,                                                                                                                     Tony Benfer, PTE Clint Vardy,                announced on March 1 that CDRE
the ADF members learnt adaptive                                                                                                                          WO2 Dennis Ramsay and ABCD                   Robyn Walker, Director General
snow sports at the Canadian Veterans’                                                                                                                    Paul de Gelder.                              Health Capability/Director General
learn-to-Ski week, followed by the                                                                                                                       Inset photo: LAC Bill Solomou                Navy Health Service, would be pro-
US Marine Corps Paralympic Sports                                                                                                                                                                     moted to RADM when she assumes
Trials.                                     Warrior, highlighted how serious                challenge themselves, and to dem-                              The ADF Paralympic Sports                  command of JHC in December.
    C D R E R o b y n Wa l k e r, a c t -   Defence was about the rehabilitation            onstrate that with courage and com-                         Program and Directorate of Army                   “It’s a great honour and reflects
ing Commander Joint Health, said            and recovery of its members wheth-              mitment they could achieve anything                         Health support staff have conducted           the measure and appreciation of the
Wounded Warrior was conducted by            er they were injured in accidents or            they wished – especially with regard                        information exchanges with partici-           contribution of women can make
Joint Health Command, in conjunc-           wounded on operations.                          to sports.                                                  pating nations on the rehabilitation of       to not only Navy but the ADF as a
tion with Army, as part of the ADF              “Their rehabilitation and activi-               Wounded Warrior was the result                          severely injured members to further           whole,” CDRE Walker said.
Paralympic Sports Program.                  ties such as Wounded Warrior aid in             of the Canadian Soldier On Program                          inform the development of the ADF                 “I hope my promotion to RADM
    “Our five participants have brought     bringing them back to the enjoyable             and the US Marine Corps’ Wounded                            Paralympic Sports Program and other           inspires other women and makes
great pride to the ADF and their            and quality lives that we all expect to         Warrior Regiment inviting the ADF                           rehabilitation services.                      them realise that with hard work
respective Services with their sporting     live,” she said.                                Paralympic Sports Program to send a                                                                       anything and everything is achiev-
achievements,” she said.                        CDRE Walker said the initiatives            team of members with acquired disa-                         For further information visit http://         able.”
    She said the Paralympic Sports          provided injured and wounded ADF                bilities to their international exchange                         International Women’s Day
Program, coupled with Wounded               personnel with the opportunity to               events.                                                     DRS                                           was marked at numerous bases
                                                                                                                                                                                                      around the country, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                      HMAS Kuttabul, where CO CMDR

New MECs better reflect health status                                                                                                                                                                 Christine Clarke hosted a barbecue
                                                                                                                                                                                                      breakfast to raise money for Ovarian
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cancer Research.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The breakfast in a marquee near
By Graham McBean                            health status to commanders and                                                                                                                           Fleet Base East Berth 4 was attended

A REVISED five-tier system of med-          supervisors without divulging confi-                     Revised                                               Pregnancy classification                   by more than 100 sailors and offic-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ers, which raised nearly $1000.
                                            dential information.
ical classifications will give Defence
personnel a clear understanding of
                                                “The old medical employment cat-                  classifications                                          This new classification is designed to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Additionally, HMAS Sydney (CAPT
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peter leavy) donated $318 from
                                            egories were not providing the flex-                                                                           remove the ambiguity of the old medi-
where they stand in terms of medical        ibility to help people know what they                                                                                                                     their fundraiser the day before.
                                                                                               MEC 1: Fully deployable.                                    cal classifications. While personnel are       CMDR Clarke said changes
status.                                     could do and what they couldn’t do,”                                                                           still not able to deploy while pregnant,
    The revised system begins its five-     MAJGEN Orme said.                                  MEC 2: Deployable with limitations on                                                                  to the recruiting and retention of
                                                                                               employment and deployment depend-                           the new classification effectively         women had lifted their numbers to
year roll out from July 1, with per-            “We have built a revised system                                                                            communicates that pregnancy is not
sonnel migrated to the system as they       with more categories to better reflect             ing on the level of available health                                                                   19 per cent of Navy’s workforce and
                                                                                               support and the physical requirements                       mistakenly categorised as an injury or     improvements through NGN had
receive treatment or attend periodical      a member’s state of health, their state                                                                        illness.
medical appointments.                       of employability and their state of                of different employment environments                                                                   given women greater flexibility.
    New, more detailed classifications                                                         and locations.                                                                                             “Because of these changes great-
for pregnancy and extended rehabili-            MAJGEN Orme said a critical fea-               MEC 3: Is a rehabilitation classifica-                      Extended Rehabilitation                    er retention figures of women work-
tation are important features of the        ture of the revised system was improv-             tion that means there is some injury                                                                   ing in the Navy are to be expected in
revision; some of these have already        ing the flexibility of employment and              or illness, or the member is pregnant,                           classification                        the future,” she said.
been introduced into the MEC system         deployment in the medical classifica-              and the member is undergoing reha-                                                                         XO Sydney lCDR Mel Barnes
and have been successfully used since       tion system.                                       bilitation and cannot be deployed. The                      The new classification is more closely     said Navy had come along way in
August last year.                               He said a person with a certain                intent is that wherever possible the                        aligned to the 2004 Rehabilitation         the past 100 years since the intro-
    A significant difference of the         medical classification may not be able             member will eventually get better and                       and Compensation Act to give people        duction of IWD – with the RAN a
revised system is that there is more        to deploy as an infantryman in the                 go back to a deployable classification.                     the time and support they need to          leader in equity and diversity, par-
flexibility, where appropriate, for         front-line but another person with the             MEC 4: A transition classification                          get back to their job. If returning to     ticularly regarding equal pay.
employment and deployment in the            same MEC may well be able to deploy                where a member won’t recover to the                         their old job is not possible due to           IWD was established in 1911
system.                                     in operational support in a clerical               medical standard required for their                         injury then members will be trained        when women were fighting for
    Head of People Capability               role.                                              present trade but may be transitioned                       for employment in a similar job, a job     issues of pay, conditions and
MAJGEN Craig Orme said the revised              “By providing a more flexible                  to a new trade or be offered work                           nearby or other employment where           political rights. During International
MECs would provide Defence with             range of classifications a person may              in their current trade for a specified                      possible. The new classification also      Women’s Year in 1975, IWD was
a simpler, more flexible system that        be able to deploy into operational thea-           period of time.                                             extends the amount of time for reha-       given official recognition by the
accurately reflects a Defence mem-          tres in specific roles.                            MEC 5: A classification where a                             bilitation and acknowledges that some      United Nations as a global day cel-
ber’s state of health.                          “So it is broadening the ability to            member is in the process of separating                      workplace injuries or wounds in action     ebrating the economic, political and
    He said the revised system would        use the workforce in a more efficient              because of their medical condition.                         may take longer to heal or recover.        social achievements of women in the
also better communicate a member’s          role.”                                                                                                                                                    past, present and future.

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NAVY NEWS                                                                                                                                                                      March 17, 2011
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   HMAS Stuart on opera-
   tions in the Middle East.
   Photo: LSA Lowe

  Ready to respond
By LCDR Michelle Wakefield               of the sea and stability within the     international law of the sea, with
                                         region,” CDRe Sammut said.              Stuart providing support,” he said.
The five nations that comprise
                                             On completion of the operation,         The CTF 150 area of operations
CTF 150 conducted a focused
                                         hMAS Stuart (CMDR Brett Sonter)         spans more than two million square
operation in the Northern Arabian        and the Pakistani Naval Vessel PNS      miles, covering the Red Sea, Gulf of
Sea to deter, detect and disrupt         Badr conducted a combined patrol
terrorist funding related narcotics      and training along the Pakistani
                                                                                 Aden, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman
                                                                                 and Arabian Sea.
                                                                                                                           Annual Rent Allowance Review
smuggling last month.                    coast.
    Ships and aircraft from Australia,                                               The principle mission of CTF
                                             “This is the second time in the     150 is to deter, disrupt and defeat
France, Pakistan, UK and US              last six months the Australian and      attempts by extremist terrorist
                                                                                                                           The annual Rent Allowance Review will
worked together to conduct almost        Pakistani navies have operated
200 interactions targeting narcotics     together under CTF 150 command,”
                                                                                 organisations to use the maritime         commence in April 2011.
smuggling in the area.                                                           environment as a venue for an attack
                                         CDRe Sammut said.
    CTF 150 Commander CDRe                   During the combined patrol,         or as a means to transport personnel,
Greg Sammut said the success of          Stuart and Badr conducted coopera-      weapons and other materials.
the operation demonstrated the           tive active patrols, gunnery serials,       The recent operation and com-
capacity of CMF’s contributing           manoeuvres and helicopter transfers.    bined patrol demonstrate the capa-
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    “All ships involved engaged pos-     operations.                             well as improving and maintaining
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Excellence awarded
By Michael Brooke
The value of investing in profes-
sional training for people to fix
human resource issues is the man-
tra of the RAN’s 2009 winner of
the Queen’s Gold Medal.
    LeUT Andrew Davies was
awarded the medal in recognition of
his outstanding performance while
posted to hMAS Tobruk in 2009.
    Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane presented the medal to
LeUT Davies at a ceremony aboard
hMAS Sydney (CAPT Peter Leavy)
on March 8, where he stated the
importance of recognising the con-
tributions of RAN personnel.
    “The Queen’s Gold Medal – one
of Navy’s most prestigious wards –
is presented annually to the officer                                                                                  ON SHOW: LSA Ben McNeil, from 817 Squadron, shows Steven Jones and
                                                                                                                      his son Jyden the Sea King hoist.
who has exhibited the most exem-       TOP EFFORT: Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane presents LEUT
                                                                                                                      Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
plary conduct, performance of duty     Andrew Davies with the Queen’s Gold Medal.

                                                                                                                      Aviators flock
and level of achievement while         Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
undergoing initial and application
course training,” VADM Crane said.     was doing because of the training     levels of preparedness in an endur-
    LeUT Davies, who is posted to      invested in me by a fantastic engi-   ing and cost-effective manner.
Sydney as the DMeO, said he was        neering department,” he said.             COMAUSFLT, RADM Steve
excited to receive such recognition,      LeUT Davies said the secret to     Gilmore, said one of the FOC’s

                                                                                                                      to Avalon
which emphasised the value of the      his success was to “do the best you   enduring aims was the generation
training invested in him by Navy.      can – even when no-one is watch-      and sustainment of Navy’s work-
    LeUT Davies said he posted to
                                       ing”.                                 force that was well trained, expe-
Tobruk in 2009 as an assistant Me,
where he benefited greatly from the       his training mantra encapsulates   rienced and motivated to operate
training and mentoring he received     New Generation Navy principles, as    platforms and systems.
from the engineering hOD, LCDR         well as the recently released Fleet       “The FOC must deliver the
Lance Davis, and department per-       Operating Concept (FOC), which        opportunities for the right training     By SGT Andrew Hetherington                     with them a helicopter simulator allow-
sonnel.                                is designed to maximise training      to be delivered to the right people at                                                  ing the public to get a taste of what it’s
    “I was able to excel at what I     opportunities and achieve directed    the right time,” he said.                NAVY’S contribution to this month’s
                                                                                                                      Australian International Air Show 2011         like to fly a naval aircraft,” LCDR Parrott
                                                                                                                      at Avalon, Victoria included five air-         said.
                                                                                                                      craft types and a detachment of 60                 “The message we were trying to put
                                                                                                                      personnel from hMAS Albatross.                 across was that all three Services work
                                                                                                                          Aircraft and personnel came from           together and support each other.”

    Sometimes you’ve
                                                                                                                      723, 817 and 816 Squadrons, NU                     Sea King aircrewman LSA Ben
                                                                                                                      Squadron 808 and the RAN historic              McNeil, from 817 Squadron, was one of
                                                                                                                      Flight.                                        the Navy representatives giving air show

    just got to rely on
                                                                                                                          N a v y Av a l o n D e t a c h m e n t     visitors an insight into naval aviation life.
                                                                                                                      Commander LCDR Ian Parrott, from                   “This was my first air show and I’ve
                                                                                                                      723 Squadron, said his personnel were          never seen so many aircraft in one place
                                                                                                                      involved in both flying and static dis-

    your partner...
                                                                                                                                                                     at one time,” LSA McNeil said.
                                                                                                                      plays.                                             “The public was impressed with the
                                                                                                                          “At Avalon we had all of our aircraft      Sea King and surprised at how big it is.”
                                                                                                                      types, including the Squirrel, Sea King,           he said he was eager to soon be
                                                                                                                      Seahawk, MRh-90 and a huey from our            working on the MRh-90 when it comes
                                                                                                                      historic Flight,” LCDR Parrott said.           into service.
                                                                                                                           “It was an opportunity for the public         The MRh-90 Taipan of Nu Squadron
                                                                                                                      to see our old aircraft with the new in the    808 will replace the Sea King as the
                                                                                                                      same location, allowing people to com-
                                                                                                                                                                     Navy’s maritime support helicopter oper-
                                                                                                                      pare them.
                                                                                                                          “It was also a significant event for the   ating from large support vessels, includ-
                                                                                                                      Sea King, as it will most likely be one        ing the LhDs when they enter service.
                                                                                                                      of the last opportunities the public will          “It will be an exciting time for every-
                                                                                                                      have to see it before it retires at the end    one when the helicopters and the LhDs
                                                                                                                      of this year.”                                 come into service,” LSA McNeil said.
                                                                                                                          LCDR Parrott said his personnel also           “There’s a lot to look forward to with
                                                                                                                      assisted Defence Force Recruiting with         the MRh-90 – I’ve had flights in them
                                                                                                                      their Avalon mission.                          and it will make our job in the back eas-
                                                                                                                          “We had a small team who brought           ier.”

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‘National treasure’ turns 110
By Gary Booth                                 Depot. taking a liking to the Australian
                                              way of life, he decided to transfer perma-
AustrAliA’s only surviving former
                                              nently to the rAN.
serviceman of World War i and ii,                 After courses to become a chief
Claude Choules, celebrated his 110th          torpedo and anti-submarine instructor,
birthday on March 3.                          Mr Choules stood by the building of the
    A small group of personnel from           rAN’s heavy cruisers Australia ii and
HMAs stirling joined Mr Choules and           Canberra i. He was a commissioning
his family and friends at the Perth retire-   crew member of Canberra and served in
ment village where he resides.                her until 1931.
    CO stirling CAPt Brett Wolski                 Mr Choules discharged from the
described Mr Choules as a “living             rAN in 1931, however, he remained
national treasure” and, on behalf of          in the rANr and rejoined the rAN in
Chief of Navy VADM russ Crane,                1932 as a CPO torpedo and anti-subma-
wished him a very happy birthday.             rine instructor.
    speaking on behalf of her father, Mr          During WWii, he was the acting tor-
Choules’ daughter Anne said he was            pedo officer and chief demolition officer
always proud of his Navy service and          in the West.
considered the Navy his other family.             Early in the war he was flown to
    “We are grateful for the Navy’s con-      Esperance to identify a mine washed
tinued association with our father and        ashore nearby. Eventually the mine was
family,” she said.                            identified as German and Mr Choules
    A former royal Navy WWi and               disposed of the first mine to wash up on
royal Australian Navy WWii veteran,           Australian soil during WWii.
Mr Choules’                                                                    As the
life has                                                                   chief demoli-
spanned             HMAS Canberra I                                        tion officer,
the exist-                                                                 he had the
ence of the                                                                task of
Australian                                                                 destroying
Navy, which                                                                facilities and
came into                                                                  oil storage
being on                                                                   tanks in
March 1,                                                                   Fremantle
1901, only                                                                 harbour,
two days                                                                   rendering
before his                                                                 them useless
birth.                                                                     in the advent
    Born in                                                                of a Japanese
Pershore,                                                                  invasion.
England                                                                        For a
on March                                                                   number of
3, 1901,
Mr Choules joined the rN as a boy in
1916, and served in the Naval training
                                                                           weeks during
                                              the dark days of 1942, explosive charges
                                              were in place to carry out this task. Mr
                                                                                               Our personal loan is
ship HMs impregnable at Devonport
dockyard. in 1917, he joined the battle-
                                              Choules had depth charges placed in
                                              ships that had been unable to sail from          the difference between
ship HMs revenge, Flagship of the First       Fremantle for safe harbour in Albany
Battle squadron.
    While serving in revenge, Mr
                                              during this period, with the intent of
                                              sinking them should the Japanese invade.
                                                                                               “I want” and “I have”
Choules witnessed the surrender of the            He remained in the rAN after WWii
German Fleet at Firth of Forth in 1918,       and transferred to the Naval Dockyard
10 days after the Armistice and later the     Police (NDP) to allow him to remain
scuttling of the German Fleet at scapa        in the service until 1956, as retirement
Flow.                                         from the rAN for ratings in those days
    Mr Choules served in the battleship       was at 50 – personnel could serve until
Valiant with the Mediterranean Fleet          55 in the NDP.
between 1920 and 1923. A subsequent               After retirement from the NDP,
posting saw him stand by the construc-        he purchased a cray fishing boat and
tion of the rN’s first purpose-built          spent 10 years fishing off the Western
aircraft carrier HMs Eagle, which was         Australian coast.
followed by a two-year posting as a
petty officer on board Eagle, again in the    LIVING LEGEND: (Above) Claude
Mediterranean Fleet.                          Choules, Australia’s only surviving
    in 1926, along with 11 other rN sen-      WWI and II veteran, recently turned
ior sailors, Mr Choules came to Australia     110 years old.
on loan as an instructor at Flinders Naval    Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
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Sydney strengthens
community ties
By Michael Brooke                              “Every dollar raised will ensure       some of sydney’s crew who
HMas sydney strengthened                  that this important and worthwhile      made the evening a great success
                                          charity continues to meet the needs     included Ls Matt Reedy and aB
Navy’s links with the wider com-          of the 1300 children in its care, as
munity when she raised $5000 for                                                  atelana toga, who said they helped
                                          well as their families,” he said.       serve more than 1000 drinks and 20
her adopted charity, the Infants’              CaPt Leavy presented the
Home, which is dedicated to giv-                                                  trays of high quality finger food.
                                          Infants’ Home with a cheque for             Ls Reedy said the function rep-
ing young children an opportunity         $5000 and pledged more financial
to live happy and fulfilling lives.                                               resented about a week of really hard
                                          support throughout the year as the
    sydney hosted the launch of the       ship’s company continues with a         work by most of the crew, but eve-
Infants’ Home’s “Priceless Gift of        variety of fundraising activities.      ryone was more than happy to con-
Opportunity” campaign, which aims              the NsW Governor, who is an        tribute to such a worthwhile cause.
to raise $6.5 million to build a state-   honorary commodore in the RaN,              aB toga said the efforts of the
of-the-art Early Learning and Care        saluted sydney and her crew for         crew were appreciated by the guests
Centre.                                   supporting such an important char-      who were full of praise for the
    More than 80 VIPs, including          ity.                                                                            POSITIVE EXPERIENCE: LCDR Anthony Holley farewells LTCOL John
                                                                                  RaN’s great hospitality.
NsW Governor Professor Marie                   “It’s an enormous privilege for                                            Badloe, CO of The Netherlands Military Blood Bank, at the end of his over-
                                                                                      the money raised by sydney          seas study tour where he conducted research into the deep freezing and
Bashir, attended sydney’s cock-           us to be here on sydney , which         will allow the Infants’ Home to
tail party and Ceremonial sunset at       bears the tradition and illustrious                                             thawing of blood products.
                                                                                  extend its support to families.

                                                                                                                          Overseas study tour
Fleet Base East on February 24.           history of its forbears and coura-          the proposed Early Learning
    sydney’s CO CaPt Peter Leavy          geous personnel whom we remem-          and Care Centre will provide high-
said the RaN had a long-stand-            ber with thoughts of gratitude and      quality integrated services including
ing relationship with the Infants’        respect,” she said.
Home, which as a non-profit organi-                                               child care and education, medical
                                               sydney’s crew worked tirelessly

                                                                                                                          enhances capability
sation that relies heavily on good        to make the fundraiser a smash-         and allied health programs, counsel-
will and sponsorship to provide           ing success for the Infants’ Home,      ling and parenting education, child
young children with the opportuni-        which was founded in 1874 by a          and mental health, early interven-
ties they need in life.                   group of women who established          tion and outreach and advocacy.
    “sydney is proud of our ongo-         a home for abandoned infants and
                                                                                  For further information visit www.      By CAPT Glenn Tinsley
ing support to the Infants’ Home,”        unmarried mothers with “illegiti-
he said.                                  mate” children.                                  Last year’s Matthew Davey award
                                                                                                                          winner, LCDR anthony Holley, has
                                                                                                                          just completed the overseas study peri-
                                                                                                                          od associated with his award.
                                                                                                                              LCDR Holley conducted research
                                                                                                                          with the Dutch military to further his
                                                                                                                          understanding of the techniques involved
                                                                                                                          in the deep freezing and thawing of
                                                                                                                          blood products for use in operational
                                                                                                                          environments. the Dutch have success-              At a glance
                                                                                                                          fully and safely deployed this capabil-
                                                                                                                          ity in a number of conflicts, including        The Matthew Davey Award is presented
                                                                                                                          afghanistan.                                   annually and is open to all members of
                                                                                                                              Liquid red blood cells have a shelf        the active naval reserve. The award is
                                                                                                                          life of 42 days and platelets only five        given to the most deserving applicant to
                                                                                                                          days. Deep freezing dramatically               carry out overseas studies which will fur-
                                                                                                                          increases the storage times of blood           ther Navy capability. The winner receives
                                                                                                                          products – 10 years for red blood cells        a grant covering travel, accommodation
                                                                                                                          and two years for platelets – and reduces      and other costs associated with the
                                                                                                                          the dependency on blood donations from         study tour. Applications are called for in
                                                                                                                          personnel in the operational environ-          November each year.
                                                                                                                              LCDR Holley said it was an exciting
                                                                                                                          project to be involved in and could trans-   who practices as a senior staff intensiv-
                                                                                                                          late into lives saved.                       ist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s
                                                                                                                              “the technology may also lend itself     Hospital.
                                                                                                                          to use in the rural australian sector
                                                                                                                          where blood product shortages are not        A full report of his study can be found on the
                                                                                                                          infrequently encountered,” he said.          naval reserve website at
                                                                                                                              LCDR Holley is a naval reservist         au/reserves

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Perth I honoured at AWM                                                                       By Andrew Stackpool

 Artefact sad and brave                                                                       THE muted bugle calls of the Last
                                                                                              Post and Navy’s Reveille seemed
                                                                                              strangely fitting as they sound-
                                                                                              ed across the Hall of Memory at
 A rAre and valuable Navy artefact has          were killed in the sea battle, while of the   the Australian War Memorial on
 been handed over to the rAN Heritage           334 survivors who were taken prisoner of      February 28.
 Centre at a ceremony to commemorate            war about 106 died in captivity.                  They were sounded towards the
 the Battle of the Sunda Strait where                CMDr Moore said it was believed          end of the service commemorating
 HMAS Perth I wrote a proud new chapter         that Perth survivor LSWTr Sandy McNab         the 69th anniversary of the loss of
 in the legend of Anzac.                        listed the names on the canvas while          HMAS Perth I and seemed to reach
     The artefact is a piece of a canvas tar-   imprisoned at the ‘Bicycle’ prisoner of war   across the oceans and distance of
 paulin used by a prisoner of war to record     camp in Surabaya.                             time and space.
 the names of the crew of Perth, which               “Many of those on the canvas did not         More than 200 members of the
 was sunk in company with USS Houston           survive Japanese captivity or the infamous    HMAS Perth Association and fam-
 during desperate attempts to stop a            Thai-Burma railway, and the ‘muster’ was                                                  SERVICE PRIDE: CAPT William Martin (centre) with survivors
                                                                                              ily and friends joined four survivors
 Japanese invasion fleet.                       done perhaps as a record that could be                                                    of HMAS Perth I, from left, John Woods, Frank Chattaway, Frank
                                                                                              of the ship – John Woods, Frank
     The framed tarpaulin was presented         used after the war, in the event that none                                                McGovern and Gavin Campbell.                   Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
                                                                                              Chattaway, Frank McGovern and
 by John King,                                                              of the crew       Gavin Campbell – Chief of Navy
 the presi-                                                                 survived,” he     VADM Russ Crane and other distin-               CHAP Andrew Lewis, the Navy           still in their teens. They had sailed
 dent of the                                                                said.             guished guests at the service.              chaplain at the Australian Defence        into an adult war “and performed
 HMAS Perth                                                                     CMDr              The service included a keynote          Force Academy, led the prayers.           magnificently”.
 Association,                                                               Moore said the                                                    Perth and the American cruiser            “People say that they followed
                                                                                              address by journalist and author
 to CDre                                                                    canvas, which                                                 USS Houston were lost in a short,         Navy tradition,” Mr Carlton said.
                                                                                              Mike Carlton who wrote the book             gallant fight against overwhelming
 Andrew Smith,                                                              was framed                                                                                                  “I disagree. They didn’t follow
                                                                                              Cruiser: The Life and Loss of               Japanese forces as they tried to break
 Commodore                                                                  by the Perth                                                                                            traditions – they made them.”
                                                                                              HMAS Perth and her Crew, followed           into the Sunda Strait (Indonesia)
 Support                                                                    Association,                                                                                                Survivors and former prisoners
                                                                                              by the laying of wreaths and poppies        shortly before midnight on February
 Forces in Fleet                                                            also listed the                                                                                         of war Frank Chattaway and Frank
                                                                            names of the      at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier          28, 1942.
 Command,                                                                                     in the Hall of Memory, the bugle                                                      McGovern summed up that view.
 during a com-                                                              survivors from                                                    Of Perth’s ship’s company of
                                                                                              calls and the naval ode.                    681, 353 died with the ship. The              “We definitely would not want
 memoration                                                                 other ships
                                                                                                  Veterans’ Voices, the ACT               survivors were sent to the infamous       to go through a night like that or
 ceremony                                                                   who were
                                                                            known to be in    Vietnam Veterans’ Federation Choir,         Thai-Burma railway and only 218           become prisoners of war again,” they
 at the Naval                                                                                 led the singing of the naval hymn,          finally returned to Australia.            said.
 Chapel at Fleet                                                            the camp.
                                                                                “It is both   national anthem and the timeless                In his address, Mr Carlton said           “But, that is what we did and we
 Base east on                                                                                 hymn Abide with Me.                         many of the crew were young men,          are proud we did.”
 February 27.                                                               a sad and
     The can-                                                               brave docu-
 vas will be                                                                ment and one
 preserved and displayed by the Naval           which is of great significance to the his-
 Heritage Collection whose Director,            tory of Navy and the nation,” he said.
 CMDr Shane Moore, said it was a unique              The canvas tarpaulin was found by
 and poignant record of the fate of the         Sarah Seymour when looking through
 Perth I crew.                                  the belongings of her late father, LCDr
     “On it are the names of those who          Seymour, rN, who it is believed received
 survived the sinking and the fate of oth-      it from LSWTr McNab when visiting
 ers – known at the time – to have died         ex-prisoners of war at the Heidelberg
 due to various causes while in captivity,”     repatriation Hospital after the war.
 he said.
     Some 23 officers and 329 ratings                              – Michael Brooke

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Sad goodbye to                                                                                                             In a teary farewell to the town that has opened their
                                                                                                                           hearts and homes over 24 years, 817 Squadron has
                                                                                                                           left Goolwa, South Australia, following their final
                                                                                                                           official visit before the squadron decommissions at
                                                                                                                           the end of 2011. LEUT Kelli Lunt reports.

                                                                                                                                    he strong sense of commu-          the presentation of the squadron, band
                                                                                                                                    nity between 817 Squadron          and cadets.
                                                                                                                                    (CMDR Paul Moggach) and                 A moving tribute was also held at the
                                                                                                                                    their adopted home town,           Goolwa RSL sub-branch on February 27
                                                                                                                           Goolwa, was evident in the enthusias-       attended by members of squadron, their
                                                                                                                           tic support for all events the squadron     host families and members of the RSL
                                                                                                                           participated in during their final offi-    for the rededication of the 817 Squadron
                                                                                                                           cial visit to the town.                     memorial.
                                                                                                                                The visit began on February 24 with         RSL Club President Bob Plummer
                                                                                                                           school visits to eastern Fleurieu School    addressed the large crowd and local
                                                                                                                           in Strathalbyn, and Goolwa Primary          Padre Reg Farnell provided a formal
                                                                                                                           School and Investigator College in          blessing of the memorial, which features
                                                                                                                           Goolwa.                                     a dedication on the stone and the tail
FAREWELL, FRIENDS: (Above) Members of 817                                                                                      After landing on the schools’ ovals,    rotor blade of a Sea King with crosses
Squadron march down Cadell Street, Goolwa, dur-                                                                            crew from Shark 05 spoke to students        representing the six personnel who have
ing the Freedom of Entry parade.                                                                                           about the Sea King helicopter, answered     lost their lives while serving with 817
Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt                                                                                                     questions and allowed students to walk      Squadron.
MEET ’N’ GREET: (Right) ABATA Andy Earle                                                                                   through the airframe.                            After the Last Post was performed
shakes hands with students from Goolwa Primary                                                                                 On February 26 the squadron par-        by Anne Greer, wreaths were laid
School during a visit with Shark 05.                                                                                       ticipated in their final Freedom of entry   by CMDR Moggach, Commander
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams                                                                                                 (FOe) down Cadell Street, a Ceremonial      Australian Fleet RADM Stephen
                                                                                                                           Guard in support of the opening of the      Gilmore, Councillor Mchugh and Mr
                                                                                                                           South Australian Wooden Boat Festival       Plummer.
                                                                                                                           and a Ceremonial Sunset.                         In a surprise presentation, the squad-
                                                                                                                               The FOe involved 75 personnel           ron presented the RSL club president
                                                                                                                           from 817 Squadron including the Guard       with an Australian White ensign as well
                                                                                                                           and Colour Party, 22 members from the       as the first and last bottles of wine of a
                                 Custom Framing & Medals                                                                   RAN Band and six members from Navy          commemorative vintage purchased dur-
                                                                                                                           Cadet Unit TS Noarlunga.                    ing a previous visit.
   REPLICA MEDALS MILITARY HONOUR FRAMES                                                                                       The history between Goolwa and               A final contribution to the Wooden
            MILITARIA MEDAL MOUNTING                                                                                       the squadron was emphasised by              Boat Festival Program on February 27
   COLOUR PATCHES NAKED - ARMY FIGURINES                                                                                   Alexandrina Mayor Kym Mchugh dur-           highlighted the search and rescue capa-
     R.S.L. ENDORSED LIMITED EDITION POSTERS                                                                               ing a speech at the parade.                 bility of the Sea King helicopters.
                                                                                                                               “The adoption of 817 Squadron                Shark 05, piloted by LCDR Nick
                                                                                                                           by the riverport town of Goolwa came        Bane, completed a search and rescue
                                                                                                                           about during bicentennial celebrations in   demonstration, winching LSA Greg
                                                                                                      RESUMES              1988,” he said.                             Doran from the choppy waters in the
                                                                                                                               “Originally wanting to adopt a RAN      channel.
                                                                                                   /($',1* 3529,'(5        ship, South Australia’s only inland              CMDR Moggach said the squadron
                                                                                                  • 5HVXPHV                port was inaccessible to a surface ship     had been looking forward to the visit
                                                                                                  • 6HOHFWLRQ &ULWHULD     because of the Murray Mouth, lock and       to Goolwa for some time, though were
                                                                                                  • ,QWHUYLHZ FRDFKLQJ     barrages.                                   reflective of it being their final visit as a
                                                                                                                               “The then-Chief of Naval Staff,         formed squadron ahead of the Sea King
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                                                                                                               RIGHT TO PASS: CPO Trevor Johnstone pre-
                                                                                                               sents the scroll to Superintendent John Bruhn,
                                                                                                               from the Hills Fleurieu Local Area South
                                                                                                               Australian Police, during 817 Squadron’s
                                                                                                               Freedom of Entry parade.
                                                                                                               Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt
     In a final address to the families who
  hosted personnel and to Goolwa locals
  who have supported their visits over the
  years, CMDR Moggach spoke of the
  enduring relationship, highlighting the
  genuine sense of community between
  the town and the squadron.
     “People within the squadron have a
  genuine regard for the people of Goolwa
  and it goes right down to the fact that we
  stay with families. We come here at least
  once a year with an aircraft and many
  personnel return with their own families
  during recreational leave,” he said.
     “It was a great occasion but it was
  obviously a sad one knowing that it was                                                                               ON SHOW: 817 Squadron personnel
  our final squadron visit.                                                                                             and their Sea King Shark 05 conduct
     “At the end of the day, 817 Squadron                                                                               a search and rescue demonstration
  has two homes: our first home is in                                                                                   for the residents of Goolwa during
                                                                                                                        the squadron’s final official visit to
  Nowra where we work. Our second
                                                                                                                        their adopted home town.
  home is in Goolwa.”
                                                                                                                        Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams

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Project Storm protects
corporate knowledge
By SPR Nick Wiseman                               in a very quick time frame,” Mr                   training programs to better manage
                                                  Massingham said.                                  this knowledge loss.
CORPORATE knowledge loss is                          Project Storm involves an inten-                   Existing procedures such as
the Navy’s newest enemy with                      sive continual change program                     position handovers will be stream-
Project Storm examining this                      including annual auditing of Navy                 lined to allow people to absorb
problem within the maritime envi-                 engineering staff via surveys from                the knowledge quicker and hit the
ronment.                                          which they can measure changes to                 ground running when posting into a
    The project, led jointly by                   knowledge levels.                                 new position.
Defence and the University of                        Initial key findings have found                    Mr Massingham said they were
Wollongong, aims to measure and                   that knowledge loss is continuing                 initially studying areas believed to
manage the impact of knowledge                    to increase, however, leadership is               be at the biggest risk.                          COMMUNITY SPIRIT: ABHSO Roek Dyer and SMNMT Reece Dotchin
loss as the workforce continues to                working hard to manage the impact                     “This was determined to be                   work up a sweat running dogs at the Young Animals Protective Society
age and retire.                                   of declining capability.                          the engineering and technical                    in Cairns.
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                                                                                                                                                     Paluma leads the pack
                                                  is now looking to focus on solu-                  rolled out to the rest of the Navy
Massingham from the University of                 tions, implementing lessons from                  and even Defence [as a whole],” Mr
Wollongong said society was get-                  the past two years and putting in                 Massingham said.
ting older.                                       place systems, processes and poli-                    “We’re turning Navy into a
    “There is an increasing risk of               cies.                                             learning organisation where it can               By SBLT Wade Bemet                             “Unwanted pets can cause havoc on
en masse retirement and all the                      Other solutions will be to pro-                learn from experience and imple-                                                             the local environment and native animal
corporate knowledge built up by                   duce documents such as standard                   ment solutions to manage this                    The ship’s company of HMAS Paluma
                                                                                                                                                     (LCDR Mhanda Tökesi) have been              habitats and of course the crew also get
these people walking out the door                 operating procedures, policies and                knowledge loss.”                                                                             a good workout running and walking the
                                                                                                                                                     leading the charge in military fitness
                                                                                                                                                     while helping the volunteers at the         dogs,” LCDR Tökesi said.
                                                                                                                                                     Young Animals Protective Society               YAPS Animal Refuge Shelter rescues

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                                                                                                                                                        During the last 18 months Paluma’s       board and find new homes for aban-
                                                                                                                                                     crew has engaged in twice-weekly phys-      doned, abused and unwanted animals.
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                                                                                                                                                     or twice a month, however, the crew         while some live out their days there as
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                                     On show in Tassie              By LEUT Tony White                                   But it wasn’t just the “birdies” on show
                                                                    Tasmania turned up the heat for                  during navy Week. The Tasmanian detach-
                                                                    navy’s visit to Hobart for the 173rd Royal       ment of the Ran Band participated in
                                                                    Hobart Regatta People’s Day public holi-         a number of activities including a cock-
                                                                    day on February 14.                              tail party and Ceremonial sunset aboard
                                                                        in Tasmania as part of Exercise Triton       Parramatta, and spent two days performing
                                                                    storm i, seahawk 76 – embarked in Hmas           at Princes Wharf at salamanca.
                                                                    Parramatta – performed wet-winching dem-             Bandmaster CPO Daniel Hobson said
                                                                    onstrations and static displays at the Hobart    the salamanca performances were linked to
                                                                    Cenotaph where pilots, aircrew and main-         the australian Wooden Boats Festival and
                                                                    tainers were met by more than 2000 enthu-        were very successful.
                                                                    siastic visitors over a three-hour period.           “This was the first year this popular
                                                                        Tasmanian-based Dive Team 10 provid-         biennial festival was free to public, which
                                                                    ed two divers for the wet-winching demon-        ensured that thousands of people attended,”
                                                                    stration, where experiencing 80km/h winds        he said.
                                                                    in the down-draught was an “adrenaline               “The band played three sets of about
IMPRESSIVE SIGHT: (Above)                                           rush” for smn Luke shea.
HMA Ships Ballarat (foreground)                                                                                      50 minutes each day, with each set start-
                                                                        smn shea volunteered for the job after       ing with a drum display. The drum corps
and Parramatta alongside in                                         being winched and dropped back into the
Hobart and open to the public dur-                                                                                   performance comprised drum solos, stick
                                                                    water by the a109 helicopter at the 2010
ing Tasmania Navy Week.                                                                                              drills, bugle calls and the drummers beating
                                                                    regatta. This year, the divers were winched
                                                                    into the aircraft and taken for a short flight   to quarters stopped people in their tracks
PRECISION: (Right) The RAN                                          over mount Wellington before landing             and led to large crowds for each of our sets.
Band Tasmania Detachment’s                                          again at the cenotaph.                               “The band’s mix of modern and classic
drum corps marches on to HMAS                                           Historically, the regatta began as a         rock was appreciated by the crowd.”
Parramatta’s flight deck during a                                   friendly competition between local sailors            The band ended the weekend at the
performance.                                                        and members of the merchant navy. The            Royal Hobart Regatta performing for
                                                                    regatta holiday is now one of the oldest         crowds by the River Derwent with Ballarat
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett                                          continuing public holidays in australia.         at anchor in the background.

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MHP Force does Navy Proud
The Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic,                                                                                                                                                            COMMUNITY SERVICE: HMAS
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Huon, pictured, and other ships in
Meteorological and Patrol Force has had an eventful                                                                                                                                                          the MHPFOR played an important
                                                                                                                                                                                                             role in Operation Queensland Flood
start to 2011, as LEUT Grant McDuling explains.                                                                                                                                                              Assist, surveying Moreton Bay and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Brisbane River to ensure ship-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ping channels were safe for use.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: CPL Janine Fabre

        xcelling during exercises is        Yasi delivered a further blow to the peo-      Personal sacrifices take on a whole
        one thing, but when the chips       ple of Queensland.                         new meaning when families are threat-
        are down and things are for             “HMAS Benalla was tasked to            ened and when Queensland and the
        real, that’s the true test of       conduct clearance surveys in the ports     Northern Territory braced in the face of
any force. Take away any time for           of Cairns and Townsville as part of        the worst nature could throw at them,
preparation, throw a string of year-        Operation Yasi Assist,” CAPT Stoker        the men, women and families of the
end public holidays and overlay that        said.                                      RAN weren’t found wanting.
with huge amounts of uncertainty                “The presence of merchant ships            “Your commitment in this circum-
                                            following in her wake emphasised           stance is recognised and is among the
and worry on a personal level and           the strategic importance of this task.     strongest display of Navy values that a
you’ll have some idea of the chal-          Townsville harbour was closed until        commander can ask for.”
lenges that faced the Mine Warfare,         Benalla had completed her work and the         As if that wasn’t enough of a test
Clearance Diving, Hydrographic,             evening news even provided coverage        for the capabilities of MHPFOR, there
Meteorological and Patrol Force             of the supply ships’ arrival and their truewere other significant assets at work in
(MHPFOR) as they turned their cal-          meaning to the supermarket shelves of      other theatres and areas of operation.
endars and prepared for 2011.               Townsville.”                               Personnel from AUSCDTs 1 and 4 are
    Their ongoing commitment to border          The preparation of units for the       currently deployed with Mentoring Task
protection duties (Operation Resolute)      challenging and varying tasks on the       Force (MTF) 2 in Afghanistan and there
as well as Australia’s military contri-     east coast for flood assistance as well    are others working up for MTF 3.
bution to the international campaigns       as tropical cyclone avoidance required         HMAS Melbourne has recently
against terrorism, countering piracy in     a collective focus and swift decision-     returned from operations with
the Gulf of Aden, and maritime security     making.                                    MHPFOR’s enhanced boarding capa-
in the Middle East Area of Operations           CAPT Stoker praised the degree of      bility, while HMAS Stuart remains
(Operation Slipper), only added a level     cooperation and determination that was     on station with this critical enabler.                                                                                ACTION STATIONS: A RHIB stands
of complexity to a New Year that was        displayed, not only by MHPFOR per-         Clearance diving teams also helped                                                                                    by in support of members of Assail
heralded in with natural disasters on an    sonnel but also by the respective SPO      render safe unexploded ordnance in                                                                                    Three as they conduct a damage
unprecedented scale.                        staffs, HMA Ships Coonawarra, Cairns       Vanuatu and Darwin harbour. A Mobile                                                                                  control exercise aboard HMAS
    No sooner had the nation watched        and Waterhen, as well as contracting       Meteorological Team was deployed                                                                                      Betano during last year’s MWVCP.
the horror and heroism surrounding          staff, which was critical to each force    in support of CTF 150 with a further                                                                                  Photo: ABIS James Whittle
the tragedy of SIEV 221 unfold at           element being able to proceed in a         one deployed to the Antarctic. Also in
Christmas Island than they were again       timely manner.                             the Antarctic were members of DGST
seeing MHPFOR assets and personnel              “This was a display of teamwork of     1 who were operating from Aurora
called to duty. Only this time it was to    the highest order. The professionalism,    Australis conducting Mawson Station
be first hand.                                                                                         approach operations.
    Queensland was about                                                                                   HMA Ships Leeuwin
to experience its darkest                                                                              and Melville successfully
hour when two thirds of the          “It is clear to me that the new                                   conducted hydrographic
state flooded, giving rise                                                                             surveys in Caution Bay,
to Operation Queensland              MHPFOR, with all of its various                                   just off Papa-Lealea in
Flood Assist.                        capabilities, has had an outstanding                              Papua New Guinea. These
    According to                     start to 2011. You have all displayed                             surveys will allow the
Commander MHPFOR                     a fantastic willingness to get the job                            safe navigation in the
CAPT Nicholas Stoker,                                                                                  approaches towards the
Operation Queensland                 done in a safe and considered manner,                             Liquid Natural Gas facil-
Flood Assist initially               even when the tasks being asked of                                ity, which will be located
called upon members                  you have been both challenging                                    in Caution Bay, and
from AUSCDTs 1 and 4                 and difficult.”                                                   formed part of Australia’s
and Reserve Dive Team                                                                                  commitment to regional
                                                                       – CAPT Nicholas Stoker,
8, as well as HMA Ships                                                  Commander MHPFOR              security.
Shepparton and Paluma,                                                                                     The MHPFOR is
and DGST 2.                                                                                            the integration of the
    “This was followed by                                                                              former Mine Warfare
HMAS Leeuwin and her                        teamwork and innovation displayed                          and Clearance Diving,
survey motor boats, which conducted         by our people are things in which we       Hydrographic and Meteorological and
sounding operations in Moreton Bay          should all take a great deal of pride and  Patrol Boat Force Element Groups that
and on the Brisbane River,” CAPT            professional satisfaction as we deliver    were amalgamated under the NGN
Stoker said.                                on our commitments and readiness           structural reform of Fleet Command.
    Over the next three weeks the clear-    levels throughout 2011,” CAPT Stoker       Common capabilities across all three
ance diving and hydrographic units car-     said.                                      groups are:
ried out sounding operations to confirm         But it was also on a personal level    ➤ counter improvised explosive device
that shipping channels and wharves          that members of MHPFOR came up                 operations;
in Brisbane had not been altered from       trumps. Many of them had to contend        ➤ operational boarding (enhanced
charted information and that debris that    with these natural disasters on the home       boarding party embarked in
had made its way down the river had not front, wondering all the time what was             Operation Slipper assets and
become navigational hazards.                happening as storm waters or cyclonic          boarding operations by ACPBs in
    “Our teams were able to identify        weather bore down on their homes and           Operation Resolute);
shoal banks and a number of obstruc-        families.                                  ➤ surveillance, patrol and response;
tions in the harbour channels,” CAPT            “I wish to acknowledge the personal    ➤ surface detection and interception;
Stoker said.                                commitment that many have made over        ➤ hydrographic surveying;
    “During my short visit to force         this period,” CAPT Stoker said.            ➤ maritime SAR;
assigned units in Brisbane, I was               “These events required us to leave     ➤ humanitarian assistance and disaster
impressed by the professional manner        families ashore and proceed to sea. It is      relief; and                                                                                                          ESSENTIAL CAPABILITY:
in which the tasks were successfully        always an anxious time when families       ➤ environmental and scientific research                                                                                  LSHSO Jo Hadfield and LSHSO
executed. This represented a unique         are threatened by natural disaster, which      support.                                                                                                             Shaun Godley, members of the
opportunity for us to showcase the com-     was particularly the case for Tropical         “It is clear to me that the new                                                                                      Deployable Geospatial Support
mon ground that exists across our force,    Cyclone Yasi and Tropical Cyclone          MHPFOR, with all of its various capa-                                                                                    Team that deployed as part of
with hydrographic and mine warfare and Carlos in Darwin. While we are all              bilities, has had an outstanding start to                                       VITAL SKILLS: A team of clearance
                                                                                                                                                                       divers check pylons below the            Operation Queensland Flood
clearance diving capabilities operating     grateful that Yasi did not have a severe   2011,” CAPT Stoker said. “You have                                                                                       Assist, survey the bed of the
together to achieve a single mission.”      impact on Cairns, this does not change     all displayed a fantastic willingness to                                        Captain Cook Bridge in the
                                                                                                                                                                       Brisbane River as part of Operation      Brisbane River for debris.
    While these units were busy in          the anxiety that I am sure all Cairns-     get the job done in a safe and consid-                                                                                   Photo: CPL Janine Fabre
Brisbane, along came another signifi-       based personnel felt on the morning it     ered manner, even when the tasks being                                          Queensland Flood Assist.
cant challenge to test their preparedness   appeared as a Category 5 cyclone and       asked of you have been both challenging                                         Photo: CPL Janine Fabre
and professionalism. Tropical Cyclone       was directly inbound.”                     and difficult.”

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14                                                                                                                                                                     PERSONNEL

Survey to check culture
                                                                                        More choice for
pulse against Navy’s
Signature Behaviours
                                                                                        ADF families
                                                                                        CHANGES to the ADF Family
                                                                                        Health Trial will begin on April 1 af-
                                                                                        ter feedback from families showed a
NAVy will shortly launch                   tion’s performance of the Signature          desire for more choice and flexibility
RANavyPulse, a survey that will            Behaviours.                                  in their healthcare options.
“check the Pulse” of Navy to see the           About 1000 members will be                   The trial, which aims to assess a
effects of the implementation of our       approached to participate, covering a        suitable healthcare model for ADF
                                           cross section of areas and ranks.            families, began in May 2009 in sev-
10 Signature Behaviours: where they            All participants will be emailed a       eral cities across Australia.
are working and where more work            link giving instructions on how to access        However, a mid-2010 evaluation
needs to be done.                          a survey of 10 questions reflecting the      of 700 ADF families found many
    The survey is being conducted as       Signature Behaviours.                        wanted a greater choice of gen-
the next stage in Navy’s cultural change       The survey is designed on a self and     eral practitioners than the doctors
by making contact with a selection of      peer basis and contributors will be asked    assigned to the trial.
people to ask their opinions about the     to rate themselves and their peers regard-       In response, the Directorate of
culture of their workplace and their       ing their own perceptions.                   ADF Dependant Healthcare has said
organisation.                                  How these members rate themselves        eligible families will be able to visit
    It is only through the feedback and    and their peers will not be seen by Navy     any general practice and be reim-
support of our people that Navy will       – all ratings from the completed survey      bursed for out-of-pocket expenses
make the change to our desired culture.    will go straight to PulsePrograms via a      from April 1.
                                           secure internet portal outside of Navy, to       The directorate said all
Surveys such as these allow the oppor-
                                           be transformed into a trends analysis that   Medicare-recognised services pro-
tunity to actually see what our people     will demonstrate how much Navy has           vided in a general practice would
think and if the changes under New         embraced the Signature Behaviours.           also now be eligible for reimburse-
Generation Navy are gaining traction.                                                   ment through the Medicare rebate
    The RANavyPulse supports both          A FAQ site has been created on the NGN       and the Family Health Trial.
CDF and CN’s requirements in the           intranet under “Signature Behaviours”. Any       No Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT)
HMAS Success COI response, which           questions or feedback can be directed to     liability applies to services that are
commits Navy to pulse the organisa-                       bulk billed.                              SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES: Changes to the ADF Family Health Trial
                                                                                            Only amounts claimed for reim-        will begin on April 1 and mean eligible families will be able to visit
                                                                                        bursement will attract FBT.               any general practice and be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.
                                                                                            The changes will also give fami-      Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
                                                                                        lies greater flexibility in how they
                                                                                        use the current $320 dental provi-          Port Hedland and Tom Price.           Further information on the
                                                                                        sion, with some allied health servic-     ➤ Northern Territory – Alice        changes and how to register for the
                                                                                        es such as physiotherapy, optometry,        Springs, Darwin, Katherine and    trial can be found on the intranet
                                                                                        chiropractic and podiatry eligible          Nhulunbuy.
                                                                                        under the allowance.                                                          at
                                                                                            The health trial is continuing to     ➤ Queensland – Cairns, Mt Isa,      au/vcdf/sites/ADFDepHealth        or
                                                                                        provide benefits in the following           Thursday Island, Townsville,      internet at
                                                                                        regional and remote locations:              Tully and Weipa.                  health/Dependant_Healthcare
                                                                                        ➤ Western Australia – Broome,             ➤ New South Wales – Singleton.
                                                                                            Carnarvon, Derby, Exmouth,            ➤ Victoria – Puckapunyal and        The ADF Family Health team can be
                                                                                            Karratha, Kununurra, Newman,            Sale.                             contacted on (02) 6266 3547.

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                                                           New deal online for reservists
                                                           EMPLOYERS from both the private                                  visit the reserves website for more information on the
                                                           and public sectors are being encouraged                          program.                                                   “We appreciate
                                                           to develop leave policies to support                                 “The campaign includes advertisements that feature     the support of
                                                           ADF reservists within their organisa-                            some of Australia’s leading chief executive officers and
                                                                                                                            managing directors. They will be seen in publications,     employers who
                                                           tions as part of a new reserves-support                                                                                     support reserv-
                                                                                                                            online and also aboard Qantas aircraft,” MAJGEN
                                                           program.                                                         Brereton said.                                             ists and hope that
                                                               The program is the Supportive Employers program.                 “We appreciate the support of employers who sup-       other employers
                                                               Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support                  port reservists and hope that other employers will take    will take their
                                                           Division MAJGEN Paul Brereton launched the pro-                  their lead and sign up to the program.”                    lead and sign up
                                                           gram in mid-February.                                                Employers do not need to have reservists on staff to   to the program.”
                                                               Employers are being asked to develop Defence                 have the policies in place or sign up as a ‘Supportive
                                                                                                                                                                                       – MAJGEN Paul Brereton,
                                                           reserves leave policies and become ‘Supportive                   Employer’.                                                     Head Cadet, Reserve
                                                           Employers’.                                                                                                                    and Employer Support
                                                               The program was designed to encourage employ-                For more information, call 1800 803 485 or visit www.                      Division
                                                           ers to call the Defence Reserves Support helpline or   

calling ex-serving and reserve personnel to par-
ticipate in the Middle East Area of Operations
Health Study. Here, HMAS Melbourne sails off
the coast of Somalia during her recent Operation                            Safe hands
Slipper deployment.
Photo: SGT Neil Ruskin

MilHOP calls
and reserve
By Sarah McMullen and Kara Pasmore
THIS year researchers from the Centre for Military
and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) at the University of
Queensland will be sending invitations to ex-serv-
ing and reserve personnel for participation in the
Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Health
    Of particular concern to CMVH researchers is evi-
dence indicating that physical and mental health out-
comes for ex-serving members are different from those
of serving members. For this reason, they are using all
resources available to reach the ex-service community
to provide members with the opportunity to take part
in this valuable research.
    As part of the Military Health Outcomes Program
(MilHOP), the largest health research program ever
undertaken by the ADF, the MEAO Health Study aims
to capture the health, wellbeing and deployment expe-
riences of ADF members who have deployed to the
MEAO since 2001.
    Associate Professor Susan Treloar, Head of the
University of Queensland node of CMVH, said given
that ex-serving and reserve members could be more
difficult to locate, the team welcomed people to con-
tact them directly if they heard about the study before
being contacted officially.
    “We need their current contact details in order to
send information about how to join the study,” she
    “Log-in and password details for a secure online
survey will also be sent, or there is the option to do a
mailed paper survey.”
    CMVH is a university-based centre. Individual
study responses and information are kept secure
and confidential by authorised research staff at the
University of Queensland and the University of                                                                                                Health Insurance
Adelaide. The study has the endorsement of both CDF
and the Repatriation Commissioner. All participants
can be assured that their individual privacy will be
protected and that no identifiable information will be
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Imagery specialists’
                                                                                                                              WINNING IMAGE: Mist hangs         Rosemary Rodwell
                                                                                                                              over Camp Cockatoo during
                                                                                                                              Operation Pakistan Assist. This
                                                                                                                              photo won the 2011 Rosemary
                                                                                                                                                                 Memorial Prize
                                                                                                                              Rodwell Memorial Prize.
                                                                                                                              Photo: POIS Damian Pawlenko       POIS Damian Pawlenko from the 1st
                                                                                                                                                                Joint Public Affairs Unit has won the
                                                                                                                                                                2011 Rosemary Rodwell Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                Prize for his work, pictured left, dur-
                                                                                                                                                                ing Operation Pakistan Assist in 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                    Nineteen imagery specialists entered
                                                                                                                                                                59 images into this year’s competition,
                                                                                                                                                                providing the seven judges with an excel-
                                                                                                                                                                lent selection from which to choose the
                                                                                                                                                                ultimate winner.
                                                                                                                                                                    IS Category Manager WO Rob
                                                                                                                                                                Fengler said the quality of the images this
                                                                                                                                                                year was outstanding.
                                                                                                                                                                    “All members of the category should
                                                                                                                                                                be proud of their contribution to provid-
                                                                                                                                                                ing professional images to Navy and the
                                                                                                                                                                wider ADF,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                    The Rosemary Rodwell Memorial
                                                                                                                                                                Prize is named after POWTR (WRAN)
                                                                                                                                                                Rosemary Rodwell, who joined the
                                                                                                                                                                Service in 1963. Rosemary’s distin-
                                                                                                                                                                guished career spanned more than 20
                                                                                                                                                                years, during which she was awarded the
                                                                                                                                                                British Empire Medal.
                                                                                                                                                                    Rosemary died in a car accident in
                                                                                                                                                                April 1987. In her memory her family
                                                                                                                                                                established a trust fund from which a
                                                                                                                                                                prize is awarded annually to an imagery
                                                                                                                                                                specialist who best demonstrates the pur-
                                                                                                                                                                suit of excellence.


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HAPPY TO BE HOME: (Above) Crew members line the upper decks and wave to friends and family as
HMAS Melbourne berths at Fleet Base East after her six-month Operation Slipper deployment.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

                                                                        HONING SKILLS:
                                                                        (Left) SMNCIS Shelley
                                                                        Boissery and SMNCIS
                                                                        Nicole Robertson on
                                                                        alert during a helo
                                                                        exercise aboard
                                                                        HMAS Tobruk.
                                                                        Photo: SMNCIS Loi Nguyen

                                                                                                   COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: (Above) ABBM Isaac Ingui shows a local the
                                                                                                   F89 Minimi on the flight deck of HMAS Parramatta during Navy Week
                                                                                                   in Tasmania.
                                                                                                   Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett

HARD AT WORK: SMNMT Leigh Buchanan working in the machine control       IN CONTROL: PO Ben McGregor, a supervisor in      REUNITED: LSMT Aaron Rooke and partner
room aboard HMAS Ballarat.                                              HMAS Melbourne’s operations room, watches over    Jennifer Cooper are reunited on the wharf after
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett                                               his team as the ship comes alongside Fleet Base   HMAS Melbourne’s six-month deployment.
                                                                        East in Sydney.                                   Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

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HOME AT LAST: ABCSO Tara Longley aboard HMAS Melbourne as the ship
berths at Fleet Base East.

                                                                            ALL THAT MATTERS: POMT Nathan Gale holds his son Blake and daughter Maddy after arriving
                                                                            home from a six-month Operation Slipper deployment aboard HMAS Melbourne.
                                                                            Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy

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MOVIES                                                                                                                                              MOTORING

Weak plot needs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NICE RIDE: Driving the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2011 Subaru WRX STI Spec
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             R sedan is a special event.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington

some adjusting
The Adjustment Bureau
Director: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
Rating: 

DO YOU believe in fate? The prem-
ise behind The Adjustment Bureau
is that “fate” is stage-managed by
an army of supernatural beings in
retro business wear keeping us all
on track.
    It sounds ridiculous when
explained in a single sentence, but
writer/director George Nolfi presents
it in such a way that it feels vaguely
plausible for the film’s 105 minutes.                                  liant in the part of a young politician
    David Norris (Damon) is an up-                                     with Kennedyesque charisma and a
and-coming congressman running                                         working-class background. It’s inter-
for senate, whose love-at-first-sight                                  esting to sit back and watch him “be”
chance meeting with witty ballet danc-                                 the character, but after 45 minutes the
er Elise (Blunt) sets him at odds with                                 story hasn’t progressed at all because

                                                                                                                                                    Rally championship DNA
his pre-arranged life plan. Enter the                                  we’ve been too busy hanging out with
corporate-styled gods/angels of the                                    the male lead.
Adjustment Bureau, who set about                                           The slow start throws off the pace
righting fate’s path in confrontation                                  for the rest of the film, so the final
with Norris’s stubborn pursuit of his                                  showdown gets crammed into about 20
dream girl.                                                            minutes and feels too easily resolved.
    Writer Nolfi comes to TAB from                                         TA B r e m i n d e d m e o f T h e                                       2011 Subaru WRX STI                                                      drivers to fully concentrate on pick-                                  disappeared. Drive could be adjusted
mixed pedigree, having previously                                      Kingdom, insomuch as the film every-                                         Spec R sedan                                                             ing their way through traffic, instead                                 to all four wheels, or to either the
worked with Damon as a co-writer on                                    one is coming to see only takes place                                                                                                                 of trying to hold their torso upright as
                                                                                                                                                    Engine: 2.5l turbo charged                                                                                                                      front or rear wheels on the run using
The Bourne Ultimatum , which was                                       in the last half hour, but the characters                                                                                                             they slide out of a seat side.
                                                                                                                                                    horizontially-opposed four-cylinder                                                                                                             a switch located on the console
outstanding, and Ocean’s Twelve ,                                      are interesting enough to keep audi-                                                                                                                      The engine paired with the
which was rubbish. What he presents                                    ences engaged.
                                                                                                                                                    boxer engine producing 221kW of                                                                                                                 between the front seats.
                                                                                                                                                    power and 407Nm of torque                                                exhaust note was a highlight and                                           The six-speed gear box was easy
here is a mixed-bag movie, which feels                                     The Kingdom , however, told a                                                                                                                     produced a sound which couldn’t
like a romance that wants to be a thrill-                              good story in a slow-but-engaging                                            RRp before onroads: $66,990                                                                                                                     to use and when the sports sharp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             be mistaken for anything other than                                    setting was selected on the Si Drive
er, but never gets exciting enough to                                  way. TAB ’s story is weak and it’s                                                                                                                    a throaty burble of a rally car. It
pull it off.                                                           only good acting and clever costume                                          THE deep growl of the 2.5l boxer                                                                                                                system, acceleration was breathtak-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             gave the impression of an analogue                                     ing. Owners wouldn’t want to get
    Part of the problem is a shame-                                    choices that save it from being a total                                      resonates through my skull as the                                        mechanical experience, almost plac-                                    behind the wheel after a late night
less Damon fixation, which throws                                      disaster.                                                                    rev limiter begs for third gear to be                                    ing drivers in a group N version of an                                 or if they were distracted. Drivers
the pacing way off. Damon is bril-                                                            – John Wellfare                                       selected. Traffic and anything else                                      STI with more comfort.                                                 need to be switched on from key turn
                                                                                                                                                    travelling below what seems like                                             Apart from the seats the other                                     and thought processes need to be
                                                                                                                                                    warp speed appear to be standing                                         highlight was a centrally located                                      focussed and fast. Not adhering to
BOOKS                                                                                                                                               still.                                                                   touch screen sat nav and DVD in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the aforementioned driving principles
                                                                                                                                                        After 3500 rpm the turbo kicks in                                    dash. Interior door trim and the dash

A moving memoir
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    would be like firing your F88 not
                                                                                                                                                    and adrenaline starts to pump through                                    itself still consisted of hard plastic,
                                                                                                                                                    my veins. It can get quite busy in the                                   a carryover from the previous WRX                                      zeroed. The colour of the test vehicle,
                                                                                                                                                    driver’s seat of the new WRX STI                                         and STI models. Some might be dis-                                     world rally blue mica, brought back
                                                                                                                                                    Spec R sedan when it’s used like it                                      appointed with this, but in my opin-                                   memories of Colin McRae, Richard
                                                                                                                                                    was built for – to travel close to the                                   ion this adds character to a car, based                                Burns and Possum Bourne winning
Before I forget                                                        relates his experiences from training                                        limit of its 221kW and 407Nm of                                          on a real-world rally car. Buyers                                      their championships in Subarus of
By Allan Stanton                                                       to deployment. Memories of mate-                                             torque.                                                                  wouldn’t buy an STI for its interior                                   the same colour. A high wing spoiler,
                                                                       ship, the Aussie spirit, the times of                                            The second you sit behind the                                        aesthetics and a soft touch dash. They                                 flared wheel arches, 18-inch BBS
Sid Harta Publishers, $29.95
                                                                       boredom and the moments of ter-                                              wheel you know Subaru were serious                                       buy one because it still has world                                     alloys and an aggressive body kit
                                                                       ror are covered in a raw and honest                                          about producing a road-legal rally car.                                  rally championship DNA built into it                                   complete the rally theme.
BEFORE I Forget is Allan                                               account of an unpopular war.                                                                                                                                                                                                     To drive the STI was a special
                                                                                                                                                    The front seats, an essential $1000                                      and it handles any task no matter on
Stanton’s well-told yarn of his                                            From the time spent in-country                                           option, were specially designed and                                      what surface with ease.                                                event and left this road tester ponder-
enlistment as a national service-                                      to the issues faced on returning                                             produced by Recaro with Subaru for                                           Handling has improved from the                                     ing a trade in of both the drive and
man and his deployment to                                              home, Allan’s book covers the con-                                           this car and must be the tightest grip-                                  previous WRX and STI models, with                                      ride in his shed to purchase a WRX
Vietnam as a cavalry trooper with                                      troversial war from a soldier’s per-                                         ping road-going pews available. They                                     drivers feeling well connected with                                    or the base model WRX STI.
A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment.                                        spective.                                                                    hold every piece of essential body part                                  the road. Steering was direct and pre-
    In a straightforward story, Allan                                                   – LCpL Mark Doran                                           in place through every turn, allowing                                    cise and the vagueness of old had                                              – SGT Andrew Hetherington

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LIFESTYLE                                                                                                                                                                                                21

Rev it up, slowly...
         ow that we’re approaching                                                                                                                                           If it is cardiovascular exercise
         a quarter of the way through                                                                                                                                    you’re mainly interested in then do a
         the year, trainers may start                                                                                                                                    light boxing fitness or gym session.
         considering upping their                                                                                                                                        Take it easy with intensity and volume
training regimes now they are get-                                                                                                                                       and you will be fine.
ting stronger and fitter.                                                                                                                                                    Alternatively, you can take the dog
    There’s no problem with that. The                                                                                                                                    for a walk or do an easy walk around
                                                                                                                                                                         the lake on the weekend to get that
body has a remarkable way of adapt-
                                                                                                                                                                         extra benefit from your weekly train-
ing to incremental changes in stresses                                                                                                                                   ing agenda.
on the body.                                                                                                                                                                 If you’re frequently involved in
    In fact, all the health benefits of                                                                                                                                  upper body resistance training then
exercise will increase with enhanced                                                                                                                                     spend some time on the rowing
training – such as blood circulation,                                                                                                                                    machine to introduce some extra spe-
cardiovascular gains, physical repair                                                                                                                                    cific load upon the body.
and strength – and the chances of bad
things will diminish.                                                                                                                                                    Intensity
    The important thing to remember                                                                                                                                          Increasing intensity is simply
is that the accepted wisdom on ramp-                                                                                                                                     a matter of elevating your perceived
ing up to the next fitness level is that it                                                                                                                              exertion for longer or whatever gets
should not increase more than 10 per                                                                                                                                     the heart-rate indicator up within the
cent in either volume or intensity at                                                                                                                                    estimated extra 10 per cent.
                                               There’s nothing wrong with upping your                                                                                        Increasing the speed or incline on a
any given time.
                                                                                                                                                                         treadmill is fine. Doing the intermedi-
    The two best ways to do this are to        training regime. But CPL Dean Cook says it                                                                                ate class rather than the beginners class
either split your training sessions or
begin to use your rest days for active
                                               has to be planned and progressive.                                                          Photo: LCPL Mark Doran        is another option.
                                                                                                                                                                             Increasing the pace of your walk,
recovery sessions – small doses that                                                                                                                                     run, cycle, etc, or adding another kilo-
increase the total weekly training tical method of going to the next level areas while training in each effort to            Rest days                                   metre will achieve your aim of pro-
effort.                                     in your training.                      provide that extra benefit, or slightly                                               gressively and marginally pushing
                                                                                                                                The second way to marginally
                                                Take weight training for instance. extend the back training – or both.                                                   your training to a new level.
Splitting sessions                          If you complete a bicep and back ses-      Either way, make sure it is with-
                                                                                                                             increase the amount of training you are
                                                                                                                                                                              To allow for the least risk of injury
    This is probably the most effec- sion on a particular day, split those                                                   engaged in is to begin using a rest day.
                                                                                   in the 10 per cent parameter and you                                                  on the way towards the best increase
tive way of marginally increasing into two. Do the back training in the                                                         If you are factoring in two to three     of training efforts, just make sure that
your training effort. If you are already morning and the biceps in the after- will be fine. Again, the body’s innate         days out of seven for rest then you         your training is planned, progressive
putting in one big session a day, then noon/evening.                               recovery mechanism will look after        can introduce some exercise on one or       and regular and your body will easily
splitting the sessions is the most prac-        You can still engage the muscular you.                                       more of those days.                         adapt to your new fitness demands.

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Kuttabul wins Patrons Cup
New talent showcased
in rugby league comp
By Michael Brooke                                       Parramatta/Ballarat less than a minute to
HMAS Kuttabul has held off a thrill-                    score again, but their hopes were dashed
ing fightback from a combined HMAS                      when a poor option saw their centre
Parramatta/Ballarat team to win the                     crash-tackled into touch, although he had
final of the Patrons Cup rugby league                   Roko on his right with an open run to the
competition 8-4 at Leichardt Oval in                    try line.
Sydney.                                                     While Kuttabul’s rock-solid defence
   Kuttabul led 8-0 at half time and for                saw them claim the Patrons Cup, the
most of the second half until Parramatta/               revised playing format for the five com-
Ballarat mounted a come back, which                     peting teams saw Parramatta/Ballarat
floundered when they bombed what                        awarded the Patrons Shield.
would have been the match-winning try                       Kuttabul’s halfback SMNCK Benny
with 60 seconds left on the clock.                      Turvuva was awarded the Dixie Foord
    The gripping fightback started with                 Award for the Most Valuable Player
only four minutes left on the clock, when               (MVP) throughout the tournament, while
wily halfback ABMT Adrian Pritchard                     LSMT Robson received the award for the
found hard-running second rower LSMT                    MVP in the final.
Shane Robson, who speared through                           Only five teams including Sydney/
Kuttabul’s defence.                                     N ew c a s t l e , K a n i m b l a a n d ‘ T h e
    Although running like a steam train,                Barbarians’ from Waterhen/Watson com-
LSMT Robson fired a bullet-like pass                    peted in this year’s Patrons Cup due to
to his winger, who sprinted 50 metres                   operational commitments and collective
to score near the upright. Unfortunately                training exercises such as Exercise Triton
LSMT Robson blasted the conversion                      Storm.
kick wide of the uprights, which triggered                  However, Navy Rugby League
a huge collective groan from the crowd.                 Chairman CMDR Glenn Ker said the
    From the restart Navy’s pocket rocket               tournament was a great success and
ABMT Semesa Rokosuka, alias ‘Roko’,                     had unearthed some exciting new talent
gave his team the momentum they needed
                                                        for the RAN’s quest for victory in the
for one last do-or-die effort, with a sensa-
tional run from half way to the 10 metre                Combined Australian Services Rugby
line.                                                   League National Tournament in Sydney.
    Halfback ABMT Pritchard hit his                         He said the new talent included
hard-running left winger with a flat pass,              SMNBM William Mabo, who scored the
which saw him cross the try line and then               best individual try of the tournament, and
race some 20 metres infield closer to the               ABBM Kerrod Andrensek who was pun-
upright, which would have made the con-                 ishing in both attack and defence.
version kick easier – unfortunately he had
the ball raked from his hand before he put Players or support staff interested in becoming HARD-FOUGHT: A player from the combined HMAS Parramatta/Ballarat side sprints towards the try line
it down.                                     involved in Navy Rugby League should visit    during the final against HMAS Kuttabul, in which the shore establishment came out on top.
    The referee ruled no try which gave www. for more information.            Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster

                                                                                                           Navy-sponsored surf
                                                                                                           rowing comp heats up
                                                                                                           By Peter Hickey                                                                       To celebrate 100 years of surf
                                                                                                           NSW cruised to victory in the Navy                                                lifesaving in New Zealand, the
                                                                                                                                                                                             Women’s Surf Rowers Challenge,
                                                                                                           Interstate Surf Boat Challenge as
                                                                                                                                                                                             “Battle of the Ditch”, was held.
                                                                                                           part of the 2011 Navy Australian                                                      Mooloolaba Amcal from
                                                                                                           Open Surf Rowers Championship                                                     Queensland were pitted against Mt
                                                                                                           held in Wollongong from February                                                  Maunganui and the Australians won
                                                                                                           4-6.                                                                              by two boat lengths in a hard-fought
                                                                                                               Western Australia was the sur-                                                race for international honours.
                                                                                                           prise runner up, beating the strong                                                   Hot conditions continued on
                                                                                                           Queensland contingent that came in                                                Sunday with a 2 metre swell making
                                                                                                           third.                                                                            the morning tough on all competitors
                                                                                                               More than 350 crews from 100                                                  and making the sweeps earn their
                                                                                                           surf lifesaving clubs across Australia     Bilgola Gold win                       money.
                                                                                                           battled it out for medals as the Navy      the men’s final.                           Around 1pm a southerly change
                                                                                                           Australian Surf Rowers League                                                     brought 45 to 50 knot winds and
                                                                                                           (ASRL) series culminated in an            with the masters division, reserves     squally conditions, which really
                                                                                                           action-packed weekend.                    and under 23 men providing good         tested all crews with some coming
                                                                                                               Teams competed in the open            racing all day in hot weather almost    unstuck.
                                                                                                           men’s, open women’s, reserves,            perfect for surf boat racing, and a 1       In these challenging conditions
                                                                                                           under 23 men, under 23 women,             metre swell with a tricky shore break   the medals for all divisions were
                                                                                                           under 19 and masters divisions.           on the way out and good runs on the     decided. Fittingly, the best crews
   When Jacob’s Dad passed away after returning from East Timor,
                                                                                                               Navy’s sponsorship of the ASRL        way back in.                            prevailed after a genuine test of their
   his family were devastated. That’s when Legacy stepped in to
                                                                                                           means 24 high-quality events can             Saturday continued with the hot      abilities in hard-fought races.
   offer practical help like education assistance, financial hardship
                                                                                                           be held on premier beaches around         weather and a 1.5 metre swell. A            The City of Wollongong reaped
                                                                                                           Australia to garner support from the      25 knot north-westerly wind meant       the rewards of the 2011 Navy
   relief, health needs, and a lifetime of social and emotional
                                                                                                           local community.                          a fast run out but hard work into a     Australian Open Surf Rowers
   support. Legacy helps many brave families like Jacob’s every
                                                                                                               By nurturing the sport, Navy pro-     head wind on the return leg to the      Championships with close to $1.5
   week of the year. To keep us going, please donate to Legacy
                                                                                                           vides the ASRL with the necessary         beach.                                  million coming into the region.
   or become a volunteer. Thank you.
                                                                                                           resources to assist them in recruiting       The competition picked up when
                                                                                                           lifesavers – the more lifesavers in the   the open divisions took to the water If you are interested in competing for
   Caring for the families of our deceased veterans.                            water, the more lives saved.              along with the under 23 women and Navy contact LCDR Don Hogarth at
                                                                                                               The event began on February 4         under 19s.                  

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                                                                                      Mons Cup heads
                                                                                      to Kuttabul
                                                                                      By Michael Brooke
                                                                                      HMAS Kuttabul has edged out
                                                                                      archrivals HMAS Albatross 7-5
                                                                                      to win the prestigious Mons Cup
                                                                                      rugby championship.
                                                                                         Albatross had a chance to send
                                                                                      the final into extra time when they
                                                                                      scored in the last minute of play
                                                                                      but they missed the vital conversion
                                                                                         Kuttabul were particularly well
                                                                                      served by halfback SMNCK Benny
                                                                                      Turuva who was brilliant in attack
                                                                                      throughout the competition, which
                                                                                      was played at Randwick Barracks in
                                                                                      Sydney on February 28.
                                                                                         SMNCK Turuva said “it was a
                                                                                      great game but now we will come         JOB’S DONE: The winning HMAS Kuttabul team.
                                                                                      together for the tri-service cham-
                                                                                      pionship with the aim of toppling       was determined on points for-and-            The day’s rugby featured hard
                                                                                      Army”.                                  against after three teams finished top   running and ferocious tackling as
                                                                                         Albatross’ LSMT Aaron Brooks         of the ladder on two wins each.          the players were also bidding for
                                                                                      was rewarded for his efforts with the       The Mons Cup is one of the           selection in the Navy team to con-
TOUGH COMPETITION: HMAS Albatross player ABATA Adam Sargent                           Ron Giveen Most Valuable Player         RAN’s most prestigious sports            test the Australian Services Rugby
(blue and white) and HMAS Kuttabul player LEUT Rodney Taylor (green                   award.                                  competitions and, since it was first     Championship, which will help
and white) reach for the ball in a line out in the final of the Mons Cup at              Kanimbla played with great heart     contested in 1969, has been won          build the ADF team for the Defence
Randwick Barracks in Sydney.                                                          and passion and were unlucky to be      by Kuttabul and Albatross 11 times       Rugby World Cup in Australia this
Photos: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack                                                            denied a berth in the final, which      each.                                    year.

Navy men blitz
futsal comp

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: The men’s futsal team with their champion-
ship trophy.

By Michael Brooke                          was one of Navy’s best players, scor-
                                           ing a hat-trick against Air Force, while
THe Navy men’s team has won the ADF
                                           LSSN Alexander Rossi scored three
Futsal Indoor Soccer Championship          goals against APS.
for the second year running.                  Navy’s other stars were ABCD
    The men’s team thrashed Air Force      Adrian Fabrianesi and ABBM Liam
10-4, APS 7-3 and crushed archrivals       Chandler, while LSeT Daniel Capilli
Army 6-3 to mark the dawn of their         deserves special mention for his commit-
dynasty in ADF futsal.                     ment and enthusiasm not only in futsal
    The futsal championship was played     but almost every other Navy sports team.
at the National Centre of Indigenous          The Navy women’s team were
excellence in Sydney on March 5.           unlucky runners-up to Army on for-
    Team captain ABCIS Benjamin            and-against after drawing 4-4 with their
Sheard said winning the futsal title and   archrivals and defeating Air Force 1-0,
thumping Army helped to avenge Navy’s      only to see Army crush Air Force 6-0 in
loss to Army in the 2010 ADF Tri-          the decider.
Service Soccer Championship, which            Stand out players for the women
was determined on for-and-against goal     were AB Julie Ann-Gordy and LS
statistics.                                Stephanie eisner.
    “The victory is especially sweet          Futsal is a relatively new ADF sport
because we beat Army so convincingly,”     that has similar rules to outdoor soccer
he said.                                   but involves only five-a-side who play
    ABCIS Sheard, of HMAS Harman,          two 20-minute halves.

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  LSET Brad Elliott from the victori-
  ous HMAS Kuttabul side (in green)
  charges into two players from the
  combined HMAS Parramatta/Ballarat
  team in the final of the Patrons Cup,
  held at Leichardt Oval in Sydney.
  Kuttabul won 8-4.
  Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster


        HMAS Kuttabul claims hard-fought
             victory in Patrons Cup


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