Brave actions Bon voyage

Volume 56, No. 17, September 12, 2013
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The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Navy
Photo: CMDR Brian Delamont
HMAS Melbourne
departs for the MEAO
Sea King crew receives
group citation
Brave actions
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Bon voyage
TRADITION: Shoalhaven Police local area commander Paul Condon
challenges CO HMAS Albatross CAPT Gordon Andrew during the Freedom
of Entry parade (above). While helicopters from 723, 808 and 816
Squadrons conduct a flypast (below).
Photos: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
Sailors from HMA Ships
Albatross and Creswell
march through the main
street of Nowra.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
Parade signals
bright future
Dallas McMaugh
ONE thousand officers and sailors
from HMA Ships Albatross and
Creswell celebrated the 65th anniversary of Albatross’s commissioning with a Freedom of Entry parade
through the City of Shoalhaven on
August 31.
Michael Wenzel, PO Aaron
Little and LSAVN Colin
Corbett form the Australian
White Ensign party for the
Freedom of Entry march.
Reviewing officer COMFAA
CDRE Vince Di Pietro said the
parade marked a significant event for
the RAN and Shoalhaven.
“In August 1948, it was reported
that ‘In glorious sunshine, at 9.30am
promptly, HMAS Albatross, the first
Royal Australian Naval Air Station,
was commissioned’,” he said.
“It was an historic moment for
Australia, coming into line with the
other great powers of the world, providing the nucleus of its own Naval
Air Arm.
“In the 65 years since commissioning, Albatross has fulfilled all the
promise and optimism of that glorious sunny day and will continue to be
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
September 12, 2013
the hub and heart of naval aviation in
The parade was an occasion to
reflect on the past as well as anticipate
the future of Navy in Shoalhaven.
“There are exciting times ahead
for the RAN, exciting times for
Albatross and especially exciting
times for its people – officers, sailors
and civilian, both public service and
contractor – who will be crucial to the
recapitalisation of the Fleet Air Arm,
which is well under way with new
capabilities being acquired for Navy
and the ADF,” CDRE Di Pietro said.
“All of this very valuable and
much-appreciated investment in our
people has an enormously good effect
on personnel and their well-being and
will continue to bring a big positive
for Shoalhaven.”
CO Albatross CAPT Gordon
Andrew said the tradition of Freedom
of Entry provided a rare opportunity
to mark and to celebrate the long-held
links with the local community.
“The busy nature of both Creswell
and Albatross means that we don’t get
to parade together in such large numbers very often and I’m sure many of
the onlookers were surprised by the
sheer size of the Navy presence in the
region,” he said.
He said the crowd’s response to
the parade was particularly gratifying.
“It was very enjoyable to see and
hear the large crowd that turned out
to cheer us on and support us,” CAPT
Andrew said.
CAPT Andrew said the Freedom
of Entry also marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Naval
College, which is now located at
Creswell. He said the parade was a
curtain raiser to the International Fleet
“The Fleet Air Arm will play an
exciting role in the review and we
were able to provide Shoalhaven residents with a preview of this when
helicopters from 816, 723 and 808
Squadrons flew in formation over the
parade,” he said.
“The flypast was also a spectacular
reminder of the role of Albatross in
supporting naval aviation capability.”
TOGETHER: Left, SMN Zanthe Pauley, of HMAS Albatross, proudly
marches through the main street of Nowra. CDRE Vince Di Pietro
and Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash watch as members march
during their Freedom of Entry parade.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
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September 12, 2013
Brave actions honoured
LSIS Helen Frank
THE crew of a Sea King were recognised for their brave actions in rescuing a man from the Queensland
floods in 2011 when they were
awarded a Group Bravery Citation
at the Australian Bravery Awards on
September 1.
CMDR Scott Palmer, LEUT Simon
Driessen, CPOA Kerwyn Ballico and
POA Nicholas Anderson crewed Shark
21 during Operation Queensland Flood
They worked closely together during their time at 817SQN and have
considerable experience in helicopter
The aircraft captain, CMDR
Palmer, was XO of the squadron and
CPO Ballico was involved in the rescue of sailors in the 1997/98 Sydney to
Hobart yacht race.
On the evening of January 11,
2011, Shark 21 was conducting evacuation operations in response to the
flash flooding at Laidley when CMDR
Palmer saw a man being swept along
Laidley Creek.
“It was towards the end of a very
long busy day,” PO Anderson said
“We started at 3am that day and
the rescue took place around 6.30 that
There were numerous aviation
hazards in the vicinity such as wires,
poles, trees and structures. These hazards delayed the rescue.
“We were forced to hold off and
match the aircraft speed with the speed
of the water,” PO Anderson said.
As soon as it was safe, the crew
attempted a winch rescue as the man
continued to be swept along the swollen creek.
PO Anderson was lowered in a double-lift harness to the stranded man but
was unable to grab hold of him.
“The conditions were horrendous
and very dynamic, changing every
moment,” he said.
The man in the water then collided
with a partially submerged tree.
STRONG MEMORIES: A Sea King hovers above flood waters during Operation Queensland Flood Assist in 2011. Inset, CPOA Kerwyn Ballico and
POA Nick Anderson in front of a Sea King at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra. Photos: CPOIS Damien Pawlenko and ABIS Sarah Williams
“I was winched into the tree and
was able to recover the survivor,” PO
Anderson said.
“There was an awful lot of noise,
from the raging river and from the Sea
King hovering just metres above us, so
talking to the man was difficult.
“I got quite close to him and signalled to him to let me put the rescue
strop over him and to let go of the tree.
“This took a bit of convincing and
eventually I got him in the strop.
“I looked up to CPO Ballico in the
aircraft and I signalled to him to lift us
clear of the tree and the raging river.”
PO Anderson said the rescued man
was very grateful and thanked the crew
many times during the short flight to
Laidley Hospital.
“While in the aircraft he was trying
to take off the life jacket he was wearing,” PO Anderson said.
“I said ‘You keep it on mate, it
pretty much saved your life’.”
PO Anderson said the award recognised and was a reflection of the
dedication, professionalism and skill
that 817SQN personnel had provided
over many years.
“I am proud and honoured to have
been part of the 817SQN Sea King
fraternity,” PO Anderson said.
“I’ll always remember January 11,
2011, Shark 21 and her crew for their
extraordinary skill, competence, tenacity and clarity of mind and the abil-
ity to get the job done while under
extreme pressure.”
CMDR Palmer said he was proud
of his crew’s actions on that day but
the award reminded him of the tragedy
of the floods.
“While we were able to rescue one
man, there were many that lost their
lives in those floodwaters and receiving this award will always be tempered
by that,” CMDR Palmer said.
Conference marks change
More than 100 Defence members
from around Australia attended
the annual Defence Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Network
(DATSIN) conference at HMAS
Harman from August 19-21.
Indigenous ADF and APS members, and indigenous liaison and
recruiting staff met to discuss current issues and challenges facing
The conference was also a
celebration and recognition of the
valuable contribution Aboriginal
and Islander people make within the
Defence environment.
Navy was represented for the
first time at the conference by
regional indigenous liaison officers.
They have recently completed
cultural competency training and are
working for the commands in their
posting region.
These members are both indigenous and non-indigenous personnel
and have a number of tasks including providing advice to their commands on indigenous cultural issues,
coordinating indigenous community
engagement and being a point of
contact for all indigenous serving
members in their region.
Each region will be hosting
recruiting and training activities for
indigenous recruit candidates.
Volunteers from across the Navy
are helping with these programs
that vary from day visits to the fivemonth residential courses run at
ATTENDEES: (L-R) AB Lateika Smith, PO Sam Shepard, LS Daniel
Cunningham, LS Erol Williams, CPO Ray Rosendale, PO Glen
Hall, CPO Jerry Savage and CMDR Chris Curtis at the DATSIN
conference at HMAS Harman.
Photo: LCDR Ian Lumsden
Sydney Heritage Fleet invites you to apply to join the crew of the 1874 barque
James Craig for a “Sail of the Century” voyage! Be amongst the flotilla of Tall Ships
from around the world as they sail into Sydney Harbour on Thursday 3rd October,
marking the start of International Fleet Review celebrations.
HMAS Cairns. CMDR Chris Curtis
told the conference Navy had turned
a corner with its indigenous engagement.
“The appointment of CPO
Ray Rosendale as Navy Strategic
Adviser to the CN has been followed up with the appointment of
regional advisers,” he said.
“In 2014, Navy will be supporting two Defence Indigenous
Development Program (DIDP)
courses and also four of the sixweek Indigenous Pre-Recruitment
“The Navy indigenous network
is growing strongly and many indigenous serving members are stepping
forward to lend a hand and involve
themselves with some of the exciting activities that are being run.”
He said the International Fleet
Sailing from Sydney on September 26th, James Craig will rendezvous with
Warships and Tall Ships along the New South Wales south coast, spending a
planned 8 days at sea.
Review would have an indigenouscrewed tall ship with current Navy
graduates of DIDP sailing the
Queensland Sail Training Ship
South Passage from Brisbane to
“These DIDP graduates will be
joined by other indigenous serving
members to conduct several sails on
Sydney Harbour during the weeklong celebration,” CMDR Curtis said.
“They will also be joined by
indigenous sporting and entertainment stars, community leaders and
indigenous Navy veterans.”
Serving indigenous members who want
to join in for a sail on the harbour, help
with community engagement, recruiting
programs or connect with the indigenous network should contact CPO Ray
Rosendale at [email protected]
As voyage crew, you will participate in the ships’s routine under the careful guidance
of Fleet volunteers who have many years square-rig sailing ship experience. To
join us you will need an adventurous spirit, physical fitness, be at least 18 years of
age and have an ability and willingness to live & work like a 19th century sailor. No
previous sailing experience will be needed. $2,400 will fund meals, training and
the ocean adventure of a lifetime!
Please lodge your Expressions of Interest (EOI) at [email protected] and we
will email you an application form.
For information ring 02 9298 3888 or 0419 691 084
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September 12, 2013
Marine engineering officer-intraining LEUT Christina Rogerson
is looking forward to consolidating
her qualifications.
“My work is at times dirty, greasy
and hot, but I thoroughly enjoy
the challenge. I eagerly anticipate
doing the job for real in the waters
of the Middle East,” she said.
This deployment marks ABMT
Chris Fairley’s first full trip to the
“This will be a long but rewarding
operational deployment. I joined
the Navy in January 2011 to serve
my country and to learn a trade,
and haven’t looked back,” he said.
Maintainer ABET Kains feels
prepared for the challenge of
Operation Slipper.
“I am ready for anything after the
work-up we have just completed. It
is a very exciting time for me right
now as I face a new challenge,”
he said.
ABML-C Lloyd McKean will prepare and serve up to four meals a
day for 230 people, which amounts
to more than 7840 meals weekly.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of this deployment. I am also
responsible for ‘midnighters’ for the
watch-keepers, which are served
at the change of watch about
11.30pm to keep the ship going 24
hours a day,” he said.
WAVE GOODBYE: Officers fallen in
at procedure alpha on zero-one deck,
(left) as family and friends, gather on
the wharf (above) to farewell HMAS
Melbourne as she departs Fleet Base
East for the MEAO.
Photos: ABIS Jesse Rhynard and ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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September 12, 2013
heads for
the MEAO
Michael Brooke
Family and friends gathered at Fleet
Base East on August 25 to farewell
HMAS Melbourne and her crew as they
left for a seven-month deployment to
Operation Slipper.
Emotions ran high as Melbourne’s
234 officers and sailors kissed goodbye
to their loved ones.
AB Frank Ojeda and his family said
their time apart would be especially
poignant during the festive season and
days of national celebration.
But AB Ojeda said he would atone
for his absence by marrying his fiancée,
Lauren Briggs, when he returned next
March and could once again hold his
son, Nicholas.
“I will definitely make up for it when
I come home next year,” he said.
LSBM Jerome Donald said it was a
shame he would not be spending Father’s
Day with his wife Rebecca and children
Dylan, Alisyia and Jayden but that was
life in the Navy. “It’s duty before pleasure but fortunately the family understands,” LS Donald said.
Other wharf-side farewells saw
LCDR Mathew Adams hug his wife
Bronwen and their children Lachlan and
Benjamin, while LSMT Andrew Davis
told his wife Sarah and daughter Ariel he
would be thinking about them a lot during the deployment.
Above, HMAS
Melbourne’s crew
walk onto the
gangway before
departure. Right,
AB Frank Ojeda
with fiancée Lauren
Briggs and son
Photos: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
and ABIS Jayson Tufrey
The crew will not only miss Father’s
Day but also many other special family
occasions to come over the next seven
months including Christmas and New
CO Melbourne CMDR Brian
Schlegel said his ship’s company was
well prepared for the task ahead.
“While it will be tough over the
Christmas and New Year period, my
crew are excited to be doing our part to
protect sea lanes for trade while deterring
illegal traffic and piracy,” he said.
“My ship’s company is a well-oiled
machine, having put in many hours of
rigorous training to ensure we are prepared for all the tasks that we may be
asked to complete while assigned.”
thanked the ship’s company and family
and friends for their sacrifices.
“It is never easy to be apart from
loved ones, but rest assured Melbourne
is well prepared for this important mission,” RADM Barrett said.
“While deployed a long way from
our shores, you can be assured that every
member of Melbourne is playing an
important part in protecting our national
Melbourne is the 56th rotation of an
Australian warship to the MEAO since
1990, and is due to return home in March
2014 when she will hand over duties to
HMAS Darwin.
READY TO DEPART: ABET Tegan Brooks with boyfriend
LSMT Ian Devonish (above) and LSBM Jerome Donald
with wife Rebecca and children Dylan, Alisyia and Jayden
(right) say goodbye on the wharf.
Photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey
LAST HUGS: LSCSO Alee Scarfone with her daughter
Keira (left) and LCDR Mathew Adams with wife Bronwen
and children Lachlan and Benjamin (above).
Photos: ABIS Jesse Rhynard and ABIS Jayson Tufrey
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Artwork tells story
Jak Goudman
NAVY Canteens has been engaged by
the International Fleet Review (IFR)
team to manage the creation and distribution of a range of official products
and giveaways through its online merchandise shop SALT.
SALT will also be present at IFR
events, thanks to its supplier Brandnet,
which has been a driving force in
developing the IFR product range and
logistics for merchandise outlets.
CEO Navy Canteens Stephen
Gregory said the fleet review was a
great opportunity to get Navy’s message out to the community.
“This event will put Navy front and
centre and we want to make sure the
significance of the event is reflected in
every product we provide,” he said.
To mark the 100th anniversary of
Navy’s first fleet review, well-known
Australian marine artist Don Braben
has painted an artwork depicting
the then fledgling RAN en route to
Sydney Harbour on the morning of
October 4, 1913 (pictured).
This painting has been the inspiration for a range of IFR merchandise on
sale through SALT.
The artwork, especially commissioned for the anniversary, captures the
fleet of seven ships steaming slowly in
Mr Braben said the elevated perspective – an aerial view of the fleet
– afforded a unique viewpoint.
“I wanted to marry today’s perspectives with this moment in our history,”
he said.
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“There are several very fine artworks in existence of the fleet entering
the harbour in line astern but few show
the entire fleet.
“For the 100th anniversary I felt
we needed to show more of the fleet
and most importantly, to show the
fleet moving forward under steam. It
seemed obvious that an aerial view at
sea was the most effective and poignant.”
The painting shows the ships of the
new fleet in the early morning light as
they make way to Sydney.
“The flagship, HMAS Australia,
flying the flag of RADM Patey, leads
the column, followed in line by the
cruisers HMA Ships Melbourne,
Sydney and Encounter, with the
destroyer Yarra at the end of the line,”
he said.
“The destroyers Parramatta and
Warrego flank Australia.”
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September 12, 2013
Trial on
target for
take off
NAVY and the Defence Materiel
Organisation recently completed the
final operational acceptance trial for
the Australian-designed phased array
radar and combat management system upgrades to the Anzac-class frigate anti-ship missile defence (ASMD)
FIRED UP: An Evolved Sea Sparrow
Missile (ESSM) is fired from HMAS
Perth at the Pacific Missile Range
Facility in Hawaii (above) and the
missile in flight (right).
The trial included a number of
successful evolved sea sparrow missile (ESSM) firings from HMAS
Perth at the Pacific Missile Range
Facility in Hawaii.
During the trials, the ASMD system was challenged by a number of
demanding firing scenarios. These
included successful missile engagements against multiple sea-skimming
targets including, for the first time
in the Navy, an engagement by an
ESSM against one of the world’s
most advanced supersonic targets.
CO Perth CAPT Lee Goddard
said the firing clearly demonstrated
the effectiveness of the upgraded
ASMD system.
“The targets were detected by the
Australian designed and built CEA
phased array radar and the missiles
were successfully launched and controlled in flight by the ship’s ASMD
systems, resulting in the destruction
of the targets,” CAPT Goddard said.
“This proves the accuracy and
precision of the upgraded systems
to guide the weapon in a complex
warfighting scenario.”
Perth is the first of eight Anzacclass frigates to enter the ASMD
upgrade to improve her weapons systems and sensor arrays.
CN VADM Ray Griggs said the
upgrade provided the Anzac-class
with a significantly enhanced level
of self and local area defence against
modern anti-ship missiles.”
“The complexity of the firing scenarios is unsurpassed in Navy’s history, particularly the successful firings
against supersonic targets,” CN said.
“The results from this activity are
a ringing endorsement of the capability flowing from the ASMD program.”
VCDF ups the ante
for blood donations
Lauren Norton
AFTER Defence members made a
record-breaking 3295 donations in last
year’s Defence Blood Challenge, VCDF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin has set a new
target of 4000.
In its fifth year, the challenge runs
from September 1 to November 30 and
is an opportunity for personnel, friends
and family members to give the life-saving gift of blood and plasma.
The Defence Blood Challenge is
Australia’s largest blood donation event
and has produced more than 8000 donations – potentially saving more than
18,000 lives.
“We already make a significant contribution and it is pleasing to see our
people extend the spirit of our service to
support the Australian Red Cross Blood
Service,” AIRMSHL Binskin said.
“I encourage all Defence personnel
and families to donate during the challenge.”
Last year, Navy recorded 533 donations, while Army took out the challenge
with 1191 donations.
Navy ambassador POB Cartrena
Skinner said it was important for Navy to
donate to lead by example.
“As Defence personnel, we give back
every day we serve and I see Defence
personnel as role models within the
community. By giving back through the
blood challenge we have the opportunity
to encourage the wider community to
follow our example,” she said.
“These donations are essentially saving someone’s life. The way I see it, it
could be someone I know and love.
“Wouldn’t you try that little harder
for someone you love?”
She said it was also a chance for
Navy to try to beat the other services.
“As a proud member of the senior
service, I strongly encourage other Navy
personnel to assist me in showing our
sister services what Navy personnel are
capable of,” she said.
Hollis, of HS Blue, with Blood Drop
Bill, donates plasma at the Cairns
Blood Donor Clinic.
Photo: CPO Daniel Carter
Participants can donate through their
local Red Cross donor collection centre
or at the mobile blood banks that will be
visiting Defence bases and sites throughout the Blood Challenge.
Whole blood donors can give blood
every 12 weeks, while plasma and platelet donors can donate as often as every
2-3 weeks. This means participants could
record up to four donations for their
nominated service during the challenge.
Most people can give blood if they
are fit, healthy and not suffering from a
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donation or in the previous week.
On the day, be sure to stay hydrated
and have at least three good-sized glasses
of water or juice and something to eat in
the three hours before donating.
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Unveiling marks milestone
SGT Dave Morley
A RIGOROUS effort over many years
by Avril Clark, Sarah McCarthy and
their supporters, including a petition
containing 40,000 signatures, led the
Australian War Memorial (AWM) to
add three new bronze panels to the
Roll of Honour.
Mrs Clark’s son, PTE Jamie
Clark, died on operational service in
Solomon Islands in 2005 and Miss
McCarthy’s father, CAPT Peter
McCarthy, was killed by a landmine in
Lebanon in 1988.
The panels list the names of 48
Australian servicemen and women
who have died in non-warlike operations, including six crew members of
HMAS Kanimbla killed in the Sea
King crash in 2005.
They were unveiled by AWM
Director Brendan Nelson on August 30.
Dr Nelson said the day was a milestone for the families of those whose
names were being added to the Roll
of Honour, for the AWM and for
“An ongoing challenge for the
memorial is to recognise the changing
nature of war and conflict,” he said.
“Remaining true to the vision of
Charles Bean, the memorial’s founder, the inclusion of these names on
the Roll of Honour fittingly remembers the sacrifice made by these servicemen and women on behalf of all
Des Hyland, 79, from Wynyard in
Tasmania, and his wife Marie, attended the unveiling to pay tribute to his
brother ORDSMN John Hyland.
ORDSMN Hyland was one of
four sailors killed when HMAS
Warrnambool was sunk by a mine off
North Queensland in 1947.
Mr Hyland said finally seeing his
brother’s name on the Roll of Honour
was something he’d been looking forward to for more than 60 years.
“I was only 13 when he was killed
and he was 18 – it was a great loss to
our family,” he said.
HMAS Warrnambool
September 13, 1947
 Stoker Ronald John Garrett
 ORDSMN John Herbert
 Signaller Norman Lloyd Lott
 AB Donald Bain Sigg
HMAS Murchison
January 10, 1954
 Telegraphist William John
HMAS Sydney
March 6, 1954
 CPO Alan Spencer Hawken
 Leading Electrical Mechanic
Kenneth William Nelson
HMAS Kanimbla
April 2, 2005
 LS Scott Andrew Charles
 LEUT Matthew Peter Davey
 LEUT Matthew Phillip Goodall
 LEUT Paul John Kimlin
 LEUT Jonathan Curlewis King
 PO Stephen Craig Slattery
IN MEMORY: Ray and Marie Hyland pay their respects at the new Roll of
Honour panels at the Australian War Memorial. The panels commemorate
the 48 Australian servicemen and women who have died in non-warlike
operations, including six crew members from HMAS Kanimbla who were
killed in the Sea King crash in 2005, right.
Photos: POIS Paul Berry
“We were all so proud of him when
he went off to join the Navy.
“There’s only my sister and I left
and she’s in a nursing home.”
Mr Hyland said his parents were
disappointed with how the Navy handled his brother’s death at the time.
“The Navy sent a telegram to the
postmaster at Wynyard in Tasmania
and he brought it around,” he said.
“It said ‘your son has been killed,
the Warrnambool has been sunk and
the funeral will be in Cairns’. Unlike
what would happen today, there was
no ‘would you like to come to the
funeral’ or ‘would you like the body
sent home’.”
Mr Hyland and his wife were the
only family members representing the
sailors lost in Warrnambool.
For more on the loss of HMAS
Warrnambool, see page 16.
Research into retention
CPL Nick Wiseman
personnel can now be used to better
measure the likeliness of completing their initial first term after a
year-long study by CDF Fellowship
recipient LTCOL Phillip Hoglin.
The CDF fellowship was
awarded to LTCOL Hoglin in late
2010 and he completed the study at
the University of NSW at ADFA in
2011 in conjunction with a master’s
degree in philosophy.
LTCOL Hoglin said the findings
of the study backed up much of the
ADF’s existing intuition.
“We didn’t have anything else to
stake a claim before,” he said. “But
we now have this study.”
His study found that out of
more than 4900 recruits into the
ADF about 31 per cent left the ADF
before completing their obligated
period of service.
The study concluded that there
was a significant waste of recruiting
and training resources and could
lead to a larger recruiting target to
meet the requirements of the ADF.
The study found gender made no
difference to the first-term separation rates.
Lower-than-average general ability scale score recruits were at least
24 per cent less likely to complete
their first term and those who were
born overseas were 30 per cent
more likely to complete their first
term compared to Australian-born
LTCOL Hoglin said the ADF
still needed to do more studies in
this area.
“We make a lot of policy based
on military professional knowledge
and judgement but what we don’t do
well is use our research resources to
back up these decisions,” he said.
“That is my personal view of one
of the major benefits of this type of
Part of a small number of Army
workforce analysts, LTCOL Hoglin
attended the Manpower Systems
analysis course at the US Naval
Post-Graduate School in California
study on
has been
to the
and completed a two-year master’s
program to understand workplace
analysis and modelling.
He said he was fortunate to get the
opportunity to complete this study.
“In this case I was lucky to be
part of the fellowship,” he said. “If it
didn’t come up, the study might not
have been done at all.”
This year’s recipient of the
CDF’s research fellowship is MAJ
Warren Coaker who will put biases
in Defence procurement under the
microscope as he investigates decision making and cognitive biases in
the ADF’s procurement processes,
with research starting early next year.
September 12, 2013
GOOD LOOK: HMAS Wollongong,
KRI Kakap, HMAS Huon and KRI Hiu
sail in formation.
Sharing ideas
on Cassowary
ships and personnel from Navy
and the Indonesian Eastern Fleet
completed Exercise Cassowary in
the Darwin area on August 31.
The biennial maritime security
training exercise is one of a series,
which aims to strengthen relationships and enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between the
Indonesian Navy and the RAN.
This year’s exercise focused on
boarding operations to counter the
threat of illegal fishing.
Indonesian vessels KRI Hiu and
KRI Kakap joined Armidale-class
patrol boat HMAS Wollongong and
mine hunter coastal HMAS Huon
for a two-day harbour phase, followed by a three-day sea phase in
the North Australian Exercise Area.
Delivering the address at the
exercise opening, Director Maritime
Operations CAPT Steve Bowater
said the exercise was an opportunity
to welcome friends and neighbours
and share ideas.
“I encourage you to get to know
each other well, because genuine
learning will come from the relationships you develop this week,”
CAPT Bowater said.
“This exercise is an exciting opportunity to learn from each
other, gain personal satisfaction and
make a real impact on improving
regional maritime security through
the experiences you share.”
Personnel from both navies participated in professional forums,
workshops, demonstrations and
exercise briefings throughout the
harbour phase.
The sea phase included communications drills, passage exercises,
light transfers at sea, boarding preparations and ship’s safety drills.
SBLT Emily
Hull exchanges
patches with
1st LEUT Mega
Yudha, of the
Indonesian Navy.
AT SEA: KRI Kakap sails with HMAS Huon and KRI Hiu during Exercise
Cassowary. Inset, Gunner of the watch AB Justin Parrish and PO John Geldof
maintain visual watch of a man overboard exercise on board HMAS Huon.
Photos: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham and LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
Voyage back in time for
future recruit technician
LSIS Helen Frank
CADET PO Jason Moir recently
experienced 12 days sailing the
coast of Western Australia on board
the Dutch Tall ship Bark Europa.
The Year 12 student entered a
raffle to win the voyage when visiting the ship with his cadet unit TS
On August 11, with PO Moir
on board, the Europa sailed from
Fremantle and headed north to the
Abrolhos Islands on a trip to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
salvaging of the Batavia – Australia’s
second oldest known shipwreck –
which was wrecked in 1629.
“We got to snorkel at the site of
the Batavia wreckage and looked at
the cannons and anchors from the
ship,” PO Moir said.
“I really enjoyed snorkelling on
the coral reefs, too.
“It’s something you can’t experience in the city, it’s untouched and
During the trip, PO Moir tried
his hand at pulling on lines, climbing the mast and setting the sails.
“On the Europa you can really
get involved,” he said.
“I enjoy sailing so I took the
opportunity to help the crew as
much as I could.”
WINNING TICKET: PO Jason Moir, inset, won the 12-day sail on
board Bark Europa after entering a raffle.
Europa is one of three Dutch tall
ships visiting Fremantle as part of
their world voyage following old
trade routes.
The ships will visit Sydney
in October to take part in the
International Fleet Review.
PO Moir will also travel to
Sydney for the IFR where he will be
at Fort Denison to cheer ships as the
Fleet Review passes.
PO Moir said he planned to join
the Navy as a marine technician in
September 12, 2013
AB joins best of the best
LSIS Helen Frank
ABBM Joshua Tibbles is believed to
be the first member of the RAN to
be awarded a Royal Marines’ Green
As part of the revised Exercise
Long Look program with the UK,
AB Tibbles completed the demanding
Royal Marines All Arms Commando
Course (AACC) and graduated with
distinction the Commandant’s award
on August 1.
AB Tibbles travelled to the UK in
April to undergo preparatory training
before starting one of the most difficult
military courses in the world.
He completed a number of conditioning courses in the lead up to the
eight-week AACC and said they were
hard work and “there was a lot of yelling involved”.
“I really think it got my personal
skills up to such a great level for the
rest of the course,” he said.
“When we met up with the rest of
the blokes on the AACC I really felt
like one of the stronger ones.”
The AACC focuses on commando
skills such as survival in all conditions, amphibious assault, cliff assault,
helicopter, escape and evasion, urban
assaults, drills and small-unit tactics.
Participants must pass a number of
arduous field tests before progressing
to the final test week. To complete the
course, four tests conducted over four
consecutive days must be passed.
“My standout moment of the
course was definitely completing
the 48km speed march in a squad,”
AB Tibbles said. “We were wearing
Tibbles is presented with his Green
Beret by LTCOL Mike Geldard
(left) and waits to undertake ‘the
Sheep’s dip’, an underwater tunnel
on the endurance course (below).
Four tests
1. Endurance Course - 3.2km
of cross country and water
obstacles followed by a
6.4km road run in 73mins
carrying 9.5kg fighting order
and a personal weapon,
followed immediately by a
range shoot in a 25m range
simulating 200m, in which
6/10 targets must be hit.
2. Nine Mile Speed March –
14.5km as a formed body
in 90mins carrying 9.5kg
fighting order and personal
3. Tarzan Assault Course - in
less than 12mins carrying
9.5kg fighting order and personal weapon.
4. 30 Miler - 48km crosscountry march over Dartmoor
in eight hours carrying 18kg
fighting order and personal
webbing, rifle and a day sack which
weighed about 40kg and were presented with our green berets on completion.”
AB Tibbles said the whole 48km
was “horrendous” and one of the hardest things he had ever done. The terrain ranged from boggy marshlands to
mountains, rivers and endless plains.
“When we finally got to the last
kilometre we knew it was almost over
and that we had made it through the
course and had joined the elite brother-
hood,” he said. “As we came round a
corner and over a little village bridge,
we were met by 30 or so commandos
who clapped us into the finish line.
“That really was an emotional
moment seeing all these other blokes
who had all gone through the same
hell, and to make it more special, there
were some older veterans there who
were so proud and pleased to meet us
and tell us that they had done the same
test so many years before.”
One hundred military members,
made up of UK armed forces and overseas personnel such as AB Tibbles and
personnel from the famous Ghurkha
Regiment, started the AACC course.
Course CO LTCOL Mike Geldard,
RM, said standards remained as high as
they had ever been and he was pleased
with the calibre of the course members
and the high pass rate of 89.
While achieving the Royal Marines
Green Beret is a remarkable achievement in itself, AB Tibbles was awarded the Commandant’s Award, given to
the student who displayed enthusiasm
and commitment to an outstanding
standard, irrespective of rank.
“It was a massive honour to be
selected for the award,” AB Tibbles
said. “I was awarded this during our
presentation ceremony, which took me
by complete surprise but nevertheless
it was very humbling.”
AB Tibbles is now back to
Australia on some well-deserved leave
before joining HMAS Choules where
he is eager to utilise and share what he
has learnt from his time in the UK.
“I’ve been lucky with this whole
adventure and I’ve learned so much
from some of the most professional
guys in the business and I hope I can
pass on what I have learned and the
experiences I have had,” he said.
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Thirty-five and counting
LSIS Helen Frank
LCDR Paul Flynn has received his fourth rosette
for 35 years of service in the RAN.
LCDR Flynn began his naval career with the
Royal Navy in 1966.
Joining as a junior radio operator, he rose to the
rank of acting petty officer radio supervisor.
LCDR Flynn fell in love with Australia’s big
blue sky, hot summers, friendly people and great
lifestyle after visiting Fremantle with the RN in
On December 17, 1977, he was sworn into the
RAN on the dockside in Southampton and boarded
the SS Australis for the trip to his new home and
new navy.
LCDR Flynn arrived in Sydney after a month at
sea and began his new job as a recruit constable in
the old Naval Police Branch.
In 1983, he received his commission and has
since served in a variety of postings.
“Assistant Defence Attache (ADA) Manila
would, without a doubt, be my favourite posting,”
he said.
“Having the opportunity to represent my country at the highest level and to have had a beneficial
effect on our relationship with the Philippines was
the experience of a lifetime.”
LCDR Flynn’s career has taken the path less
travelled and he has been a part of many firsts.
“I was the first Navy member with a Bachelor of
Asian Studies followed by a Graduate Diploma in
Islamic Studies,” he said.
“Both degrees came in handy as ADA Manila.
Also, my term as XO HMAS Waterhen during the
rebuilding of the base was incredibly interesting
and rewarding.
“I was the Divisional Officer for the first women
in the Naval Police Branch, who were absolutely
outstanding and a very tough bunch of ladies.
“I also helped establish the Navy Firefighter
Branch in 1986-87 and set up the Naval
Investigative Service in 1991.”
One of the most memorable events for LCDR
Flynn took place early in his career with the RN on
board his first ship, HMS Diamond.
“As a young communications sailor I was
responsible for the maintenance of our radio aerials
and when the ship was approaching Cape Town, I
had to go up the mast and clean and grease the HF/
DF loops at the very top,” LCDR Flynn said.
“The CO wanted to make a good impression
when we entered port so we had swung well to the
south, intending to approach land when the ship
was looking its best.
“I saw the dawn come up over Table Mountain,
which no one else could see at deck level, a sight
that has remained with me ever since.
“I was also able to tell the CO, as I was climbing
back down, that the port was indeed dead ahead.
I felt that I should tell him because he was loudly
berating our hopeless navigator for losing Africa.
“Shortly after my petty officer explained to me
that it was not my place to interfere in command
decisions – but not quite in those words. In fact I
learnt two new words that day.”
LCDR Flynn, who received his fourth rosette in
June, is enjoying his work at the Defence Alumni
Network where he has served two-years’ reserve
time building and developing the triservice network.
“This period in my service has given me the
opportunity to learn a whole new set of skills,” he
When asked how much longer he would serve,
LCDR Flynn said “Until I win Lotto or the Navy
stops paying me”.
VARIED CAREER: CAPT Harry Lok, left, presents LCDR Paul Flynn with his fourth
rosette for 35 years’ service with the RAN.
CHEF TALK: ABML-C Ashley Edmonds helps LEUT Lucas Wolff, of HMAS
Stirling, prepare a cumin chicken dish during a dental/chef cook off for Dental
Health Week in the Stirling Galley. Photo: LSIS James Whittle
Sinking teeth into
healthy cooking
THE HMAS Stirling galley turned into The dental assistants seemed lost but had
a fierce battleground on August 7 for the guidance from their mentoring chef.”
Five minutes into the challenge, the
annual Dental Chef Challenge.
In its second year, the challenge
started with three finalists cooking three
selected meals promoting healthy dental
eating within Navy.
These meals were submitted by members of the Stirling galley team and the
three healthiest dental meals were chosen.
The contestants were ABML-C Matthew
Brown (carrot team) who cooked a warm
chicken and pumpkin salad, ABML-C
Ashleigh Beaman (capsicum team) who
cooked a seaweed risotto and ABML-C
Matthew Lonie (tomato team) who cooked
a herb-encrusted Spanish mackerel.
Each chef had the assistance of three
dental department staff, and 30 minutes
to cook their meal.
ABML-C Richard Perri said the competition was fierce.
“The galley was abuzz as the timer
started,” he said.
“At first it was a frantic rush with
everyone running around trying to secure
stove tops, bench space and equipment.
pace settled down with the majority of
the preparation complete and the cooking
phase starting.
“This was an interesting time for the
dental department learning a few tricks of
the trade when cooking,” AB Perri said.
As the three-minute warning was
given, all three teams stepped up a notch
to get the final components of the meal
ready for plating up.
In the final 10-second countdown the
teams were plating up and applying the
final garnishing to their meals, and in
true Master Chef style finished right on
the buzzer.
AB Perri said the team’s meals were
judged by the audience, who were salivating as the meals were put up.
“As voting started everyone had a carrot, tomato or capsicum sign to put up,
and after being recounted a second time,
it was the tomato team that won by one
vote,” he said.
The team was awarded their prize of
foil flowers and a silver platter.
Keeps you switched on
September 12, 2013
WORKING TOGETHER: Assistant maritime logistics
officer SBLT Ben Cleary assists ABML-SC Simone
ON THE JOB: ABET Brook Van Kemenade, of HMAS TOP SHOT: ABBM Krystal Carter, nearest to camera,
KEEN EYE: SBLT Andrew Leupen, of HMAS Warramunga, Henare, of HMAS Warramunga, with a muster of all SHIP SHAPE: POMT Nick Howes inspects a set of CLEAR AND BRIGHT: ABMT Ross Kennedy, of HMAS Warramunga, conducts daily maintenance schedules conducts rules of engagement and small-arms training of
the 9mm pistol on the flight deck of HMAS Warramunga.
stores items.
rockers on one of HMAS Warramunga’s diesel engines.
inside the 5-inch gun mount.
takes a bearing from the pelorus.
Warramunga, tests a fuel sample.
Williams executes the signal flags on
board Warramunga during officer-ofthe-watch manoeuvres.
Exercise Blue Raptor provided a unique training opportunity in the North West Shelf.
MA Ships Sirius, Warramunga
and Sydney have finished their
patrol of northern Australian
waters, conducted last month as
part of Exercise Blue Raptor.
IN COMPANY: HMA Ships Sydney,
Wollongong and Warramunga sail in
line astern as they conduct officerof-the-watch manoeuvres in the
Timor Sea.
The aim of Blue Raptor was to continue the ADF presence on the North
West Shelf and to patrol the areas in
which Australia’s oil and gas installations are present.
Sirius, Warramunga and Sydney completed a Surface Combatant Navigation
Course off the Whitsundays before they
headed to the Blue Raptor exercise area.
While sailing north, Warramunga’s
personnel worked to achieve training
Maritime warfare officers achieved
their Bridge Warfare Certificates by
reacting to simulated engineering breakdowns.
They also conducted officer-ofthe-watch manoeuvres with Sydney,
which provided real-time situations to
manoeuvre the ship in close formations
and increase and decrease speeds where
necessary to practise safe seamanship.
Marine technicians gained skills in
the machinery control room to react to
incidents to further their knowledge of
the trade, while maritime logistics supply chain sailors conducted a 100 per
cent muster on all stores.
Communications and information
system sailors trained with maritime
warfare officers using signalling flags
and boatswain mate sailors did a 9mm
shoot on the flight deck.
Junior officers also had the opportunity to transfer by boat to Sydney for the
day on August 22 to experience a different training environment.
Some careful planning by
Warramunga enabled the task group
to meet up with Armidale-class patrol
boat HMAS Wollongong en route to the
North West Shelf for a personnel transfer evolution and officer-of-the-watch
“I suspect this is the first occasion
that a set of manoeuvres has been com-
pleted by four different classes of RAN
vessels this year,” CO Warramunga
CMDR David Tietzel said.
He was referring to the fact that
Sydney is a guided-missile frigate,
Warramunga is a fast-frigate helicopter, Sirius is an auxiliary oiler and
Wollongong is a patrol boat.
It was a rare opportunity for
Wollongong to conduct an unscheduled
exercise with units of different classes,
not normally possible because of the
high operational tempo of the patrol boat
Embarked in Wollongong, CO Ardent
Three LCDR Mick Miller said the Phase
Three trainees learned a lot and had a
fantastic time.
“The communicators loved it, as did
the remaining 27 people on board, most
of who probably hadn’t seen a Major
Fleet Unit at such close range before, let
alone three,” LCDR Miller said.
On completion of the personnel
transfer and officer-of-the-watch evolutions, Wollongong set sail for Darwin,
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
while Sirius, Warramunga and Sydney
continued to patrol the North West Shelf.
Exercise Blue Raptor was a maritime
security exercise that tested communications, procedures and protocols between
Navy ships and other ADF units with the
oil and gas installations in the area.
The exercise, part of routine Navy
patrols in the region, was supported by
an Air Force AP-3C Orion.
CN VADM Ray Griggs said the
patrols were part of Australia’s robust
maritime security framework to safeguard against unlawful interference with
off-shore facilities.
“The Navy routinely conducts patrols
and exercises in the North West Shelf
area in addition to operations conducted by Border Protection Command,”
VADM Griggs said.
“This exercise demonstrates the
importance of security in the region
due to its vital strategic and economic
importance to Australia as a maritime
TOGETHER: HMA Ships Sydney,
Wollongong and Warramunga
undertake officer-of-the-watch
manoeuvres in the Timor Sea.
TAKE THE LEAD: SBLT Jessica Kelly gives the ceremonial
salute to HMAS Sydney as HMAS Warramunga takes over as
the lead ship during the voyage up the Queensland coast.
SIDE BY SIDE: HMAS Warramunga circles behind while HMAS Sydney completes her refuelling STEADY AIM: LSBM Graham Pereira, centre front, supervises rules of engagement and smallduring a replenishment at sea with HMAS Sirius.
arms training on HMAS Warramunga’s flight deck.
NATURAL BEAUTY: The view from
HMAS Warramunga of the natural gas
production facility, Prod Bayu-Undan.
REFUELLING: HMAS Sydney refuels at sea with HMAS Sirius
EARLY VISIT: The sea boat from HMAS Sirius conducts a pre-dawn personnel as both ships transit across the Gulf of Carpentaria en route to TOP VIEW: With her flags spelling out Blue Raptor, HMAS Sydney does a twilight patrol around the natural gas production facility
Prod Bayu-Undan in the Timor Sea.
transfer in the Arafura Sea.
the North West Shelf.
September 12, 2013
Corvette’s final sweep
This month marks the
66th anniversary of
the sinking of HMAS
Warrnambool, SGT
Dave Morley reports.
HE only Australian warship
sunk by a mine was actually
lost two years after the end
of WWII, and in Australian
HMAS Warrnambool, a Bathurstclass corvette, struck the mine about
4pm on September 13, 1947, near
Cockburn Reef in north Queensland.
Four crewmen lost their lives in
the incident and another 29 were
The officer of the watch was blown
out through the bridge window and the
CO, CMDR Alan Travis, was struck
by shards of glass and knocked unconscious.
The ship’s bow lifted into the air
and the mast collapsed across the
One of those wounded was Milton
Fuller, now 83 of Brisbane, who was
18 at the time.
Mr Fuller said he had just finished
work as the duty signalman on the
afternoon watch when Warrnambool
struck the mine.
“I was blown off the ladder to the
flag deck, concussed, had a cut to my
head and was unconscious for a short
while,” he said.
Warrnambool’s engine room took
the brunt of the explosion and a locker
torn from its mounting crushed stoker
Ron Garrett who died shortly afterwards.
Garrett had been in HMAS Vampire
when she was sunk off Ceylon (Sri
Lanka) in 1942 with the loss of the
CO and eight crew and HMAS Hobart
when she was torpedoed near New
FINAL MINUTES: HMAS Warrnambool just moments after hitting the mine on September 13, 1947. Her broken mast, collapsed across the deck, is
clearly visible.
Photo courtesy of Sea Power Centre
Hebrides (Vanuatu) in 1943 with the
loss of 13 crew.
ORDSMN John Hyland died of a
fractured skull and AB Donald Sigg
died at Cairns Hospital four days later.
Mr Fuller said signalman Norman
Lott either jumped or was blown over
the side and was dragged away by a
strong current and was later posted as
missing, presumed dead.
“Norm was a great bloke, a friend
and a mentor,” he said.
“He was a fully-fledged signalman
who taught me all about being a ‘bunting tosser’.”
Warrnambool rolled over and sank
in 25 metres of water about an hour
after striking the mine.
In the days before the incident,
Warrnambool, her sister corvettes
HMA Ships Mildura and Katoomba
and the sloop HMAS Swan had swept
a large number of mines.
Mr Fuller remembers the mines
going off, “left, right and centre after
being cut free by mine clearing equipment”.
“The idea was to blow a hole in
them with the Oerlikon guns or rifle
fire and they’d sink,” he said.
“But when a round hit the spike
they’d explode with a massive column
of water going up.”
The mine that Warrnambool struck
was one of more than 10,000 laid
around the Australian and New Zealand
coasts by Navy’s only minelayer,
HMAS Bungaree, from 1941 to 1943.
Ironically Bungaree, renamed
Eastern Mariner, was lost to a mine on
the Saigon River in South Vietnam on
May 26, 1966.
A Board of Inquiry into
Warrnambool’s sinking found no one
was guilty of culpable negligence,
CMDR Travis displayed good seamanship and the crew’s conduct was in the
best traditions of the Navy.
Patrol boat crews help to
carry on a proud name
SBLT Georgie Hicks
There were light winds and a slight
swell as Assail Six conducted a transit
towards Darwin on July 29, while
embarked in HMAS Pirie II.
The date was auspicious for the
ship, marking the seventh anniversary
of her commissioning.
The occasion was an opportunity to acknowledge the history and
achievements of her earlier namesake
and was celebrated with a cake crafted
to resemble the ship.
Pirie I was a Bathurst-class corvette commissioned on October 10,
1942, in Whyalla, South Australia.
Soon after commissioning she
commenced escort duties in New
Guinea until she was attacked and
severely damaged by Japanese aircraft
at Oro Bay in an engagement that
killed seven of her crew and wounded
many others.
After repairs she continued in
this role until late 1944 when she
was tasked with clearing mines from
Australian waters before joining the
British Pacific Fleet in 1945.
Pirie I was one of the first Allied
ships to enter Tokyo Bay after the
Japanese surrender and was present
for the formal surrender on September
2, 1945.
Pirie I,
circa 1946,
sails out
of Whyalla
in South
The Armidale-class patrol
boat Pirie II was named in her
honour, and has had seven years
of successful service under the
pennant 87.
After her commissioning
in Port Pirie in 2006, she was
involved in UAV trials at Port
Hedland and participated in
Exercise Mako Moon and SASR
trials in Cockburn Sound the following year.
In 2008, Pirie II joined HMA
Ships Melbourne and Toowoomba
and RSS Vigour and Vengeance
for Exercise Singaroo.
She was present at the Chinese
International Fleet Review in
2009, the Timor Fleet Review in
2010 and Exercise Cassowary in
Kupang, Indonesia in 2010.
In April last year she returned
to Kupang for Operation Corpat
and spent time in company with
KRI Kapop and Tongkal.
In addition to these exercises,
Pirie II has actively contributed
to Australia’s border protection
operations since November 2006.
More recently she has been
home to the Assail Division and
assigned to Operation Resolute.
During Resolute, she has
served at Ashmore Reef,
Christmas Island and the Joint
Petroleum Development Area, as
well as other regions off the northwest coast of Australia.
September 12, 2013
DAY SAIL: LEUT Ric Avery checks the approach as STS
Young Endeavour nears Fleet Base East.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind WARM WELCOME: ABET Luke Czyzewski is welcomed
home by Fiona Donnelly and baby Maddison after returning
in HMAS Warramunga from Exercise Blue Raptor.
Photo: LSIS Brad Darvill
FUN DAY: (L-R) PO Robyn Woods, AB Cyndy Leonard,
PO Cheryl McCabe and WO Karen Sellars, of HMAS
Coonawarra, at Darwin Races’ Ladies Day.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
NEW FRIEND: The captain of HMAS Coonawarra’s Variety
Bash team, AB Dean Bailey, sells raffle tickets to Jacqueline TOP TEAM: SMN Miriam Carey, SMN Payton Carey and SMN Thomas
O’Brien during a combined Seniors Week and School visit to Dent, of HMAS Cerberus, at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at
HMAS Coonawarra.
Photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham Phillip Island in Victoria.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
WE REMEMBER: LSBM Matthew Bennett rests
on arms as part of the catafalque party during the
Vietnam Veterans Day memorial service at the
Darwin Cenotaph.
Photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham
FURY FRIEND: ABML-S Caroline Borrow,
of HMAS Farncomb, holds a koala at the
Cohunu Koala Park. Photo: LSIS Brad Darvill
HAPPY DAY: LSNPC Ty Browning receives a
welcome home hug from Chelsea Beton after
returning home in HMAS Warramunga from
Exercise Blue Raptor.
Photo: LSIS Brad Darvill
CURE CANCER: SMNATA Sean Carruthers and SMNML-S Jessica Carr, of
HMAS Cerberus, with this year’s Daffodil Day merchandise. Sailors from Cerberus
supported Daffodil Day by selling merchandise and holding a uniform-free day.
Photo: SBLT Katherine Mulheron
PROUD SOUND: ABMUS Emelia Blake, of Navy
Band – WA, sounds the Last Post during Vietnam
Veterans Day at the Rockingham War Memorial.
Photo: CPOIS David Connolly
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Graduates first
to carry name
LEUT Melissa Cowling
Family members of Noel Shipp, the
namesake of the newest division at
Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus,
were guests of honour at the first graduation on August 30.
The leading aircrewman’s widow
Gloria, along with their son Darren
and more than 20 members of the
Shipp family, joined family and
friends of the Shipp Division graduates during the ceremony reviewed by
Mrs Shipp said she was honoured
to attend the first graduation that commemorated her late husband’s service
in the Navy.
“I feel honoured to be a part of
the very first graduation of the new
Division, and very proud to see these
recruits represent all that Noel aspired
to be when he joined the Navy,” Mrs
Shipp said.
“It’s a momentous occasion also
for our son Darren, and Eryn, the
granddaughter he never got to meet.
“I am very pleased, too, to be sharing it with Noel’s family who travelled
from Queensland, as well as my own
family from Sydney.
“To have so many people join us
who knew and loved Noel makes this
day even more special.”
She said she hoped the division
would remember her husband and
other brave members who had lost
their lives.
“The renaming of the division
means that every recruit that passes
through the school will be reminded of
Noel’s bravery and the unselfishness
of other Navy men who gave their
lives in the service of their country,”
Mrs Shipp said.
“Just as we, Noel’s family and
friends, remember him as a good
man, mate, husband and father, future
recruits will learn about Noel and
I hope that they will be inspired to
always reach for higher achievements
in their lives and especially their Navy
LSA Noel Ervin Shipp served in
Vietnam with the second contingent of
the Royal Australian Helicopter Flight
from September 1968.
He will be remembered for determinedly engaging the enemy under
heavy fire while hanging out the door
of his aircraft with a M60 machine
gun. Exposed to heavy automatic
fire, the aircraft crash landed and LS
Shipp was seen to continue firing at
the enemy right until the moment of
In September 2012, CN VADM
Ray Griggs announced that RAN
Recruit School divisions would be
renamed in honour of sailors who had
distinguished themselves through acts
of great courage and bravery in the
service of their county.
Shipp Division entered a new page
in Australian Naval history when the
first class of Shipp recruits joined
Recruit School at Cerberus in Victoria
on June 17.
RADM Barrett said that honouring the significant contribution of LS
Shipp would begin with this first round
of 80 graduates from the division.
“It is fitting to recognise a sailor who conducted himself with the
values we honour in Navy,” RADM
Barrett said.
“For these new graduates, beginning their career inspired by the story
of LS Shipp will ensure that Navy
continues to move into the future
while remembering a prominent member of the past.
“I am pleased to have had the
opportunity to attend and review this
inaugural Shipp Division graduation
and congratulate all our new sailors
on their hard work in completing initial training here at Recruit School. I
encourage all graduates to embrace
their Naval careers with the integrity
and courage that was exemplified by
LS Noel Shipp.”
The recruits of Shipp
Division leave the
parade ground after
their graduation parade.
IN MEMORY: Left, recruit
of the intake RCT Sari
Wimpenny is presented with
the Recruit School Cup by
RADM Tim Barrett and LSA
Shipp’s widow Gloria and
son Darren.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
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September 12, 2013
Helicopter training
reaches new heights
THE first of two MRH-90 simulators
was formally accepted at the Army
Aviation Training Centre in Oakey,
Queensland, on August 28 by CEO
Defence Materiel Organisation Warren
The simulator allows Army and Navy
pilots to practise their skills in all flight
regimes, day or night, and accurately
reproduces the feel of the aircraft in
Mr King acknowledged the contribution made by DMO, Army, Navy and
industry in developing and supporting
ADF MRH-90 training.
“This world-leading flight simulator
will contribute to the ADF’s helicopter
capability for many years to come,” Mr
King said.
“The simulator has a cockpit that
functions just like that of a real aircraft, and replicates the aircraft’s unique
instrument display that is projected onto
the pilots’ visors.”
COMFAA CDRE Vince Di Pietro
said an in-country MRH-90 simulator that matched the configuration of
ADF aircraft was a great step forward
for aircrew training and brought home a
very important element of pilot training,
which until now had been conducted
The first RAN aircrew will see the
Australian simulator first hand in the
next few weeks.
“Navy has already operated the
MRH-90 at sea and is progressively
becoming more familiar with this new
aircraft in embarked operations,” he said.
Commandant Army Aviation Training
Centre COL David Burke said the majority of basic training would now be conducted in the simulator before pilots got
to the real aircraft.
“The aim of the training is to
immerse the pilots in the simulation, so
they feel as though they are flying the
real aircraft, completing real missions
and dealing with real emergencies,” COL
Burke said.
The MRH-90 simulator is state of
the art and fully accredited to meet the
highest standards of fidelity, known in
the aviation industry as ‘level D’, which
means that an hour in the simulator
equates to an hour in the real helicopter.
A second simulator will be installed
at the main MRH-90 operational base in
Townsville next year.
TOP TRAINING: (L-R) ABMED Michelle Burns,
LEUT Megan Hoare, LEUT Laura Hughes and
LEUT Martin Buks (above) practise medical
techniques at the new Medical Simulation Centre
at HMAS Penguin. Photos: ABIS Cassie McBride
IT’S OPEN: CDRE Elizabeth Rushbrook cuts the
ribbon (left) with CMDR Alison Thomas, left, and
CMDR Tammy Thomas to open the centre.
Medical centre
up and running
LEUT Kelli Lunt
A new medical simulation centre
to benefit medical training for LHD
conditions has opened at HMAS
Penguin’s RAN Medical School.
ACCEPTED: The MRH-90 simulator formally accepted at Oakey is the first of
two for the ADF.
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Opened on August 19 by the
Director General Health Capability
and Director-General Navy
Health Service, CDRE Elizabeth
Rushbrook, it is the largest and most
modern of the three simulation units
at the centre.
It is equipped as a resuscitation
bay rather than a sickbay, to mimic
realistic conditions on board the
LHDs and allow trainees to conduct
two concurrent training scenarios.
The centre also has four cameras
positioned to home in much closer
on patients from a greater distance,
allowing improved observation
The eight-month project was a
joint venture between the RAN
Medical School and the Maritime
Operational Health Unit, and will
allow both groups to share resources,
build medical capability and increase
cooperation through familiarity.
Noonan said the simulation centre
involved consultation with simu-
lation medical experts, DirectorGeneral Navy Health and Director
Navy Health, and was an opportunity for Navy medical specialists to
benefit from sharing resources.
“This newest addition to the
medical facilities run by RAN
Medical School staff demonstrates
Navy’s commitment to providing
the necessary facilities in order
to equip our people with training
required for future capabilities such
as the LHD,” CDRE Noonan said.
“Training Force continues to
look for opportunities to provide
training solutions which benefit
multiple users, and this collaborative effort makes sense in terms of
human resources and funding.”
OIC RAN Medical School
CMDR Tammy Thomas said the
new centre would be put to great use
for trainees by providing a wider
range of training experiences and
scenarios that were previously unavailable.
“Navy medical professionals will
be up to speed in advanced life support and casualty care that will be
required for the LHDs,” she said.
“They will be able to practise
together as a team with each person
conducting a specific role.
“Similar to that seen on televi-
sion shows, doctors will manage the
overall situation, nurses will provide
airway care and medics will insert
drips and monitor observations.
Everyone will be able to understand
what is required of them, and what is
expected from other team members.”
CMDR Thomas said Maritime
Operational Health Staff, who spend
periods of time maintaining their
skills in civilian hospitals, would
come together for training sessions
in the simulator to ensure that when
they deploy they know what is
required of them in a resuscitation
Additionally, the simulator can
be used for medics under training
at the school, as well as reservist
medical specialists and nurses who
come together annually for Exercise
It is anticipated that the simulator will also be used to keep nurses,
doctors and medics current professionally in advanced life support
and basic life support, which otherwise would need to be out-sourced
to the civilian sector at considerable
These skills are required for
their professional registration with
the Australian Health Practitioner
Regulation Agency.
THE ship’s company of HMAS Cairns
hosted a charity gala ball and raised more
than $21,000 for the ‘Soldier On’ charity.
This is a strong example of the signature
behaviours “promote the wellbeing and
development of all Navy people” and
“strengthening relationships across and
beyond Navy” as well as “making Navy
and Australia Proud.”
A NAVAL officer, after a number of
warnings, received an infringement
notice due to not maintaining his service accommodation to an acceptable
The officer lost his privilege of service
accommodation and was required to live
without rental assistance.
September 12, 2013
In command of
what’s to come
POIS Paul Berry
NUSHIP Canberra’s command team
has had its first taste of raw LHD shiphandling, albeit at 1:20 scale.
CO Canberra CAPT Jonathan
Sadleir, XO CMDR Jonathan Earley
and navigating officer LCDR Calvin
Johnson spent four days in August
at the Australian Ship Handling
Centre – Port Ash Australia near
Newcastle, practising and honing their
LHD ship-handling skills on the purpose-built model, NUSHIP Assault.
CAPT Sadleir said time spent at
Port Ash was dedicated to assuring
the model accurately represented LHD
handling characteristics and working
through bridge management.
“It’s been a superb couple of days
and it’s pretty exciting. It’s a versatile and manoeuvrable vessel, but that
means it has more options we can
potentially use, which brings with it
a level of complexity,” CAPT Sadleir
“The beauty of it is, with a facility like Port Ash and the available
simulation we have right now, we can
compensate and overcome those challenges.”
The hand-crafted LHD model took
about 12 months to complete and fea-
tures the unique azimuth pod (Azipod)
propulsion system.
Interestingly, there is also a model
which supports Choules training.
Two 360-degree Azipod propulsion
units and two bow thrusters give the
LHD a high degree of manoeuvrability
in confined and shallow water.
“Due to the hands-on nature and
complexity of it, I am of the view that
there is a need for ship-handlers to
maximise simulation opportunities
to remain current, much like a pilot
would maintain currency in an aircraft,” CAPT Sadleir said.
“Additionally, there’s clearly a cost
benefit. It’s much cheaper to run a battery charged model than it is to run an
actual LHD.”
Port Ash is one of only a handful of
ship-model simulators in the world and
features 2.5 hectares of water of ranging depths.
The scaling effects mean one nautical mile (1852m) becomes 74.08m,
three knots of wind becomes 15 knots
and one hour becomes 12 minutes in
the models.
Port Ash Director CAPT Cliff
Beazley said the centre offered naval
ship-handlers unique opportunities.
“We’ve built a finger wharf that
represents Fleet Base West and we use
the boat shed for an approximation
of Fleet Base East, so all the familiar
spots are there,” CAPT Beazley said.
“For raw ship-handling you cannot
beat the real thing or the real thing in
miniature, which is what we’ve got
Tug masters from DMS Maritime
in Sydney were also on hand to develop LHD berthing and departing procedures.
“Berthing a ship is a system, and
the tug masters are part of that, hence
my desire to have them on the learning
journey with us,” CAPT Sadleir said.
CMDR Earley said it was a brilliant training aid for the ship and its
propulsion system.
“It’s an impressive model in terms
of the control, the quality of the build
and the way it responds and manoeuvres,” he said.
“It gives us a variety of environmental conditions to work out our
individual skill sets and develop confidence in using the system.
“In terms of manoeuvrability the
LHD is light years ahead of an Anzacclass ship. An FFG comes close
because of its auxiliary propulsion
units, but the LHD with its Azipod system plus the powerful bow thrusters,
you can do almost anything with it.”
TEAM EFFORT: XO NUSHIP Canberra CMDR Jonathan Earley, seated, navigating officer LCDR Calvin
Johnson, standing, and Port Ash facilitator John Ryan hone their LHD ship-handling skills on NUSHIP
Assault, with DMS Maritime tug master Mal Anderson. Photo: POIS Paul Berry
New training tool for NUSQN
CPOATV Gordon Davis
THE avionics sailors of NUSQN725
may have finished their time in the
ordnance classroom, but they are finding the US Navy’s synthetic training
devices to be an extremely valuable
training tool.
The sailors are using the devices
to maintain currency and hone their
warfighting skills, pending acceptance
of the first two Australian MH-60R
Seahawk Romeos in December.
POATV Luke Stevens recently
took charge of an AGM – 114 Hellfire
weapon-loading evolution using the
MH-60R weapons loading trainer
(WLT) at NAS Jacksonville in the US.
“Loading a missile is a delicate,
confined task and a realistic training
device allows us to build our experience without using an expensive aircraft,” PO Stevens said.
“We achieved our aims and the
team continues to grow in confidence.”
The RAN’s WLT, procured under Air
9000 Phase 8, will be located in a new
training facility at HMAS Albatross.
The WLT realistically simulates
the aircraft’s mission system pre-firing
checks and loading requirements for
Hellfire missiles, lightweight torpedoes,
sonobuoys and countermeasures.
Vanessa Issom performs
a pre-firing check of the
multispectral targeting
system before loading a
Hellfire missile.
Photo: CPOATV Gordon Davis
MODEL WORK: CO NUSHIP Canberra CAPT Jonathan Sadleir, standing,
and navigating officer LCDR Calvin Johnson pilot the model LHD,
NUSHIP Assault, to berth at Port Ash Australia. Canberra’s command
team were joined at Port Ash by DMS tug masters, foreground, to develop
LHD berthing and departing procedures. Photo: POIS Paul Berry
transported from the workshop to the water.
Photo courtesy of Port Ash
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September 12, 2013
A century on the beat
This year Naval Police and Coxswains are
celebrating a long and proud centenary of
service, SGT Dave Morley reports.
he Naval Dockyard Police
was formed on July 1, 1913,
when the Royal Naval establishments around Sydney were
handed over to the RAN.
Royal Marine Light Infantry units
had guarded them since 1867.
Advertisements were placed in all
major newspapers asking for applications from men 30-45 years old with
at least five-years service in the RN,
RAN or Royal Marines.
As the active service police
employed on board HM Ships at the
time were known as naval police and
apparently “suffered an unsavoury
reputation”, it was decided the new
organisation would be titled Naval
Dockyard Police (NDP).
Initially, the NDP had no legislated
powers and as the Naval Board set out
to fix this, WWI started.
Dockyard guard duties were handed over to members of the RAN Naval
Brigade who were unfit for active service while the NDP took on counterespionage investigations.
After WWI, three naval dockyard
policemen at HMAS Cerberus were
sworn in as supernumerary members
of the Victoria Police Force.
All dockyard police in Sydney
were then sworn in as special constables of the NSW Police Force, giving
them powers of arrest, search and
However, it was not until 1934 that
the Naval Establishment Regulation
101 received Royal Assent and the
NDP became a statutory force.
The outbreak of WWII caused a
rapid expansion of the NDP with the
creation of the NDP Guard Section.
Men applying for this branch were
required to have served on active
service, or five years of peacetime service, and be aged between 40-58.
Because the government did not
WONPC Shannon-Lee Power, Naval
Police Coxswain Category Manager, said
the International Fleet Review (IFR) would
see the reformation of the Naval Police
Coxswain-manned Naval Shore Patrol.
“They will provide policing and security
support and assistance to visiting navies,
law enforcement agencies and the City of
Sydney authorities,” he said.
“Naval police coxswain sailors will be
called upon from all naval establishments
to assist in providing an enhanced service
police capability during this predicted
busy time.
“NPCs will undergo extensive operational training before the IFR to ensure
they are fit, safe and ready in all respects
to respond to any incident that may arise.”
approve the Naval Board’s recommendations for reorganising the force, the
Guard Section was not demobilised
until January 1949.
An interim force was created in
July 1946, made up of ex-RAN members of the seagoing forces.
Its success caused the government
to approve the reorganised permanent
force of the NDP in March 1949.
One of Australia’s best known
sailors, CPO Claude Choules – who
was the last WWI combat veteran
when he died in 2011 – completed his
Navy career with six years in the NDP
between 1950-56.
The force ceased to be part of
the Auxiliary Services and became a
branch of the RAN in January 1972.
SGT John Miscamble (retd) served
from 1975 to 1983 as a specialist
He said the Naval Shore Patrol
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International Fleet Review.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
in NSW was responsible for all US
servicemen on rest and recreation in
Sydney. “This was a particularly interesting era,” he said.
“We were also responsible for the
safe custody and transporting of all US
offenders for dispatch by air to the US.
“I can remember several instances
of having to return to the airport after
an offender had caused disruption to a
flight, forcing it to return.”
Mr Miscamble recalled visiting the
main Sydney police cells every morning to see if any sailors were held and
advising their ships accordingly.
“Often the police would release
them into our custody to return them to
their ships, thus minimising the risk of
them further offending,” he said.
Women became eligible to transfer
to the Naval Police Branch in January
Former constable Susan Ford (now
Smith) was one of the first women to
transfer across.
She started training on January
10, 1983, with two other women, Sue
Branson and Karen Hughes.
“Three females scored in the top
four during training,” she said.
“Our duties were varied but included security, investigations, liaison with
NSW police, fire training and drug
searches, which were met with quite
hostile reactions.
“On my first day on the dock gates
in March 1983, the admiral requested a
photo as it was history in the making.”
Mrs Smith said the concept of
female naval police was so new that
at the time of completing their course,
their uniforms were still unfinished.
Former WONP Kevin McCarthy
recalled Navy’s 75th anniversary in
Sydney where the main attraction was
an open day on USS Missouri.
“I was the dock gates sergeant and
by 10am there was a crowd of about
1500 outside the gates along Cowper
Wharf Road,” he said.
“The dockyard was due to open
at 1pm, by which time the crowd had
swelled beyond belief.
“When the gates opened there was
a great rush for Missouri and three
naval police were injured attempting
crowd control.
“It was finally decided to close the
dockyard. Depending on who you talk
to the crowd was estimated at between
In November 1989, another reorganisation caused the naval police and
coxswain categories to be amalgamated into today’s naval police coxswain
LOOKING BACK: Naval police on a boat patrol in Cairns (left), outside the HMAS Cerberus front gate (above
left) and on patrol in Shark Cat (above right). Photos courtesy of former members
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hold a reunion at Tweed Heads in NSW
from November 1-3.
A formal dinner is planned for the
night of November 2 and a wreath-laying ceremony will be held on November 3.
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Lieutenant’s novel idea
A first-time author brings ancient Egypt to
life, LSIS Helen Frank reports.
S AN avid reader of history and fiction, LEUT
Daren Cherian was flipping
through the pages of an
Egyptian mythology book and realised there was a great story to be told
between the pages.
LEUT Cherian, a project officer
at Fleet Logistics Support, then
embarked on a two-year adventure to
write a novel.
He suffered through several episodes of writer’s block and several
re-writes before the final version was
ready for publication.
“I have always wanted to write
a book but was looking for the right
story to tell,” LEUT Cherian said.
“Egyptian mythology to me is
rich, diverse and very interesting.”
LEUT Cherian spent some time
researching ancient Egypt and came
across an era that had not been
explored in many other novels.
“Few have heard of the story of
the female king known as Hatshepsut
and how she came to power,” he said.
“I refer to her as the female king
and not as a queen because during
the time of the pharaohs, there was
no word for queen.”
LEUT Cherian also contacted
Joyce Tyldesley, of Manchester
University, and an author of several
FICTION SUCCESS: LEUT Daren Cherian proudly displays his first novel,
Godwar: Hell Rising.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
Egyptian history books, to help him
with the details of Egyptian life to
Pyramids jut towards the sky like
prevent any historical inaccuracies.
man-made mountains, magnifiHis novel, Godwar: Hell Rising,
cent amid the stark environs of
remained a work-in-progress for
the desert. Within the labyrinthine
some time as he worked on the plot.
interior of these great tombs lie
“Every night as I closed my eyes
great pharaohs, once resplendto fall asleep, I would think about
ent and mighty rulers of ancient
ways in which I could enrich my
empires, now naught but petrified
plot or navigate the hurdle,” LEUT
remains and dust. D.K Cherian
Cherian said.
tells the tale of a woman who is
“Eventually, you get over your
taken back to the time of these
writer’s block. I made several rebygone rulers, to discover the
writes until I finally settled on the
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Glimpse of
the future
A searide in a Spanish LHD gave a group of
personnel from NUSHIP Canberra a look at what’s
to come, LEUT Emily Kennedy reports.
S NUSHIP Canberra’s personnel move closer to bringing
Navy’s first LHD into service, a
massive amount of preparation is
under way.
This ranges from the development of
standard operating procedures and policies, to ship-specific training involving the
incorporation of an amphibious and flight
capability that has never been seen before
in the ADF.
As part of this preparation, 20
Canberra personnel recently travelled
to Spain and embarked in ESPS Juan
Carlos I to gain experience in operating a
ship of the same class.
Personnel were selected from all
departments to ensure every aspect of the
LHD’s operation could be observed.
CO Canberra CAPT Jonathan Sadleir
said the experience was invaluable.
“The introduction of this class of ship
into the ADF will dramatically change the
way we do business,” he said.
“Being a brand new class of ship for
our Navy, this was a unique opportunity
for us to observe the way the Spanish
operate this type of capability.”
While each Defence Force operates
according to their own doctrine, sea riding in Juan Carlos I gave the Canberra
personnel a close insight into how the
major elements of the ship, including the
embarked forces, aircraft and landing
craft, operated together.
During the visit, personnel took every
opportunity to discuss, and in some cases
test, draft RAN LHD standard operating
procedures with their Spanish counterparts.
This process was made all the more
meaningful by being on board the platform itself and, most importantly, underway at sea during an amphibious exercise.
The crew observed Exercise Marfibex,
a five-day low level non-combatant evacuation operation that involved the Spanish
amphibious task group consisting of the
LHD, two LPDs, an FFG escort and more
than 800 Spanish marines.
Conducted within the Armada training
areas south of Cadiz, it was an impressive
sight to observe the landing and recovery
of the embarked forces via watercraft and
helicopter, with close air support provided
by the embarked AV-8 Harriers.
With the ship’s company, a full
air wing and several hundred marines
embarked, along with midshipman seariders from the Spanish Naval Academy
undertaking a training cruise, there were
well over 1000 people on board the ship.
This allowed Canberra’s personnel
to view all manner of evolutions ranging
from slipping and close-quarter manoeuvring in harbour using the LHD azipod
system, through to observing the movement and securing of vehicles onto landing
craft in the dock.
Of equal importance was the need to
observe the more mundane routines that
support higher-end activities, such as the
operation of the garbage compactor – 1000
people make a lot of rubbish.
In summing up how the visit to Spain
went, XO Canberra CMDR Jon Earley said
the Spanish crew was extremely accommodating in allowing maximum access to all
parts of the ship.
“Their honest and frank discussions
with us about how they operated their
LHD were greatly appreciated and no
question was left unanswered,” he said.
“We have indeed learned a substantial
amount about our new ship that will certainly help inform the development of our
routines and processes.”
What THEY said
“It was impressive to observe
the level of coordination required
between FLYCO and flight deck
personnel in order to manage the
large number of aircraft movements.”
– LEUT Matt Schroder
“Observing the engineering plant
while underway was extremely
beneficial. Until you see all of the
systems running together, you
don’t fully appreciate the complexity of such a large platform.”
– CPOMT James Dew
“Commissioning this world-class
warship with its immense capability
is one of the best and most exciting
things I have been involved with.
The trip to Juan Carlos I cemented
this perception and I’m very much
looking forward to commissioning
and serving in Canberra.”
– CPO Chris Swift
“Observing the platform operate
was a great experience. As a Navy
and Defence Force we have a significant challenge ahead of us, but
it is a great challenge to have.”
– LCDR Matt Ryan
“The experience was invaluable. To
be able to see docking operations
with the LCM1Es and observe the
management of concurrent wholeship operations enforces the challenges that lay ahead for the crew.”
– LCDR Michael Nipperess
“The use of azipods will witness
a new era of ship handling for the
RAN and the development of a new
skill set for our seaman officers. The
manoeuvrability is impressive for
such a large ship.”
– LCDR Calvin Johnson
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September 12, 2013
Eight fitness-fad fizzles
These are some of the things to avoid in your
bid for fitness, says Lt Robert Orr.
F YOU put fads ahead of fitness
and a quick-fix solutions ahead of
slow gains, this column is for you.
Listed are eight common mistakes
made when pursuing better health and
fitness – and what your can do about
Go hard or go home
Photo: CPL Max Bree
Magazine workouts
Contrary to popular belief,
training does not have to be hard. Hard
training sessions can over-train your
nervous system. The result is that motivation goes down and you stop training.
Solution: Incorporate light, medium
Training the beach
and moderate intensity sessions in
your program with harder sessions
on the days you prefer to work out
There are more muscles in your
(typically early in the week) and easier
sessions on the days you know you will body than those you see in the mirror.
In fact, the most important muscles
not want to train.
for health, fitness and performance are
deep and cannot be seen. Furthermore,
Quick fix ideas
your muscles need more than just liftA f t e r s eve r a l w e e k s , ing weights for good health. They
months or years of neglect, it is unre- need good flexibility, they need to be
alistic to expect your body to change anchored to healthy bone, they need to
shape in a short time. A quick fix has be supplied by a healthy cardiovascular
more chance of destroying your gains and nervous system and much more.
in one day through injury than the mak- Solution: Contact your local PTI and
ing of a sudden, miraculous change.
discuss the full spectrum of training
needs for a healthy active body and
Solution: Be realistic about the gains
once provided, avoid skipping bits
you expect, and expect it to take time
(like stretches during a cool down).
and effort.
Reliving history
After taking a break from
training, do not expect to come back at
the same fitness level.
Likewise, do not expect to continue
training at the same intensity.
If you suddenly try lifting the same
weight, running the same distance at
the same speed or continuing the program from where you left off, there is
a high chance you will overload and
either lose motivation or injure yourself.
Solution: Take it slow, avoid stopping
training and contact your local PT/
PTI for advice following a lapse in
Copying Arnold’s armbusting session, Angelina’s bun-tightening exercises or Cadel’s cycling program is more likely to give you minimal gains or, worse, cause an injury.
Every person is different, they have
different training backgrounds, injury
histories and body shapes.
Solution: Contact your local PTI for
advice, be it for a training program
or contact details for coaches of your
specific sport.
Thinking small
Avoid training the small
muscles. Abdominal curls, bicep curls,
leg extensions, pec decks and triceps
extensions are often done in the thousands in the hope of toning up a specific area.
For fat loss, it is important to realise that muscle does not interact with
fat in its vicinity in any way.
Fat is regulated by the nervoushormonal system and this system
responds to the effect of training by
releasing certain hormones that interact with receptors all over the body.
Muscles do not know exercises –
they know movement. So the shoulder
action for the chest muscles performing a pec deck is the same as for the
bench press and push-up, but whereas
the later two exercises also condition a
whole group of other exercises, the pec
deck does not.
1 in 24
Solution: Use compound and complex
Many people believe their
movements. The more muscles you use
in a single exercise, the better for you. one training session a day is all they
need to make gains and be healthy.
Not so. There are 168 hours in a
week, and five one-hour workouts
Training the ego not the
equates to 3 per cent of the week, leaving 97 per cent or 163 hours a week to
If you are considering using more negatively impact on your training.
compound and complex exercises,
Solution: Be active during the day.
focus on your training technique, not
Take the stairs, avoid eating lunch
weight or speed. Avoid training to at your desk (walk to the park or
impress, as gains will come using the canteen), park at the furthest car pack,
correct loads and the chances of injury remove the batteries from your remote
will be reduced.
controls and eat healthy meals.
Solution: Train to improve, not to
impress. Ensure your technique is
LT Rob Orr is a former Army PTI and now
perfect and avoid changing your loads/ a reservist and Associate Professor at the
speeds to match (or impress) others.
Bond Institute of Sport and Health.
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of CSD).
Use the relevant webform via your Orderly Room/Corporate Service
Centres to record or update your CSD.
The new aspect of CSD is that ‘self-claimed’ skills and experience can
be recorded (ie not only formal qualifications) so your hobbies/skills
or language skills can now be included (if potentially of use to the
ADF eg carpentry).
CSD includes:
- Self-claimed skills (a wide range of skills are listed from which
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- Professional Registrations and Licences
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Skills in Defence
Mixed title
caps off
good week
LSIS Helen Frank
WHEN Navy won the mixed competition at the interservice netball championships in Canberra, it capped off a
memorable tournament for one player.
Canberra, was one of more than 200
Defence personnel who gathered
at the Southern Cross Basketball
Stadium from August 26-30.
The competition started with the
state competition and ended with the
service championships on the last day
in men’s, women’s and mixed sections.
AB Jay played in the mixed team
for NSW, which went through the
whole competition unbeaten, beating ACT in the final by just one goal,
He was then selected to play in
the Navy mixed team, which was also
unbeaten in the competition, beating
Air Force 36-24 and Army 36-27.
AB Jay is normally a basketball
player but was asked to play netball.
He is 205cm and his height makes him
difficult to defend against.
“It was good to learn more about
netball,” SMN Jay said.
“I played goal shooter so the rules
September 12, 2013
pink for a
good cause
LSIS Helen Frank
FOR one day, teams in the ADF
netball championships turned
State grand finals – Men: ACT b SE
Queensland 34-28. Mixed: NSW b
ACT 28-27. Women: NSW b North
Queensland 30-28.
Interservice – Mixed: Navy b Air
Force 36-24, Navy b Army 36-27,
Army b Air Force 23-17. Winner:
Navy. Men: Navy b Air Force 30-24,
Army b Air Force 29-14, Army b
Navy 37-19. Winner: Army. Women:
Navy b Air Force 31-17, Army b
Navy 44-22, Air Force 40 drew with
Army 40-40. Winner: Army.
didn’t trip me up too much as I played
mostly in the goal area.”
Australian Defence Netball
Association president WGCDR Nick
Osborne said netball was a great sport
to bring everyone together.
“It’s an excellent event to get men
and women away playing sport together,” WGCDR Osborne said.
“We have quite a lot of men playing here, which makes a great change
from civilian competitions where netball is mostly a women’s game.”
Army won the men’s and the wom- CONVERT’S TRIUMPH: AB Ben Jay, from the mixed Navy team, takes a
shot at a goal against Air Force.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
en’s division.
The day supported the
McGrath Foundation and was
organised in support of an
Australian Defence Netball
Association member who was
recently diagnosed with breast
ACT ADF Netball
Association members PO Liz
Saunders, LS Nick Miller and
fellow netballers organised
fundraising events during the
August 30 was dedicated to
the fundraising effort with players and supporters wearing pink
for a gold coin donation.
A knockout shooting competition was held with first and
second place winners taking
home a cash prize.
A raffle was run with 100
prizes on offer.
Every ticket won a prize
and prizes included DVD and
Blu Ray packs, signed sporting
goods from the Cronulla Sharks
and Australian Diamonds player
Erin Bell and other donated
LS Miller was pleased.
“Along with the support of
local and interstate businesses
we were able to provide a great
day for players and spectators
alike,” he said.
A total of $3500 was raised
for the McGrath Foundation.
Penguins return fire to win basketball shield
THE SPOILS: Penguins captain ABCD Thomas
Adams, left, is presented with the Oberon Shield
by AB Ben Wilkin.
Photos: ABIS Cassie McBride
Michael Brooke
THE Penguins pipped Albatross
23-17 in the final to win the 2013
Oberon Shield basketball championship at the Sydney Olympic
Park Sports Centre at Homebush
on August 28.
Penguins captain ABCD
Thomas Adams said the victory
marked a measure of revenge for
the combined team from HMA
Ships Penguin and Watson.
“They beat us earlier in the day,
so to topple them in the final was a
real thrill,” he said.
AB Adams, who is posted to
the RAN Dive School, said the
scores were tied at half-time, but
the Penguins rallied in the last
stanza to record a well-deserved
“We all played consistently
which helped us to gradually gain
a points lead,” he said.
AB Adams said the Penguins’
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most valuable player was ABCD
Corey Wilkop, who is 191cm
and plays centre for Navy in
interservice basketball.
The Penguins progressed to the
final after beating the Canberra
Tropics 32-21.
Six teams contested the
tournament: the Wharfie Warriors
from Port Services HMAS
Kuttabul, HMAS Albatross, the
Penguins, Canberra Tropics from
N U S H I P C a n b e r ra , Wa t s o n
Warthogs from HMAS Watson and
the Kuttabul Clippers from HMAS
The Oberon Shield served as a
warmup for the Navy teams that
will compete in the interservice
competition at Randwick Barracks
from November 24-30.
Sailors interested in playing can contact LS Lindsay Russell at [email protected] or AB Benjamin
Wilkin at [email protected]
FORWARD PUSH: Most Valuable Player AB Corey Wilkop
plays offence in the grand final.
Eight-hour effort for Legacy
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A TRISERVICE team from Australia’s
Federation Guard pedalled, ran and
walked their way through an eight-hour
event to raise funds for Legacy.
The 22 personnel travelled from
Canberra to the Army Logistics Training
Centre at Albury-Wodonga on August 30
to compete against other ADF and APS
AFG entered one walking, two running and three mountain-biking teams in
the gruelling event.
Assistant team manager and winning
mountain-bike team member POMT Don
Blackley praised the teams.
“Their efforts were extraordinary. We
won the team mountain-biking event and
came third in the team walking event,”
POMT Blackley said.
“AB George Bryan ran 45km by himself during the day.”
The combined AFG team’s contribution to Legacy was $600, which was paid
as an entry fee to the events. A total of
$10,000 was raised for Legacy.
September 12, 2013
Extending a sporting hand
RAN soccer and rugby players gave the visiting US marines and
sailors lessons in winning at Randwick Barracks.
Michael Brooke
“IF YOU can’t beat them join them”
is not a phrase often associated
with sport – but when it’s a tussle
between allies and you’re leading by
nearly 50 points, then why not?
In a rugby match at Randwick
Barracks on August 19, RANRU
took an early 40-0 lead against a
team made up of personnel from the
1st Marine Expeditionary Unit and
USS Bonhomme Richard.
In a sporting gesture that speaks
volumes about the strong bond
between our countries, after 40 minutes with the score at 52-5 the teams
swapped half their players.
The match was played during a
port visit to Sydney by the US Navy
Wasp-class LHD after its participation in Exercise Talisman Saber 13.
RANRU head coach WO Dave
Carter fielded a development team
from the Sydney and Nowra area,
which demonstrated great flair and
creativity in attack and defence.
The game was played in three
stanzas, with the RANRU scoring in
the first two minutes and piling on
five more tries and a conversion to
race to a 32-0 lead.
The try-scorers were LS
Shannon McGowan, LS Daniel
Capilli, AB Anthony Howes, CPO
Jason Rowe, AB Bryson Madigan
and AB John Deckart.
Team captain LS James Smith
missed five conversion attempts in
the first stanza but AB Jarius Koroi
managed to slot one in blustery conditions.
The RANRU’s less-experienced
players took the field in the second
stanza and showed plenty of grit
and flair as the team raced to a 52-0
But such a scoreline was not in
the spirit of this game and it was
agreed to allow the US to score a
morale-boosting try.
WO Carter said most of the US
team were marines playing rugby
for the first time, and so they were
gifted a try.
Then, with the score at 52-5 at
the end of the second stanza, players
were swapped around to make the
teams more balanced.
“The excitement shown by the
American players when I handed
them a RANRU jersey and told
them they were playing for us made
the whole day even more memorable,” WO Carter said.
Both teams played entertaining
rugby in the last stanza, with the
final score finishing at 67-25.
AB Ben Hunter, AB Karoi,
SMN Ryan Hendrick and AB
Daniel Kamali scored tries for the
Australians, while AB Will Solway,
AB Adam Sargent and AB Kain
Curtain scored tries while donning
the Bonhomme Richard jersey.
WO Carter said the RANRU’s
best players were fleet-footed prop
LS Smith, AB Adam Sargent, LS
McGowan, AB Eddie Smith and
AB Howes, having his first run in a
Navy halfback jumper.
“The most valuable player was
AB Josh Deckart, who was quick
in both decision-making and speed
which gave our outside backs space
to make many line-breaks,” he said.
ONE OF SIX: A RAN player beats the keeper to extend the soccer lead.
ABMT Daniel Kamali
tries to shrug off a
tackle. Left, the blue
and white try to hold
up an opponent on
the try line.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
Photos: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
Soccer provides contrast
SGT Paul Robbins (US)
THE fields on which the US
marines and sailors fought the RAN
were nearly identical, but the contests were drastically different.
One field featured brutal collisions in a continuous struggle for
ground, while the other featured
complicated manoeuvring to gain
advantage for a rare offensive strike.
On both fields, the teams of
the RAN handily beat the combined teams of the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit and USS
Bonhomme Richard in matches of
rugby and soccer on August 19.
The games were played simultaneously on parallel fields, pitting
the newly assembled teams of US
marines and sailors against the official teams of the RAN.
The rugby and soccer teams
fielded by the Americans were
formed less than three weeks before
the games, with many of the players
having little experience.
The Americans began the soccer
game strongly, keeping the score at
0-0 through most of the first half.
However, inexperience and a
lack of substitutes overcame the
marines and sailors who were beaten by the Australians 6-0.
The Americans’ assistant team
leader, SGT Aquiles Ruiz, said the
team’s start was better than its finish.
“It wasn’t too bad in the beginning, because we were able to coordinate and fill gaps by using our
experienced players in key spots,”
SGT Ruiz said.
“But they were good, some of
the best I’ve played against, and we
were outplayed.”
Despite the disparity in scores,
the play on the field remained spirited throughout with some furious
exchanges in front of the net.
What the Americans lacked in
experience, cohesion and knowledge of the game, they replaced
with fitness, aggression and determination.
Both games ended within minutes of each other, allowing the
players to gather for presentations.
Coaches and captains from each
team exchanged plaques, hats and
t-shirts after expressing gratitude for
the opportunity to play.
For most players, both US and
Australian, the international competition against one another was the
real prize.
“That’s why I came out to play,”
SGT Ruiz said.
“I figured I’d never have a
chance like this again.”
Every US service member left
with the memory of participating
in an international “friendly” and
some left with a newfound love for
a sport.
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Cromer Park, Cromer, NSW (30 Mins North of Sydney)
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contained in the NAVYFFA ADMIN INST located under the ADFF Nationals table at
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ABMED Anthony
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through the tackle of
a USS Bonhomme
Richard defender.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
rugby match
highlights a
strong bond