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NEW GENERATION NAVY
1. Respect the contribution of every
2. Promote the wellbeing and
development of Navy people
3. Communicate well and regularly
4. Challenge and innovate
5. Be cost conscious
6. Fix problems, take action
7. Drive decision-making down
8. Strengthen relationships across
and beyond Navy
10. Make Navy proud, make
10 signature behaviours
RAN on world stage
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
HMA Ships Success, Darwin and
Leeuwin have joined ships and crews
from 38 nations to mark the 64th
anniversary of Indonesian independ-
Hundreds of thousands of locals
turned out to watch an impressive Fleet
Review, which was the culmination of
a week of festivities centred around
The size of the celebrations took
some of the Australians by surprise.
ABSTD Carlie Hassan was in HMAS
"I couldn't believe how many peo-
ple came out to see us at the sail past,"
"There was just a mass of colour
along the waterfront and when we got
closer we could see the flashes of the
cameras and we knew that it was peo-
ple, thousands of them. The Indonesian
people were so friendly when we went
ashore, everyone wanted to get their
photo taken with us."
A world record dive attempt by
more than 2485 Navy divers from
across the world was also a highlight.
Darwin's ABET Jason Hansen was
one of the many who donned wetsuits
for the chance to make the record
"It was one of the best dive sites
I have been to and it was fantastic to
dive in such a beautiful spot," he said.
"Breaking the world record made
it all the sweeter. Afterwards we were
treated like rock stars, all the locals
Darwin CO CMDR Christopher
Smith agreed the Australian contingent
did Navy proud.
"My crew and those of Success and
Leeuwin have shown themselves to be
very capable and professional through-
out the Indonesian Fleet Review," he
"They represented the RAN in the
best possible fashion."
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
AM, CSM, RAN, watched proceed-
ings with his Indonesian hosts and
CN said it was an opportunity for
RAN sailors to meet and interact with
sailors from around the world.
VADM Crane added that main-
taining Australia's strong ties with
Indonesia was vital and that the
RAN's participation in this event was
an example of the strong naval coop-
eration between our nations.
"More than 45 per cent of our
trading volume is exchanged through
the Indonesian archipelago," VADM
"This highlights the need for an
ongoing strengthening of ties and
understanding between our nations,
and to continue working together to
provide a stable maritime security
environment in our region."
Following the Fleet Review,
Success and Darwin departed compa-
ny to participate in Exercise Mastex,
followed by various port visits and
exercises in Asia.
ON SHOW: Sailors from HMA
Ships Darwin and Leeuwin partici-
pate in the Indonesian Fleet Review
city parade in Manado during their
South East Asian Deployment.
INSET: HMAS Darwin off the coast
of Manado. Photos: ABPH Evan Murphy
SYSTEMATIC changes are being
made to meet ongoing concerns about
the submarine program, according to
Defence Minister John Faulkner.
Senator Faulkner made the obser-
vation in a frank and wide-ranging
address on 'Governance and Defence,
Some Early Impressions' to the
Australian and New Zealand School of
Government in Sydney on August 13.
The difficulties that the Australian
Submarine Corporation (ASC) and
Defence had experienced in managing
submarine docking and maintenance
schedules had compounded crewing
"A proposed new through-life sup-
port agreement will be a complete
revision of the existing agreement
and involve new ways for Defence
and ASC and other suppliers to work
together," Senator Faulkner said.
The new agreement will:
provide incentives to ASC to
lower the cost of ownership to the
Commonwealth through lower sub-
marine sustainment costs and supe-
aim to increase submarine avail-
ability, using a rolling program of
submarine maintenance activity;
provide for a shorter contract peri-
od, with extensions granted on the
basis of satisfactory ASC perform-
"Recently we have embarked on a
collaborative review involving Navy,
the DMO, and the ASC to improve
working relations to enhance capabil-
ity," Senator Faulkner said.
"Our goal is to have a sustainable
force of at least three and sometimes
four submarines crewed and availa-
ble to meet the Government's short to
medium-term readiness requirements
by the end of 2011."
On the issue of accommodation,
Senator Faulkner said Project Single
LEAP 2 was designed to deliver more
than 3000 additional living-in units
around Australia, but that project also
had been affected by external factors
including the global financial crisis.
He said further investigations by
Defence to verify financing arrange-
ments incorporated in tender responses
would be required to ensure a value-
"This work is concluding and the
Government is about to consider rec-
ommendations from Defence for the
progression of the project," he said.
Senator Faulkner emphasised that
83 per cent of more than 200 Defence
acquisition projects closed in the past
10 years had been within or below
their approved budget.
The problems Defence had encoun-
tered in projects of concern and areas
of difficulty had a variety of causes,
he said. Cutting-edge technology was
more sophisticated and complex than
ever before, and the speed of change
"If the ADF is to maintain a warf-
ighting edge, it needs to take some
risks, and then manage those risks pro-
fessionally and tightly," he said.
Senator Faulkner closed his address
on both a cautionary and an optimistic
"With all the challenges that I have
touched on...you will not be surprised
to hear that we will inevitably fall
short of perfection and new problems
are sure to surface," he said.
"But I am very confident that, as
a result of all the good work that has
been done, as a result of the commit-
ment, hard work and resolve I have
already seen in Defence across the
board and at every level...we have the
appropriate governance framework to
meet these challenges and to strive for
the very highest standards of govern-
ance in Defence."
CN takes NGN to the
air with Qantas
LCDR Fenn Kemp
CHIEF of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
AM, CSM, RAN has taken the New
Generation Navy message to mil-
lions of people around the world,
with a special guest appearance on
the Qantas business show.
CN spent 10 minutes discussing
leadership with the Qantas business
program's Peter Schwitzer.
The interview will be played
throughout September on all Qantas
domestic and international flights.
CN said the NGN message was
very much focussed on leadership.
"It is important for the Australian
public to understand where Navy is
heading and what NGN leadership
principles we follow," he said.
"Navy has a lot to be proud of."
Leadership will take on a renewed
focus at CN's Symposium at HMAS
Watson in September.
NGN's leadership pillar is design-
ing "leadership development" work-
shops and modules for all ranks in
The courses will include the Navy
Leadership Framework, Navy Values
and Navy Signature Behaviours,
increased self-awareness and an under-
standing of the impact of leadership
upon organisational culture.
TAKING NGN TO THE AIR: CN
prepares for an interview during an
earlier media appearance to pro-
mote Navy and NGN.
Photo: LCDR Fenn Kemp
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