Home' Navy News : September 3rd 2009 Contents and we look forward to doing that
The RCMT is located at
HMAS Kuttabul, Canberra, and
Fleet Base West. Each member is
dedicated to smoothing the way
LSMT Vermeeren is now
happily settling back into life in
uniform. After a week of admin
at HMAS Cerberus he is off to
the Fleet Support Unit at HMAS
Stirling for six to 12 months and
then, with a bit of luck, back to
For more information on the RCMT go
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September 3, 2009
Change to kit debits
MANUAL handling and processing costs have necessitated a
change to purchase procedures for small kit items.
The 2008 Defence Budget Audit revealed that many kit
debits for small amounts were being processed at a high
transactional cost to Defence. The process for small items
was found to involve considerable cost and effort, far out-
weighing the value of items purchased.
The Personnel Steering Group decided on July 1 to place
a limit on debits generated at clothing stores for kit debited
through pay accounts.
From September 1, members purchasing non-combat
clothing worth less than $50 have to pay cash. However,
under financial hardship circumstances CO/OICs may pro-
vide authorisation for individual members to debit their pay
account under the minimum $50.
A commonsense approach has been agreed to for mem-
bers serving overseas on exchange or in a high commission
or embassy. They will continue to have access to the current
process (purchases under $50) by placing an order via email
to the Australian-based central clothing store. Members using
the online facilities will continue to have access to the cur-
rent process by placing an order via email to those online
Hydrographic award entries
SUITABLY-qualified Navy personnel are encouraged to enter
for the Australasian Hydrographic Society's annual $2500
education award for 2009.
It is open to students studying or researching in any mari-
time discipline, including but not limited to:
Hydrography, nautical charting, surveying at sea
Coastal studies, coastal zone management
Offshore resource surveys and management
Marine geology and geophysics
Applications close on December 10 and forms are avail-
able from the Australasian Hydrographic Society website:
Further information is available from the AHS education
board on (02) 9909 3437 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RAN cooks reunion 2010
ALL current and former RAN cooks, all ranks, are invited to
attend a reunion in Perth from July 9-11 next year.
Contact reunion coordinator Tiger Lyons on (08) 3597
9291 or email email@example.com for more informa-
Vampire's 50th anniversary
FORMER crew member DCN RADM Davyd Thomas took the
lead in recent celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the
commissioning of HMAS Vampire on June 23, 1959.
RADM Thomas proposed the toast to the ship at a mess
dinner at the Australian National Maritime Museum over-
looking Vampire's final berth in Darling Harbour.
"Vampire's motto audamus, meaning 'we are daring',
reminds us that we need to be audacious and daring to meet
the future, as we have been towards the challenges of the
past," he said.
Vampire paid off from the RAN on August 13, 1986 after
27 years of service.
For more information about the HMAS Vampire
Association contact president Les Church on (02) 9665 5687,
secretary Ken Sherwell on (02) 9520 0562, or visit www.
THE ADF has completed its
support to the search and
recovery operation in PNG
with the repatriation of the
Australians who died in the
air crash on August 11.
After finding the location
of the Airlines PNG plane
crash site, the ADF began
concentrating on support-
ing the AFP Disaster Victim
Identification team and the
PNG authorities' working
at the crash site and on the
recovery of the victims.
The Australian and PNG
Defence Forces along with
AFP and PNG authorities
worked tirelessly for five
days to recover the victims
of the Airlines PNG accident.
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
WILLIAM Vermeeren is looking
forward to re-starting his Navy
career. After four months of try-
ing, LSMT Vermeeren is back
in uniform, thanks to the efforts
of New Generation Navy's
Rejoin Case Management Team
LSMT Vermeeren had been
in the Navy for nine years, start-
ing out as a boatswain's mate and
changing over to a marine techni-
cian after two years, specialising
in small boats.
The introduction of the
Armidale class patrol boats saw
his position become redundant
so he tried out life as an Anzac
"Those last few years of con-
stantly not knowing my future
and moving about had taken their
toll on me physically and men-
tally," LS Vermeeren recalls. " I
was burnt out and needed a big
Looking back though, LS
Vermeeren agrees the break was
just what he needed.
"This period was good for me
NGN clears the path
WELCOME BACK: LSMT William Vermeeren's re-enlistment
was made easier with NGN's Rejoin Case Management Team.
Photo: LSPH Nina Nikolin
because it allowed me to step back
and assess my future," he said.
Eventually he decided that
Navy still had a lot to offer. The
problem, then, was getting back
in! He had allowed his Reserve
status to expire and, therefore,
now as a civilian, was required
to negotiate re-entry to the
Permanent Navy through the
Defence Force Recruiting proc-
ess.That's when the RCMT's
CMDR Greg Glancy heard of LS
Vermeeren's plight and stepped
"We have been established
by CN Directive to assist, ease,
and expedite the re-entry to the
Permanent Navy of ex-members,
particularly those in specialisa-
tions of which the Navy is short,
such as CD, MT, CSO, AWA, and
CIS; and a number of SM catego-
ries," he said.
"The RCMT can shorten
the process dramatically. LS
Vermeeren's application was
completed in 36 hours; his cir-
cumstances were a little different
to most, but certainly not unique,
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