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September 3, 2009
HMAS Arunta (CMDR Steve Bowater)
is undergoing Sea Qualification Trials
before beginning Unit Ready Work Up
on both west and east coasts before her
South East Asian deployment.
CO CMDR Bowater said it was fan-
tastic to have Arunta back at sea firing
weapons and testing sensors ready to start
Unit Ready Work Up.
Returning from the Gulf in March
2007, Arunta went into refit and then
b ecame the inaugural Plan Train
Alongside Training Ship enhancing the
training of marine technician (MT) sail-
ors.In this role Arunta conducted a cycle
of three weeks alongside followed by
three days in Cockburn Sound at anchor.
Engineering Officer LCDR Peter
Foster said the overnight periods in
Cockburn Sound enhanced Plan Train MT
training, while XO LCDR Stu Watters
said the periods at anchor maintained the
ship's company's focus on the roles the
ship would undertake post Plan Train.
The monthly harbour/sea training cycle
ensured basic seagoing skills were kept
current during the Plan Train Alongside
Training Ship period.
In the six months of Plan Train 200
marine technician and 200 electronic tech-
nicians competencies were achieved and
three marine service technician courses
were conducted on board.
CPOMT Brian Southwell said their
focus was always the trainees.
"Plan Train is enabling us to build a
focussed and directed training regime for
the MT branch," he said.
"From here we can move forward to
allow technical sailors to gain operator
qualifications and consolidated technical
training to enable better career progres-
sion for MT sailors."
As the scope of Plan Train Alongside
Training Ship broadened, the ship became
available for a variety of training opportu-
nities outside the engineering community.
These ranged from hosting damage
control instructor and deputy supply
officer courses, to providing on-site train-
ing to bosun's mates and demonstrating
Arunta returns from training milestone
By Barry Rollings
IT'S a little-known fact that the
blood ADF members give is just
as likely to aid sailors in need
overseas as it is to be used domes-
The fact that the life you save
may be a comrade should be power-
ful incentive but it is not for that rea-
son alone that the ADF has lent its
considerable resources and enthusi-
astic support for the 2009 campaign.
It is the 80th anniversary of blood
collection services in Australia, with
the Government designating 2009 as
the Year of the Blood Donor.
With a requirement of around
21,000 blood donations a week,
statistics show only one in three
Australians give blood. This year
160,000 new donors are needed to
meet the growing demand.
At the same time, Australia
has one of the lowest organ dona-
tion rates in the developed world
(in 2004 Australia had 10.8 donors
per million compared with 34.6 for
Spain). In Australia, there are typi-
cally 2000 or more people waiting
for organs or tissue donations, of
whom 100 might die each year.
Because you can help save
lives by registering your consent to
become an organ and tissue donor,
the Defence Blood and Organ
Donation Awareness Challenge from
September 1 to November 30 will
raise recognition in Defence of the
importance of donating blood and
registering for organ donation. One
organ donor can save and improve
the quality of life of up to 10 other
The Services within each state
will be challenged to see which can
give the most donations, register the
most new blood donors and register
the most on the Australian Organ
Donor Registry. The statistics will
be tallied by the ARCBS and the
Australian Organ Donor Registry.
In regard to blood donors, each
ADF member including APS,
family and friends, must indicate
which Service and state they repre-
sent. Areas, units and organisations
should contact their local ARCBS
to arrange a mobile blood van or to
participate in "Club Red".
The Director-General Garrison
Health Support and Navy CDRE
Robyn Walker has lent her support
to the campaign saying this is your
chance to make a difference.
To find out more about organ donation
check Australians Donate: www.organ-
donation.org.au and to register www.
THE GOOD STUFF: CMDR
Grahame Falls from Strategic
Logistics Branch donates his blood
at Russell Offices.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
FIGHTING FIT: (Above) Arunta sails
into her Sea Qualification Trials.
WATCH AND LEARN: (Right) LSET
Philip Andrew briefs new ETs on how
to use a harness for man aloft main-
tenance on radars during Plan Train.
PREPARATION: (Far right) LSMT
Keith Goudie and ABET Chris Davis
prepare to extinguish a simulated fire
in the chart house.
Photos: Grahame Kelaher (above) and ABPH
Morgana Salabert (right) and ABPH Lincoln
Commane (far right)
Navy's capability to 180 members of the
Australian Command and Staff Course.
With effective weapons systems and a
highly motivated and well trained ship's
company ready to live up to their famous
motto of Conquer or Die!, Arunta is
now truly ready to return to the Fleet
and accept the challenges of Exercises
Singaroo, Bersama Lima and ASWEX 09.
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