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September 3, 2009
By LEUT Anna Glover
HMAS Sydney's (CAPT Peter
Leavy) recent visits to the ports
of Baltimore and Mayport, in the
United States while on Operation
Northern Trident attracted a great
deal of American interest.
The FFG upgrade program con-
ducted by the RAN drew US defence
companies and representatives from
the Pentagon to the ship.
CAPT Leavey said the US Navy
was extremely interested in viewing
the ship and discussing the changes
made to the Adelaide class.
"They were very interested in the
retention of the Mark 13 single-arm
missile launcher as the US Navy has
removed theirs from all ship classes
in recent years and moved to an all
Vertical Launch System fleet," he
"They also wanted to understand
the follow-on upgrade to equip our
ships to operate the longer range
SM-2 Standard Missile."
CAPT Glenn Zeiders USN,
who commands DESRON 14, a
Destroyer Squadron, and the FFG
Squadron, was particularly keen to
tour Sydney and talk to the heads of
department, while a key member of
his engineering staff sailed in the
ship from Baltimore to Mayport.
"Earlier this year the inaugural
meeting of the International Frigate
Working Group (IFWG) was held in
Mayport," CAPT Zeiders said.
"The IFWG comprises repre-
By LEUT Jemma Power
THE soil of St James Military Cemetery
in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is
the last resting place of three Australian
fliers that made the ultimate sacrifice in
World War II.
PLTOFF Alan Morris, FLGOFF
Geoffrey Risbey and FLGOFF Jack
Walker were honoured afresh when
HMAS Ballarat (CMDR Kevin Turner)
made the first visit to Port of Spain
by a RAN warship (during Operation
Northern Trident) before transiting the
The CO and a group of the ship's
company were joined by Australia's
Acting High Commissioner to Trinidad
and Tobago James Holgate and the
Australian Naval Attaché to the United
States CDRE Vince Di Pietro to conduct
a memorial service in the thick humidity
of the wet season.
Ship's Chaplain Russel Smith, who
led the service, asked those gathered to
remember the contribution of those serv-
ice personnel, "who volunteered them-
selves to protect the way of life that we
The three Australians were members
of the Royal Air Force's 53 Squadron,
flying anti-submarine patrols to protect
the eastern seaboard of the United States
from German U-boats following the
USA's entry into the war.
They were just three of 30,000
Australian airmen who enlisted with the
RAAF but who served with the RAF
despite their Australian nationality.
Mr Holgate said this was the first time
the opportunity had arisen to hold such a
ceremony by visiting ADF personnel.
"It is no doubt comforting for the
friends and families of these young men
to know that, although they lost their
lives so far from home, they will never be
forgotten and we remain forever deeply
in their debt," he said.
"We are in debt to the Trinidad and
Tobago Defence Force whose meticulous
care of the graves maintains the dignity
and honour of those who rest here."
Prayers were offered by ABMT Adam
Martin while ASBLT Brett Schulz read
the Ode before The Last Post rang out
across the hillside, played by a Trinidad
and Tobago Defence Force bugler.
sentatives from all countries that
currently operate FFGs (including
Australia) and aims to share knowl-
edge and experience about the ships
to the benefit of all.
"The upgrade to the RAN frig-
ates was of particular interest at the
meeting, so the chance to tour one
and talk to the operators and main-
tainers was extremely valuable."
CAPT Leavy said the future of
the class within the US Navy was
being reviewed but one possible
option was to upgrade and extend
the planned life of at least some of
Upgrade draws interest
For those who rest
in foreign soil
ALL SOLEMNITY: Australia's Naval Attache to the United States CDRE
Vince Di Pietro lays a wreath on the grave of one of the Australian flyers.
Photo: ABPH Karen Bailey
INTENT: LSET Nicholas Newman explains to CAPT Glen Zeiders
USN and CAPT Peter Leavy CO HMAS Sydney, some of gear used
in the STIR equipment room that differs to that of the US Navy.
Photo: LSPH Brenton Freind
By Donald Hooke
FORMER Navy man Peter Eveille, 62,
was encouraged to join Legacy 15 years
ago by his then commanding officer. It
was a decision he has never regretted.
The retired warrant officer is now an
adviser to19 Legacy widows and two
dependants -- known as Junior Legatees
-- aged 15 and nine.
As if that's not enough to keep him
busy, he's been a board member for eight
years and is in his third year as secretary
of Canberra Legacy Club,
The club has 180 active volunteer
members -- called legatees. They care for
about 1730 widows in the ACT and the
nearby Yass/Boorowa area of NSW.
Legatee Eveille was born in Sydney
and joined the Navy in 1965 at 18.
During the next 20 years he served as
a combat systems operator in HMA Ships
Sydney, Melbourne, Swan and Perth.
He was in Perth on and off for a total
of seven years, including three tours of
Vietnam. During his career he had the
unusual experience of having served in
the ship at all ranks from able seaman to
It was a CO of Perth, the late CDRE
Ian Burnside, who encouraged Peter
Eveille to become a member of Legacy
One of the highlights of his military
service was a two-year exchange with
the US Navy. The first 18 months were
spent as an instructor at the Fleet Combat
Training Centre (Pacific) in San Diego;
the rest as a ship's weapons coordinator
in USS England, a guided-missile cruiser
on deployment in the Middle East.
After leaving the Navy, Peter worked
for several years as a human resources
manager with government departments in
Canberra. He lives in the ACT suburb of
Monash with his wife Betty. They have
been married 42 years and have three
adult children and three grandchildren.
Legacy is a voluntary organisation of veterans,
Servicemen and women and other volunteers
who share the ideals of Legacy, which is
dedicated to the care of the dependants of
ADF members, after the death of a spouse
or parent during service, and to Australian
and Allied families after operational serv-
ice. Legacy cares for 115,000 widows and
1900 children and dependants throughout
If you would like to support the work of
Legacy or become an active legatee, contact
your nearest Legacy branch.
Legacy's work continues
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