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A SERIES of initiatives to strength-
en Navy's maritime intelligence
capability have been flagged by
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane,
AM, CSM, RAN.
The initiatives will support both
the Fleet and the wider Defence
intelligence community, and will
firmly place Navy alongside Army
and Air Force in supporting current
operations, staffing HQJOC and pro-
viding specialised maritime intel-
ligence support for the future Navy
and ADF capabilities outlined in the
recent White Paper
Director General Navy
Communications and Information
Warfare CAPT Charles McHardie
said the establishment of the
Intelligence Primary Qualification
(INT PQ) in December this year
would provide Navy with a formal
training and career continuum for
selected officers specialising in mar-
itime intelligence, along with devel-
oping a strong foundation in warfare.
"Officers currently holding the
Intelligence Function Qualification
(INT FQ) will be transitioned
to the new PQ after consideration
by the Navy Intelligence Officer
Qualification Board this month to
form the core Intelligence officer
capability," he said.
"The new generation of naval
intelligence officers will be select-
ed this year to enter the INT PQ
next year. Intelligence officers will
be selected from applicants from
ADFA, sailors, warrant officer entry
and sub lieutenants/lieutenants from
the Permanent Navy."
As part of a broader ADF ini-
tiative, in 2010 Navy will start to
develop a maritime field intelligence
operator capability provided by sail-
ors from the leading seaman and
petty officer ranks.
While Navy's contribution will
be small, this all-important capabil-
ity will allow sailors to undertake an
exciting and demanding job contrib-
uting to a maritime and wider ADF
field intelligence capability.
For many years the Navy photog-
rapher category has served the Fleet
providing professional photographic
CAPT McHardie said the need
to produce real-time imagery intelli-
gence from hand-held and remotely-
operated surveillance platforms had
required photographers to develop
robust imagery intelligence and anal-
"To better reflect the future
imagery requirements, the photog-
rapher category will be renamed
imagery specialists from October
this year," he said.
"Intelligence training will be
incorporated into their training
continuum and the opportunity to
specialise as an imagery analyst to
support the Defence Imagery and
Geospatial Organisation will be fur-
"This capability will support
Navy's maritime intelligence needs
and the joint ADF targeting capabil-
ity of the future."
To bring Navy's core maritime
intelligence resources together, a
centre of intelligence excellence will
be established in early 2010.
The establishment of the
Maritime Intelligence Support
Centre (MISC) will be positioned to
support the planning and conduct of
Fleet and ADF operations.
Under the leadership of the
Maritime Intelligence Officer (N2),
the MISC will be responsible for the
operational tasking of the Australian
Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre, RAN
Tactical Electronic Warfare Support
Section and the Naval Imagery Units
(East and West).
Along with the field intelligence
operators, a deployable pool of intel-
ligence operators will be supported
along with a core staff of intelligence
analysis and planners.
The MISC will provide special-
ist maritime intelligence officers to
support surface ships, submarines,
aviation, mine warfare, amphibious,
signals intelligence collection activi-
ties and the deployable maritime bat-
Details of the recent intelligence com-
munity initiatives can be found on the
Navy Communications and Information
Warfare (NCIW) Branch intranet website
located at: http://intranet.defence.gov.
PRE-PLANNING using the 'five-P'
principle will assist Navy personnel
in their transition to civilian life and
some form of employment, whether
it is weeks, months or years away.
Director-General -- Navy People
CMDR David Letts said that, when
the time came, it was important that
people had planned and were aware of
where and how to access the informa-
tion and services to ensure a successful
"When thinking about your transi-
tion, the 'five-P' principle should be
applied -- Prior Preparation Prevents
Poor Performance," he said.
"You don't need to have submitted
your application to start planning and
accessing some of the services avail-
"The transition processes and pro-
cedures are necessary to ensure you
are administratively prepared and also
equipped with the skills, knowledge
and support necessary to successfully
separate from Defence or transition to
another part of the Department, or to
The 18 ADF transition centres
nationally can guide and support per-
sonnel through the transition process.
The centres provide a range of
information on the separation proc-
ess, financial services and other gov-
ernment agencies that may be acces-
sible to members and their families.
Dedicated ADF transition officers can
provide more detailed information and
assist with transition management.
Visiting an ADF transition centre
will ensure members do not miss out
on important benefits or services that
may assist them.
The ADF Transition Handbook
is also a practical 'what you need to
know' guide when planning for, or
beginning, your separation. It details
the important aspects of your transi-
tion and highlights key areas you may
need to take into consideration.
Topics covered include:
Career Transition Assistance
housing and relocations;
future employment and career prep-
reserve service; and
other government agencies
(Department of Veterans' Affairs
Attendance at multiple seminars
throughout your career is allowed and
personnel will be considered on-duty
for the duration. Attendees are encour-
aged to bring partners.
"Throughout your career you would
have undertaken a variety of courses to
assist in making you an effective mem-
ber of the Navy," CMDR Letts said.
"To help facilitate the transfer
of the skills you would have gained
through your ADF service, you may be
eligible to access the Career Transition
The Career Transition Assistance
Scheme can provide:
curriculum vitae coaching;
career transition training;
career transition management train-
approved absence; and
To access these benefits you need
to have submitted your separation
application and have attended an ADF
The Veterans and Veterans'
Families Counselling Service (VVCS),
also offers a two-day program to assist
in gaining the psycho-social skills to
assist with transition and it is conduct-
ed by VVCS nationally.
Register your interest for the
Stepping Out Program by contacting
your nearest VVCS on 1800 011 046
or visit http://www.dva.gov.au/health_
Further information can be accessed by
logging on to http://intranet.defence.gov.
au/dsg/sites/DTSS (available of the Defence
Restricted Network) or http://www.
defence.gov.au/transitions (located on an
Transition in five easy steps
NGN strengthens Intelligence PQ
CONCENTRATION: LSPH Anthony
Barkley-Jeffs and LSPH Kel Hockey
inspect aerial reconnaissance film.
Photo: POPH Richard Prideaux
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