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September 3, 2009
TWENTY Darwin business people
took to Darwin Harbour aboard
patrol boat HMAS Armidale in
mid-August to gain a better under-
standing of the training given to
The group, which included many
employers with marine-related busi-
nesses, spent three hours aboard the
vessel in the harbour.
They saw a variety of training
evolutions and heard about the con-
tribution naval reservists make to
defence in the Top End.
DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey,
who hosted the event, said he hoped
to encourage them to employ reserv-
ists and understand the unique skills
reservists can bring to their busi-
Defence Reserves Support -- NT
State Manager LTCOL Peter Herden
said the activity was thought-provok-
ing and interesting for the employ-
"We really want to strengthen the
relationship between us, the Navy
and the local business community,"
"This activity will expose the
employers to the high level of train-
ing associated with being in the
"We hope that, following their
involvement, the employers will be
keen to have reservists on staff and
also readily release them when they
are required for Defence service."
Darwin Harbour ride
SPECIAL TIME: DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey (second from left) with the CO of HMAS Armidale,
LCDR Davies and business people from Darwin.
Photo: LSPH Helen Frank
By LEUT Grant McDuling
IN AN effort to extend support to
new Navy Reserve officers, the Naval
Officers' Club is offering honorary
membership to all new Reserve Entry
Officers' Course (REOC) graduates.
Club secretary Fred Lane said about
40 of them had already taken up the
"For that, like all new members, they
get a yearbook with all the members'
names and addresses, a quarterly news-
letter and access to the functions we run,"
"In Sydney, these might vary from
an informal buffet luncheon, harbour
cruise or barbecue, to a formal black
tie and miniatures dinner at the Royal
Automobile Club of Australia," he said.
"In Melbourne, we run lunches
throughout the year and have one big
"In Canberra we have lunches nearly
every month, sometimes with cruises on
the lake, and a very successful end-of-
year cocktail party at the Canberra Golf
But perhaps the most attractive feature
of the club is the wide range of social
networks represented at its functions.
These include people such as professors,
doctors, lawyers, managing directors,
company secretaries and financial advis-
ers, as well as keen cruising yacht sail-
ors, golfers and workers with Legacy and
other volunteer societies.
The Naval Officers' Club already has
developed a proud tradition since it was
founded in 1946 by a group of officers,
with a strong RAN Voluntary Reserve
content, intent on retaining and nurtur-
ing comradeship among both serving and
retired RAN officers.
"The objects of the club remain
unchanged: to preserve and stimulate
the spirit of comradeship that has been
engendered among naval officers by their
close association with the Service, and
for this purpose to arrange periodical
member reunions," Mr Lane said.
Prospective members can join by logging on
to the club's website http://www.navalofficer.
com.au/navaltest/ in the first instance and
completing the downloadable application
form. Membership fees are $20 a year and
there are no joining fees.
COMRADESHIP: Past President of the Naval Officers' Club RADM David
Holthouse with now-LEUT Kelli Lunt (left) and LEUT Victoria Meadth at a
REOC mess dinner at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: Navy Officers' Club
REOC grads become
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