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September 3, 2009
By SBLT Carolyn Docking
THE Director General of Reserves
-- Navy CDRE Ranford Elsey has
thanked a Tasmanian contingent that
has just returned from the first overseas
deployment by Reserve divers.
CDRE Elsey thanked the five mem-
bers of Dive Team 10 (DT10) and those
who made their month-long deployment
to Solomon Islands possible. He was
speaking at a recent function in Hobart.
The Officer-in-Charge of DT10,
LCDR Paul Gregg, led the detachment
on duties with daily diving in support of
the hydrographic ship, HMAS Melville.
Other members of the team were CPO
Bill Denholm, LSATV Nick Dingle,
LSDVR Steve Taylor and ABDVR Chris
Van den Broek.
The function at Anglesea Barracks,
which included guests Tasmanian
Governor Peter Underwood, the divers,
their partners and employers, was organ-
ised by the Director of Naval Reserve
Support -- Tasmania, LCDR Iain Weir.
CDRE Elsey first thanked the divers
for making themselves available at short
"I would like to congratulate you on
your achievements," he said. "Reports
indicate your work was exemplary."
CDRE Elsey also thanked employers
who released employees at short notice.
At the event, Acting Commissioner
Darren Hine represented Tasmania Police
Force on behalf of two members of
the team -- LS Dingle and AB Van den
"The skills that reservists learn in the
Navy can be of great benefit to them in
their civilian workplaces," he said.
"The main benefit is staff develop-
CDRE Elsey said skills like team-
work, leadership, first aid, fire-fighting
and parade drill were useful in civilian
"These are skills that develop
responsiveness, precision, coordination,
resourcefulness, perseverance and the
ability to improvise in unfamiliar or dif-
ficult circumstances," he said.
"Military training emphasises the
development of initiative, imagination,
energy and leadership -- vital qualities in
"Physically and mentally fit individu-
als who are self-disciplined, self-reliant
and trained as a team players and think-
ers are of benefit to any organisation."
The Governor thanked the dive team
for its services in Solomon Islands and
other reservists in the room for their
Tas team thanked
TASMANIA'S FINEST: Constable Nick Dingle, Acting Tasmania Police
Commissioner Darren Hine and AB Chris Van den Broek.
Photo: by SBLT Carolyn Docking
FIRST reports from Queensland indi-
cate likely widespread acceptance of
the new Envy class of cadet sail train-
Cadets of the Gold Coast Australian
Navy Cadet Unit, TS Tyalgum, had their
first opportunity to try out Envys at their
weekend sail training camp from July
XO of Tyalgum, LEUT Rod Sheppard,
ANC said they began by getting the
cadets to paddle the boats around the
basin to get a feel for their stability and
responsiveness to the helm.
"They put their boats through a
number of manoeuvres taking in tacking,
gybing, square run, broad reach port and
starboard, close hauled etc," he said.
"The cadets discovered that, when
gybing, they have to be more controlled
in their movements. Due to the buoyancy
of the boat, it reacts quickly to the move-
ment of the rudder."
LEUT Sheppard said that, with a
number of unplanned capsizes, cadets
righted the boats without difficulty and
without water in the cockpit once the
boat was righted.
"This surprised the cadets because the
boats wanted to sail quickly once they
were upright. They learned very quickly
to apply their capsize skills in a very
timely manner and have coxswain and
Tyalgum cadets sail
one of the new Envy
sail trainers on the
Broadwater during a
recent training activity in
Photo: TS Tyalgum
Envy leads to great pleasure
crew in the right position, ready to take
control of the boat once it was upright."
LEUT Sheppard added that feedback
from cadets and staff was positive.
"We see the Envy as a much more
user friendly sailing craft than the aging
Corsair," he said. "Minor glitches with
rigging were easy to overcome."
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