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September 3, 2009
alongside in Pakistan.
Photo: LEUT Damian Tully
Following dad to sea
THE Andrews family put Navy duty
above other ties that bind when
SMN* Elizabeth Andrews joined her
dad POMT Stuart Andrews in the
Senior Service by graduating from
the RAN Recruit School at HMAS
POMT Andrews kept a watch in
the machinery control room on board
HMAS Toowoomba while his daugh-
ter graduated thousands of kilometres
"I'm proud of her and wished I
could have been there, but Toowoomba
is on operations and I've got a job to
do here," POMT Andrews said.
"Being on deployment means that
you do miss some important mile-
stones in your family's life, so I'm
really looking forward to seeing her
graduation on DVD."
SMN* Andrews was joined at the
graduation ceremony by her mum
Teressa and sister Bria, who flew over
Following a similar path to her dad,
SMN* Andrews has joined as a marine
technician -- POMT Andrews has been
a marine technician for 12 years.
Toowoomba's CO CMDR Ivan
Ingham sent a message to SMN*
Andrews on behalf of the ship's com-
pany congratulating her, welcoming
her to the Navy family and encour-
aging her and her class to be "fear-
less" in their careers -- "fearless" being
CO of the RAN Recruit School,
CMDR Jim Hillock, said SMN*
Andrews was a high-performing
recruit and well respected.
"She has great potential to become
an outstanding sailor," he said.
POMT Andrews was happy but not
surprised to see that message.
"It was good to hear how well she
has done, but I'm not surprised," he
"Elizabeth is the sort of person who
draws the best out in people. She has
a good awareness of the positive and
negative aspects of the job, particularly
as a marine technician, including an
expectation of long hours and hard
While SMN* Andrews has pro-
ceeded to category training, POMT
Andrews and Toowoomba continue
their patrols as part of Operation
PROUD DAD: POMT Stuart Andrews keeping watch in HMAS
Toowoomba's Machinery Control Room.
Photo: LSCIS Nathan Zessin
SMN* Elizabeth Andrews
WHEN a rare meeting between
Australian and Iranian naval offic-
ers presented itself to HMAS
Toowoomba's complement recent-
ly, it wasted no time in making it
Toowoomba was visiting along-
side in Salalah, Oman, when CO
CMDR Ivan Ingham received a call
from a party of seven officers from
the Iranian Defence Force to meet.
Iranian ships Nahgdi and Bandar
Abbas were conducting a port
visit to Salalah at the same time as
Toowoomba and officers from both
parties saw it as a unique opportu-
nity to promote understanding and
goodwill between their navies.
The Iranian party included the
Iranian Commander Task Group
(CTG), CAPT Halali Pur, CO of
Iranian Ship (IS) Nahgdi, CMDR
Abdul Wahab Tahiri, and CO of
IS Bandar Abbas, CMDR Raza
The meeting took place on
board Toowoomba and, on comple-
tion, CMDR Ingham presented the
Iranian CTG a ship's crest in appre-
ciation of them calling. In return he
received a traditional Persian plate
from the Iranian CTG and ships'
crests from each of the Iranian COs.
IS Nahgdi is a corvette and IS
Bandar Abbas is an auxiliary oil
Toowoomba has been operating
in similar areas to Iranian vessels
and also exchanged courtesies with
an Iranian warship as they passed
company in the Arabian Sea in early
APPRECIATION: Iranian CTG, CAPT Halali Pur, presents a gift to
CO Toowoomba CMDR Ivan Ingham with Iranian interpreter SBLT
Waheed Farzaam Hamar (centre).
Photo: LSCIS Nathan Zessin
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