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September 17, 2009
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
NEW Generation Navy wants sailors
to re-focus their attention on Navy's
five values -- Honour, Honesty,
Courage, Integrity and Loyalty.
Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Crane,
AM, CSM, RAN, said the 10 new
Signature Behaviours could not suc-
ceed without an understanding and
respect for each value.
"Our values are the foundation
of our organisation and we must all
ensure that we are living to those val-
ues prescribed," he said.
"Our people are the engine room of
our organisation and in order to meet
our mission we must value and respect
every member of our organisation."
CN said sailors who exemplified
Navy values must be recognised.
"Revitalising the divisional sys-
tem is a major focus of NGN and it
has been several years since the Navy
Values posters were updated," he said.
Honour will be the first poster to
be given a new face -- but only with
All divisional officers are required
to identify one suitable candidate -- a
sailor who exemplifies what Honour is
Step 1: Identify the member
Are you the Navy's
next Face of Honour?
(02) 6265 4650
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Mob: 0434 622 850
(02) 6266 7613
(02) 9359 2494
LSPH Paul McCallum
(02) 6266 7615
LCDR Antony Underwood
(02) 6265 2700
(02) 6265 1304
(07) 3332 7651
Mob: 0414 552 667
Manager Navy Internal
LCDR Wendy Hughes
(02) 6265 7985
(02) 6266 7607
R8-LG-041, Russell Offices,
Canberra ACT 2600
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NEW GENERATION NAVY
1. Respect the contribution of every
2. Promote the wellbeing and
development of Navy people
3. Communicate well and regularly
4. Challenge and innovate
5. Be cost conscious
6. Fix problems, take action
7. Drive decision-making down
8. Strengthen relationships across
and beyond Navy
10. Make Navy proud, make
10 signature behaviours
MRH90 swoops in
By LEUT Kate Matthews
NAVY'S high tech replacement for
the Sea Kings has stepped out in
style, with a spectacular test flight
down the east coast.
Aviation enthusiasts and the local
media turned out in force as the MRH-
90 (Multi-role Helicopter) made its
way to Nowra from Townsville, via
Test Flight Detachment
Commander LCDR Brad Mackay said
they had a dream run.
"The flight controls are just great.
It's like getting out of a Commodore
and into a Ferrari!" he said.
"Ultimately these towns are avi-
ation hotspots and the locals know
when an unfamiliar aircraft is flying
past so we thought we'd give them a
chance to take a look."
The MRH90s are now being pre-
pared for embarkation in HMAS
Kanimbla so LCDR Mackay and his
team can conduct maritime trials off
the southern coast of Australia.
For the small but expert team at
the Navy's Nowra-based Aircraft
Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit
(AMAFTU), the coming months will
be a busy time as they put the aircraft
through its paces to determine the
limits at which it can operate at sea.
AMAFTU CO CMDR David Frost
said the MRH90 Project would see 46
aircraft brought into service across
Navy and Army.
"Significantly, despite only six
of these aircraft being intended for
RAN operation, AMAFTU has the
lead with the First of Class Flight
Trials (FOCFT) to establish limits for
operating the MRH90 at sea," CMDR
AMAFTU is the ADF's leading
authority in the conduct of FOCFT
and comprises a number of test pilots,
aero-systems specialists, flight test
engineers, aviation engineers and air-
The first MRH90 is expected to
enter service at sea in mid-2010 and
represents an exciting new chapter in
Step 2: Obtain their verbal con-
Step3: Submit their details and
a JPEG image to katherine.
The judging will be done by CN's
office and Navy's Communications
and Coordination Branch, with the
final five members promoted in Navy
The winning sailor will be select-
ed by CN himself.
The closing date is October 5.
LEGISLATION has been introduced
to put in place an interim military
justice system after the Australian
Military Court (AMC) was invali-
dated by the High Court last month.
As an interim measure, the
Government has reintroduced the
former system of trials by court mar-
tial and Defence Force magistrates to
ensure that ADF members are treated
In Lane v Morrison on August 26,
the High Court declared that the provi-
sions of the Defence Force Discipline
Act 1982 (DFDA) creating the AMC
Defence Minister John Faulkner
said the AMC was found to be exer-
cising the judicial power of the
Commonwealth but did not meet the
requirements of Chapter III of the
"The interim legislation will give
effect to punishments (other than
imprisonment) and orders that were
imposed by the former AMC," Senator
"Defence will be working close-
ly with the Attorney-General's
Department to develop, as a mat-
ter of priority, a model for ensuring
these matters are heard by a court
constituted under Chapter III of the
"Establishing a Chapter III proc-
ess presents a range of challenges
that need to be fully addressed before
moving to a new system."
The interim legislation, introduced
on September 9, will retain improve-
ments to the military discipline sys-
tem made by amendments in 2008 to
Military justice arrangements
FIRST TIME: Navy's new MRH-90 lands on runway 03 at NAS Nowra.
Photo: LSPH Kelvin Hockey
By Michael Brooke
THE ship's company of HMAS
Newcastle (CMDR Justin Jones)
recently joined hands with a group
of disabled school children and
the people of Newcastle to launch
'Operation Think Big'.
Operation Think Big aims to raise
$50,000 for the Hunter Orthopaedic
School in Newcastle, which educates
students from preschool to year 12
with physical and intellectual disabili-
ties.Newcastle's ship's company plans
to raise the money for its adopted
charity through sponsorship from
collectively running, walking, riding
and travelling the 21,125km distance
between Newcastle in Australia and
Newcastle in the United Kingdom.
Operation Think Big was launched
when Newcastle conducted a three-
day port visit to its city name-sake
during August 28-30.
CO CMDR Jones said Operation
Think Big further illustrated
Newcastle's strong relationship with
the local community.
"Operation Think Big is a way for
us to challenge ourselves while pro-
viding a higher level of support for
the school, which is an important part
of the Newcastle community," he said.
More than 80 sailors from
Newcastle demonstrated their hands
on approach by forming a work party
to perform a range of general main-
tenance tasks to get the school ship
SMN Ivanka Zeko, a Gap Year stu-
dent, helped out with paint job touch
ups and said the experience of helping
others less fortunate had increased her
resolve to join the Navy as a seaman
officer next year.
Newcastle's assistance to the
school and her role as an active mem-
ber of the local community drew
glowing praise from the Deputy
Mayor, Graham Boys, and the School
Principal, Allison Sellers.
"We are extremely grateful to the
ship's company for the help and finan-
cial support they have provided to us
over the years," Principal Sellers said.
The launch of Operation Think
Big was followed by a reception on
Newcastle's flight deck that raised a
considerable sum of money through
the auction of signed sporting memo-
rabilia and several abstract paintings
by the children.
CMDR Jones said that by the end
of the weekend Newcastle had col-
lected more than $23,000 and that
all the money raised over the next
three months would be presented to
the school in November.
Donations to Operation Think Big can be
made to by cheque to "HMAS Newcastle
SCAF -- Fundraising", HMAS Newcastle,
Australian Defence Forces, Clyde NSW,
2890 or via direct debit to HMAS
Newcastle -- BSB 802-397; Account
big for charity
GOOD CAUSE: HMAS Newcastle's ship's company at work.
Photo: Michael Brooke
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