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The Australian Defence Credit Union
(ADCU) recently reached a major
milestone when it celebrated 50
years of providing financial services
to the Defence community.
ADCU was formed in 1959 as the
Navy Credit Union at Garden Island,
Sydney, and went on to establish a
head office at Darlinghurst in 1981.
Over the next twenty years, ADCU
grew through merging with other
Defence credit unions and expanded
into a national network of branches
on Army, Navy and RAAF bases
Throughout this period of growth and
development as a niche financial
institution, ADCU has always
remained committed to serving the
men and women of the ADF and
the wider Defence community. This
commitment has been recognised
recently by the award of a Chief of
the Defence Force commendation
dated 12 May 2009.
According to CEO Ian Doyle,
"ADCU's success lies in providing
financial services which can be
adapted to the needs of Defence
personnel. Members trust us
because they believe we understand
their culture, lifestyle and financial
needs. And that can vary between
CEO Ian Doyle
September 17, 2009
By LEUT Anna Glover
THE crews of HMA Ships Sydney and
Ballarat enjoyed a tropical island break
during a recent visit to the Hawaiian
island of Oahu.
This was the second last stop for
Sydney on Operation Northern Trident
before she heads home, and a welcome
rest before Ballarat makes the journey to
Japan. And the port provided plenty of
opportunities for a few days in the sun
Some sailors hired convertibles and
toured the island in true style, while oth-
ers enjoyed walking the palm tree-lined
streets, indulging in some shopping or
just soaking up the atmosphere.
With such an idyllic location, there
were plenty of family members who met
the ships and one Sydney officer certain-
ly made the most of the romantic location
-- proposing to his long-time girlfriend!
With a prime berthing location close
to the USS Missouri memorial at Pearl
Harbor, the three-day visit also coincided
with the 64th anniversary of the end of the
war in the Pacific.
Sydney's embarked band participated
in the celebrations with POMUSN Brett
Douglas saying it was an extremely mov-
"It was fantastic to be involved in a
commemoration like this," he said.
"The 300-strong crowd, some
of whom were a part of the original
Missouri crew, added to the solemn occa-
sion and, for me, the whole morning was
The RAN eight-piece ensemble,
together with the Pacific Fleet Band,
played a variety of service marches as
well as the Star Spangled Banner and the
Hawaiian Kingdom's National Anthem
-- Hawai'i Pono'i.
POMUSN Douglas said being
involved in the occasion was one of the
many highlights the band had enjoyed
during Northern Trident.
"To get to play with bands from other
navies helps build diplomacy and enables
the sharing of knowledge and ideas," he
By LEUT Jemma Power
HMA ships Sydney and Ballarat
took on much-needed fuel as they
continued on their homeward jour-
ney across the Pacific Ocean on
Northern Trident '09.
At the scheduled rendezvous
point, the Australian warships met
the USNS Henry J Kaiser for an
underway replenishment at sea
Henry J Kaiser is the lead ship of
her class and is the second ship of
this class to refuel the NT09 ships
-- her sister ship Rappahannock pro-
vided fuel to Ballarat and Sydney in
the South China Sea in May.
Routinely conducted by the
RAN, RAS allows ships to refuel or
take on stores or ammunition when
at sea, rather than having to divert to
the closest port.
Replenishments take place while
all ships are underway and are an
evolution that involves the majority
of ship's company. Whether on the
bridge directing the ship's move-
ments, as line handlers controlling
the connection of the ship to the
replenishment ship or simply break-
ing down and stowing stores in the
ship's holds, everyone is involved.
Ballarat's buffer CPOBM Mark
Homeward-bound RAS on NT09
Pahl said it was a labour-intensive
task for all the crew on both ships.
"The RAS involved the secur-
ing of multiple lines fired from the
supplying ship to both Sydney and
Ballarat and, in the case of a US
refuelling ship, each ship's crew
had to manually haul the fuel probe
toward the ship," he said
The RAS in the Pacific Ocean
was a rare chance for the Australian
ships to refuel simultaneously from
a foreign refueller; Ballarat on the
portside of Henry J Kaiser and
Sydney on the starboard side.
Ballarat took on F76 fuel, a diesel
fuel that is used to power the ship's
engines. For Ballarat the evolution
took more than an hour and resulted
in about 350,000 litres of fuel being
taken on board.
HARD WORK: HMAS Ballarat conducts a RAS with USNS
Rappahannock in the Straits of Malacca in May.
Photo: ABPH Karen Bailey
RESPECT: The Pacific Fleet Band -- Hawaii and members of the RAN Band
provide a musical ensemble at the 64th anniversary of the end of the war in the
Pacific commemoration at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Photo: LSPH Brenton Freind
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