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September 17, 2009
THE Strategic Reform Program
(SRP) is the mechanism to facili-
tate the implementation of the
Defence White Paper 2009. Key
components of the SRP relating to
the ADF Reserves are:
Part-time members of the ADF are
a key contributor to cost-effective
capability within the ADF.
Part-time personnel are critical to
current operations, both domes-
tically and offshore, and this is
likely to increase as further core
and niche capability is developed
in the part-time force.
A plan is being developed to
ensure we make more effective use
of part-time members. The plan
Develop a skills database;
Consider options to flexibly
surge long-lead time capabili-
Consider alternative methods of
employing the part-time com-
Defence will develop a detailed
implementation plan by the end
of 2009, ensuring an internal bal-
ance and mix of full- and part-
DG's HEADS UP DG's HEADS UP DG's HEADS UP DG's HEADS UP DG's HEADS UP DG's
VCDF to lead Reserve reform
time members and components in
each Service in accordance with
the strategic guidance and fund-
ing parameters within the White
Fifteen reform streams have been
identified within the SRP. One of
those is the Reserves Reform Stream
VCDF LTGEN David Hurley
will lead the RRS through a high
HIGH LEVEL: VCDF LTGEN
Photo: Kevin Piggott
level committee with a mandate to
deliver the reforms. Several subordi-
nate committees and working groups
will provide the plan and conduct
This is a challenging time for
the ADF Reserves but Navy is well
placed to contribute effectively.
The integrated nature of the Navy
with PN and NR uniformed compo-
nents has been developing strongly
over the past few years. The NR
Capability Enhancement Program
is now 'business as usual' and con-
tributing measurable and sustainable
capability to Navy. It has become
the blueprint for defining the way in
which Navy reservists are utilised.
It is because of this integrated
force that Navy has been able to
employ more than 500 NR members
on CFTS in the past financial year.
Add this to the contribution made by
NR members serving on individual
duty days and the RAN is truly an
integrated force of full- and part-
time uniformed members.
As the RRS ramps up on a very
ambitious timetable, we will begin to
see how enhancement of the Reserve
can provide a more cost-efficient
capacity without reducing Navy
capability and preparedness. There
will be further opportunities to serve
in a part-time capacity.
In the coming months you
will read about the NR Capability
Alignment Review as a major ele-
ment in the strategic plan to better
leverage the part-time Navy work-
The Victorian Branch of the Defence Reserve Association had a Reservists'
Reunion Lunch at the RACV Club in Melbourne recently. Originally cel-
ebrating Victoria's Third Division 1916 -- 1991, this annual luncheon is now
an opportunity for past and present Reservists of all Services to meet. This
year, the lunch was held at the RACV Club after many years of being held
at the Naval and Military Club. Deputy Director Corporate Communication
CMDR Helen Blunden is pictured with retired Naval Reservists (L-R)
LCDRs Jim Eldridge, Bill Woodward and Dennis Franklin (rear), CMDR
Peter Hicks and CMDR Malcolm Hedges. For more information on how to
join the Defence Reserve Association in your state and get involved with
Defence Reserve events and activities, go to www.dra.org.au
Association enjoys annual lunch
By Graham Davis
A RESERVIST has represented the
Navy at a function where the Queensland
Government heaped praise on the RAN
and other emergency personnel for their
efforts in countering the oil spill emer-
gency earlier this year.
NHQ-SQ operations officer, LCDR
Larry Cook, was one of 800 people who
attended a reception that followed the
More than 210,000 litres of oil
escaped from the Pacific Venturer pol-
luting beaches of Moreton Island, Bribie
Island and the Sunshine Coast.
The incident occurred as the ship bat-
tled Cyclone Hamish.
The ship's hull was punctured when
31 containers holding chemicals went
over the side in the heavy seas.
During the massive, multi-million dol-
lar clean-up operation HMA Ships Yarra
and Norman used their Double Eagle
mine disposal vehicles to locate the con-
tainers in 120 metres of water.
In addition, NHQ-SQ provided logis-
tic support to the cleanup providing oil
spill booms and other equipment.
NHQ-SQ (CMDR Geoff Fiedler)
also provided base support to Yarra and
Norman when they came to its Bulimba
wharf for fuel, stores and rest and recrea-
tion.The plaudits for the Navy came
when Premier Bligh invited those who
had participated in the clean-up to attend
a 'well done' reception at the Brisbane
Eight hundred of the 2500 who had
taken part attended the function.
Premier Bligh named Yarra and
Norman and praised them for finding the
"A very serious crisis was averted
thanks to people power," Ms Bligh said
of those involved in the operation.
"You saved our precious ecosystem.
"Moreton Bay beaches re-opened
within a fortnight."
Premier Bligh added that a total of
2700 pairs of gumboots were issued dur-
ing the clean up campaign, along with
litres of sunscreen.
thanks for RAN
EXTREMELY GRATEFUL: Queensland Premier Anna Bligh with LCDR Larry
Photo courtesy Premier's Department
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