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October 15, 2009
By LCDR Mick Gallagher
FORMER New Zealander SMN*
Phillip Samuels from HMAS
Kuttabul (CMDR Christine Clarke)
not only crossed the Tasman Sea
to join the RAN -- at a ceremony
at Parramatta on September 24, he
affirmed his loyalty to Australia by
becoming a citizen.
Citizenship presiding officer
Megan Slattery spoke at the ceremony
and welcomed SMN* Samuels' deci-
sion to become an Australian.
"You join more than four mil-
lion people from over 200 countries
who have become citizens since the
January 26, 1949 Citizen Act," she
said.The new Australian was accom-
panied by his Kuttabul shipmates
who came to support him: CPOCSM
Ken O'Connor, SMNs Cameron Ure,
Martin Carroll, Mark Brennan Curtis
Williams and Januario Callos.
"It's good that my 'brothers' are
here," said SMN* Samuels, who this
year won the Sportsman Prize and
Leadership Award at Recruit School.
"I joined the Navy for adventure
and mateship -- and of course rugby,"
SMN* Samuels will now return
to HMAS Cerberus to begin his naval
stores category training.
Sailor becomes an Aussie
Change of command
at Fleet Headquarters
WELCOME: SMN* Phillip Samuels is congratulated by his 'brothers'
after becoming an Australian. From L-R: CPOCSM Ken O'Connor, SMN*
Januario Callos, Citizenship Manager Megan Slattery, SMN* Mark
Brennan (at rear), SMN* Phillip Samuels, SMN* Martin Carroll (at rear),
SMN* Curtis Williams and SMN* Cameron Ure.
Photo: LCDR Mick Gallagher
By Michael Brooke
IN A changing of the guard, RADM
Nigel Coates handed over the posi-
tion of Commander Australian
Fleet (COMAUSFLT) to RADM
Steve Gilmore at a ceremony on
HMAS Kuttabul's quarterdeck on
More than 150 officers and sail-
ors from Fleet Headquarters, RAN
warships and Sydney-based shore
establishments attended the hando-
ver ceremony, where RADM Coates
thanked all Fleet personnel for their
dedication to duty during his 27-
month tenure as COMAUSFLT.
RADM Coates said the hard work
of all Fleet personnel had resulted in
several key achievements, including
the maintenance of combat power to
meet the high operational require-
ments of the Government.
"I particularly want to thank eve-
ryone for their efforts with the imple-
mentation of NGN, given the leader-
ship, cultural and structural changes
that will make us a better Navy," he
said.After some well deserved
leave, RADM Coates will replace
AVM Greg Evans as the Deputy
Commander Joint Operations, where
he will be responsible to the Chief
of Joint Operations for the conduct of
In his first speech as COMAUSFLT,
RADM Gilmore praised RADM
Coates for navigating the Fleet through
very challenging times, particularly the
initial implementation of NGN.
RADM Gilmore said he had spent
a large proportion of his career in the
Fleet, "and standing here today I can
tell you how very good it is to be back
COMAUSFLT said his command
philosophy focused on 'the four Ps',
"people, platforms, process (doctrine)
and passion (of RAN personnel),"
which he would fully articulate to
Fleet Command shortly.
JOB WELL DONE: Outgoing COMAUSFLT RADM Nigel Coates hands
over command to the new COMAUSFLT, RADM Steve Gilmore during a
parade conducted aboard HMAS Kuttabul on October 8.
Photo: ABIS Peter Thompson
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