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October 15, 2009
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I ATTENDED CN's Navy
Symposium on September 14 along
with several hundred members of
Presenters along with the Chief of
Navy, VADM Russ Crane, AM, CSM,
RAN, included the Chief of Capability
Development Group, VADM Matt
Tripovich, Deputy Chief of Navy,
RADM Davyd Thomas, Commander
of the Australian Fleet, RADM Nigel
Coates, Head of Maritime Systems,
RADM Boyd Robinson, Director-
General Maritime Operations, CDRE
Simon Cullen, Head of Naval People
and Reputation, CDRE David Letts,
Head of Naval Engineering, CDRE
John Bryson, and Warrant Officer of
the Navy Mark Tandy.
During the day, speakers outlined
the successes Navy had enjoyed and
Everyone must play their part
the many challenges both in the short-
CN, DCN, COMAUSFLT, HNPAR
and WO-N specifically mentioned the
Navy Reserve and the integral part
it plays in today's Navy. They point-
ed out that reservists were now being
regarded more as part-time members
of the RAN. HNPAR showed a slide
depicting the Reserve contribution to
capability in Navy's trained force over
the past three FYs.
The percentage rose from 7.60 in
FY06/07 through 9.65 in FY07/08
to 10.47 in FY08/09. The number of
CFTS postings in the last FY rose to
521 and the figure at time of going to
press is close to 540.
When mentioning reserves, all
speakers acknowledged the valuable
contribution the NR was making to
Navy and that, without that commit-
ment, Navy would not be able to oper-
ate as efficiently as it currently does in
this continuing operational tempo.
The symposium provided a meas-
ured and balanced view of Navy in
2009 and looked to the future with
confidence that Navy people would
rise to the challenges of Force 2030
and the new equipment and processes
that will define Navy in the coming
The Strategic Reform Program
brings with it significant challenges for
the ADF in that savings and efficien-
cies will need to be realised if Force
2030 is to become a reality.
Presenters were confident that these
savings and efficiencies would be met
but stressed that it is up to each and
every member of the RAN to play his/
her part to transform Navy. NGN will
help us get to that point.
The 'Making the Change' work-
shops will soon be rolled out to select-
ed members and the Navy community
is urged to take on board the messages
It is an exciting time to be part of
the Navy in 2009 and I look forward
to 'making the change', realising the
NGN Vision (An Australian Navy
renowned for excellence in service to
the nation) and Motto (Navy -- Serving
Australia with Pride) to deliver Navy's
Mission (to fight and win in the mari-
GATHERING: L-R CMDR Chris Stephens (ex-Director Plans Policy and
International Engagement Cadet Reserve Employment Support), CDRE
Ranford Elsey (DGRES-N), CMDR Royce Spencer (Director ANC), CAPT
Joseph Lukaitis (Director NR Capability) and CMDR Glenn Tinsley (SO
NR Capability) gather for a chat at the Navy Symposium held at HMAS
Watson in Sydney on September 14. At the symposium a number of
speakers acknowledged the valuable contribution of the Navy Reserve.
Photo: LCDR Mick Gallagher
By LCDR Mick Gallagher
DGRES-N CDRE Ranford Elsey and his team were
the hosts and speakers at a Navy Reserve briefing
held at FHQ on September 28.
"We cannot do without reserves. We are part of the
total force including civilians," DGRES-N said.
It was an appropriate time for the briefing as the
2009 Navy Symposium had been conducted by CN
VADM Russ Crane, AM, CSM, RAN, and his team
two weeks earlier at HMAS Watson (CAPT Ray
Other guest speakers at the reserve briefing includ-
ed Director Reserves-Navy CMDR Dina Kinsman,
Chief Staff Officer-Reserves CMDR Andrew Dale,
Staff Officer Naval Reserve Capability CMDR Glenn
Tinsley, and Deputy Director Naval Reserve Support-
NSW LCDR Philip Smith.
"Reservists now make up 10.47 per cent of the
total Navy workforce, with 556 part-time and 521 on
continuous full-time service, giving a total of 1077,"
CMDR Tinsley said.
He also outlined a proposal that with the
Amphibious Capability Transition Plan, reservists
could part-crew amphibious vessels.
At the briefing LCDR Tom Fink and LSMT
Matthew Ashby raised the question of the difficulty
receiving Naval training equivalent to the PN. The
team acknowledged this and said that, with 25 per cent
of Navy under training, processes were in place to
unblock the backlog of training.
Director of Naval Reserve Support-NSW CMDR
Peter Collins, and Maritime Trade Operations officer
from HQJOC CMDR John Willy, informed the meet-
ing of the benefits of the Matthew Davey Award.
"This overseas study grant is one of many oppor-
tunities for reservists," said CMDR Willy whose 2009
award took him to the Middle East and UK.
Another benefit highlighted at the meeting was the
availability of the Defence Home Assistance Scheme
(DHOAS) for reservists.
Other topics covered included New Generation
Navy and the Defence White Paper.
TEAMWORK: CMDR Andrew Dale CSO-RES,
CMDR Dina Kinsman DRES-N, LCDR Philip Smith
DDNRS-NSW and CMDR Glenn Tinsley SONRC.
Photo: LCDR Mick Gallagher
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