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By Michael Brooke
AS HER distinguished service his-
tory suggests, HMAS Stuart (CMDR
Andrew Masters) has never failed
to live up to her motto of "Always
Stuart's core values of readiness and
vigilance will again be put to the test
when she replaces HMAS Toowoomba
in the US-led Combined Task Force
combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden,
the Somali basin and off the Horn of
Living up to her motto enabled the
3400-tonne Anzac class frigate to set
the benchmark for RAN warships on
Operation Catalyst in 2004 and 2008.
Stuart wrote a glorious page in the
RAN's history when, in 2004, she res-
cued US sailors from the USS Firebolt
who were the victims of a lethal terror-
In preparation for the challenge of
another six-month deployment, Stuart's
ship's company have worked tireless-
ly on the mission readiness work up
under the unrelenting scrutiny of Sea
Training Group assessors.
The work up was conducted to
ensure the ship's company's ability to
deal with any incident. This involved
high intensity training at all hours with
little time to recover from incidents.
Stuart's CO CMDR Andrew
Masters said a great deal of hard work
was required to ensure that Navy's
ships are appropriately prepared for the
rigours of an operational deployment.
"The work up is designed to be
stressful on ships' companies and the
ships themselves and the benchmarks
for achieving a successful result are
set to a very high mark by our Sea
Training Group," he said.
"While the work up period is
DEFENCE is implementing a range
of policy and physical security meas-
ures that reflect the findings of a
recent review into Defence base secu-
rity and the security risk assessments
now being conducted at each base.
The review, which followed
an alleged terrorist plot to attack
Holsworthy Army Barracks, examined
security arrangements at Defence bases
and facilities around Australia.
Defence Secretary Ian Watt said he
was pleased with the progress Defence
was making with implementing the
"Actions are either complete or in
progress on all recommendations," Dr
"These initiatives include strength-
ening Defence's protective security
alert system and other policy underpin-
ning security arrangements, additional
patrolling presence by the Australian
Federal Police and contracted security
guards, and a range of physical secu-
The Secretary said that, in addition
to these initiatives, Defence was also
implementing enhanced security meas-
ures to strengthen and make more con-
sistent existing security arrangements
across all Defence bases and facilities.
The enhancements include a new
alert system on bases, refined lock-
down procedures and updated emer-
gency response plans.
"These security enhancements
reflect the importance that Defence and
the Government places on the safety,
security and wellbeing of ADF mem-
bers, Defence employees and contrac-
tors," Dr Watt said.
Base security a priority
BASE SECURITY REVIEW: Base security enhancements include a new
alert system on bases, refined lockdown procedures and updated emer-
gency response plans. HMAS Stirling is just one of the many Defence
bases across Australia.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
HMAS Stuart's time to shine
intensely demanding, it is also a very
"At the end of the period, you know
that you are ready in all respects to
tackle the challenges ahead during the
WHEN SMNCSO Jason Burton sails
with HMAS Stuart on his maiden
deployment to conduct anti-piracy
patrols with TF151, he will have the
theme music of the 'Twilight Zone'
ringing in his ears.
Almost all his life SMNCSO Burton
has shared an uncanny destiny with
Stuart, AKA the 'Tartan Terror'.
SMNCSO Burton was christened
as a baby on Stuart II (DE48) and with
his name engraved on the ship's bell
he believes his posting to Stuart III in
2008 was more than chance.
"Stuart II was my father's ship,
so for me to be posted to the Tartan
Terror maintains the family connection
with the ship," he said.
SMNCSO Burton said he never
knew of the connection with Stuart
until he told his parents, both ex-Navy,
of his first posting soon after graduat-
ing from category training at HMAS
SMNCSO Burton's father, Michael,
said fact was often stranger than fic-
tion in the Navy.
"Who could have known that,
almost 20 years after the christening,
our son would join Stuart on his first
sea posting and maiden deployment,"
OFF AGAIN: HMAS Stuart's ship's
company have worked hard in
preparation for another deployment.
Here, the ship arrives home after a
six-month deployment to the MEAO
in 2008. Photo: ABIS James Whittle
CHIEF of the Defence Force,
ACM Angus Houston, has encour-
aged commanders to use the new
complaints and grievance man-
agement system, ComTrack Self
Service, to resolve issues early
and at the lowest possible level.
"Nothing is more important to
me than the health and wellbeing of
the men and women of Defence,"
"I encourage people to report
unacceptable behaviour and support
others through the new ComTrack
Self Service. I particularly encour-
age people to try and make sure
they resolve all unacceptable behav-
iour in a timely manner."
The new ComTrack Self Service
helps commanders do that, bringing
a number of processes and proce-
dures into one common online sys-
tem to improve knowledge sharing,
transparency and the efficiency and
effectiveness of ADF and APS com-
plaints and grievance management.
"Fundamentally, ComTrack Self
Service will allow us to act prompt-
ly and effectively in the best inter-
ests of our people," CDF said.
The new ComTrack Self Service
makes it easier and quicker for com-
manders to monitor ADF and APS
complaints and grievances because
they can now:
Monitor progress -- through auto-
Ensure information is up to date
-- through acknowledgements,
follow-ups and reminders.
Comply with the right reporting
processes -- through automated
Improve the standard of serv-
ice they provide complainants
-- through detailed and up to date
Comply with the right audit proc-
esses -- through automated trans-
action recording mechanisms.
Storing and managing informa-
tion and progress reports on one
common online system also allows
all the relevant parties to monitor
the efficiency and effectiveness of
CDF said performance could be
tracked to ensure complaints and
grievances were managed in an
appropriate and timely manner.
"This is particularly impor-
tant because in the past Defence
has been criticised for its lack of
responsiveness in the handling of
ComTrack is also integrated
with PMKeyS to reduce duplication
of information and data entry.
"I strongly encourage eve-
ryone in the ADF to use the new
ComTrack Self Service," ACM
"It will greatly improve the way
the ADF manages and reports com-
plaints and grievances and assist the
way commanders respond to and
lead on these issues."
You can access the new ComTrack Self
Service through the PMKeyS Self Service
Portal link on the Defweb homepage.
ComTrack -- helping
Photo: ABIS Evan
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