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October 29, 2009
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
WARRANT Officer of the Navy Mark
Tandy, WOFF Air Force John Millar and
RSM Army WO Stephen Ward recently
returned from a visit to Singapore for high
level talks with their international counter-
The inaugural 2009 Senior Enlisted
Leaders Working Group (SELWG) was
hosted by Singapore and co-hosted by US
Pacific Command and the New Zealand
Defence Force. The forum's theme was to
set the platform in "making connections
and strengthening relationships" for the
future generation of SELs in the Asia Pacific
WON said the forum provided a great
opportunity to network with other senior
enlisted representatives within our region.
"It also provided an occasion to discuss
some of the leadership and professional
development programs being put together
by some countries," he said.
WOs build bridges overseas
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Anzac (CAPT Peter Quinn)
has undergone a comprehensive
maintenance and refit period and is
now aiming to demonstrate her new
prowess in a game of cat and mouse
with a stealthy Collins class subma-
rine in ASWEX 09.
Anzac recently sailed back from
FBE to her home port following the
completion of a six-month refit period
that involved an upgrade to her anti-
submarine warfare capabilities, navi-
gational aids, communications systems
and the replacement of her propulsion
Anzac's departure from FBE
marked the beginning of her Unit
Readiness Evaluation under the scru-
tiny of the Sea Training Group, which
is an important milestone leading to
The ship's WEEO, CMDR Greg
Laxton, told Navy News that the ship's
company had worked hard to get the
FFH first of class ready in preparation
for the work up period.
"In keeping with NGN the ship's
company knocked over a lot of courses
and upskilling during the refit while
Anzac received her systems upgrades,"
Anzac's systems upgrades included
for ASWEX 09
MASTIS, NDS, and a 'partial plus'
fit, which has linked the combat sys-
tem to the torpedo firing system for
the new MU90 torpedoes.
CMDR Laxton said the upgrade
would help the ship's company to
kick a few goals during ASWEX 09,
including the test firing of a MU90
"Anzac will remain ever vigilant
as the operational response vessel
during the Christmas period, and
while we will reduce our manning
over Christmas we will also remain
ready to sail in the event of a contin-
gency," he said.
Early next year the ship is
scheduled to participate in Fleet
Concentration Period 2010 before
embarking on a navigation training
exercise in New Zealand and a South
East Asian deployment.
READY: HMAS Anzac ready for
action. Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith By Barry Rollings
DEFENCE Secretary Dr Ian Watt
has a succinct but compelling mes-
sage for the naysayers who ques-
tion Defence's ability to change to
meet Government expectations -- it
In his first interview with Navy
News, Dr Watt took issue with recent
media analysis that pondered wheth-
er, in all the talk and planning, any-
thing really would change in the face
of the Government's requirements
for reform, budget cuts and imple-
menting the White Paper.
"The media is asking the wrong
question," Dr Watt said.
"The question that should be
asked is: 'Can Defence deliver
the White Paper and the Strategic
Reform Program without changing?'
The answer is that it cannot.
"Defence has to change. I know
many people will say 'it has been
said often before and Defence hasn't
changed', but I see a Defence organi-
sation that has already changed a
He said Defence had a terrific
chance to build the organisation it
wanted to be.
"Very few organisations have the
opportunity to do something that this
Government has handed to Defence.
In setting the White Paper, a 20-year
budget and the Strategic Reform
Program, the Government has given
Defence the tools to change itself
and I think that's great," he said.
Dr Watt's work philosophy will
be one of engagement, travelling to
see and talk with people.
"I am used to an organisation
where you can get round and talk to
everyone in it," he said.
Time of change
New era in
DEPUTY Chief of Navy RADM
Davyd Thomas opened the new
Fleet Network Centre (FNC) at Fleet
Headquarters on September 16.
'Commissioning' the FNC, which
is collocated with DEFCOMMSTA
Sydney, is the first step in the master
plan to better deliver ICT to the Fleet
and marks the transition of the Fleet IT
help desk support from FISSO to the
Chief Information Officer Group.
Additional nodes in the FNC frame-
work are planned for Cairns, Darwin
and Perth. The FNC will also provide a
cultural shift in how network support is
provided to the Fleet.
So what does this mean for CIS
Provision of employment with IT
training meeting expectations of CIS
personnel, aiding retention of spe-
cialised CIS skills and knowledge in
A reduction in the number of per-
sonnel maintaining legacy systems
outside of Navy.
The ability to provide greater num-
bers of CIS capability, including
increased numbers of CIS personnel,
to support Fleet activity.
A reduction of Navy's reliance on
contractor-provided expertise in net-
Further information is available from CMDR
Matt Doornbos on (02) 6266 4135 or
CMDR Jeremy Pickel on (02) 9359 4190.
Secretary Dr Ian Watt
is adament Defence will
meet the Government's
reform, budget cuts
and implementing the
Photo: CPL Ricky Fuller
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