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October 29, 2009
RAN AIRCREWMEN are making a
big splash in land-based operations
in such places as East Timor and
Since the Vietnam War, when RAN
aircrewmen served in Army helicop-
ter squadrons, Navy personnel have
served with distinction in numerous
land operations including land-locked
Two RAN aircrewmen currently
in Afghanistan include POA Jarrod
Nieuwendaal and LSA Matt Jose,
who are on exchange postings with
the Royal Navy, flying in the Mk 4
Commando Sea King from 846 Sqn.
POA Nieuwendaal and LSA Jose
jumped at the chance to serve opera-
tionally and are currently deployed
with the Joint Helicopter Command
-- Afghanistan at Kandahar.
Since completing their conver-
sion course with 848 Sqn, they have
also travelled extensively throughout
Europe and the Mediterranean.
They have also participated in
NATO exercises off the Turkish coast,
conducted amphibious assaults from
HMS Ocean and visited many coun-
tries while navigating across Europe.
Closer to home, LSA Brett
Kennedy is serving with the Australian
After completing the S-70A-
9 Blackhawk transition and tactics
course at Oakey, he was posted to 6
Avn Regt at Holsworthy. He said the
training and experience had been well
worth "jumping ship".
"The fundamentals and considera-
tions for flying are much the same, but
the biggest learning curve has been
By Dallas McMaugh
FOURTEEN high school stu-
dents from the Shoalhaven recent-
ly graduated with flying colours
after completing the 2009 Naval
Aviation Prospects Scheme (NAPS)
'Adopt a School Program' at HMAS
Albatross (CAPT Mark Sackley).
During the 10-week course the
students received tuition from Navy
experts in very specialised areas
including rotary wing aerodynamics,
aircraft propulsion and aircraft hus-
bandry, the law of the sea, survival
drills and pyrotechnics.
NAPS is coordinated with the
Student Workplace Learning Centre.
Manager Natalie Witenden also had
praise for the program.
"The Navy has presented these
students with a magnificent opportu-
nity," she said.
"The students have all developed
key employability skills such as team
work, coordination and reliability --
essential attributes in any workforce."
Announcing the two students
deemed Best All Rounders in the avi-
ator and engineering categories, the
Commander of the Fleet Air Arm,
CDRE Tony Dalton, said he was also
impressed with the graduates.
"Navy depends on its recruits," he
told them. "And it's fantastic to see
such a bright and enthusiastic group
with such a commitment to study."
When asked what aspects of the
program they most enjoyed, the stu-
dents had a range of responses.
For Trent Mills a definite high-
light was, "getting to see the MRH 90
before the rest of Australia".
Trent's mother, Jo Bullock, said
Trent got a lot out of the course.
"He enjoyed the whole experi-
ence, was totally engaged with all
the subjects -- especially the theory
of flight, and he made lots of new
friends," she said.
Shoalhaven students make
their mark at HMAS Albatross
Aircrew a hard act to follow
JUMPED SHIP: LSA
Brett Kennedy (above)
is seeing service in
Blackhawks with the
Army having completed
ON EXCHANGE: LSA
Matt Jose (right) is
deployed in Afghanistan
with the Royal Navy and
has been in Europe and
using Night Vision Goggles (NVG),"
"The capability that NVG's give is
unbelievable and it is exciting to think
that the RAN will also be using NVG's
in the not too distant future."
LSA Kennedy is currently serving
as part of Timor Leste Aviation Group
"The exposure over here has been
extremely beneficial. Our primary
roles are Aero Medical Evacuation and
to provide a Quick Reaction Force to
the Battle Group.
"The training opportunities are fan-
tastic and it is a great environment to
hone your skills," he said.
CDRE Tony Dalton
McKenzie with her
Best All Rounder
Photo: LSIS Kelvin
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