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October 29, 2009
ONE of our ongoing projects as Editors of
the Historical Royal Fleet Auxilary (RFA)
is to compile a comprehensive list of all
those who served in RFA ships during the
Falklands War of 1982.
We have searched the records at the
Registry of Shipping and Seamen as well
as the National Archive and have drawn
If you served in an RFA in the Falklands
War could you please contact us so we can
record your details? Or, if you know of any-
body who served in this conflict, we would
also like to record their details to make
sure that our history does not disappear.
You can contact us at http://www.his-
-- The Editors of Historical RFA
THE award-winning RAN Central Canteens
Fund (RANCCF) BIG4 Bungalow Park is
located on Burrill Lake at Ulladulla NSW
and, for two consecutive years, has been
the winner of the Rotary Club of Milton
Ulladulla 2009 Business of the Year, Best
Accommodation House award.
BIG4 Bungalow Park is owned by the
RANCCF and is one of four properties
owned and operated by the RANCCF on
behalf of Navy members.
The other properties are Amblin Park at
Busselton WA, Forster Gardens near Forster
-- Tuncurry NSW and the newly-acquired
Pandanus Pocket on the NSW Tweed Coast
near Surfers Paradise.
For more information check out http://
AS PART of its 2009 Poppy Appeal from
October 30 to November 11, RSL (QLD)
Branch will launch its mobile poppy, which
can be accessed via www.rslpoppy.com
Simply put, it's a poppy wallpaper for
your mobile phone.
For a donation of $2 or more, mobile
phone users will be sent a poppy wallpa-
per. For every donation a poppy will also
be planted on the donor's behalf in an
online Field of Remembrance.
Since 2001, 12 Australians have been
KIA in Iraq and Afghanistan and 83 have
been seriously wounded.
RSL QLD Branch President Doug
Formby said the younger generation was
becoming increasingly aware about the
sacrifices made, past and present, by our
Servicemen and women.
"It is hoped the mobile poppy and
Wall of Remembrance will help bridge the
generational gap of awareness regarding
Remembrance Day and what it stands for,"
By Michael Brooke
THE Navy personnel anxiously count-
ing down the days to the commission-
ing of the RAN's new Canberra class
LHDs experienced a premature bout
of 'amphibious fever' when USS Blue
Ridge berthed at Fleet Base East.
Scores of curious sailors gave the
Seventh Fleet command ship the once
over during her port visit to Sydney from
September 30 to October 7.
Blue Ridge's visit provided the RAN
with another opportunistic peek into the
Kuttabul welcomes USS
Blue Ridge to Sydney
USS Blue Ridge's
visit provided the
RAN with another
into the future when
the LHDs enter
service around 2012
to give the ADF a
range of remarkable
including C2 and
future when the LHDs
enter service around
2012 to give the ADF a
range of remarkable new
capabilities including C2
and amphibious warfare.
Sailors from HMAS
Manoora gained an
appreciation of the
enormity of the RAN's
future amphibious plat-
form when they served
as the berthing party to
help berth Blue Ridge.
The excitement was
clear on the faces of the
sailors as they worked feverishly to secure
Blue Ridge, which is similar in size to the
RAN's future Canberra class LHDs.
SMN Des Taylor told Navy News this
was the biggest warship he had helped
secure this year.
"I've helped to secure a number of
foreign warships this year but Blue Ridge
is by far the biggest," he said.
HMAS Kuttabul's Port Services
Manager, LCDR Gerald Savvakis, came
to grips with Blue Ridge when he piloted
the ship to her berth at Fleet Base 1.
LCDR Savvakis said Blue Ridge's
port visit provided a handy peek to the
day when the RAN's two LHDs enter
He said piloting Blue Ridge was the
biggest challenge he had undertaken since
taking over as PSM two months ago.
"Despite her draft of 9.1 metres and
some tricky winds in the harbour she was
actually pretty easy to handle," he said.
CO Blue Ridge, CAPT Thom Burke,
praised LCDR Savvakis for his skill in
piloting the Seventh Fleet flagship to her
"LCDR Savvakis did a masterful job
as there are a lot of chal-
lenges to overcome in
coming into this har-
bour," he said.
CAPT Burke said
Blue Ridge's visit set
the scene for impor-
tant dialogue between
Fleet, VADM John Bird,
and RAN top brass.
The port visit also
allowed the sailors of
both navies to con-
nect on a personal level
through a sports compe-
tition featuring soccer, softball, golf, net-
ball and basketball.
Based in Japan, Blue Ridge represents
the accumulated knowledge of four dec-
ades of the Navy's experience in meeting
difficult challenges of control and coordi-
Blue Ridge is also equipped to also
function as a command ship for the
Amphibious Task Force and Landing
Force commanders during all phases of
Fleet-wide operations, as well as a Joint
Task Force flagship when national inter-
ests require it.
MASSIVE! USS Blue
Ridge enters Sydney
Harbour to conduct a good
will visit to Sydney.
INSET: SMNBM Desmond
Taylor assists in the pass-
ing of lines from USS Blue
Photos: ABIS Andrew Black
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