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October 29, 2009
By SBLT Carolyn Docking
TRAINEES from every state and
territory of Australia converged on
HMAS Creswell to participate in the
most recent Reserve Entry Officers'
Course Phase Three conducted there
and at nearby HMAS Albatross in the
period October 3-11.
One each came from Adelaide,
Perth, Darwin and Tasmania. The
remainder came from Queensland,
Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
Students spanned three REOC
intakes with four staying on from their
recent phase one course. The majority
were from the 01/09 intake and two
were from the 02/08 intake.
The trainees included police offic-
ers, surgeons, legal officers and teach-
ers through to senior public service
managers and a Lutheran chaplain.
CHAP Simon Cooper from
Adelaide has been a Lutheran pastor
for the past 11 years and has always
been interested in the Navy. His older
brother is serving in the RAN as a
CPOBM at HMAS Cerberus.
CHAP Cooper said the REOC
course had been really good so far.
"A positive surprise is the great
sense of camaraderie that is gained in
such a short time," he said.
SBLT Karen Williams, previous-
ly an IT and Japanese teacher, was
inspired to enter the Navy Reserve
by her fiancé who had gone through
REOC class 01/07.
SBLT Karen Deane, a customs
officer assisting the Executive Officer
HMAS Coonawarra, was in the Navy
full-time from 1994 until 1999 and
gained the rank of LSCSO.
She went straight to the reserves
and considered REOC a natural pro-
gression of her Navy career.
"I have found it pretty easy but my
focus has been on leadership and man-
aging; not so much on the things I
already knew," she said.
Another skill required for phase
three was teamwork, which was evi-
dent throughout the 10-day course with
all students using their particular civil-
ian skills to assist each other.
Nursing officer LEUT Donna
REOC part of a natural progression
AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadets and
staff attached to TS Sirius, based at
Kyeemagh in Sydney, have received
some prestigious awards.
On September 12, the training
ship's CO, LCDR Phillip Anderson
(also the Director of Music -- Navy),
announced a number of achieve-
ments resulting from the involvement
of cadets from Sirius in the Northern
Trident maritime essay contest and the
RSL NSW Navy Cadet of the Year.
The Northern Trident maritime
essay contest covered a number of top-
ics including reasons for and protec-
tion against piracy, a proposition as to
why no member of the RAN has ever
been awarded a Victoria Cross, Navy
capability, and the lack of knowledge
that Australians have about the history
of the RAN.
The essay contest included sections
in journalistic and essay style.
Assessment for the RSL NSW
Navy Cadet of the Year included ele-
ments of drill, dress and bearing, first
aid, an interview on youth develop-
ment issues, questions on general
knowledge about the RSL and an
De Lanty helped her classmates out
with the three-day first aid course,
which started off the phase three resi-
They also spent four days at
Albatross learning damage control, fire
fighting and how to protect themselves
and shipmates from gas exposure.
Trainees met another reserv-
ist doing CFTS at the School of
Survivability and Ship Safety. AB
Scott Ballantyne is on CFTS at the
school until December this year.
The former full-time marine tech-
nician had been working as a builder
as a civilian but ran out of work so
volunteered for some reserve time. AB
Ballantyne assisted with the circuit
training, which everyone enjoyed as
they got to try out the various tools
used in damage control and fire fight-
ing.Students found themselves getting
into bright orange thermal protective
suits and learning about all the protec-
tive features on lifejackets and in the
One of the more difficult aspects
of survival at sea was getting into the
liferaft from the sea unassisted.
SBLT Karen Williams said she had
some problems but eventually man-
aged to get herself into the raft unas-
CHAP Cooper found the task quite
"I've got good upper body strength
because of my rock-climbing activities
so that helped me a great deal and I
was able to haul myself up quite eas-
ily," he said.
Survival at sea finished at mid-
day then the trainees returned to their
understanding of Australia's military
traditions and the Anzac spirit.
Sirius cadets were encouraged to
enter the maritime essay contest and
to nominate for the RSL NSW Navy
Cadet of the Year.
SMN Isaac Tyler will receive a
certificate for his contribution to the
Northern Trident maritime essay con-
test with three others receiving major
AB Christopher Markovski sub-
mitted an essay recommending a
Victoria Cross for AB Teddy Sheean
and achieved third place in the essay
section. He will receive a Certificate of
Commendation and a trophy.
In the journalistic section, SMN
Joshua Werfel won second place for
his article recommending the award of
the Victoria Cross for LCDR Robert
Rankin (CO of the Grimsby class
WWII sloop, HMAS Ya r r a , whose
name is commemorated in the Collins
class submarine, HMAS Rankin)
and will also receive a Certificate of
Commendation and a trophy.
RCT Rhys Evans took out first
place in the journalistic section for
his article on the Australian National
Maritime Museum and its importance
in promoting the Australian naval
tradition, and will receive an iPod,
Certificate of Commendation and tro-
phy as well as lunch with the CO of
HMAS Sydney in company with one
of his parents and his school principal.
Two cadets from TS Sirius, AB
Lyndon Phillips and SMN Myles
Boatman, were nominated for RSL
NSW Navy Cadet of the Year.
Both impressed the assessment
panel but only one could ultimately be
The RSL NSW Navy Cadet of the
Year, SMN Myles Boatman, won a 10-
day voyage as a crew member in STS
Young Endeavour, which he will com-
plete in January next year just before
entering the RAN Recruit School fol-
lowed by category training as a cook.
The unit's achievements were
further acknowledged when LCDR
Anderson presented a CO's
Commendation to PO Nathan Cole
for his outstanding contribution to
the training and development of the
ship's company, and for his efforts to
enhance the appearance of the ship
and its resources.
PO Cole is a communications and
information systems rating who has
been undertaking voluntary work as an
instructor in TS Sirius.
"The Navy's future is hugely
dependent upon our young people
and the degree to which they have
an awareness of our Navy and its
contribution to our society," LCDR
TS Sirius ahead in awards stakes with essays and Cadet of the Year
EVERY ONE'S A WINNER: POCIS Nathan Cole (centre) from left to
right, are Australian Navy Cadets AB Lyndon Phillips, SMN Joshua
Werfel, SMN Isaac Tyler, SMN Myles Boatman and RCT Rhys Evans.
INTENSE: LEUT Tim Morgan and SBLT Karen Deane practice emergen-
cy first aid on a ruptured pipe during a damage control practical session.
Tobruk NVies on
TS Tobruk became the first
unit in NSW to try out the
new envy (N.V.) sailing craft
on a weekend posting on
The cadets involved
learned a practical lesson
in seamanship, spending all
of Saturday sailing the new
envys and power boating,
(brumby craft familiarisation).
The cadets found the
envys to be a lot lighter and
easier to sail then the old
corsairs (150kg as against
The cadets at TS Tobruk
would like to thank Mr and
Mrs Dudley for letting them
stay at the Big 4 Caravan
Park, Mannering Park, as well
as CPO Edward McKenny ANC
for making sure the boats
were highly maintained.
-- PO Krystle Horne, ANC
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