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November 12, 2009
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Success (CMDR Anthony
Rayner) recently joined hands with
The Sir David Martin Foundation to
help youth in crisis to get their lives
back on track.
Success and her ship's company
helped to raise more than $35K by
hosting a cocktail party for The Sir
David Martin Foundation, which runs
three programs to help troubled young
Australians salvage their lives.
More than 100 VIP guests includ-
ing Lady Susie Martin and Foundation
chairman David Wills, attended the
fundraiser, which marked yet another
bright chapter in the RAN's successful
community engagement program.
CMDR Rayner told Navy News
that charity work not only demon-
strated the RAN's engagement with
the broader community, but also made
Navy personnel better people.
The fundraiser at Fleet Base East
on October 21 featured a Ceremonial
Sunset and a traditional Beat the
Retreat, the auction of adventure holi-
days, and the usual Navy hospitality
in the form of excellent food and fine
wine prepared and served by Success'
Lady Martin praised Success'
ship's company for helping to raise
money for the Foundation's Triple
Care Farm, which provides a three-
month stay at the farm and a nine-
month follow up rehabilitation period
for troubled youth, all of whom are
battling substance abuse.
The evening featured a thank you
speech by a former student who suc-
ceeded in getting his life back on track
after staying at the farm.
CMDR Rayner said visits by RAN
personnel to the farm in recent times
had helped youth in crisis to realise
they had support in the wider com-
munity as well as career options in
The RAN has enjoyed a long and
rewarding relationship with The Sir
David Martin Foundation in recogni-
tion of his service as a RADM in the
RAN and also as Governor of NSW.
Sir David Martin died in 1990 and
his wish was always to set up a foun-
dation to help troubled youth.
Success' charity success
By Michael Brooke
IT WAS a triple whammy for
HMAS Manoora's ship's company
when Sean Connery look-a-like,
CPO James Bond, embarked with
MRH90 007 to help conduct the
first of class flight trials.
Manoora sailed for Hobart recent-
ly where CPOA Bond and 50 other
specialists are putting two MRH90s
through trials designed to determine
the limits at which the new ADF heli-
copter can operate at sea.
MRH90 aircrewman, CPOA Bond
of the Townsville-based Aviation
Training Section at Army's 5th
Aviation Regiment, told Navy News
he was ready to help push 007 to the
limit in the trials that mark a major
milestone for the MRH90.
Like the master spy, CPOA Bond
is a man on a mission and fortunately
possesses a good sense of humour,
-- particularly about his name, which
dates back to when he was christened
"James" by his mother, who simply
ran out of names at child number six.
"It's all in the name of having
a bit of fun, although I do like the
Bond character, particularly the Sean
Connery one," he said.
CPO Bond said, like the Bond
character, he had recorded 24 years
007 trials off Tassie
loyal service in the Navy, but remained
undecided about a career change to the
Secret Service when he swallows the
"There is a lot to admire about
Bond, but I'm not sure my wife would
be happy about me sharing his passion
for fast cars and danger," he said.
GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR:
CPOA James Bond is working on
airframe 007 during the martime
trials of the new MRH90 helicopter.
The MRH90s will replace the Sea
King helicopters when they enter
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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