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November 26, 2009
FOUR drug runners detained, four and
a half tonnes of drugs seized, and one
very upset drug lord; the result of
a recent patrol by the United States
Coast Guard (USCG) with RAN officer
LEUT Joel Cooper on board.
LEUT Cooper is serving as a HH65C-
Dolphin pilot on a loan posting to the
Typically the day-to-day job
involves flying search and rescue in the
Los Angeles area, but recently LEUT
Cooper deployed on board USCG Cutters
Sherman and Jarvis for counter narcotics
operations throughout Central America.
"As one of the pilots on board I was
responsible for patrolling ahead of the
ship to locate drug running vessels," he
"The patrol culminated with the
location of a Self Propelled Semi-
Submersible (SPSS) vessel carrying four
and a half tonnes of heroine and cocaine.
"The SPSS is the latest trafficking
tool for the cartels. They are designed to
cruise just below the waterline and are
very difficult to detect.
"To date very few SPSSs have been
caught and this seizure is one of the
Coast Guard's largest drug busts," LEUT
Navy pilot flies a dolphin
in the United States
LEUT Cooper said a seizure of drugs
worth hundreds of millions had a very
significant impact on the drug cartels and
was a fitting end to the patrol.
LEUT Cooper will serve with the
USCG until 2011 then return to the Fleet
Air Arm at HMAS Albatross.
ON EXCHANGE: LEUT Joel Cooper
stands next to a USCG HH-65C
Dolphin helicopter on board USCG
Navy backs White Ribbon Day
THE White Ribbon Foundation of
Australia aims to eliminate violence
against women by promoting culture
change around the issue.
White Ribbon Day was created by a
handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the
second anniversary of one man's mas-
sacre of 14 women in Montreal. They
began the White Ribbon Campaign to
urge men to speak out against violence
In 1999, the United Nations General
Assembly declared November 25 the
International Day for the Elimination of
Violence Against Women, and the White
Ribbon has become the symbol for the
Today hundreds of thousands of
White Ribbons are worn by men and
women across Australia.
Head of Navy People and Reputation
CDRE David Letts said Navy was proud
to be a supporter of White Ribbon Day
and an advocate of women's rights.
"All women have the right to feel safe
and be treated with dignity and respect,"
he said. "This view underpins our equity
and diversity policies and is fundamental
to our culture."
The campaign continues to go from
strength to strength and now boasts more
than 230 White Ribbon Ambassadors
By Leila Daniels
A NEW action plan will see all mem-
bers benefit from increased workplace
choice and flexibility in balancing their
work and family life.
Building on initiatives already in
place, and projects under New Generation
Navy, The Chief of the Defence Force
Action Plan for the Recruitment and
Retention of Women will introduce new
measures to increase the options within,
and attractiveness of, an ADF career.
Speaking at the launch alongside the
CDF ACM Angus Houston, Defence
Personnel, Materiel and Science Minister
Greg Combet said the ADF wanted to be
more representative of the community it
"While much has been done to
improve the recruitment and participation
rates of women, there is more to do," Mr
"The Action Plan is a very significant
initiative that gives a sharper focus to the
vital contribution that women make in
the ADF and the contribution we want
them to make in the future."
The Action Plan targets six priority
areas: enlistment, workplace flexibility,
career management, accountability, men-
toring and communication.
Some of the initiatives that members
will see are: the ability to purchase up to
four weeks additional annual leave; the
right to work part-time after maternity
or adoption leave; flexible leave arrange-
Action plan for ADF women
ments; and increased opportunities for
CDF said he wanted to see higher
female participation rates across the three
Services, and the initiatives in the Action
Plan would help deliver this outcome.
"The Action Plan is designed to create
a more flexible workplace for all mem-
bers and employees, and that starts with a
flexible mindset," ACM Houston said.
"This Action Plan introduces a new
range of measures to increase the options
and attractiveness of an ADF career. And
the new range of measures will impact on
everyone in Defence, at every level and at
"Defence wants to be recognised as
an employer that values its members and
provides them with conditions of service
that support, enable and encourage their
personal circumstances whatever they
The Action Plan combines the rec-
ommendations made by The Chief of
the Defence Force Reference Group on
Women and the findings of Ministerial
roundtable meetings held last year.
"Initiating change in a complex organ-
isation like Defence will be challenging,
but I have made it clear to my senior
leadership team that they must bring their
people with them to embrace, champion
and implement the cultural change pro-
gram," CDF said.
"The Action Plan and cultural change
program are vital to the successful man-
agement of our people and a successful
For further information about the Action
Plan visit http://www.defence.gov.au/fr/RR/
THESE areas of action are
already the focus of some
of the NGN culture projects
that aim to provide greater
access to flexible work prac-
tices and improved opportuni-
ties for flexible career paths.
A key part of the imple-
mentation plan for these
projects will be education for
managers and personnel to
ensure they have the knowl-
edge required to provide
our people with meaningful
employment and equitable
opportunity for advancement.
-- Annabelle Haywood
New Generation Navy
UNITED: ADF women unite to
support the Action Plan.
Elizabeth Mulder and
AB Sally Reiffel chat
with the Chief of the
Defence Force, ACM
Angus Houston, at
the launch of The
Chief of the Defence
Force Action Plan for
the Recruitment and
Retention of Women at
Parliament House on
The Action Plan targets
six priority areas: enlist-
ment, workplace flexibil-
ity, career management,
ing and communication.
Photos: Bryan Doherty
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