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November 26, 2009
THIRTEEN is supposedly an
unlucky number, but the group of
13 fishing vessels recently boarded
and searched by the Aware One crew
aboard HMAS Glenelg (LCDR Jeff
Williams) would have been fairly
happy when they were given the all
While embarked in Glenelg, the
Aware One crew has been busy pro-
tecting Australia's maritime borders
from people smuggling and unau-
thorised fishing as part of Operation
CO Aware One LCDR Jeff Williams
said the enormous day occurred when
his crew was patrolling north-east of
"We had been tasked with check-
ing the catches of foreign fishing ves-
sels in the area to ensure that they
weren't taking sedentary species such
as trepang or trochus shell," he said.
"The vessels were also checked
for diving equipment as they are only
allowed to fish in this particular area
using traditional methods.
"It was a tired but satisfied board-
ing party that returned to the ship
after the marathon effort."
LCDR Williams said that, while
no illegal activity was found, the mes-
sage that our waters were being moni-
tored was once again delivered loud
By Graham Davis
THE ship's company of HMAS Cairns
(CMDR Bob Heffey) have opened their
base to the public after its $78 million
Held between September 28 and
October 4, Cairns' Navy Week program
attracted thousands of visitors.
HMA Ships Bundaberg and
Launceston were alongside although
Launceston was badged as Sea Patrol
hero, the fictitous 'HMAS' Hammersley.
The week of community activities
began with the Navy Invitational Charity
Golf Tournament where more than $500
was raised for Cairns Legacy.
The Queensland detachment of the
RAN Band performed several concerts
and, on October 4, HMAS Newcastle
(CMDR Justin Jones) was at Trinity
Wharf and opened to the public.
Other highlights were demonstra-
tions by the Clearance Divers and a sur-
vival-at-sea demonstration in the pool.
As well, the hydrographic survey and
laser airborne depth sounding teams also
conducted demonstrations as did Navy
marine engineering, electrical, small
arms, medical and fitness teams.
Glenelg busy on
GOOD CATCH: LSBM Shane Winterford searches an Indonesian fishing
vessel with HMAS Glenelg nearby.
Cairns shows off refurb
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Kanimbla (CMDR Tim
Byles) returned to a heroes'
welcome at Fleet Base East on
November 19 after her successful
six-week deployment to Operation
Padang Assist, which provided vital
assistance to the earthquake ravaged
Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Kanimbla transported two Sea
King helicopters, Army engineers,
equipment and 15 palettes of recon-
struction stores to the region.
CMDR Byles said that, while
in Padang, the ship's company and
embarked force of around 350 ADF
personnel completed a number of
"The engineers embarked in
Kanimbla undertook a range of tasks
that enhanced safety and helped the
community re-establish itself," he
"Tasks included clearing debris
and making safe two local schools,
repairing a bridge to allow safe pas-
sage through town and access to the
local market, diverting water back
into the rice field irrigation system
and building a temporary road to
facilitate safe access through land-
slide affected areas.
"The ship's company were proud
to work alongside our Indonesian
counterparts and to make a differ-
Kanimbla home from
Op Padang Assist
ence to the Padang community in
their time of need."
CPO Jim Lawless said
Kanimbla's ship's company were
proud to have helped the Navy
answer Indonesia's call for assist-
"The junior sailors were partic-
ularly excited by the opportunity
to help the people of Padang, who
were the hapless victims of a series
of deadly earthquakes," he said.
AB Anthony Peters, of 817 Sqn,
played an important role keeping
the two Sea Kings operational for
their task to deliver the medics and
humanitarian aid to the quake vic-
He was greeted by his wife,
Melissa and 18-week old son, Riley,
and said this was his first humanitar-
"I was proud to have helped peo-
ple less fortunate," he said.
CMDR Byles said Kanimbla
benefitted from the corporate
knowledge and experience of
eight 'techos' who were posted to
Cry Havoc during her two earlier
humanitarian relief operations in
HI MUM! LSSTD Michelle Collins is greeted by her children Jordyn
and Damon after returning home to Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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