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November 26, 2009
NAVY Headquarters/South Queensland
received a "special mention" when the 2008
Governor's Cup winners were announced ear-
lier this year. Judges made the commenda-
tion to acknowledge the excellent achieve-
ments by the command with its community
engagement program. During 2008 reserve
LEUT Anne Allica supervised the program
with strong support from the then-CO NHQ-
SQ, CMDR Forbes Peters. Another reservist,
LCDR Dennis Collyer, has now taken over
from LEUT Allica with the new CO NHQ-SQ,
CMDR Geoffrey Fiedler, continuing to pro-
vide support. This was evident on October 17
when the command set up a Navy Community
Engagement Program stand as part of the
open house in HMAS Newcastle, then along-
side No 2 Hamilton wharf in Brisbane. Manned
by undergraduate officers and other ranks the
stand was visited by many of the 2800 who
attended the open day. The visitors learned
much about the Navy and took away with them
brochures and other Navy memorabilia.
-- Graham Davis
GREAT INTEREST: Vicki Jacklin and her
daughters Brianna and Elizabeth meet
POCIS Carl Levinge, MIDN Matthew Chee
and MIDN Ryan Webb.
Photo: Graham Davis
By Graham Davis
FOR this year's Remembrance
Day service at the Shrine in
Brisbane, reservist LS Jeanette
Abel joined LACW Darlene
Hassell, ACW Caitlin Wilcock
and Gunner Tori Ritchie to "take
guard" around the Eternal Flame.
RAAF's SGT Louise Blanch
was the guard commander.
Once again the RAN played
an important role in the service
with LEUT Sally Hoskin reciting
In Flanders Field while other sail-
ors, led by the protocol officer for
NHQ-SQLD CPO Paul Cannard,
carried out other duties includ-
ing the hauling of the Australian
More than 1500 people attend-
ed the service in perfect weath-
er conditions. It was one of the
largest for years and saw many
spill out across the traffic lanes of
Many other people watched
from the windows of nearby
Deputy President of the
Queensland branch of the RSL
Terry Meehan reminded the gath-
ering that the ADF had lost 12
personnel in the campaigns in Iraq
and Afghanistan with another 83
Service personnel being seriously
More than 102,000 Australian
Servicemen and women have died
fighting for their country.
"We currently have personnel
deployed in 13 overseas opera-
By SBLT Carolyn Docking
SBLT Docking has just complet-
ed the final phase of her Reserve
Entry Officers' Course -- a fort-
night's sea ride in minehunter,
I joined HMAS Huon in
Devonport, Tasmania, my home
state, in mid-October for the final
phase of my REOC training. It
was an exciting time to join the
ship as they were about to par-
ticipate in Fleet Training Activity
Dugong, a mine-hunting exer-
cise conducted in and around the
waterways of Hobart.
I was warmly welcomed aboard
by CO LCDR Dugald Clelland
and XO LEUT Gemma Mountney,
while LS Claudia Bryan showed
me to my accommodation in the
junior sailors mess.
My first two days were spent in
the machinery control room where
I accompanied ABs Khristy Jensen
and Steve Sutton on rounds. Both
proved to be excellent teachers
and, by the time I performed the
final round, I was almost able to
do the tasks without direction.
My task book involved spend-
ing time in each department and
I found all the crew exceptionally
helpful and very tolerant of my
endless questions. The task book
gave me great insight into how
each department contributed to the
smooth running of the ship.
I spent a considerable amount
of time on the bridge and gained
an amazing amount of naviga-
tion knowledge under the expert
tutelage of LEUT Trevor Stecum,
who remembered me as a recruit
many years ago when the shore
establishment HMAS Huon was
The next day the ship was open
to the public as part of Exercise
Dugong. Despite rain and cold
weather, 533 visitors toured the
A few hours later it was back
to sea and the enjoyment of the
wonderful food on board. LS
Marcos Neilsen and AB Steele
Anderson impressed me with their
culinary skills and, thanks to their
delicious efforts, I left the ship
quite a bit heavier than when I
I completed my task book at
the beginning of the second week
so spent the rest of the time pho-
tographing the crew going about
their daily work. I was able to
capture some important moments
on board with my camera.
LCDR Clelland presented
SMN Saccoia, a gap year sail-
or, with his helmsman certificate
and SBLT Peter Waring was pre-
sented with his Bridge Warfare
Certificate, which was a welcome
achievement for him.
I was also on board to capture
another rare moment. On the final
day of Exercise Dugong, Huon
went minehunting in the Huon
River and budding young photog-
rapher SMN James Ghent and I
were able to go out in the sea boat
and take photographs of the ship
in front of Huon Island.
LCDR Clelland said it was a
very rewarding moment.
"It's a nice way to reconnect
Huon with Tasmania after such a
long time away," he said.
Huon was commissioned in
May 1999 and that was the last
time she was on the Huon River.
"We look forward to re-engag-
ing with the locals and also the
naval cadets over the next few
Huon searched Storm
Bay, the Derwent River, the
D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the
Huon River during the two weeks
of Exercise Dugong. She found 12
mines and used two mine disposal
vehicles on board and six divers
under the command of LEUT
All 44 crew on board contrib-
uted to the success of the exercise
and welcomed a final weekend in
Hobart before they left for Sydney
on November 2.
I was very impressed with how
well everyone worked together
and how I was made to feel part
of the ship's company.
REOC enters final phase
HUNTRESS: HMAS Huon hard by Huon Island on a mine-
Photo: SMN James Ghent
tions," Mr Meehan said. "And we
have 500 ADF members involved
in border protection."
Closing the ceremony, the mas-
ter of ceremonies Chris McHugh,
the CEO of the Queensland RSL
branch, warned: "we must never
take our freedom for granted."
Bigger than usual crowd
turns out in Brisbane
REMEMBRANCE: The Catafalque Party in position.
Photo: Graham Davis
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