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December 10, 2009
Work begins on National
WORK has begun on the National
Service memorial in Canberra.
The National Service memorial will
commemorate more than 290,000 young
men who were called up for National
Service between 1951 and 1972.
The memorial is part of the Australian
War Memorial's development of its
Eastern Precinct, which is due to be com-
pleted by Anzac Day 2010.
The National Service memorial will
be unveiled and dedicated in September
Sailors must complete
new security course
THE Defence Security Authority (DSA)
has introduced a new online course
titled "Introduction to Security" that all
Defence personnel must complete.
A DSA spokesman said awareness
of security issues was a vital aspect of
Defence's security regime and helped
to protect our people, capabilities and
"By completing an awareness pro-
gram that incorporates the Introduction
to Security course, Defence personnel and
external service providers will be aware of
their security responsibilities," the spokes-
"They will be able to contribute to a
sound security culture within Defence."
The course is available on Campus or,
for those without Campus access, on the
DSA website under "training".
Further information about DSA cours-
es, including "Introduction to Security",
can be found on the DSA website at
By LEUT Maneckji Gazdar
ELEVEN Naval Officer Year One
(NOYO) engineering students have
completed their five-month long
engineering course and are about
to begin their degree studies at the
Australian Defence Force Academy
The NOYO-EN is a bridging
program for engineering midship-
men between the completion of the
New Entry Officers Course at HMAS
Creswell and the beginning of degree
studies the following year at ADFA.
This year there were 11 NOYO
engineers comprising four Weapons
Electrical Engineering Officers and
seven Marine Engineering Officers.
One of the students, MIDN James
Stahlhut, said it was a fantastic pro-
gram and provided huge benefits to
"The biggest benefit I have taken
away from the NOYO program is the
opportunity to work with junior sail-
ors and gain an appreciation of their
roles and work conditions," he said.
The NOYOs spent the first two
months at Fleet Support Unit (FSU)
-- Sydney, as well as the systems pro-
gramming offices that support the var-
ious ship classes in maintenance and
Time at sea was arranged in vari-
ous ships, which included HMA Ships
Ballarat, Leeuwin, Manoora, Norman,
Success and Tobruk.
This was followed with a three-
week period at HMAS Albatross
where the midshipmen experienced
NOYOs ready for ADFA
time with the Fleet Air Arm's different
squadrons and support facilities.
A few of the highlights included
flights in the AS350B Squirrel and the
Augusta A109E, viewing the deeper
maintenance of the S-70B-2 Seahawk
and AS350B Squirrel, as well as par-
ticipating in the preparation of sea tri-
als for the MRH90 on board Manoora.
The NOYO midshipmen then
spent three weeks at HMAS Stirling,
mainly with FSU -- Perth. During
their time at Stirling the midship-
men visited the Helicopter Support
Facility, Thales Explosive Ordnance
Facility and Ammunitioning Wharf,
Submarine Escape Training Facility
and Submarine School, Collins SPO,
Anzac SPO and Training Unit -- Anzac
Ship Support Centre. Tours were also
arranged in HMA Ships Farncomb and
Waller for those interested in a subma-
After Stirling the midshipmen went
to HMAS Cerberus to complete the
final phase of the year -- a five-week
mathematics refresher program to
ensure that they were not disadvan-
taged at ADFA after a year away from
MIDN Rebecca Holmes said the
course had opened her eyes to the
many components that make up Navy.
"We have really enjoyed ourselves
over the past five months," she said.
"Getting to travel around the coun-
try and experience such a broad cross
section of the Navy will spur us on
during our time in Canberra complet-
ing our degrees."
READY FOR STUDY: Eleven midshipmen have spent the last five
months learning about Navy engineering and are about to begin their
degrees at ADFA.
THE Defence Force School of
Signals' Maritime Communications
Information Systems section
recently organised a team-building
day in Point Nepean National Park.
Lodged within HMAS Cerberus
(CAPT Sheldon Williams), Class
CIS265 are undergoing initial
employment training under the guid-
ance of POCIS Peter Thorne and
LSCIS Anthea Hiras.
Upon arrival members of the
group were paired off and tasked with
finding out at least three things about
their partner that the group didn't
know. The journey included explora-
tion of the old six-inch gun positions
and machine gunners pill boxes that
are part of the national park.
During the wash up PO Thorne
lead the group in discussing what they
had learned and how that knowledge
could be applied to enhance the vision
of: Navy -- the team works.
Day out at
THE TEAM WORKS: Course
members take time out to enjoy
the scenery at Point Nepean
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