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December 10, 2009
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THIS year has witnessed the
start of possibly the most sig-
nificant change program across
Defence beginning with the release
of the Government's White Paper
For Navy, it presents a significant
challenge to introduce into service
highly sophisticated new platforms
and technologies -- a quantum leap
from where we are today.
This is not something to fear, but
rather embrace, for Australia will have
a highly capable Navy in Force 2030.
It also means that reservists must
also be expected at times to under-
take appropriate training and develop
expertise if they are to be effectively
utilised in tomorrow's Navy.
New Generation Navy (NGN) has
really picked up pace since July 1.
Its three pillars, Culture, Leadership
and Ethics, and Structure are aimed at
transforming Navy over the next five
years. It's a program that belongs to
every member of Navy -- permanent,
reserve and public service.
In the most visible change to the
organisation, Navy Systems Command
functions were predominantly amalga-
mated with Navy Headquarters to form
the new Navy Strategic Command.
Individual training was placed
with collective training under Fleet
Navy's Signature Behaviours were
introduced along with a number of
'Bow Wave Projects' aimed at reform-
ing processes and culture within
Navy. Members attended 'Leading
the Change' workshops and these are
being followed up with a series of four
engagements under the 'Making the
Change' activities to end in June 2010.
All active reserves are directed to
attend 'Making the Change' engage-
ments over the next seven months.
This can be arranged through your
supervisor and chain of command.
Your attendance will be recorded as a
proficiency in PMKeyS.
Navy is also embarking on a whole
of Navy Capability Workforce Review
and the Navy Reserve (NR) is very
much a part of that program. Over the
next couple of months, the offices of
Directors General, Navy Capability
Transformation and Sustainment, Navy
Personnel and Reserves will review all
funded reserve commitment (FRC) and
project positions with a view to priori-
tising these according to Navy capabil-
ity requirements. More information
on the review will be provided in the
Australia has fared reasonably well
and come out of the global financial
crisis in better shape than expected.
As for all organisations, the crisis
has put a lot of pressure on leader-
ship and employees. However, the NR
has remained committed to providing
Navy capability and outputs.
I would like to pay tribute to the
outstanding contribution NR members
make to Defence. Over the past four
years, the number of continuous full-
time service (CFTS) contracts written
has increased steadily by over 30 each
year and, in this FY, there were 543
reservists on CFTS (as at October 31).
This is 50 more than the last FY.
Likewise, the contribution of
part-time members has steadily
increased, notably in filling permanent
Navy vacancies. The NR Capability
Enhancement Program is now consid-
ered business as usual with reservists
continually filling operational posi-
tions; the Patrol Boat Group leading
the charts and reaping the benefits.
CFTS and FRC (including NRCEP)
and project contributions are up signif-
icantly on figures for the same period
last year. In FY06-07 the NR contribu-
tion to the Navy's trained force was
7.60 per cent. In FY07-08, that figure
rose to 9.65 per cent; and for FY08-
09, the contribution reached 10.47 per
cent -- an outstanding effort by any
Without that level of NR support,
doing business in some critical areas
would be extremely difficult. Reserves
are contributing increasingly in either
a full- or part-time capacities.
My sincere thanks go not only to
members, but also to employers and
family members who make this pos-
I take this opportunity to wish
you and your loved ones a blessed
Christmas, a safe and enjoyable holi-
day, and a 2010 that brings both chal-
lenges and rewards.
May I encourage you to continue
to serve Navy as a reservist either in
full- or part-time service, or to con-
sider whether you may wish to make
a permanent commitment to full-time
service? Either way, Navy appreciates
Don't fear change -- embrace it
By SBLT Carolyn Docking
CPO Richard Timms found his
perfect job as an instructor at the
Royal Australian Naval College
(RANC) at HMAS Creswell and
the perfect lifestyle in nearby
His days are filled with a mix
of reserve time and spending time
with his wife and their five grand-
children aged from four to 14.
"I fill them full of fairy floss
and send them back to their moth-
er," he joked.
CPO Timms said his active life-
style kept him fit for the demands
of being an instructor.
His time away from RANC is
spent bushwalking, landscaping,
sailing and diving.
"You need a pretty good level
of fitness for this job, particularly
during exercises," he said.
CPO Timms has instructed 10
Reserve Entry Officer Courses
(REOC) and four New Entry
Officer Courses (NEOC) and
received a CO's commendation
earlier this year for his service and
dedication to the training environ-
ment, along with his enthusiasm
for performing his tasks.
He said his favourite part of the
job was seeing everyone complete
"We go from taking people that
can't halt and are terrified, through
to them saying 'I can do this'," he
"It's interesting watching the
NEOC students as well because
their course is so much longer.
"It's very different dynamics
teaching NEOC to REOC.
"Some of the challenges of the
job are staffing the leadership exer-
cises of Sunda Strait, Matapan and
"We all help out where we
CPO Timms first joined the
permanent Navy in 1967 and left
after 26 years.
He went straight into the
reserves but there were gaps in his
reserve service because of his var-
ied and interesting civilian employ-
CPO Timms previously drove
a 6400 tonne bulker carrier in
the Gulf of Carpentaria, worked
at TAFE as a maritime studies
lecturer and was a tug driver in
Western Australia. His move to the
RANC came after asking around
for reserve time.
He was offered the position in
CPO Timms plans to contin-
ue working at Creswell until his
Reservist's perfect job and
lifestyle at Jervis Bay
PERFECTION: CPO Richard Timms enjoys see-
ing everybody complete their courses at HMAS
Photo: SBLT Carolyn Docking
By Graham Davis
THE group gathered beneath the flut-
tering Australian White Ensign (AWE)
was small in number -- just 10 -- but big
in remembrance and reverence.
They had come to remember the 645
men who had given their lives for their
country when their ship, HMAS Sydney,
was sunk by the German raider HSK
The group, brought together by the
Redcliffe (Qld) sub-branch of the Naval
Association, paid its tribute at a sim-
ple ceremony held on the foreshore of
Among the group was LS Peter Craig,
a staunch member of the HMAS Sydney
Association. He helped commission the
aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney.
AB Mick Rudkins was there too ... he
served from March 1941 aboard HMA
Ships Colac, Bendigo and Norman.
Ron Kirkwood, the president of the
local Naval Association branch was a petty
officer musician in the RAN for 12 years
and served a further 12 years as a ser-
geant in the Naval Police.
Ron can still blow a trumpet as he
showed when he sounded The Last Post as
Mick Rudkins lowered the AWE.
Joining the veterans were others who
had served the RAN including a number
The group heard from Ron how the
ship was lost on that fateful night but how
she had recently been found off the coast
of Western Australia.
The HMAS Sydney remembrance cer-
emony has been conducted annually at
Redcliffe for many decades.
"And it will continue," declared those
in attendance this year.
MOVING: The small ceremony
was held at Moreton Bay.
Photo: Graham Davis
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