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THE Head of Navy Capability has called
for input from Navy Reserve position
managers to rationalise capability with
In an all-ship-all-shore signal on
November 17, Deputy Chief of Navy
(DCN) RADM Davyd Thomas said spend-
ing on the reserves was forecast to exceed
budget this fiscal year by nearly 40 per
"It is imperative that Navy rationalises
its reserve requirement to fit within the
approved budget," he said.
"In order to deliver the approved level
of capability within the budget, a whole-
of-capability workforce review to the NR
capability will begin in November."
RADM Thomas said the review was
being conducted under the direction of
the Director General Navy Capability
Transition and Sustainment, CDRE Peter
"The input of each NR position manag-
er is vital to the review process," he said.
"NR position managers will shortly
receive a minute detailing positions under
their control that require input."
Responses are required by December
"The aim of the review is to align the
NR construct to prioritised capability out-
puts in accordance with the Navy Strategic
Plan 2009-2010 and to ensure a sustain-
able workforce to meet future capability
requirements," DCN said.
"It is key that we use this opportunity
to design a NR that delivers maximum
capability to Navy while acknowledging
the unique requirements and skills of our
In the minute to NR position manag-
ers, CDRE Lockwood said the Reserve
Reform Stream of the Strategic Reform
Program aimed to save about $380 mil-
lion over the next decade through better
integration of part- and full-time reserve
CDRE Lockwood said completion and
submission of spreadsheets by December
11 would allow completion of the analysis
phase of the review by March 10.
The aim is to determine:
The capability output of the position
(aligned with Navy Strategic Plan 2009-
The appropriateness of the rank and
PQ/category to achieve the capability
The adequacy of both position manag-
ers' and position supervisors' under-
standing of the relative importance
of the position in ensuring capability
The implication of removing positions
as evidenced by the assessments in sec-
tions of the spreadsheet.
The extent to which the position has
been filled over the past five years.
Any new NR position bids with identi-
fied offsets (any project position that is
enduring in nature should be considered
and submitted as a new position bid, if
justified and appropriate).
CDRE Lockwood also warned position
managers: "For planning purposes, you
should expect that there will be no excess
financial resources available to supplement
the NR budget in FY10/11 and beyond."
Rationalising reserve requirement
STICKING TO BUDGET: DCN RADM Davyd Thomas will apply
a whole of capability workforce review to reserves.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
MARKING an historic milestone, 50
former and serving members of Diving
Team 6 joined in celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the establishment of the
team at the St Kilda RSL on November
21.While the members present mourned
the recent loss at sea of former PO Geoff
'Megga' Bascombe, an iconic stalwart
of the team, their camaraderie came to
the fore on the night celebrating with
icons like Danny Dorman, Chief 'Buster'
Brown, Chief Glenn 'Shark' Delaland
and Chief Lee 'Schmoo' Smith.
Buster reminded all who would listen:
"I came here from England to teach you
buggers how to dive and speak English.
Now you're the best damn divers in the
world and I can't speak English!"
Former OICs CAPT Paul Willee,
LCDRs Wayne Sleeth, Raf Fabris and
Rohan Scheid, and LEUT Ray Smith,
were also present.
Paul told of several memories with
the following accounts of just two: while
searching for the possible bodies of a
couple at Eildon Dam, DT6 members
faced the additional hazard of their
demand valves freezing in the icy depths
of the lake.
In 1970 the Royal Yacht Britannia
visited Melbourne with Princess Anne
on board. While providing security,
the team was called upon to assist the
Commonwealth in a priority tasking --
recovering jewellery lost overboard by a
guest of the princess.
Rising to the task, the team quickly
recovered the lost item from the muddy
bottom of Port Melbourne. Princess
Anne was so delighted she suggested
other guests abandon their jewellery to
the depths for recovery by the team. Paul
politely suggested that this was not a
The lower decks were ably represent-
ed by team members, several of whom
have been on continuous full-time serv-
ice for many years. Third generation
reservist and 'Queen's AB' Diver Brent
Stafford said it was a great honour to help
organise the event to bring together the
old and bolds and the younger serving
members to celebrate the team's charac-
ters and rich history.
Long serving team member and
Secretary/Trustee of the Melbourne Naval
Centre, PO Carmel Tom, also assisted in
organising the event and was delighted to
see old friendships renewed.
Friendships founded as far back as
1959, through events such as the exten-
sive but fruitless search in enormous seas
at Cheviot Beach for then-Prime Minister
Harold Holt, were also renewed.
Younger team members were barraged
with many colourful 'warries' proving
that the team's oral history is alive and
Team six celebrates
PARTY TIME: Ex-CPO Buster Brown,
LCDR Doc Silver and Des O'Meara
with a Diving Team 6 banner.
Navy command looking to the future
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