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December 10, 2009
A special day to remember
By CDTABs Brett Cope and
IN LATE October we were lucky
enough to visit HMAS Hammersley,
the fictional patrol boat that appears
in the TV drama Sea Patrol.
We travelled from Cairns to
Mission Beach where we were met by
PO Tony Leslie, the real coxswain of
the patrol boat and also an instructor
at our unit, and driven to Hammersley
(HMAS Launceston) by RHIB.
Once on board we were given a
safety brief and split into two groups
for a tour of the ship.
After our tour we witnessed a fire-
fighting demonstration and then were
lucky enough to try on all the firefight-
ing gear and practice with the hoses
off the back of the ship. The crew also
showed us the bridge and all the latest
electrical equipment, including naviga-
tional and surveillance gear.
The crew gave us an insight into
their everyday life in the Navy but the
most exciting part of the trip was going
on the RHIB as the boarding party,
where everyone enjoyed the fast ride
on the ocean.
After that evolution we were fam-
ished so we headed to the galley to
check out what was on for lunch -- the
food ranged from hamburgers to toma-
After lunch we were thrilled to
watch some of the filming of the show.
Sadly, before long it was time to head
ashore. On the bright side, we were
met at Mourilyan Wharf by some
of the Sea Patrol cast and crew who
signed autographs for us and had their
photo taken with us.
Although we were sorry to leave,
we were happy to be going home so we
THE filming of the Nine Network Navy drama series, Sea Patrol, has taken a high level of cooperation between the Service and producers in HMAS Cairns,
homeport for Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Launceston, alias HMAS Hammersley (as she appears in the series). It's all a matter of geography and, in
terms of proximity, Cairns-based TS Endeavour has a distinct advantage ... as two separate incidents involving the vessels and cast of Sea Patrol show.
could share our wonderful experience
and adventure on HMAS Hammersley
with our families and friends.
Those who joined us from TS
Endeavour were PO Dominique
Taylor, LS Adam Kregenbrink, SMNs
Josh Cummins, Layla Cutter and
Letitia Field, and our XO LEUT Mark
DAZZLED: Crew members of TS Endeavour meet
Hammersley's new Buffer. Inset, ABCK Rebecca
'Bomber' Brown, played by Kirsty Lee Allan, smiles
for the camera with TS Endeavour's CDTSMN Josh
CN praises outstanding cadets
TS ANZAC was a hive of activ-
ity and a blaze of colour on
November 14 as the unit eagerly
awaited the arrival of the Chief
of Navy to present the awards
recognising the premier unit in
Australia for 2009.
National Commander CAPT
Eliot Fisher, ANC, and TS Anzac
CO SBLT Ray Cron, ANC, greet-
ed VADM Russ Crane, AM, CSM,
RAN, as he arrived and, following
the salute, accompanied him on
the inspection of a well-presented
unit with a guard and drum corps.
VADM Crane praised the out-
standing efforts of the unit say-
ing they had realised their motto,
Second to None.
After the march past VADM
Crane presented his Premier Unit
Flag, signifying the best unit in
Australia. The hoist was conducted
with great pride by the signal hand
and the flag will be flown for 12
months. This was followed by the
presentation of the NLA Trophy to
Following the presentation,
CAPT Fisher told VADM Crane
that the ANC was very proud to
have a former cadet as the Chief
of Navy. A framed presentation
of ANC badges and accoutre-
ments was then presented to CN
in appreciation of his support to
Later the first of the Cadet
Readiness badges (Staff) were
presented to LCDR Peter Martin,
LEUT Lance Spice and SBLT
Cron, followed by presentations of
Cadet Readiness badges (Cadet)
to Cadets CPO Perham, LS Lewis
Ascough and LS Bradshaw.
SPECIAL UNIT: CN VADM Russ Crane inspects
the parade during a ceremony at TS Anzac.
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
TS CONDAMINE celebrated its reactivation on
November 21 in the Great Hall at The Pittwater
Although based inside a school, Condamine
remains a community unit.
Condamine began life as TS Perth in 1946
at the Manly ferry wharf. The unit became
Condamine in 1956 but closed in 2005 because of
issues with its building (then at Manly Vale).
Since reopening in June the strength of the unit
has grown to 20 cadets.
The ceremony saw the presentation of an offi-
cial colour and was attended by Fleet Commander
RADM Steve Gilmore.
CO LCDR Wayne Gobert said the reactivation
was a great turning point.
"The cadets performed very well," he said.
"The unit looks forward to growing its senior-
ity base and recruiting more female cadets."
VALUED GUEST: Fleet Commander RADM Steve
Gilmore and CDTSMN Toys Fiefia cut the official
By CDTAB Alex Taifalos
FIFTEEN cadets from TS Endeavour
had the opportunity to witness
the filming of an episode of the
hit Channel Nine drama Sea Patrol
on November 10.
We arrived at our unit at 1600
to prepare to take part in this
But, when we marched to the
HMAS Cairns wharf we had little
idea that we had made a great
After CDTLS Adam Kregenbrink
dismissed us, we were moved
over to the other side of the set
where we watched the filming.
Imagine our disbelief when
our CO, LCDR Christine Wootton,
told us that the director was so
impressed with us he wanted to
include us in the scene that was
We were asked to form a
squad and march down the wharf.
After half a dozen takes of the
30-second scene, the stars of the
series took time out of their busy
day to have photos taken with us.
What can we say but WOW!
We enjoyed ourselves and had the
best time being 'stars' and meet-
ing the real ones.
Season four of Sea Patrol is
scheduled to air in mid-2010.
cadets' claim to
fame in Cairns
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