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February 18, 2010
HMAS Glenelg (LCDR Shane
Doolin) recently visited Colombo,
Sri Lanka in order to build rela-
tions between the two nations.
At the beginning of her four-
day visit, Glenelg was greeted by
the Sri Lankan Navy (SLN) band
which played Waltzing Matilda
and Advance Australia Fair while
Glenelg came alongside.
During the visit, CO LCDR
Doolin and his fellow officers
attended a function at the Western
Naval Area Wardroom, hosted by
Commander Western Naval Area,
RADM A.R. Amarasinghe.
Glenelg was entertained with
superb hospitality and entertainment
from the SLN band again while
being introduced to a smorgasboard
of local cuisine.
Glenelg was also visited by the
Commander of the Navy for Sri
Lanka, VADM T.S.G. Samarasinghe,
who was fascinated by the technol-
ogy and design of the RAN's newest
Armidale class patrol boat, before
being hosted for a lunch and cocktail
party that saw Australian cuisine like
emu, kangaroo and crocodile steaks
served to guests.
The SLN Cultural Display
Troupe also performed a colourful
cultural display for members of the
ship's company who were united in
Glenelg strengthens ties
with Sri Lankan Navy
COLOURFUL GREETING: (Above)
Sri Lankan cultural dancers welcome
Glenelg's ship's company to their
SHIP TOUR: (Right) ABBM Brian
Mobbs poses with a group of children
who toured the ship.
WITH THE BOSS: (Below) The kids
pose for a photo with Glenelg's CO,
LCDR Shane Doolin.
By LCDR Antony Underwood
THE hard work of three Reservists
has enabled the RAN to share part of
its maritime warfare heritage with a
large number of Australian Navy Cadet
(ANC) units around Australia.
Thanks to the efforts of Bernie Carton
from the Torpedo Maintenance Facility
at Fleet Base West and retired clearance
divers CMDR John McAree, LCDR Jak
Wilson and CPOCD Gordon Lucas, 23
ANC units have received a Mark 44 tor-
pedo as a tangible connection with the
fighting units of the RAN.
Mark 44 lightweight torpedoes were
in the RAN armament inventory for dec-
ades and used by most NATO countries.
They could be launched from guided mis-
sile destroyers, guided missile frigates,
from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
and as part of the Ikara Australian ship-
launched anti-submarine missile.
With encouragement from the Deputy
Chief of Navy, the men worked with staff
at the HMAS Stirling-based Torpedo
Maintenance Facility, weapons systems
contractors, Thales, and staff at Defence
Establishment Orchard Hills to have a
number of the 2.64 metre-long torpedoes
"Demilitarisation involved removal of
the warheads and their batteries," LCDR
Navy cadet units
Each torpedo was delivered to the
training ships with a certificate of authen-
ticity that guaranteed the item had been
LCDR Wilson said the reactions from
members of the cadet units made the
effort involved very worthwhile.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: CDT
CPO Jack Stewart and his CO LEUT
Colin Edgar, with the Mark 44 tor-
pedo gifted to TS Paluma.
Photo: Graham Davis
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