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February 18, 2010
DG's HEADS UP DG's HEADS UP
WITH only a few weeks
gone in 2010, it's evi-
dent that this year will
mark a significant mile-
stone in the use of Navy Reservists
contributing to capability and out-
The Capability Review is well
underway with the goal of determining
the best possible outcome for Navy.
This will inform the Naval Reserve
(NR) postings in the next FY.
With budgetary constraints being
felt across the ADF through efficien-
cies sought under the Reserve Reform
Stream of the Strategic Reform
Program (SRP), funded reserve com-
mitment positions must deliver capa-
bility where it's most needed. Further,
there will be no supplementation of
NR funding in the next FY.
Given that the last major review of
NR positions was carried out in 2001
-- albeit with modifications over the
intervening years -- it is timely that this
current Capability Review focus on
delivering capability under SRP. The
NR is not alone in this. Both Army
and Air Force Reserves are undergoing
As further details come to hand,
DGRES-N's New Year Message
NR members will be informed of
employment opportunities. If you
do not receive the weekly NR email-
out that details job opportunities and
important signals and DEFGRAMS, I
encourage you to provide your email
address to LCDR 'Paddy' Flynn at
firstname.lastname@example.org, who is
the RRP Manager in HMAS Harman.
"This year will mark a
in the use of Navy
I had the opportunity to attend the
Seapower 2010 conference in Sydney
over the last week in January.
The theme centred on amphibious
and joint operations from the sea and
provided a stimulating and informa-
tive program of speakers representing
the ADF and other countries' forces.
Given the RAN's acquisition of
two landing helicopter dock (LHD)
ships over the next five years, the dis-
cussion was highly relevant.
The use of Reserves in this aspect
of naval service was seen as desirable
and relevant and I foresee further work
being undertaken over the next few
years to flesh out just what capability
can be provided on a part-time basis.
I encourage NR members to
continue to serve on a part-time or
full-time basis. Your contribution to
Australia's defence is both recognised
THE East Timor Defence Force (F-
FDTL) has been provided with a first
hand look at Australian patrol boat
operations during a visit by HMAS
Albany (LCDR Bill Triffitt).
The Chief of the East Timor
Defence Force, MAJGEN Taur Matan
Ruak, and a delegation of senior
officers and instructors, were invited
aboard the patrol boat to sail from Dili
to the port of Com.
The Commander of the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
in East Timor, CDRE Stuart Mayer,
said the visit to HMAS Albany was
particularly important for the F-FDTL
with East Timor soon to take posses-
sion of two Oecussi class patrol boats.
"East Timor is in the process of
significantly increasing its capacity to
protect its maritime area and the ISF
is assisting where we are able to do
so," CDRE Mayer said.
"The range of exercises that were
undertaken also gave senior East
Timorese military personnel insight
into a number of the challenges faced
in operating a patrol boat force."
MAJGEN Matan Ruak said the
RAN's demonstration and instruc-
tion provided valuable knowledge for
when the new East Timorese patrol
boats became operational.
Valuable insight for
East Timor Navy
SHARING KNOWLEDGE: RAN boarding officer LEUT Bradley
Morgan shakes hands with East Timor Defence Force officer, LEUT
David Santos, after boarding party practice on board HMAS Albany.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
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