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February 18, 2010
By CMDR Greg Swinden
TWENTY-SIX RAN officers were among the 172 people
to graduate from the demanding Australian Command
and Staff College late last year.
At a ceremony at the Australian Defence Force
Academy on December 3, the Chief of Navy Prize for
the officer who achieved the best overall results was
awarded to CMDR Grant O'Loughlan. An aviator who
joined the Navy in 1988 as a seaman officer, CMDR
O'Louglan completed pilot training in 1995 and has seen
extensive operational service.
The A.M. Synnot Prize, named in honour of former
CDF ADM Sir Anthony Synnot, was awarded to CHAP
Murray Lund. The prize is awarded to the officer who
displays the best written communication skills during
the Navy Single Service module of the course.
CMDR Robert 'Fitz' Gentry, USN, was awarded the
G.R. Griffiths Prize for the best oral communication
skills during the Navy Single Service module.
CMDR Rachel Durbin was awarded the
Commandant's Prize for 2009. This award is presented
to the person who consistently demonstrates a superior
level of commitment to improving their command and
The Lonsdale Medallion, for the RAN Staff Acquaint
Course, was awarded to LCDR Jeff Milward.
WOs Scott Brown and Dave Munro also completed
the Navy Single Service module and were awarded
a Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies from the
University of Wollongong.
By LEUT Ron Brown
GOVERNOR-General Quentin Bryce has reviewed
the 2009 graduating class of the RMIT Officer
Scheme on parade at HMAS Cerberus.
The December 11 parade included more than
1200 officers, sailors, soldiers and airmen currently
serving with the RAN's premier training establish-
ment. The Queen's Colour was paraded to mark the
The graduating class comprised 22 of the lat-
est technical officers and covered specialist areas in
weapons electrical engineering, marine engineering,
weapons electrical aviation engineering and aviation
engineering. It also contained a nursing officer for
the first time.
During the ceremony, MIDN Ronald Trigg was
awarded the Sir Brian Murray RSL Commemorative
Sword, while MIDN Shannon Martin, who attained
the highest aggregate score in studies, was awarded
the Australian Marine Technologies Prize.
The Governor-General spoke of recently spend-
ing time at sea in RAN warships and being deeply
impressed by the skill, professionalism and discipline
of the men and women she saw at work in an envi-
ronment of expanding technology.
"As engineering graduates, you will be at the cen-
tre of this [technological] change," Ms Bryce said.
"It will fuel and drive your careers and your rich
contributions to our national defence."
ALL DRESSED UP: Governor-General Quentin
Bryce reviews the Vice Regal Ceremonial Divisions
at HMAS Cerberus. Coincidentally it was also
CAPT Sheldon Williams' final parade as CO.
INSET: The Governor General and outgoing CO
CAPT Williams address the parade.
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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