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March 18, 2010
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
THE Company of Master Mariners of
Australia (CMMA) recently welcomed
CMDR Alex Hawes as a full member.
CMDR Hawes undertook full-time
civil schooling throughout 2009 at the
Western Australian Maritime Training
Centre in Fremantle and achieved his
unlimited qualification as Chief Officer.
He is the first serving officer of the
permanent Navy to have done so.
"I've found the people involved in the
delivery of this training to be very pro-
fessional indeed, and those going through
with me to be a fine crop of maritime tal-
ent," he said.
"I'm delighted to have had such a
warm and genuine welcome from the
CMDR Hawes was sponsored for
membership to CMMA by the Federal
Secretary, CAPT Frank Kaleveld, and
joined the ranks in October 2009.
Federal Master CAPT Allan Gray is
very supportive of robust RAN represen-
tation in the company.
"We thrive on the diversity of the
experience of our members, and naval
personnel bring a great deal to the table,"
"I would be very pleased to see a
growing interest from serving people."
The CMMA is a not-for-profit profes-
sional association founded in 1938 to
promote the interests and status of the
Merchant Navy generally and of Master
Mariners in particular.
Membership is open to hold-
ers of a Master Class 1 Certificate of
Competency, an overseas equivalent
recognised by AMSA, a Master Class 2
Certificate of Competency and Seaman
Officers in the RAN of LCDR rank and
The CMMA is constituted under
the patronage of the Governor-General
and maintains six branches based in
Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney,
Newcastle and Brisbane.
More information can be found at www.mas-
In good company
THE Chief of the Defence Force,
ACM Angus Houston, recently
welcomed 330 midshipmen and
officer cadets into the Australian
Defence Force Academy at the
annual CDF Parade.
Speaking at the event on
February 27, ACM Houston said the
parade marked the completion of the
initial intensive military training of
the midshipmen and officer cadets
and was a significant milestone in
"I congratulate all our first years
on their determination and tenac-
ity in the face of adversity, and the
intense bonds of friendship already
formed," ACM Houston said.
"I hope you have a sense of
great achievement in what you have
already been able to accomplish and
an unwavering confidence that you
do have what it takes to be an officer
in the ADF.
"You join, and will inevitably go
on to lead, some of the finest people
in this country, and it is with great
pride that I welcome you into the
Academy, and into the wider ADF
MIDN to ADFA
CDF also welcomed 13 new
midshipmen and officer cadets
from Singapore, Pakistan, Thailand,
Cambodia, Malaysia and the
WELCOME: CDF ACM Angus Houston reviews midshipmen and
officer cadets at the recent CDF Parade held at ADFA in Canberra.
Photo: David Paterson
THRIVING ON DIVERSITY: CMDR Alex Hawes (right) recently joined the
Company of Master Mariners of Australia and is the first permanent Navy
member to do so.
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