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on FCP 2010
By LEUT Darren Mallet
FLEET Concentration Period
(FCP) is a great time to con-
solidate skills and ensure ships'
companies are ready to deal
with any eventuality that may occur
during the year.
This could never be truer than on
a ship like HMAS Darwin (CMDR
Christopher Smith), which has changed
over almost 34 per cent of her personnel
since December 2009.
After a successful and productive
trip 'up top' at the end of 2009, many of
Darwin's former ship's company were
posted to make way for a new crop of
officers and sailors.
One of the new faces is Executive
Officer, LCDR Darron Rowe, who joined
the ship in mid-January. This 19-year
veteran of various seagoing platforms
has taken the bull by the horns in true
Darwin tradition. So far, LCDR Rowe
is impressed with the integration of new
sailors with experienced hands on board,
and with the professional standard of sail-
ors during the early phases of FCP.
According to LCDR Rowe, FCP is a
great opportunity for ships to learn how
to work together in an environment where
the tempo is gradually escalated over the
course of the exercise.
"My priorities have been to get to
know the ship's company, ensure we all
implement high standards in presenting
ourselves and the ship and to familiarise
everyone with operating at sea in the
environment in which they are trained to
work," he said.
"We also have a number of Phase IV
Seaman Officers on board whose primary
goal is to achieve their Bridge Warfare
Certificates. They are working hard to
achieve this and certainly FCP is funda-
mental to test the consolidation of their
skills and to strive towards that award."
Darwin will go into refit in April this
year. LCDR Rowe said this would allow
many personnel to attend shore-based
courses to formalise qualifications, clear
some leave and spend time with family
In preparation, all departments on
board will be busy preparing for audits
and squaring away outstanding items
in order to be ready for the refit period,
while looking forward to coming out of
refit with enhanced capabilities.
WHAT A VIEW!:
The Fleet at
anchor in Jervis
Photo: LSIS Kelvin
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