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April 1, 2010
By Michael Brooke
THE sailors posted to HMAS
Kuttabul (CMDR Christine Clarke)
were confronted by 'royalty' in the
form of an eye-popping colossus
when they arrived for duty recently.
The 'royalty' was the Queen Mary
2 (QM2), the largest and most extrava-
gant cruise ship ever built, which ber-
thed at Sydney's Garden Island from
Such is the enormity of the 314.4m
long and 65m tall QM2 (151,000 gross
tonnes) that curious sailors who paid
her a visit looked like ants scurrying
at the feet of a giant.
Kuttabul's Port Services Manager,
LCDR Gerry Savvakis, was embarked
to provide advice on the berthing
position and depths, along with acting
as a liaison between the ship and the
LCDR Savvakis said for a ship of
her size her manoeuvrability was quite
"The opportunity to pilot the QM2
has provided an excellent insight to
the manoeuvrability of podded ships
such as the forthcoming LHD's," he
said.LCDR Savvakis told Navy News
the logistics involved in the visit were
"In all up to 30 coaches operated
out of the base along with 14 semi-
trailers providing stores for the ship,"
At a cost of a cool $800m, QM2
is a true heir to the timeless elegance,
legacy and inspiration of the great lin-
ers of legend.
Giant cruise liner
MIGHTY: Queen Mary 2, the largest
and most extravagant cruise ship
ever built, berthed at Garden Island
in early March.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack Chief praises shark
attack rescue heroes
By Michael Brooke
ABCD Paul de Gelder's courageous
'technical knock out' victory over
a bull shark in Sydney Harbour
last year was only round one in his
remarkable fight for survival.
ABCD de Gelder believes he
probably would not have lived to
tell the tale of his fight with a 2.8m
shark if not for the help provided
immediately after by his mates in
Australian Clearance Diving Team
One (AUSCDT ONE).
The three Navy divers who ABCD
de Gelder attributes with saving his
life by preventing him from bleed-
ing to death were recognised with
Chief of Navy Commendations dur-
ing a ceremony at HMAS Waterhen
on March 15.
CN, VADM Russ Crane, AO,
CSM, RAN, praised POCD Lane
Patterson, LSCD Jeremy Thomas and
ABCD Arthur McLachlan for going
above and beyond the call of duty to
save their mate.
After ABCD de Gelder drove the
shark away, the trio recovered him
from the water and applied life pre-
serving first aid, while ferrying the
injured diver to Fleet Base East where
he was rushed by ambulance to hospi-
tal for emergency surgery.
VADM Crane said that, although
Clearance Divers like to operate as
a team, it was his great pleasure to
present the commendations to three
special individuals, "whose courage
and dedication to duty speaks volumes
for the Clearance Diving Branch, of
Navy values and of mateship in gen-
ABCD de Gelder told Navy News
he had no doubt that POCD Patterson,
LSCD Thomas and ABCD McLachlan
saved his life.
"These blokes are awesome -- they
saved my life," he said.
ABCD de Gelder, 32, lost his
lower right leg and right hand when
he was attacked in waters between Mrs
Macquarie's Chair and Garden Island
at 6:55 am on February 11, 2009.
ABCD de Gelder was one of 16
divers from AUSCDT ONE who were
role playing underwater intruders
and incursion swimmers during Trial
Kondari when the attack took place.
LIFESAVERS: From left, CN VADM Russ Crane, ABCD Arthur
McLachlan, LSCD Jeremy Thomas, POCD Lane Patterson and ABCD
Paul de Gelder, at HMAS Waterhen. ABCD McLachlan, LSCD Thomas
and POCD Patterson were each awarded CN Commendations for their
role in saving ABCD de Gelder after he was attacked by a shark in
Sydney Harbour last year.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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