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April 1, 2010
By Dallas McMaugh
723 SQUADRON (CMDR Don
Dezentje) has won the 2009
McNicoll Trophy, presented annu-
ally to the Fleet Air Arm squad-
ron with the best record in flying,
safety and proficiency.
Fleet Commander RADM Steve
Gilmore was on hand to present the
award and said the squadron had
done an extraordinary job in a chal-
lenging 12-month period.
"723 SQN spend so much time on
some of the less glamorous but vital
aspects of training and providing
experience to the Navy community,"
"They do it with a spring in their
step and the result is excellence.
They have set the mark very high
for others to aspire to."
Accepting the award on behalf of
the squadron, CO CMDR Dezentje
said he was both humbled and proud
of the achievement.
"It is public recognition of the
outstanding work by the squadron
maintenance, administration and
aircrew teams," CMDR Dezentje
"The award is recognition of the
tireless efforts of 723 SQN as a whole
and a reflection of the teamwork,
ethos, leadership and dedication of
RADM Gilmore then presented
ABATA Luke Healy with the CMDR
Ross Wendt OAM Award in recogni-
tion of his outstanding contribution
towards the Fleet's environmental
Throughout 2009, ABATA Healy
strived to educate and promote envi-
ronmentally friendly practices at
He was instrumental in the
coordination of the metal recycling
program, hazardous waste remov-
al from squadrons and the overall
reduction of paper waste within the
naval stores system.
ABATA Healey was also involved
in a community level, participating
in the Shoalhaven home composting
program and national plant a tree
day.He said he was pleased to receive
the award because it showed that
personal achievements don't go un-
noticed and it had motivated him to
"I hope this encourages other
individuals to be the best they can in
their chosen endeavours," he said.
723 SQN best in FAA
By Mary Millgate
723 SQUADRON have adopted Relay
for Life as their nominated charity for
At the time of going to press, the
200-strong squadron were busy register-
ing team members in this year's seventh
Relay for Life event, which took place at
the Nowra Showground over the week-
end of March 27-28.
CO CMDR Don Dezentje said the
Squadron was attracted to Relay for Life
because cancer strikes indiscriminately
and affects everyone.
"This is a charity we could all get
behind and support -- we would all like to
look forward to a world without cancer."
Charity Officer LEUT James Cosham
said he was hoping for good representa-
tion at the event.
"We will be learning from this to gear
up for 2011 and we will be fund-raising
throughout the year," he said.
Community spirit on show
READY TO GO: Participants in
the Relay for Life charity event are
(from left) POATA Laurence Jordan,
LEUT Karina Galliford, LEUT James
Cosham, LCDR Roger Brook,
ABCSO Kacee Paul and Mary
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
TOP GUNS: Commander Australian Fleet RADM Steve Gilmore presents the McNicoll Trophy to the CO of
723 Squadron, CMDR Donald Dezentje and LSATA Daniel Struber.
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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