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April 1, 2010
By CMDR Steve Dunning
NAVY'S contingent at this year's
Clipsal motor racing carnival were
full of enthusiasm at the opportu-
nity to get up close and personal
with spectators at what has been
acclaimed as 'the greatest touring car
event in the world'.
For Dive Team Nine (DT9) mem-
ber ABDVR Adam Brancher, Clipsal
was the perfect opportunity to show
off Navy's capability and some of the
jobs available to people considering
joining the Service.
"The new 20,000 litre dive tank
was a show stealer and one of the
major draw cards," he said.
"The kids were intrigued to see
DT9 members playing noughts and
crosses inside the tank while decked
out in scuba gear.
"It was a magnet for the kids and
we had thousands of people come
through the Navy's display area over
the four days of the carnival. Every
day we had people wanting to chat and
get involved with Navy with a number
even showed interest in joining up."
As in previous years, Navy was well
represented by South Australian-based
personnel from Naval Headquarters
-- SA and the Joint Electronic Warfare
Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU),
with additional support from metro-
politan naval cadet units. An-eight
member team from HMAS Albatross'
Naval Aviation Prospect Scheme
(NAPS) also provided invaluable sup-
port with their state-of-the-art set up.
NAPS proved to be a central attrac-
tion providing another great opportu-
nity for Navy to engage and interact
with the public as they filed through
the various Defence displays looking
for opportunities to mingle with ADF
personnel and have a go on the various
pieces of military kit.
"The NAPS is valuable as a recruit-
ing tool, particularly the interaction
with young people," said an enthu-
siastic ABATA Linda Canham. "For
some, it can plant the seed for them
to consider Navy as a career option.
Many don't realise the opportunities
"It's fantastic to be able to talk
about your career -- I love the Navy,
I love being at sea and the teamwork
involved. So it's great to pass on my
knowledge and experience to the kids
after nine years in the Navy."
While the official attend-
ance figure had this year's crowd at
nearly 280,000, Navy Community
Engagement Coordinator for South
Australia, LCDR Ken Holbert, said
they had about 3500 people and 12
schools visit the Navy display on the
first day of the carnival.
"At the same time we had addi-
tional exposure over the four days as
numerous images and interviews with
ADF personnel were shown over the
many giant video screens that popu-
lated the circuit," he said.
Not surprisingly, Defence Force
Recruiting personnel were also kept
busy responding to people whose inter-
est was sparked by the various ADF
active and static displays on Defence
Oval in the heart of Adelaide's pictur-
esque eastern parklands.
Other Navy displays included
a RHIB manned by personnel from
JEWOSU and the rock band from the
ever-popular RAN Band (SA Det).
Featuring the third round of the
2010 V8 Supercar Championship
Series, the Clipsal 500 is centred
on four days of car race action on
3.2km street circuit. Completed over
two legs of 250km, this year's event
was dominated by Holden's Garth
Tander who won both races, much to
the chagrin of Ford fans.
When 85-year-old racing legend
Murray Walker was asked his thoughts
on Clipsal and the ADF's presence, he
described the event as "the best kept
secret in motor racing".
"In Europe and Britain the focus
is on just the motor racing event," he
said. "Clipsal is more than that -- it's
an event that all the family can come to
with something for everyone".
An ex-British Army veteran who
was commissioned into the Royal
Scots Greys during World War II, Mr
Walker was effusive in his praise for
Defence's role as a principal sponsor
of Clipsal, noting that, aside from the
air and ground displays, the ADF dis-
play on Defence Oval was a great way
of connecting with the public.
TEAMWORK: LT Amanda Walton
(left) and ABATA Linda Canham
pose with the Army's 'Project
Digger' vehicle at the Adelaide
Clipsal 500 and, inset, LCDR Ken
Holbert shows Corey Haskard the
formula four race car owned by AB
Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
DEPUTY Chief of Navy RADM Davyd
Thomas has put all members on notice,
with a call to re-think the way they do
DCN has warned travel and many
other aspects of Service life will come
increasingly under the microscope as
Navy strives to do its bit to save $20 bil-
lion in Defence over the next 10 years.
DCN told delegates to a conference
on the Strategic Reform Program (SRP)
in Canberra that travel was a key area of
SRP. He urged all personnel to consider
other options such as the use of sound and
video conferencing to save money.
DCN said the savings would pay for
Navy's program of hardware acquisitions
including the Air Warfare Destroyers
(AWDs), Helicopter Landing Ships
(LHDs), helicopters, new replenishment
ships, frigate and submarine replace-
ments, which would take the RAN into
The list of new assets is exciting and
impressive, but DCN warned it can't hap-
pen unless Navy alone saves 1.8 billion
dollars or 180 million dollars a year.
"We have to make real reform,"
RADM Thomas said. "It's a job for each
and every person here, in Sydney and in
the west. We cannot wait this one out.
The challenge is to start generating the
RADM Thomas said the New
Generation Navy program had prepared
Navy well to respond. He said NGN's
Signature Behaviours would help improve
"cost consciousness" and encourage all
members to act responsibly when using
DCN told the audience the SRP
reform program would challenge the
value system to the core.
"Making the difference is the opportu-
nity I want to give you," he said. "Change
is here -- it's the way we do business. I'm
about altering course to a new direction to
focus on reform."
DCN puts RAN on notice
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