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April 1, 2010
THIS November marks the 70th
year since Tribal class destroyer
HMAS Arunta was laid down at
Arunta saw service and reserve
time from 1940 to 1968.
HMAS Arunta (II) was commis-
sioned as an Anzac class frigate in
1998 and continues to uphold the
finest traditions of her namesake.
The HMAS Arunta Association is
planning a function in Melbourne
in November to celebrate this mile-
For information contact Bruce
Roberton, secretary of the HMAS
Arunta Association, at bruce.
THE recently established Cyber
Security Operations Centre at DSD
has commissioned a new super-
computer from Cray Inc.
The new computer supports
DSD's signals intelligence and cyber
security missions and represents cut-
ting edge computer technology.
Commissioning the new com-
puter, Defence Personnel, Materiel
and Science Minister Greg Combet
said it was part of the Defence White
Paper commitment to significantly
upgrade intelligence and cyber secu-
"Intelligence is fundamental to
the security of our deployed forces
and to wider government in protect-
ing Australia against external threats
such as terrorism," Mr Combet said.
"DSD is the national agen-
cy responsible for the production
of foreign signals intelligence and
the Commonwealth's authority on
information, communications and
celebrates 70 years
DSD steps into the
future of IT
By LEUT Gary McHugh
CMDR David Strangward has
been named the Submarine
Force's Senior Survivor, mean-
ing he is the longest serving
submariner in the squadron.
Joining the Navy 36 years
ago as a Junior Recruit at HMAS
Leeuwin, CMDR Strangward went
on to complete his electronic tech-
nician system training at HMAS
After a posting to the former
Destroyer Escort HMAS Torrens,
CMDR Strangward decided the
surface life wasn't for him and
volunteered for the silent service.
"I was initially sent to the UK
to undertake submarine training,"
CMDR Strangward said.
"From there I returned to
Australia and joined HMAS
Otway as a part three sailor."
He was awarded his Dolphins
in 1978 and went on to serve in
a number of Oberon class sub-
marines, including HMA Ships
Ovens, Otama and Onslow.
After being promoted to WO
in 1992, CMDR Strangward was
posted to the former submarine
base, HMAS Platypus, where he
served as the Squadron Warrant
"It was while serving in this
position that I was appointed a
Member of the Order of Australia
in the 1995 Honours List," he told
"A year later I was selected
for commissioning and undertook
Weapons Electrical Engineering
Officer training at HMAS
After consolidating his train-
ing with a posting to HMAS
Newcastle, CMDR Strangward
underwent Collins conversion
training before posting to HMA
ships Waller and Dechaineux,
where he was awarded his WEE
He has held Charge positions
in HMA Ships Collins, Farncomb
and Ballarat, where he was pro-
moted to commander.
An overseas posting saw
THE independent Defence Honours
and Awards Tribunal will inquire
into recognition for Australian
Cadet Forces officers and instruc-
Submissions to the inquiry close
on Monday, April 19, 2010.
The Tribunal can be con-
tacted at Defence Honours and
Awards Tribunal, Locked Bag
7765, Canberra Business Centre,
ACT 2610 or via email to DHA.
The terms of reference for the
inquiry and guidance on how to
make a submission can be found at
Review of honours for
cadets officers and
Silent service's longest survivor
CMDR Strangward serving in the US as
part of the new torpedo project located in
Newport, Rhode Island.
CMDR Strangward said there were
many highlights of his illustrious naval
career, but a couple of periods stood out.
"One was a six-month deployment to
Alaska in HMAS Collins and the other
was being the fire control officer for the
first submarine harpoon firing from a
Collins class submarine," he said.
CMDR Strangward is currently the
Staff Officer Engineering in the recently-
formed Submarine Capability Directorate.
"Being selected the Senior Survivor
is quite an honour and a surprise as I am
now really starting to realise how old I'm
getting!" he said.
LONG TIME TO WAIT: CMDR David Strangward receives the silent survivor
By Michael Brooke
IF YOU have ever aspired to
pilot a Navy helicopter, steer a
guided missile frigate or drive a
submarine across the Australian
landscape, then this is your big
The Navy Variety Bash team is
looking for 10-12 charity-minded
and fun-loving sailors to partic-
ipate in the 2010 NSW Variety
Team spokesperson, LCDR
Graeme Wong, said the Navy
team required crew for five Bash
cars it would enter in the annual
charity drive that raises money for
Australian children with special
"The five Navy cars will par-
ticipate in the 3500km voyage
from B Shed (Sydney Market) to
Byron Bay, via Bourke, Moree,
Goondiwindi and Toowoomba,
during August 22-30," he said.
The sailors will spear-
head the Fleet in five cars that are
mock-ups of a frigate, submarine,
replenishment ship and two heli-
Personnel who want to volun-
teer their time for charity require
a good sense of humour to inter-
act with participants and children.
They need to pay for their food
and accommodation and make a
contribution towards the cost of
For further details about the 2010
NSW Variety Bash contact LCDR
Graeme Wong on 0412 256 918,
or email graeme.wong@defence.
Ships, subs and helos
head bush for charity
cars to helos,
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