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April 15, 2010
By Michael Brooke
IN HER 16 years of distinguished
service in the RAN, there has been
no prouder moment for HMAS
Newcastle (CMDR Justin Jones)
than April 6 when she was present-
ed with the prestigious Gloucester
Cup, the Spada Shield and the
Australia Cup, all for the first time
in her history.
Newcastle's ship's company were
the personification of the Navy's
values when they stood at attention
while Governor-General Quentin
Bryce presented them with three
Fleet awards for 2009.
Ms Bryce presented the awards
at a ceremony on Newcastle's flight
deck at Fleet Base East where fam-
ily and friends gathered to watch
the outstanding warship's crowning
Ms Bryce praised CMDR Jones
and his ship's company for their
extraordinary ethic of collaboration,
teamwork, trust and respect, which
ensured such a highly professional
The Governor-General said the
Gloucester Cup, which recognises the
Fleet unit foremost in all aspects of
operations, safety, seamanship, reli-
ability and unit level training, spoke
volumes of Newcastle's prolific year
"I offer my warmest congrat-
ulations to her CO and her ship's
company for a hard earned and well
deserved honour; one that will stand
proudly alongside her other esteemed
awards of today," she said.
COMAUSFLT, RADM Stephen
Gilmore, and CDRE TRG, CDRE
Daryl Bates, joined the Governor-
General in presenting Newcastle with
the Spada Shield for the surface com-
batant foremost in operations, safe-
ty, reliability, warfare and unit level
training and the Australia Cup for
excellence in marine engineering.
The three Fleet awards for 2009
follow the successful trend Newcastle
established in 2008 when she was
awarded the Navy League Perpetual
Trophy -- Community Award, sev-
eral months before raising $57,000
for her adopted charity, The Hunter
Orthopaedic School in Newcastle.
CMDR Jones told Navy News this
was a very proud day for Newcastle
because the Gloucester Cup recog-
nised the hard work each and every
crew member put in.
"Today is especially auspicious
because it marks the first occasion
Newcastle has been awarded the
Gloucester Cup, the Spada Shield and Australia Cup; achievements that
reflect the power of people, of strong ship culture and spirit, and of team-
work," he said.
Newcastle's ship's company
rejoiced in their triumph and also
praised their CO for his leadership
and trust, which inspired everyone to
achieve such a professional outcome.
Newcastle's MEO, LCDR Macinty
Winner, said his Marine Engineers
won the Australia Cup because they
responded superbly to the trust and
responsibility given to them by
"My department has been serving
together for a few years now and they
respond really well to the opportu-
nities and challenges the CO gives
them," he said.
AB Maxine Davidson said she
loved being posted to Newcastle,
where she was one of a very hard
working but happy crew.
"The culture in Newcastle is real-
ly great and I'm looking forward to
another year or two," she said.
Newcastle's crew are already
looking forward to new challenges
during her next four month deploy-
ment, when she will participate in
the 100th anniversary of the Canadian
Navy, conduct an SM2 missile firing
at RIMPAC in Hawaii and also visit
Guam and Japan.
AWARDS TRIO: Governor-
General Quentin Bryce presents
the Gloucester Cup to HMAS
Newcastle's CO, CMDR Justin Jones
while, inset, LSBM Robert Silzer
helps Ms Bryce on board the ship.
Photos: ABIS Peter Thompson and
ABIS Sarah Williams
By Michael Brooke
THE heroes of Bondi Rescue recently
saluted HMAS Newcastle's SBLT Dan
Buys for his 'real' to 'reel' rescue of a
man drowning at iconic Bondi Beach.
SBLT Buys' prior experience as a
lifeguard, coupled with his ability to
calmly respond to crisis, was put to the
test when he went to Bondi with his fian-
cée, Vanessa, for a swim on March 21.
Upon entering the water the 33-year-
old Bondi local heard three men scream-
ing for help some 30m out.
He immediately swam to the aid of
the three men, where one was in a rip
and struggling to keep his head above
SBLT Buys said the man was terri-
fied and was trying to grab onto him to
"I quickly realised how very serious
the situation was because I was also run-
ning out of puff in the strong rip," he
SBLT Buys said that, despite his con-
cerns, he managed to calm the man, flip
him onto his back and bring him back to
"But it wasn't long until the life-
guards arrived on the scene to render fur-
ther assistance, which is when I noticed a
camera crew from Bondi Rescue filming
us," he said.
SBLT Buys, who has served in the
RAN for almost three years, then gave
an interview about how he responded to
the drowning man's plea for help and got
him back to shore.
Like many unsung Navy heroes,
SBLT Buys was overcome with modesty
when the Bondi lifeguards told him they
would nominate him for bravery award.
"One of the lifeguards asked me for
my name and contact details because
they wanted to nominate me for a brav-
ery award but, in all honesty, I was only
doing what I've been trained to do."
TV debut for Navy hero
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