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April 15, 2010
ALTHOUGH there have been
recent improvements in recruiting
and retention in the Permanent
Navy, the Naval Reserve's part-
time contribution will still be vital
to 'ease the pain' of future PN
"We are committed to better inte-
gration between part-time and full-
time service in the ADF and remov-
ing the factors that can impede the
contribution part-time forces can
make to ADF capability," Chief of
Navy VADM Russ Crane said.
"The evolution of an integrated
and capability-based Naval Reserve
structure is consistent with a highly-
trained and professional Reserve."
VADM Crane was address-
ing delegates to the recent Naval
Reserve Corporate Leadership
Forum in Canberra on March 22.
He said the "history and enviable
reputation" of Naval Reserve serv-
ice had been interwoven with unit
and individual achievements since
the formation of the NSW Naval
Brigade in 1963.
"Today, Reservists can feel, jus-
tifiably, a sense of pride not just in
their history, but in their achieve-
ments in supporting operations and
in knowing that they are an inte-
grated force delivering fundamental
capability as part of the ADF," he
said.Reservists have participated in
each and every major operation in
recent times including the Solomon
Islands, East Timor, Bougainville,
Iraq and Afghanistan. This is in
addition to humanitarian efforts in
South East Asia, Pakistan, Vanuatu
and, more recently, Tonga.
"Over recent years, Defence has
employed part-time members in
several large scale national secu-
rity activities such as the Olympics,
Commonwealth Games, APEC
meetings and visits by international
dignitaries," VADM Crane said.
"Critical specialists, such as sur-
geons and other professionals, have
also provided invaluable service to
Defence operations on a part-time
"Part-time personnel now rou-
tinely undertake extended operation-
al deployments in the near region,
By Michael Brooke
AFTER almost 37 years loyal service
in the RAN, LCDR Allan Brown will
soon 'swallow the anchor'.
LCDR Brown, 52, will retire from the
Navy in July to "go fishing and surfing"
for the next 12 months, but anticipates
remaining useful to the RAN by eventu-
ally returning as a Reservist.
LCDR Brown was farewelled from his
posting at the Amphibious Afloat Support
System Program Office by friends and
colleges at a morning tea on March 12.
In his parting message he said sailors
serving in ships at sea did a fantastic job
and deserved all the support they could
get from Navy personnel and public serv-
ants posted to shore establishments.
LCDR Brown joined the Navy in
1974 as a baby-faced 16-year-old marine
technician who wanted the challenges,
rewards and opportunities only a career
in the RAN could offer.
He said the highlights of his career
included his time at sea on DDGs, two
postings with the Sea Training Group and
his final posting at Ship Repair.
such as the members of the Reserve
Diving Team who deployed to the
Solomon Islands in 2009."
VADM Crane said the future suc-
cess of our modern defence force
would be influenced by our ability
to attract and retain the best people
into the ADF, and to provide train-
ing and operational opportunities
to ensure the ongoing provision of
capability and outputs on which the
ADF could depend.
"I am heartened by the recent
improvements in the recruiting and
retention of PN personnel," he said.
"However, I sound a warning
against any complacency in this area
and suggest that it may only be a
matter of time before a resurgent
commercial sector renews its vora-
cious trawl for key skills which will
place Navy under manning pressure
"It is therefore as important now,
as it will be in the future, to invest in
maintaining a trained, dedicated and
available Naval Reserve that will be
there to ease the pain of potential
future PN shortfalls."
VADM Crane also urged Naval
Reservists to make the most of
"The service Reserves provide
to the ADF make good news stories
and, in an age where the media is
often looking for angles or a scoop,
it is in the Services' interests to high-
light such contributions and achieve-
ments as one positive way to build
on good reputation."
IMPORTANT CAPABILITY: CN says the contribution Naval
Reserves make to overall ADF capability is critical. Here, SMN
Anthony Graham of Australian Navy Reserve Diving Team 10 helps
out at the Hobart Regatta.
Photo: SBLT Carolyn Docking
BON VOYAGE! LCDR Allan Brown (centre) will soon retire from the RAN. At
a recent farewell morning tea, CO HMAS Kuttabul, CMDR Christine Clarke,
and Sustainment Manager Amphibious Afloat Support System Program
Office, CMDR Graham Williams, presented LCDR Brown with a framed gift
detailing all the ships on which he has served during his lengthy career.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
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