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By LCDR Annette Nelson
IN ORDER to assist with the imple-
mentation of the new 'cash only' policy
for the purchase of casual meals in
messes, casual meal charges for all
ADF/APS personnel will be rounded
up to the next whole dollar.
Rounding of the charges to whole
dollars will make the handling of money
and purchase of meals in messes simpler.
The rounding up of casual meal
charges is being done instead of the nor-
mal annual adjustment for 2010. The
revised charges are shown in the table
The date of effect for these changes is
April 12, 2010.
These adjustments to casual meal
charges in 2010 are being made in isola-
tion of adjustments to fortnightly meal
Fortnightly meal charges will be
adjusted as normal in mid-2010 based on
the movement in the food component of
the Consumer Price Index.
Do you hear there?
Adjustments to casual meal charges
THE second release from the
Perth Mint's annual Anzac Day $1
coin program pays tribute to all
those who have served or are cur-
rently serving with the RAN.
The coin's reverse portrays HMAS
Parramatta, a River class torpedo
boat destroyer built for the RAN
before WWI and the image of a lead-
ing seaman from the same era.
With a silhouetted bugler in the
background, the coin's reverse is
inscribed with the words 'Lest We
Forget' and the date of Anzac Day,
The coin's obverse depicts the Ian
Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010
ANZAC Day $1 coin
FESR to celebrate 55
years of service
Exciting future for Navy training
By Annabelle Haywood
COMMODORE Training, CDRE
Daryl Bates, recently briefed all
Fleet and shore COs on the future
of Training Force, Navy's "cradle to
grave" training organisation.
Training Force was created on July
1, 2009 to maximise the efficiency and
effectiveness of individual and collec-
"With the formation of Training
Force, we have put in place the organi-
sation that will allow us to provide our
people the training they need, when
they need it," CDRE Bates said.
"A key driver of the New Generation
Navy program is to deliver a train-
ing-focussed Navy that addresses the
burgeoning numbers under training
and ensures that our people are prop-
erly trained, get to sea early and update
their skills when it is appropriate.
"This was the catalyst for Plan
TRAIN and the use of Anzac class ships
to train more technical trade sailors. It
has been a terrific success, enabling us
to recover a critical deficiency in the
Anzac class, particularly the Marine
Technicians' operational qualifica-
CDRE Bates said Navy intended to
move on from Plan TRAIN and develop
a more scientific way to identify when
ships were needed at sea and alongside
to support the training pipeline.
"We have started to look very close-
ly at how we operate the Fleet to sup-
port individual and collective training,"
CDRE Bates said.
"With shore-based Training
Authorities now in Fleet Command, we
now have the wherewithal to maximise
the effectiveness and efficiency of our
shore training facilities, as well as the
in those 'classrooms' that float and are
A key initiative to support this
approach is the new Fleet Operating
Concept, which will focus on quality
training for both individual profession-
al development as well as the collective
training for all units.
CDRE Bates said this would allow
Sea Training Group to operate more
effectively and efficiently.
"We are focused on achieving
the absolute maximum value from
every moment at sea -- those who
were involved in the recent Fleet
Concentration Period would have seen
that every minute of every day was
used more effectively than in the past,"
CDRE Bates said.
"We are making sure that we have
a training organisation that ensures we
have properly trained people who are
well equipped for their jobs at sea and
ashore. The future is very exciting!"
MAXIMISING EFFICIENCY: CDRE
Darryl Bates says the future looks
bright for Navy training.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
THE Far East Strategic Reserve's
55th Anniversary International
Reunion will be held from May 27-
30 at Twin Towns Services Club
Coolangatta -- Tweed Heads.
To be involved in festivities people
do not have to be members of the
FESR Association, providing they
served between 1955-1971.
For further information con-
tact FESR QLD Secretary Jim
Shaw on (07) 5499 1275 or email
For further information contact
the Mint on (08) 9421 7222 or check
out the website at www.perthmint.
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