Home' Navy News : April 29th 2010 Contents THE Commander Boarder Protection
Command presented the first lot of com-
mendations to personnel involved in the
SIEV36 rescue operation at a ceremony
in Cairns on April 20.
RADM Tim Barrett presented 13 of
more than 50 commendations to ADF
members involved in the explosion and
rescue drama that unfolded after the appre-
hension of the irregular entry vessel by the
Armidale class patrol boats, HMA Ships
Childers and Albany, on an Operation
RESOLUTE patrol off Ashmore Island
just over 12 months ago.
The commendations formally recog-
nised the courage and devotion to duty
of Defence people involved in the rescue,
treatment and evacuation of victims of the
All personnel, including members of
Transit Security Element 52, embarked with
the crews of Assail Two (HMAS Albany)
and Ardent Four (HMAS Childers), on the
day of the incident have been awarded an
ADF Gold (Chief of Joint Operations) Group
Commendation. Six individual commenda-
tions are also being awarded --- five to Navy
personnel and one to an Air Force corporal.
The first presentations were to Cairns-
based patrol boat crew, Ardent 4. Another
presentation ceremony for Darwin-based
patrol boat crews and Army and Air Force
personnel involved will take place on
Tuesday, May 4.
"Our people worked professionally and
with empathy under severe pressure to
ensure those involved in the SIEV 36 inci-
dent were rescued, treated and evacuated
quickly," said the Chief of Joint Operations,
LTGEN Mark Evans.
"Superior levels of teamwork and cohe-
sion were shown in developing pragmatic
solutions to extraordinarily complex and
"Importantly, all the rescued people sur-
vived which, given the extent of their inju-
ries, was a most notable achievement."
LTGEN Evans also gave a special men-
tion of "the exemplary performance" of
the Headquarters Northern Command staff
in Darwin who provided coordination and
support during the rescue and evacuation of
the critically injured.
A website has been established to tell
the full story of the extraordinary rescue
and medical evacuation. Photos of the com-
mendation presentation ceremonies are
being added as the events occur. The site
also contains the personal stories of many
of the 51 ADF members who are receiv-
ing commendations --- www.defence.gov.
Master of Psychology
(Occupational Mental Health)
The Australian Defence Force in conjunction with the University of
Adelaide is offering a unique new University program that has been
developed to enhance professional skills in the field of Defence Force
Successful graduates will gain a broad understanding of Defence
psychology and as well as develop the relevant skills and training
relating to mental health promotion and clinical practice.
The application form and details of the course can be found at
For additional information regarding the course contact
Mr Shane Latimer,
National Training Coordinator,
ADF Centre for Mental Health
April 29, 2010
LSBM Matt Keogh,
from Ardent Four, in
full boarding party
kit while in HMAS
Childers' RHIB) He
received an ADF
Gold (CJOPS) Group
RADM Tim Barrett
in the presentation
ceremony at HMAS
Cairns on April 20.
LS Keogh led the
party. onto SIEV36,
90 seconds before
In the face of extreme
danger and chaos,
LS Keogh tried to
get civilians off the
burning boat remain-
ing on board for four
LCDR Barry Learoyd (CO Assail Two)
LCDR Brett Westcott (CO Ardent Four)
CPL Sharon Jager (Air Force)
ADF Gold (CJOPs) commendation
CPO Rachelle Burnett
ADF Silver (DCJOPs) commendation
PO Officer Cheryl McCabe
ADF Bronze (DCJOPs) commendation
PO Rachele Karmiste.
New deal opens up Uni
opportunities for sailors
ADF members can expect to spend
less time studying towards a degree
due to an understanding Defence has
reached with education provider Open
Universities Australia (OUA).
Under the ADF Higher Education
Advanced Standing Scheme (ADFHEAS),
current, past and reserve ADF members
can apply to have their service qualifica-
tions recognised as credit towards under-
graduate and postgraduate programs.
Director General of the Defence
Education, Training and Development
Branch BRIG Peter Gates said OUA's
flexible study options would benefit the
"Our aim is to deliver first class edu-
cation and development that equips peo-
ple for their careers inside and outside
of Defence. Personnel with ADF training
and experience should be recognised and
the ADFHEAS scheme is about creating
paths to achieve higher education goals,"
BRIG Gates said.
To be eligible for the ADFHEAS
scheme, personnel must first meet the
entry requirements, qualifications and
deadlines specified by the participating
A certificate of eligibility or record of
training and education must be acquired
from the appropriate service Registered
Training Organisation (RTO), which is
sent to the university's admission centre
LCDR Glen Price said the ADFHEAS
scheme assisted him in completing a
Master of Engineering Management.
"The opportunities provided through
the ADFHEAS scheme to ADF mem-
bers are incredible. The scheme recog-
nised my previous Defence qualifications,
which meant I only needed to do half the
subjects. Normally, I would need to do
twice the work in twice the time but I
was awarded my Masters after complet-
ing four of the required eight subjects,"
LCDR Price said.
For information on the nationally recognised
qualifications awarded to Defence personnel
by the RTOs, visit http://www.defencequals.
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