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April 29, 2010
POWERFUL ALLIES: HMAS Parramatta, United States Navy Ship (USNS) Supply and USS Eisenhower conducting a replenish-
ment at sea (RAS) in the Gulf of Oman.
HMAS Parramatta (CMDR Heath Robert-
son) has arrived on station in the Middle
East to begin operations in support of Op
She conducted a handover at sea in the Gulf
of Oman with the outgoing Op Slipper ship
HMAS Stuart (CMDR Andrew Masters).
The day following the handover saw
Parramatta conduct a RAS with USNS Supply
in company with the American aircraft carrier
the USS Eisenhower.
The spectacular sight of the carrier was a
great highlight for the crew on their first day of
operations with CTF 150.
"It was amazing to see one of the American
carriers up so close and I'd love to get on board
one sometime," ABET Daniel Boyd said.
The Seahawks of Eisenhower loaded
Parramatta's flight deck with stores and sought-
after fresh food, while the fuel used in the tran-
sit to the MEAO was replenished.
Parramatta has made rapid progress to the
MEAO since leaving Sydney on March 15.
Parramatta conducted a program of internal
training and preparations enroute to the MEAO,
stopping briefly in Fleet Base West for resupply
and an overnight visit to Diego Garcia.
The crew are enthusiastic and eager to be
getting on with the job they've been training
for in recent months.
The CO of Parramatta CMDR Heath
Robertson said "for many onboard, this is their
first deployment to the Middle East. Being in
close proximity to the Eisenhower today has
really brought it home to them."
Parramatta expects be away for six months
as part of the Australian contribution to the
international campaign against terrorism, coun-
tering piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and conduct-
ing maritime security
She is the third ship to be flexibly tasked in
USS up close and friendly
Gov't House hosts
THREE Submariners recently received Bravery
Medals from the Governor of Western Australia, Dr
Ken Michael, in a ceremony at Government House.
The investiture took place in the Government House
ballroom, Perth with 66 recipients from across WA attend-
ing with their families to receive the formal presentation
of a variety of awards for courage, bravery and exceptional
CPO Greg Langshaw, CPO Rohan Pugh and LS Steven
Rowell were involved in the rescue of HMAS Farncomb
submariners who were washed overboard in 2007.
The three recipients of the Bravery Medal were part of
the recovery team who worked in difficult conditions to
recover five submariners who were washed overboard dur-
ing night operations.
Chief Petty Officers Langshaw, Pugh and Leading
Seaman Rowell displayed remarkable and selfless bravery
in swimming to, supporting and helping bring their ship-
mates back onboard.
Information about the Australian Bravery Medal is available at
Cadets on high after climb ex.
BEING sure-footed and having overcome
the fear of heights is something valued in
the Royal Australian Navy, particularly
when the engineering officer wants you
to effect an urgent repair on the mast of
a moving and rocking warship.
A group of Australian Navy Cadets in
Brisbane made an early start to gaining
these skills late last year.
They didn't have a mast to climb but
they did have imposing rock walls to top.
The cadets, from TS Gayundah (LEUT
Phil Broxham, ANC) attended Urban
Climb, a rock-climbing centre.
"Some of the cadets were very nervous
at first but soon were climbing to the top
of the walls," LEUT Broxham said.
"The senior cadets played a role in
helping the younger ones by building a
Another exercise planned is for the sen-
ior cadets to abseil down the well-known
Kangaroo Point cliffs.
RECOGNISED: Bravery Medal recipients (from
left): CPOs Rohan Pugh and Greg Langshaw, and
LS Steven Rowell, in the gardens of Government
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