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DEDICATION to the job, ingenuity
and inspiration are some of the words
used to describe a member of HMAS
Stuart's ships flight.
LSATA Dylan Ewart led by example
when it came to the maintenance of
the 'Mongrel' -- the Seahawk helicop-
ter deployed with the ship on its six
month rotation in the Middle East Area
For his efforts he received a Silver
The crew racked up more than 400
hours flying time in theatre and up to
500 hours over the whole deployment.
It was LSATA Ewart and the main-
tainers aboard the Stuart that enabled
such a milestone to be reached. This is
how he and the other maintainers did it:
"Every 190 hours an aircraft has to
go down for servicing," LSATA Ewart
"We broke the 190 hours up into
daily maintenance tasks, so we poured
through the books to plan out our daily
maintenance goals and organised a 24-
hour work schedule broken into shifts.
On top of the maintenance plan put
in place, he came up with novel ideas to
fix problems that had arisen.
"We had a hinge that was broken
and we didn't have one on board so I
manufactured a new one out of some
spare aluminium we had," he said.
Flight Commander on HMAS Stuart,
LCDR Mark Massie was impressed
with LSATA Ewart's work.
"He has been a linchpin of the flight
for a long time," LCDR Massie said.
"He has an incredible amount of profes-
sional pride, high skill levels and is an
excellent mentor for his subordinates."
JOB WELL DONE: LSATA Dylan Ewart displays the commendation for his
efforts in enabling a milestone in aircraft service to be reach aboard HMAS
Stuart while deployed within the MEAO.
HMAS Manoora hasjoined
forces with Townsville-
based 2RAR for Exercise
Croix Du Sud, a six-nation
disaster relief exercise, in
The 450 strong con-
tingent will also include
personnel to augment the
Combined Joint Task Force
Headquarters in Noumea.
have the opportunity to
work alongside personnel
from France, New Zealand,
Tonga, Vanuatu and Papua
New Guinea in humanitar-
ian assistance and disaster
relief was important given
recent experience respond-
ing to disasters," said the
Chief of Joint Operations,
LTGEN Mark Evans.
"The aim of this bien-
nial exercise is to enhance
participating nations with
a focus on humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief
as well as evacuation opera-
tions involving civilians.
"Defence personnel have
the opportunity to improve
their skills in a challeng-
ing environment, preparing
them for real-life situations
such as those experienced
in the earthquake-ravaged
Haiti in January this year,
as well as the earthquake in
Padang, Indonesia and the
tsunami in Samoa last year."
Following the conclusion
of the exercise, personnel
will remain to participate in
ANZAC Day commemora-
A CHANCE meeting in Pakistan has
provided an Australian family with the
chance to properly thank the man who
helped lay their father to rest, nearly a
Sydney barrister Pauline David attended
a ceremony on board HMAS Warramunga
off Sydney in July 2001 to scatter the ashes
of her father, David Angus, a seaman officer
in the RAN for nearly 30 years including
HMAS Warramunga I in 1948-49.
The CO of Warramunga II, (then)
CMDR Richard Menhinick, was working
up the new ship and arranged to pick up Ms
David and her brother, Michael Angus, off
Newcastle by boat and then drop Ms David
and her brother ashore in Manly Cove after
the ceremony and continue to Melbourne.
The ship later sent David Angus's
widow, Shirley, a chart marking the posi-
tion which now sits, framed, above her
Nine years later Ms David was invited,
while on business in Karachi last August,
to attend a cocktail party in HMAS
Toowoomba and, in February, to an official
dinner in honour of HMAS Stuart which
was alongside in the Pakistan city.
She renewed her acquaintance with
CDRE Menhinick, now a one-star officer
and Commander of Combined Task Force
150 monitoring operations off the Horn of
Africa and the North Arabian Sea.
"I was really taken aback to meet the
man who had played such an important part
in my father's life was both a funny and
lovely experience," Ms David said. "We
are all very proud of our father and grateful
for the life that the Navy gave us when we
were growing up."
She said her most prized possessions
included Navy crests and her father's hand-
written navigation work book.
"I have permanently etched in my mind
the ashes being scattered to the wind and
sea, and the sight of the two flower wreaths
my brother and I had thrown, floating
and bobbing on the waves just behind the
HMAS Warramunga," Ms David said of the
ceremony "One was red and heart-shaped
for my mother and the other was round for
us kids. It was a fitting way to return Dad to
the sea he loved so much."
Ships in the night
collide in Karachi
A SENIOR journalist has warned senior Naval
Reservists that the media 'are in it for themselves' and
would not 'have the slightest hesitation in playing you
off against politicians, lawyers or (Defence's) own
"They don't really care who gets it in the neck because
it's going to be a story either way," Editor-in-Chief of The
Week magazine Mr David Salter told delegates to the Naval
Reserve Corporate Leadership Forum. "The media never
The half-day forum, arranged by the RANR Professional
Studies Program, was held in Canberra on March 23. Senior
Naval Reserve officers from all parts of Australia attended.
"Reporters and producers will tell you how much they
want to support the forces and show the people back home
what a fine job you're doing," Mr Salter said. "You may,
indeed, want to exploit the media's massive reach to that
end, but never fool yourself into thinking that the media's
motives align with yours."
The legacy of prominent war correspondents for nearly a
century was a consistently positive image of the Australian
Defence Force in action.
"For the most part the media's default posture on the
defence forces has been compliant," Mr Salter said. "We're
respectful of rank. We're prepared to generate coverage that
reflects well on the services, keeps the Minister happy, flat-
ters the top brass and might even encourage recruitment.
"We're your dependable allies in the quest for public
esteem -- that is, until we can smell blood. Not the blood of
battle, of course, but the blood of scandal."
Mr Salter said the media loved stories about 'dithering
high command, cover-ups of servicemen behaving badly,
friendly fire catastrophes and expensive procurement bun-
How well the media did their job did not really matter.
What did was the public perceptions drawn from media
Most senior officers, Mr Salter added, would have to
work with the media at some stage.
"There are subtle ways of encouraging the media to
cover one story rather than another, and of shaping the tone
and content of what they choose to report," he said.
The next edition of the NR Professional Studies Program pub-
lication, Goorangi, will feature the full text of Mr Salter 's address.
Reserves cop media reality check
formance or achievement
by nursing personnel will
be recognised by opera-
tional or non-operational
awards other than the
Nursing Service Cross
although the cross will be
retained within the hon-
The change was agreed
by the Chiefs of Service
Navy values shine through
in birdie's MEAO award
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