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April 29, 2010
By Graham Davis
RESERVISTS attached to HMAS Cairns (CMDR
Bob Heffey) in the past year, have certainly put in the
days, both ashore and at sea.
Their service is a clear indication of the Reservists
being part of the Navy family and an integral part of
keeping the RAN's ships at sea.
HMAS Cairns administers 452 Navy Reserve per-
sonnel and in the past 12 months they have completed
6505 days of Defence service.
A total of 1650 of those days have been at sea, main-
ly serving in Armidale class patrol boats.
These statistics were revealed by CMDR Heffey
when he addressed the Cairns Chamber of Commerce
early last month.
The address came as part of a thank you to local busi-
ness employers for their support of the Navy and their
A large number of more than 1000 sailors and offic-
ers working at Cairns were dedicated reservists, CMDR
The establishment's 452 Reserve members had made
an outstanding contribution serving a total of 6505 days,
1650 of them at sea.
"These figures clearly demonstrate the contribution
of our Reserve personnel and the importance of their
involvement to our success in operations," he said. "It's
no secret that our Reserve personnel are an integral com-
ponent of the RAN.
"The support they provide, and skills they bring to
the Cairns-based fleet units and major fleet units in other
areas of Australia, is second to none.
"Their contribution has also ensured the HMAS
Cairns continues to remain very highly regarded, not
only within the RAN, but also within the international
"There is no argument that our Navy, Army and Air
Force Reserve forces significantly enhance Defence
capability, particularly their support of current opera-
tions both within Australian borders and overseas in the
areas of conflict."
Without the generous assistance of employers, it
would not be possible for many Reservists to be released
from their full-time occupations.
"Defence has committed to working closely with
industry in building mutual understanding and provid-
ing financial and other support for employers to ensure
we continue to gain access to our Reserve personnel,"
CMDR Heffey said.
HMAS Cairns is home to four Armidale class patrol
boats, the six hydrographic survey vessels, and four
heavy landing craft. It also caters for the Laser Airborne
Depth Sounder flight, based at Cairns Airport.
By Graham Davis
NAVY cadet dad John Gillespie
noticed his son's ANC unit was prac-
ticing its marching and catafalque
duties using coat hangers as rifles.
He knew there could be a better
way.So Mr Gillespie, from the Brisbane
suburb of Whiteside, and son, ABCDT
Hugh Gillespie, 15, got to work.
"Hugh went on to the internet and
downloaded details of the Steyr rifle
-- standard issue to members of the
ADF," Mr Gillespie said.
"The details came out on an A4
page so Hugh scaled up to the correct
"We then made an exact template
and Dad used a jigsaw to cut four of
the rifles from a panel of chipboard he
had spare" ABCDT Gillespie said.
The mock weapons were given
a coat of white paint and handed to
Brisbane based cadet training ship TS
Paluma in early march, just in time for
rehearsing for Anzac Day activities.
Cadet units can draw inert Steyrs
from Defence armouries but there are
very strict protocols about their use
Father and son
chip in for cadets
CHIP OFF THE
and his son
for Hughs local
Cairns thanks hard
WORKING HARD: recognition for the contribution
of Navy Resevists in Cairns. Photo: Steve Rutherford
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