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May 13, 2010
LIFE ON the ocean wave, or even under it, will do
just fine for a submariner couple who have rejoined
Navy after 18 months sailing their yacht around the
north of Australia.
POCISSM Damien Goodman and LSETSM
Melissa Henry, who married in Port Douglas during
their sabbatical, have adjusted to their new Navy life
at HMAS Stirling.
PO Goodman has returned to the Submarine FEG,
and LS Henry is working in the Submarine Support
"We didn't leave Navy with any bad feelings --- we
just needed some time away and felt it was time to do
it," PO Goodman said.
"We'd sold our house and all of our furniture to
buy the yacht, and we wanted time to enjoy it --- so
we discharged and sailed around Queensland and the
north of Australia, which was an incredible experi-
PO Goodman and LS Henry joined the Navy in
1994 and 1993 respectively, and both undertook exten-
sive sea time and deployments. PO Goodman origi-
nally qualified on the Oberon class before working on
the Collins class, and LS Henry originally served in
the surface fleet in HMAS Newcastle, and became a
submariner in 2002.
PO Goodman said their Navy training stood them
in good stead for the rigours of sailing the yacht.
"The knowledge we gained of diesel engines,
OH&S, and survival at sea was invaluable -- we were
better equipped and could recognise potential dan-
gers," he said.
After considering Reserve time towards the end
of their sabbatical --- as a way of earning some extra
money --- the couple were contacted by the Rejoin
Case Management Team and offered the opportunity
to rejoin full-time for three years. They agreed, and
signed their contracts in Darwin on their way back to
"Having these individuals rejoin the service is of
immense benefit to Navy," WO Russ Benham of the
Rejoin Case Management Team said.
"This is the purpose of our team, to ensure that
trained people can be placed back in fleet and Navy as
a whole can benefit from their experience."
"It was great to be asked, and because we have so
many Navy and submariner friends, it felt like we'd
never really left," LS Henry said.
PO Goodman says that while he still gives his job
"100 per cent" his holiday gave him a chance to relax,
which meant he now managed stress and the balance
between work and life better.
LS Henry has also adjusted well to the change.
"There have been a few changes since we left, such as
NGN, and it's good to see more young people in sub-
marines," she said. "I just like being able to go to sea
- when I'm on a boat, I'm happy."
The Rejoin Case Management Team member is
dedicated to smoothing the way for re-joiners to Navy.
For more information contact rejoin.cmt@defence.
Marriage set to take a dive
LEFT: Rejoiners: POCIS
Goodman stands with wife,
LSET Submariner Melissa
Henry on Diamantina Pier at
Fleet Base West with HMAS
Collins in the background.
ABOVE: LSET Henry and
POCIS Goodman leading
the good life aboard their
THE INJURED Service Persons
Association (ISPA) is inviting ADF
personnel to submit their designs for
a memorial to honour and remember
the Australian Defence Force (ADF)
men and women who have died or
been injured in training to go to war,
on duty in peacetime service or on
humanitarian aid overseas.
The project has the backing of the
Chief of the Defence Force and the
Australian War Memorial and it is
hoped to have a design chosen and
finalised by June 30 this year.
Once a design is approved and
costed the fundraising can begin in
"The memorial design needs to
reflect the Navy, Army and Air Force
service within Australia," National
President Ray Brown said.
"It's to be built at Russell Offices
which is, if you like, the ADF's HQ.
"Ongoing maintenance is an impor-
tant aspect of the design and water
features and illumination should be
avoided other than one or two spot-
lights to highlight an important or
prominent aspect of the memorial,"
"We want the memorial completed
by February 10, 2014 which will be
the 50th anniversary of the collision
of the HMAS Melbourne and HMAS
As an incentive, the ISPA will
present the winning designer a $250
Please direct any questions regard-
ing the memorial design to Lawrie
Heath on 0408 182 375 or email lawrie.
Southern divers provide rapid response
IT'S NOT being too frivolous to say
that Naval Reserve Diving Team Ten
(CMDR Paul Gregg, RANR) went
overboard to assist HMAS Manoora
(CMDR Stephen Dryden, RAN).
A call to the Hobart-based
Australian Naval Reserve Diving
Team Ten resulted in the ship being
met, as she berthed, with divers
ready to go.
Armed with video equipment
divers were able to inspect and
record a suspect shaft and propel-
ler. That provided the CO and the
engineering department with foot-
age to help determine if damage had
DT 10's assistance did not end
there, thanks to Manoora's last-
minute program change to partici-
pate in Exercise Croix Du Sud in
Hearing that the ship had a lim-
ited diving capability for this deploy-
ment, DT10 again responded to the
ship's request for assistance. Within
48 hours, a member of DT10 had
joined the ship and two more joined
in Sydney just days later.
The rapid response ensured that
the ship didn't deploy overseas with-
out a diving capability. It was the
second time in the past year that a
detachment of DT 10 had deployed
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