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May 27, 2010
By LEUT Daniel Boettger and
SBLT Byron Nalty
THE ship's company of HMAS
Tobruk (CMDR Paul Scott) had dou-
ble cause for celebration recently
when the amphibious landing vessel
celebrated her 29th birthday on the
day she left Captain Cook Graving
Dock following an extended mainte-
As the water rose in the dock on
April 23, Tobruk was released back
into the ocean to begin her pre-work
The ship's company celebrated the
anniversary and the latest milestone
in Tobruk's distinguished service with
a cake cutting ceremony. As tradition
dictates, CO CMDR Scott cut the cake
with the youngest member of the crew,
SMNGX Jacinta Smith.
CMDR Scott told Navy News
preparations were already underway to
ensure that next year's celebration of
the 'big 3-0' was one to remember.
Since being commissioned on
April 23, 1981 Tobruk has steamed
823,587nm and been involved in more
operations than most ships in the Fleet.
CMDR Scott said after an extended
maintenance period Tobruk was eager-
ly preparing for work up to return to
"The extended maintenance will
allow a stronger, shinier Tobruk to
continue to uphold the proud heritage
and traditions of 'the Rats of Tobruk',"
Tobruk's crew maintained these
ties by participating in Anzac Day
commemorations when, for the first
time, POCSS David Kennedy marched
beside his son, SMN Ross Kennedy,
who is completing Aviation Technician
Avionics training at RAAF Base
"It was the proudest moment of
my naval career having my son march
next to me on his first Anzac Day as a
sailor -- to be able to share this expe-
rience with him was fantastic," PO
Tobruk also continued its associa-
tion with the Lake Macquarie district
by sending a contingent of 19 officers
and sailors to attend the dawn service
and parade at Wangi Wangi.
Tobruk's crew also found time
during their pre-work up prepara-
tions to raise $1000 for the Leukaemia
Foundation by participating in the
World's Greatest Shave.
The event was coordinated by
CPONPC Shannon Power and five
members, including the CO, offered to
give up their hair on the flight deck.
SBLT Jess Burgess gave the ship's
company great motivation to dig deep
for the cause by donating her gold-
en locks if $1000 in donations was
Needless to say, it wasn't long
before that magical mark was achieved
and the clippers were unleashed.
DEFENCE Minister John Faulkner
visited HMAS Stirling (CAPT Brett
Dowsing) on May 5 as part of his
tour of Defence establishments
throughout Western Australia.
Upon arrival, Senator Faulkner
was briefed by Stirling's CO, CAPT
Dowsing, and escorted to Submarine
Force Element Headquarters for a
presentation on submarine fleet capa-
bility by COMSUB CAPT Brett
Senator Faulkner also visited
HMAS Collins (CMDR Geoffrey
Wadley) at Diamantina Wharf where
he discussed challenges faced by sub-
mariners, looked through the peri-
scope, viewed torpedo tubes and the
weapons storage compartment.
CAPT Dowsing said the visit was a
great opportunity for Senator Faulkner
to meet the personnel who kept the
"Senator Faulkner's visit gave my
team the opportunity to display the
wide range of capabilities this strategi-
cally-important naval establishment
encompasses," CAPT Dowsing said.
During an air warfare train-
ing exercise, HMAS Warramunga's
(CMDR Bruce Legge) ship's company
explained procedures and progress to
Senator Faulkner in the ship's opera-
tions room. Following the exercise,
Senator Faulkner joined the crew in
the junior sailors' café for a brew and
spoke about government initiatives for
the RAN and wider ADF.
Stirling on show
GOOD KIT: CPOCD Zelko Pascov (left) and SMNCD Benjamin
Pietersen demonstrate the Mine Countermeasure Underwater
Computer System to Senator Faulkner. Photo: ABIS James McDougall
ALL IN THE
CMDR Paul Scott
(left) and SBLT
The ship's com-
pany raised more
than $1000 for
Foundation in the
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