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July 8, 2010
HMAS Ballarat (CMDR Brett
Sonter) has continued its role as
a Plan TRAIN (part of the New
Generation Navy program) ship, with
a port visit to Hobart from May
The visit to Tasmania enabled the
first of four groups of 30 junior offic-
ers from New Entry Officer Course
(NEOC) 42 to embark and experience
life at sea.
Two of the NEOCs, MIDNs Josh
Friend and Matthew Mallete, were
Hobart locals, so their first sea voyage
was also their first visit to their home
port.Ballarat's visit allowed the crew
some important rest and respite and,
for many, the chance to catch up with
family and friends.
This was particularly true for
ABCIS Melissa Wiles from Burnie and
SMNCIS Shelley Suter from Wynyard.
The sailors were friends through high
school, joined the Navy a year apart
and were recently posted together in
The crew were also given the
opportunity to engage the communi-
ty with a sea ride for personnel from
TS Hobart and TS Derwent, Defence
Reserves Support Council and several
Defence Force Recruiting candidates.
The Tasmanian Fire Brigade
conducted a damage control famil-
iarisation session on board and tours
were provided for students from the
University of Tasmania and Geilston
Bay High School.
The ship's company had a superb
visit to Hobart, with many taking the
opportunity to go on tours -- including
to the Cascade Brewery -- and to see
the beautiful sights Hobart has to offer.
Ballarat's Hobart homecoming
REST AND RESPITE: HMAS Ballarat recently visited Hobart, providing some members of the ship's company and sea riders from NEOC with the
opportunity to visit home for the first time as Service personnel. Here, Ballarat sails past the beautiful New Zealand coastline.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Black
SIGNIFICANT programs worth
more than $100 million to help
Australian defence businesses win
work in the global defence market
were announced on June 25.
Defence Materiel and Science
Minister, Greg Combet, said three key
policies would assist local businesses
access and win work from the global
defence market. They are the:
• Global Supply Chains Program;
• Defence Export Unit (DER); and
• New Air Combat Capability Industry
Support Program."The Global
Supply Chains (GSC) Program will
create opportunities for Australian
industry in the global supply chains
of overseas defence prime contrac-
tors and their major subcontractors,"
Mr Combet said.
"Under the GSC program, primes
develop company-specific programs to
evaluate Australian suppliers for par-
ticipation in their global supply chain.
"Given the lucrative opportunities
available in these global supply chains,
encouraging exports is a crucial ele-
ment of the Government's defence
Mr Combet said the Government
had committed almost $60 million
over 10 years to the GSC Program.
"The Government, shortly after it
came to power, also launched the DEU
in order to boost defence industry
exports and advance important indus-
try capabilities required for the ADF,"
Mr Combet said.
"The DEU has been a great success
and has helped Australian companies
win contracts in excess of $550 mil-
Mr Combet said the programs were
necessary given the changing structure
of the defence industry.
"There has been significant con-
solidation and globalisation of the
defence industry. This consolidation
has resulted in a domestic defence
industry dominated by a small num-
ber of very large defence companies,
mostly headquartered in Europe and
North America," he said.
"Australia's defence industry policy
needs to evolve to take account of this
contemporary industry structure.
"Exports can develop and enhance
industry capabilities by sharing devel-
opment and non-recurring engineering
and overhead costs with other custom-
ers."In addition to the benefits for
exporters, finding overseas customers
for Australian products and services
used by the ADF helps create econo-
mies of scale for Defence.
These programs form part of the
Government's Defence Industry Policy,
which can be found at www.defence.
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