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July 8, 2010
By Michael Brooke
HMAS Stuart (CMDR Guy
Blackburn) recently opened her
gangway to 15 indigenous teenag-
ers involved in the Tribal Warrior
program, which is designed to
help them navigate their way from
'skid row' to rewarding careers and
The comprehensive tour of the
Tartan Terror provided the 15 teen-
agers with an introduction to the
many careers available in the RAN.
Stuart's OOW, LEUT Adam
Stafford, said the young Australians
gained invaluable insight into the
roles and responsibilities of being a
sailor, as well as the different rating
"Today we helped a group of
young Australians learn a little bit
about a career in the Navy, which
is an important part of them under-
standing the full range of career
options they have," he said.
The ship tour also included
a fire-fighting demonstration and
lunch in the junior sailors' mess
where LEUT Stafford told the group
about Stuart's recent deployment on
One of the Tribal Warriors,
Shayne, told Navy News the visit
to Stuart had aroused his interest in
joining the RAN.
"I never realised there are so
many career options in the Navy,"
During the visit to Fleet Base
East on May 18, the Tribal Warrior
participants also enjoyed a tour of
the RAN Heritage Centre and the
Navy Indoor Sports Centre.
Host Officer, WO Tim Holliday,
said the Tribal Warrior program was
designed to help troubled indige-
nous teenagers channel their ener-
gies into more positive pursuits.
"This program is about provid-
ing opportunities for indigenous
men and women by equipping them
with the skills and tools they need
to make an informed decision about
their future," he said.
WO Holliday said the Tribal
Warrior program had a 95 per cent
success rate, with almost all the par-
ticipants finding new direction in
He said that, even if the partici-
pants eventually decided they did
not want to join the Navy or the
ADF, the Tribal Warrior program
still equipped them with the life
skills to be role models when they
returned to their communities.
Tartan Terror hosts
TEARS, tall tales and laughter were
all in abundance when members
of the 1948 Naval Airman Recruit
Course gathered for what they
called their "last together" on June
23 at Nowra's Fleet Air Arm (FAA)
The men were part of the first
group of RAN sailors to be trained
in airframe and engine skills and the
reunion date was significant because
on June 23, 1948 they sailed in HMAS
Kanimbla to England for specialist
training with the Royal Navy.
After two and half years, the naval
airman recruits returned to HMAS
Albatross where they helped establish
Navy's FAA. The standards set by
these men set the tone for today's mod-
ern FAA technicians.
For the reunion, the day's itinerary
included a windscreen tour of the base
and a visit to 816 Squadron. WO Ian
Warren was appointed guide for the
day and was "absolutely chuffed" to
be asked, having served with many of
the men when he was in his teens.
He said the group's primary reac-
tion was astonishment.
"The most common observation
was that the base seemed totally alien
as there had been so many major
changes over the years," WO Warren
Other major changes included the
modern work environment, which the
veterans considered absolute luxury.
There are around 22 surviving
members of the original group of 58
recruits. Of these, 13 attended the
reunion and were joined by their wives
and widows of deceased members.
A very special guest was Lady
Nanette Smith, widow of the founding
father of the FAA, ADM Sir Victor
CDRE Toz Dadswell (Rtd) was also
in attendance to celebrate the occasion
and swap anecdotes.
From 816 Squadron, the group
returned to the FAA Museum where
Albatross' CO, CAPT Stefan King,
presented commemorative medallions
struck especially for the occasion.
CAPT King said it was a privilege
to be among such company and his-
"The Navy family stretches deep
and wide and today's generation cel-
ebrates and honours our forebears,"
CAPT King said.
'Last together' for
IN ACTION: ABMT Todd Rourke, Damage Control Yeoman on board HMAS Stuart, gives a presenta-
tion on all equipment and facets of damage control to members of the Tribal Warriors program.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
HOW DOES IT WORK?: (Below) HMAS Stuart's SBLT Chris Wardle gives a presentation to members
of the Tribal Warrior program about navigation equipment on the bridge.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
IMPRESSIVE: Members of the 1948 Naval Airman Recruit Course check out
the equipment at 816 Squadron during their recent tour of the Fleet Air Arm.
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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