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August 5, 2010
THE centre that will form the the heart
of Navy's future intelligence capabil-
ity was officially opened in Sydney on
DCN RADM Davyd Thomas cut a
commissioning cake to officially open
the Maritime Intelligence Support Centre
(MISC) on the site of the old Maritime
Intelligence Centre Sydney at HMAS
MISC is part of the Maritime
Intelligence Group, which also includes
the RAN Tactical EW Support Section,
Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis
Centre, Naval Imagery Units East and
West, and a small number of niche intel-
Director Naval Intelligence, CMDR
Michael Aichholzer, who leads the
Maritime Intelligence Group, said the
2009 Defence White Paper highlighted
the importance of information superiority
to the ADF in the years leading to 2030.
"Combined with the introduction of
new surface, sub-surface and amphibi-
ous capabilities over this period, there
will be increased demand for a greater
level of intelligence support to the Fleet
and Navy Strategic Command," CMDR
"This demand is best met through the
development of Navy's own career intel-
"To achieve this, in December 2009,
CN authorised the establishment of the
Intelligence Primary Qualification (INT
"Concurrent with that he authorised
the formation of the MISC as the corner-
stone of Navy's new intelligence capabil-
"The official opening marked not
only the attainment of initial operating
capability for the new intelligence centre,
but the formal set-to-work of the new
INT PQ officers," CMDR Aichholzer
said.RADM Thomas traced the history
of the RAN's intelligence capability
from MIC Sydney to the MISC, and the
contribution made to Navy's warfight-
ing capability during that period by a
large number of dedicated professionals,
"whose tireless devotion to their task had
resulted in the creation of the INT PQ
and the establishment of MISC".
"The establishment of MISC, with its
mix of experienced intelligence person-
nel and the first graduates of the new
INT training continuum, symbolises the
real strength of the organisation," RADM
Personnel interested in the INT PQ
can seek additional information through
the NCIW website on the Defence
open for business
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
YEAR 11 students and teachers
from across Australia experienced
life in the ADF first-hand recently
during a four-day tour of Defence
trade training and recruit school
Forty year 11 students, who were
recipients of the 2010 Defence tech-
nical scholarship, their parents and
10 of their teachers, participated in
the Defence experience tour from
Students on the tour were select-
ed from about 180 applicants.
The tour involved visiting Air
Force, Navy and Army trade and
recruit schools including RAAF
Base Wagga, Kapooka, Bandiana
and HMAS Cerberus.
Ellis Scarticcini, a teacher at
Hope Christian College in Western
Australia, and his daughter, Jessica,
16, attended the tour.
Mr Scarticcini said he encour-
aged Jessica to apply for the techni-
cal scholarship and go on the tour.
"Jessica is really keen to apply
for a position as a carpenter in the
Air Force," Mr Scarticcini said.
"A student from her school won
the scholarship last year and enjoyed
it, so she decided to give it a go too."
The aim of the Defence technical
scholarship program is to provide a
financial incentive for year 11 and
12 students to remain in school and
undertake subjects appropriate to
general entry technical trade careers.
Successful year 11 students
receive $2000 and year 12 students
receive $3000, which is paid over
two semesters. However, they are
under no obligation to join the ADF
once they finish school.
The Defence experience tour is
part of the scholarship program.
Although tiring at times, Mr
Scarticcini said the tour was enjoy-
able and offered the opportunity to
see different bases and get hands-on
"It's a great tour for people who
haven't had a lot of experience with
Defence," he said.
"The tour showed us what live-in
accommodation was like and gave us
the chance to ask trainees on course
about their experiences.
"I enjoyed getting a look at the
M1A1 Abrams tank and participat-
ing in the simulated weapons shoot,
but Jessica's highlight was riding in
the RHIB at Cerberus."
SO2 Plans and Development
for Defence Force Recruiting, MAJ
Jenelle Lawson, said the tour was
designed to give participating stu-
dents information on ADF trade
careers and assist them in making
informed career decisions.
"We have had some excellent
feedback from the students, teachers
and parents," MAJ Lawson said.
"They were all very apprecia-
tive of the opportunity to experience
first-hand the trade and recruit train-
ing facilities for all three Services
and enjoyed the activities, accom-
modation and meals at the various
Preliminary research into last
year's inaugural Defence technical
scholarship program revealed about
30 per cent of the recipients involved
had already made enquiries into
joining the ADF.
A second Defence experience
tour will be held later this year from
September 28 to October 1.
For more information on Defence techni-
cal scholarships and Defence experience
tours visit the Defence jobs website at
sample life in Services
POWERING TOWARDS A DEFENCE CAREER: Year 11 students take a
ride in a RHIB at HMAS Cerberus during the 2010 Defence Experience Tour.
Photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
AIM HIGH: 2010 Defence Experience Tour participants in the Weapons
Training Simulation System at Blamey Barracks, Kapooka.
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