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August 5, 2010
By LEUT Sarah Tame
A GROUP of personnel from
HMAS Toowoomba (CMDR
Ivan Ingham) recently visited
Toowoomba Grammar School and
enjoyed meeting proud Navy veter-
an, LCDR Henry Hall MBE, who,
coincidentally, was also visiting the
school to attend Grandparents' Day.
The group from Toowoomba was
fascinated by LCDR Hall's account of
his experiences during a very distin-
In return, the sailors brought
LCDR Hall up to speed with a Fleet
update and I explained some of the
changes being introduced under New
LCDR Hall joined the RAN as a
16-year-old seaman just before the
outbreak of World War II. He went
on to serve in both the Korean and
A long-standing resident of
Currarong in New South Wales,
LCDR Hall remains a very active and
strong supporter of the Navy at HMA
Ships Albatross and Creswell, as well
as the wider Navy community.
He said maintaining strong and
meaningful links with the naval com-
munity was extremely important.
By SBLT John Gray
THE ship's company of HMAS
Toowoomba (CMDR Ivan Ingham)
welcomed a local Western
Australian family aboard on July
14.Making the winning bid at a
fundraising auction for The Senses
Foundation Charity, the Kiggins
family won the chance to spend a
whole day on board Toowoomba
alongside Fleet Base West.
The Kiggins' day started with
parents, David and Carmen, and
their children, Sophie, Charlie and
Ava, being greeted at the gangway
by the ship's Executive Officer,
LCDR Simon Howard.
After a safety brief, the fam-
ily moved to the captain's cabin for
morning tea with CO, CMDR Ivan
Afterwards, the family's tour
guides, LEUT Fiona Sullivan and
myself, took the excited guests down
to the galley for a 'masterchef' les-
son from LSCK 'Johnno' Davey.
After baking lamingtons, we
moved up to the flight deck to work
up our appetites with some pre-lunch
seamanship and damage control
ABBM Ashley Cowling and
ABET Bungy Williams briefed the
family on RAN survival and damage
control equipment before they got
the chance to try on some of the gear
The family was then entertained
HMAS Toowoomba on
RESPECT: (L-R) CPOET Darcy Cook, ABET Samantha Whitfield,
POWTR Kylie Jelleff, ABSTD Meggan Thwaites, LSET David Jones,
LCDR Henry Hall MBE, RAN (Retd), LEUT Chris Stoll, LEUT Sarah
Tame and LSNPC Liz Balme.
Toowoomba sailors meet
decorated Old Salt
'Fearless' opens gangway
to winning WA family
EXCITING EXPERIENCE: The
Kiggins family poses in front of HMAS
Toowoomba before boarding for their
tour while, inset, the family enjoys their
time aboard with 'pirate', ABBM Ashley
Photos: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
by a race between the sailors to
determine who was the fastest in
donning full fire-fighting rig.
After a top-table lunch in the
wardroom, the Kiggins' were taken
on rounds of the engine and machin-
ery spaces by LSMT Beck Caceres.
David was fascinated to learn
about Toowoomba's performance
statistics and the kids were amazed
to see an engine so much bigger than
the one on their 'tinny'.
With the scene set for the experi-
ence to come, the family moved to
the upper-deck for a RHIB demon-
stration in Cockburn Sound.
Afterwards, the children headed
down to the armoury where they
were entertained by a suitably-rigged
'pirate', ABBM Cowling, while
POB Chapman recounted some sea-
stories and his anti-piracy experi-
ences from the time he spent in the
Gulf of Aden last year.
As a final treat, the Kiggins'
enjoyed afternoon tea with a cross-
section of the ship's company.
After a long, eventful and
memorable day, the Kiggins' left
Toowoomba weighed with souvenirs.
On crossing the gangway, David
said he and his family had enjoyed a
truly amazing experience.
"We had no idea just how much
we would get to see and do on board
and how much we would all learn
today," he said.
"It has been an absolute pleas-
ure and a real privilege to meet your
people who are so proud of their
ship and the work they do in the
Photo: LSIS Phillip
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