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August 5, 2010
By Michael Brooke
ABBM Zoe Martin and SMNBM
Marissa Panlock were among a number
of Fleet Support Unit -- Sydney (FSU-
Sydney) personnel who played a key
role to get Navy's task group of five
vehicles ship shape for the 2010 NSW
ABBM Martin and SMNBM Panlock
helped convert an old car into a mock
submarine, which will crash-sail in com-
pany with four other Navy 'warships'
from Sydney to Byron Bay.
Team spokesperson, LCDR Graeme
Wong, said the cars, which are mock-ups
of a frigate, submarine, replenishment
ship and two helicopters, were being
redesigned by the capable engineers at
"The FSU team participating in the
redesign and repair work on the cars are
enjoying the job," LCDR Wong said.
"A number of competencies are also
being gained, including sheet metal work,
welding, electrical wiring, spray painting
The five Navy cars will participate in
the 3500km charity voyage, which aims
to raise money for children with special
The Navy task group participating in
the Variety Bash from August 22-30 will
travel from B Shed at Sydney Market
to Byron Bay, via Bourke, Moree,
Goondiwindi and Toowoomba.
LCDR Wong said the Navy team
required two or three crew members for
the annual charity drive.
Aspiring crew need to pay about
$2000, which covers their food and
accommodation, as well as their contribu-
tion towards the cost of fuel.
Potential crew are urged to contact LCDR
Graeme Wong on 0412 256 918, or email
Ship shape for
FINISHING TOUCHES: ABBM Zoe Martin (left) and SMNBM Marrissa
Panlook conduct some body work on a HR Holden in preparation for the car's
participation in the 2010 NSW Variety Bash event.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
A PROJECT team has set out
to reshape the mine warfare and
clearance diving workforce by
reviewing current capabilities and
improving training to meet Navy's
future operational requirements.
Project Neptune was officially
launched at HMAS Waterhen
(CMDR Jason Sears) on June 21.
It involves a capability analysis
and review of the mine warfare and
clearance diving (MCD) workforce.
Project Director, CAPT Michael
Petch, said the project's first task
was to baseline the current state of
mine warfare and clearance div-
ing capability, career and training
continuums and, secondly, focus on
making recommendations on how
Navy's capability requirements
would be met from now to 2015.
"Today we formally introduced
the project team and points of con-
tact to the MCD community, provid-
ing roles and timings of the project,"
CAPT Petch said.
"Project Neptune aims to shape
the MCD workforce to meet the
increased level of capability and
operating concepts that will be
delivered in 2015, including LHDs
and autonomous underwater vehi-
"It will investigate requirements
and roles dependent on projects
SEA 1770 and 1778, and forecast
needs to support the introduction
of offshore combatant vessels and
"The project will make sugges-
tions for an MCD workforce struc-
ture, for both permanent and reserve
members, to ensure they are cor-
rectly skilled and trained to operate
the new MCD capability."
Project Neptune will:
Investigate the RAN's future
operational requirements and
roles to 2015 for a mine warfare
and specialist diving capability,
dependent on outcomes of pro-
jects SEA 1770 and 1778;
Provide advice to forecast
needs to support the introduc-
tion of offshore combatant
vessels as part of projects SEA
1180 and Fleet 2030;
Highlight impacts on the work-
force with reference to specific
training and experience require-
Baseline the current state of
mine warfare and clearance div-
ing capability, and career and
training continuums for MCD,
CD, CSO(MW) sailors and
Incorporate the outcomes of the
SMN PQ demand review appli-
cable to the future of the MCD
specialisation and Navy's mine
warfare capability; and
Develop options to transition the
workforce delivering mine war-
fare and clearance diving capa-
bility from the 2010 baseline to
a sustainable future model.
Project Neptune to
CHANGES AHEAD: SMNCDs Sharpe, Beckton, Antaw and Starr with CAPT Petch, CPOCD Davies,
LSCD Brittliff, SMNCD Ferguson, LCDR Johnson and WOCD Orielley at the Project Neptune launch,
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
Project Neptune is a seven-year,
three-phase project with the first
six months devoted to investigating
issues and developing an action plan
for CN's approval.
Implementation of phase one
will begin in January 2011 and com-
prise complete training model anal-
ysis and the development of phase
Phase two will begin in February
2013 and implement and manage
the approved plan, as well as devel-
op the project management plan for
phase three, which will be a valida-
tion of phase two training.
CAPT Petch said 2015 would
see the introduction of a deploy-
able mine countermeasures (MCM)
"This capability will comprise a
range of MCM systems that will be
embarked in deploying task groups,
enabling maritime operations in sea-
mine threat environments," he said.
"Advances in unmanned systems
technology and other underwater
systems will provide the potential to
improve the detection, classification
and neutralisation of sea mines."
CAPT Petch said the MCD com-
munity was very supportive, proac-
tive and receptive to changes associ-
ated with current and future capabil-
"The project team will be visit-
ing the majority of affected work
groups and engaging them through
discussion papers and workshops
during the next six months," he said.
"The success of Project Neptune
will greatly depend on stakeholder
involvement, so I encourage them to
If you would like to provide feed-
back on Project Neptune email
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