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August 19, 2010
By LCDR Fenn Kemp
TWO sailors have been recruited to
bust the myths over Defence's Strategic
Reform Program (SRP).
PO Leanne Hinton and AB Damien
Hansen are the first to admit they won't
be giving up their day jobs. But both
agree SRP is an important message to get
across to Navy people of every rank.
"The aim of the video was to take a
closer look at the ship's buzz about SRP
and then lay out the facts," AB Hansen
Like all new reform programs, fears
can be twisted by some, amid concern
that conditions will be cut.
While SRP will definitely see changes
made in some areas, PO Hinton is urging
sailors to take a careful look at what SRP
will mean for them.
"SRP hasn't really sunk in yet across
Navy," PO Hinton said.
"Until I did this video, I didn't know
that much about it either -- I do now.
Hopefully this video will encourage peo-
ple to dig a little deeper."
The video includes a presentation
from Deputy Chief of Navy, RADM
Davyd Thomas, who has been leading
Navy's side of the SRP campaign.
RADM Thomas said finding $20 bil-
lion in savings over the next 10 years
to pay for the ADF's growing capabil-
ity was critical, but SRP was a common-
sense approach to saving.
In the video, DCN puts all Navy peo-
ple on notice.
"Some of you may have already sat
through SRP briefings and think this
doesn't really mean anything to you,"
RADM Thomas said.
"Well, think again!"
AB Hansen and PO Hinton are brac-
ing for the inevitable jokes at their
expense once the myth busting video is
seen by their shipmates. But both sailors
agree it was a great experience.
The SRP myth busting video is the first in a
series of SRP videos. The program is currently
part of the Divisional PowerPoint presenta-
tion, or you can click on the SRP Toolbox on
the Navy intranet site.
Sailors star in
By LEUT Kelli Lunt
IT WAS a bittersweet moment
for the crew of HMAS Newcastle
(CMDR Jock Campbell) who said
'aloha' to Hawaii and their CO
twice during Exercise RIMPAC
Outgoing CO, CMDR Justin
Jones, who commanded Newcastle
for 19 months, said leaving the ship
was like leaving family as he hand-
ed over the reigns to incoming CO,
CMDR Jock Campbell.
"I am very sad leaving what I
have come to think of as my family
in the ship," CMDR Jones said.
Finishing his command in
Hawaii for the final days of
RIMPAC after almost four months
on deployment, CDMR Jones spoke
of the great opportunities during
the exercise, including live firing on
the Pacific Missile Range Facility
and the development of multilateral
skills in a complex training environ-
Newcastle conducted the first
Standard Missile 2 (SM2) firing
against an air target -- a significant
milestone in the FFG upgrade pro-
Reflecting on his tenure, CMDR
Jones said he was immensely
proud of Newcastle winning the
Gloucester Cup, as well as the
crew's fundraising achievements.
"I think Newcastle has achieved
remarkable things over the last 19
months and one of the highlights
for me was certainly the award of
the Duke of Gloucester Cup to the
ship's company, which is recogni-
tion for their extraordinary efforts
throughout 2009," he said.
"Also a highlight for me was
the raising of some $57,000 for
the ship's charity, which enabled
us to hand over a brand new bus
to the Hunter Orthopedic School in
In the lead up to RIMPAC,
Newcastle visited Guam, Japan
and Canada, which provided excel-
lent opportunities to exercise with
the US Navy and a Japanese escort
squadron, play host to Australia's
Defence Minister in Yokosuka, trav-
el in convoy with a New Zealand
warship and navigate through the
frosty Bearing Sea -- close to 55
Newcastle was Australia's
representative in the Canadian
Navy's 100th anniversary and the
International Fleet Review; a high-
light for CMDR Jones and many of
the ship's company.
"I think the highlight on this trip
was our visit to Canada," CMDR
"We were extremely fortunate
to be the Australian representa-
tive at the 100th anniversary of the
Canadian Navy and the International
Fleet Review -- I don't think there
are many other things on this trip
that could compare to that."
When leaving the ship, CMDR
Jones did have some advice for his
"Enjoy yourself! My advice is
that the real capability in our ships
is our people -- concentrate on them
and the rest will follow."
CMDR Jones will shortly take up
a position with the Lowy Institute
for International Policy as a visiting
proud CO in Hawaii
SAFE TRAVELS: CMDR Justin Jones, outgoing CO of HMAS Newcastle (right), hands over command
of the ship to incoming CO, CMDR Jock Campbell (left), just after pulling alongside Pearl Harbor at the
close of Exercise RIMPAC 2010.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
MOVIE STARS: PO Leanne Hinton and AB Damien Hansen appear in
Navy's SRP video.
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