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August 19, 2010
By Michael Brooke
STUDENTS at the Combat Systems
Maintenance School (CSMS) are
benefiting from the Plan TEAM
(Training, Exercise and Activity
Management) initiative, provid-
ing them with valuable hands-on
experience in Adelaide-class FFGs
made available as training plat-
HMAS Melbourne (CMDR Mick
Harris) recently hosted five stu-
dents for the FFG Recovery Assist
Secure Transverse (RAST) mechani-
cal and electrical courses, while she
was alongside Fleet Base East being
loaded with stores for her six-month
deployment on Operation Slipper.
The five sailors said the hands-on
experience they gained was of vital
importance because it enhanced their
learning and set them up for success
in their assessments.
CSMS instructor, POMT Luke
Atkinson, said the training oppor-
tunities were being made available
under the new Plan TEAM initiative,
which provided the planning guid-
ance for Fleet allocation of assets in
support of individual training.
"Under Plan TEAM and in con-
sultation with the fleet exercise coor-
dinator, we identify a major Fleet
unit that is available for the students
to come aboard to do the practical
side of our courses," he said.
Plan TEAM delivers vital training
"I have been in FFGs
for three years but
never worked on
RAST before, so the
opportunity for hands-
on experience has
-- ABMT Christine Fisher
"The FFG RAST course is one-
week theory and one-week practical,
so you can appreciate how important
it is for students to gain the experi-
ence facilitated by Plan TEAM," he
"The RAST isn't something you
would touch unless you fill that par-
ticular billet, so the practical training
is pretty important to mastering the
ABMT Nicholas Dilugon said he
had gained valuable practical knowl-
edge on how to maintain and operate
the FFG RAST system.
"The course would be of limited
benefit without the hands-on compo-
nent to round-out my practical under-
standing," he said.
ABMT Christine Fisher said she
was about to post into a RAST billet
in HMAS Newcastle so her hands-on
experience had been invaluable.
She said her practical experience
in Melbourne and HMAS Sydney
enabled her to pass the formal theory
assessment with a score of 80 per
"I have been in FFGs for three
years but never worked on RAST
before, so the opportunity for hands-
on experience has been excellent,"
COMTRAIN, CDRE Daryl
Bates, said Plan TEAM was a key
input to the Force Generation Plan
and informed the Fleet Training
"Plan TEAM comprises consoli-
dated policies, priorities and resource
requirements to optimise alignment
of training ashore and at sea," he
"Plan TEAM provides Fleet plan-
ners with the information required
to optimise the provision of Fleet
assets to meet individual and collec-
tive training requirements."
While in this case the students at
CSMS are gaining valuable practi-
cal experience through Plan TEAM
on FFGs, Plan TEAM is a broader
initiative that covers all RAN Fleet
units and simulation facilities ashore.
"The provision of Plan TEAM
provides COMAUSFLT greater flex-
ibility to maximise opportunities to
raise, train and sustain in support
of current capability and the future
workforce," CDRE Bates said.
GREAT EXPERIENCE: POMT Ty Davis instructs Combat Systems
Maintenance School students ABMTs Daryl Hunter and Christine Fisher
on the Recovery Assist Secure Transverse Control Station on board HMAS
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
Darwin sailor in custody
after alleged assault
A Darwin-based sailor remains in
Northern Territory Police custody fol-
lowing an incident in which another
sailor was stabbed on August 6.
The male sailor is alleged to have
stabbed a fellow female sailor.
The female sailor was taken to
Accident and Emergency at the Royal
Darwin Hospital. Fortunately, the wound
The accused sailor is cooperating
with the Northern Territory Police who
are investigating the incident.
The RAN is providing appropriate
support to both members involved.
Noting the ongoing Northern
Territory Police investigation it would be
inappropriate for Defence to make fur-
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