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August 19, 2010
By CAPT Jonathan Mead
OVER recent years, Navy has
introduced a glittering array of
new uniforms. But maintaining
these uniforms places an added
burden and cost on our people.
So, the question is: do we really
need all these uniform items?
In order to simplify our uniform
holdings and make life easier for
our people, the Directorate of Navy
Uniforms (DNU) has undertaken
a uniform rationalisation activity
which is being conducted in a three-
Phase 1: Point of Entry entitle-
Phase 2: Category-specific items,
use of made-to-measure options
and an itemised review of the uni-
Phase 3: Review of uniform items
and ensembles where a lower cost
can be achieved, but an equally
efficient alternative can be identi-
Phase 1 activities were finalised
and endorsed by HNPAR on May 14
this year. Phase 2 is in progress with
category managers providing input
to uniform scales outlined in ABR
5762. Updates on the review will be
promulgated on the DNU website,
Navy forum, Navy News, SeaTalk
and via signal.
Over the past few years Navy has
experienced significant shortages of
Although a new contract to
resupply this uniform is now in
place, the items will not be avail-
able until late 2010 / early 2011.
To ensure that personnel have the
necessary uniforms in these circum-
stances, DMO CLOSPO has intro-
duced a priority system for made-to-
measure maternity wear.
uniform items take several weeks to
manufacture, making it essential for
personnel to attend their local cloth-
ing store as early as possible into
their pregnancy to order the required
In the event that the delay
between submitting the order and
the actual delivery of the uniforms
prevents a member from wearing
standard day dress, the member has
the option to wear civilian maternity
dress. This is a short-term solution
only and not considered normal
DPNU name badges
In response to an article pub-
lished in Navy News on June 24,
DNU has provided around 50 per-
sonnel with their name badges.
However, unclaimed name badg-
es are still being returned to DNU
with more than 100 received in the
past week alone.
Members are encouraged to have
a look at the name list published on
the DNU website before placing a
name badge order at clothing stores.
Ball caps and ships'
Responsibility for the specifica-
tions and design of the ball cap and
ships' badges policy was transferred
to Manager -- Navy Badges, Gary
Kinkade, on July 7 and both poli-
cies have been redeveloped. Email
The policy for wearing of ball
caps and badges with/on Navy uni-
forms remains with DNU.
For further information on uniform mat-
ters visit intranet.defence.gov.au/
navyweb/sites/Uniforms or the Navy
Uniform Form at intranet.defence.
You can also email navy.uniforms@
defence.gov.au or phone the Director
Navy Uniforms, Manuela Moseley, on
(02) 6265 1421.
MEDIA reporting on July 28 ("$1m bill
for trips to ships in Spain") suggested
that Defence officials, including "Navy
brass" have undertaken excessive travel
to Spain over the past 30 months to
monitor the Spanish Navantia-designed
Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) and
Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ship
In all, since 2008, only six senior
Navy personnel have travelled to Spain
in relation to the AWD and LHD projects
-- all of these trips have been part of the
formal delivery process or ceremonies
directly associated with these new capa-
As part of my emphasis on increased
efficiencies, it should be noted that most
of the visits by the senior Navy person-
nel were undertaken in conjunction with
other high level meetings and interna-
tional engagement activities in Spain and
other countries, rather than specifically
to the shipbuilders associated with the
Hobart-class AWD or Canberra-class
Other Defence personnel who are part
of the Defence Materiel Organisation
have also travelled to Spain over the past
30 months for a variety of reviews, work-
ing groups and other tasks as part of the
formal delivery process for these highly
They will continue to do so until
these new capabilities are delivered as
key elements of ADF Force 2030.
You may be assured that I will con-
tinue to lead in finding efficient ways
to do Navy business, while concurrent-
ly maintaining my focus on delivering
Navy capability as effectively and cost-
consciously as possible.
In so doing, I am also focused on
achieving the significant re-investment
necessary to facilitate the best possible
Force 2030 outcomes for all in Navy,
present and future.
-- VADM Russ Crane, Chief of Navy
CN sets record straight
By FLTLT Gangireddy Reddy and
LCPL Glenn Power
THE sailors, soldiers and airmen and
women of the Joint Electronic Warfare
Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU)
will have a ghost in their midst once a
very special specimen is delivered from
the Adelaide Zoo.
Stuffed and mounted, the unit's car-
nivorous mascot will take pride of place
at their Edinburgh headquarters in South
With a strong focus on radar, the unit
adopted the Ghost Bat -- synonymous
with radar-like characteristics -- as the
unit mascot from its inception.
Twenty years later and after 15 years
of sponsorship of the zoo's unique flesh-
eating bat colony, Adelaide Zoo's man-
ager of animal health, Dianne Hakof,
and senior native mammal keeper, Gayl
Mayles, eventually got to meet the peo-
ple who had kindly sponsored their little
Ms Hakof said she was keen to visit
JEWOSU to gain an insight into its role
in Defence and, in particular, its interest
in their Ghost Bat colony.
"It's a unique experience to meet
Servicemen and women and appreci-
ate the Defence capabilities we have in
Adelaide," Ms Hakof said.
The Ghost Bat became the offi-
cial unit mascot in 1990 when the unit
was known as the Electronic Warfare
Operational Support Unit (EWOSU).
Becoming aware of the Adelaide
Zoo's Ghost Bat colony in 1995, the
Ghost in their midst
members of the unit decided to take up
an ongoing sponsorship of the colony.
CO JEWOSU, WGCDR Pete
Mitchell, said he was extremely grateful
to host the zoo officials after his initial
approach about the possibility of sourc-
ing a taxidermy-mounted Ghost Bat.
"We enjoyed hosting the zoo officials,
giving them a sneak peek into what we
do and to help them understand why the
Ghost Bat was chosen as our unit mas-
cot," WGCDR Mitchell said.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: JEWOSU's
mascot, the Ghost Bat, will soon be
displayed at the unit.
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