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August 19, 2010
By MIDN Isabelle Collins
IN EARLY July a 27-strong group
from ADFA, including seven mid-
shipmen, travelled to the Gallipoli
Peninsula to participate in Exercise
Stoker, a battlefield study tour named
in honour of LCDR Henry Stoker
who commanded the submarine
AE2, which successfully navigated
the Dardanelles and engaged Turkish
shipping at the beginning of the
The tour began with the group
experiencing Turkey's rich cultural
MIDN Rebecca Holmes said the
huge differences between Turkey and
Australia were what struck her the
"Everything from the traffic condi-
tions to the age of the place; the first
thing you see coming into Istanbul are
city walls that are thousands of years
old," she said.
At Canakkale, located on the
Asiatic shores of the Dardanelles,
the group visited the Turkish Naval
Museum and studied the massive
Dardanelles naval engagement of
March 18, 1915, which set the seen for
a later examination of the land cam-
By Michael Brooke
SIX aspiring submariners
recently completed the Acoustic
Warfare Analyst Category
Course conducted by the
Training Authority Submarines
at HMAS Stirling.
The graduation ceremony not
only marked the career milestone
of being rated as an AWA, but also
being one step closer to earning
The graduation was particu-
larly memorable for ABAWA Chris
Gilbert, 23, who was crowned dux
with a score of 92 per cent.
"I only joined the RAN some 18
months ago and am a change-over
from boatswains mate category, so
today marks an important mile-
stone," he said.
"It's been a long journey but it
has been worth it because in just
a few more weeks I can go down
to a boat to start work on my Part
ABAWA Gilbert, who was moti-
vated to become a submariner by
a relative who served in Oberon-
class boats, said he did a lot of
extra study to achieve his qualifica-
"I'm very proud to be an AWA;
you do a lot of hard work but you
also get a lot of rewards," he said.
LSAWA Adam Weir, from
the TA-SM Warfare Training
Department, said the AWA catego-
ry course spanned six weeks and
comprised basic oceanography,
basic sonar theory and narrow-
He said the six graduates would
now progress to the Basic Systems
Operators Course which runs for
four weeks and would lead them to
other components of the training
pipeline, including a submarine for
their Part Three training.
The graduates are SMNAWAs
White, O'Donnell, Dimos,
Crutchley, Bousfield and Gilbert.
One step closer
to their dolphins
MIDN reflect at Gallipoli
paign and the relatively unknown role
of naval airpower.
As part of the tour many Turkish
memorials were visited and an under-
standing the conflict from both sides
For many of us, the highlight of
the activity was the use of sea kayaks
to conduct a dawn paddle into Anzac
A 4.45am landing was followed
by a traditional gunfire breakfast and
a wreath laying ceremony at the Ari
As the sun rose we enjoyed bully
beef stew and reflected as a group on
our own Gallipoli landing.
While the main aim of the exercise
was to study the tri-Service aspects of
the 1915 Dardanelles Campaign, the
group was also able to visit the ancient
city of Troy.
ANZAC SPIRIT: MIDN Natasha Bostock (right) and OFFCDT Emma
O'Shaughnessy pause to reflect at Anzac Cove during an ADFA battle-
field study tour.
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