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August 19, 2010
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
HMAS Arunta (CMDR John
Stavridis) is on a winning streak
after the RANCCF Win with Navy
raffle was won by two Arunta sail-
ors in a row.
ABMT David Munckton and
ABCIS Stewart Chivers both won
the fortnightly raffle, with a prize
pool of $5000 cash, tax free.
Nearly 3000 sailors have joined
the raffle so far, so it is a happy
coincidence that two sailors from
the same ship could win the raffle
two fortnights in a row.
Both sailors registered for the
Win with Navy raffle online when
it was first made available last year.
AB Chivers said when he
received the phone call from the
organisers advising he had won, he
was in shock.
"This prize is the most I have
ever won! But I am going to be sen-
sible and put it on the mortgage," he
AB Munckton couldn't believe
that Win with Navy was serious
when he received a phone call to
Arunta sailors on
inform him he had won the raffle
Recently engaged, AB Munkton
laughed when asked about his plans
for the raffle prize.
"Well, I will pay a few bills
and the rest will go in a savings
account," he said.
There have been 18 winners to
date and RANCCF hopes to soon
be able to offer a brand new car as
The Win with Navy raffle is
only open to current-serving RAN
personnel (PN and CFTS). People
under the age of 18 are not eligible
Tickets are $2 each with a max-
imum spend of $10 per fortnight
($10 will give you six tickets in
Simply fill in the online form at www.
winwithnavy.com.au and RANCCF
will start an allotment for you.
By Michael Brooke
IT WASN'T exactly a 'baptism of fire'
in the military sense but a baptism
nonetheless when CHAP Paddy Sykes
baptised the son of ABSTD Michael
Kotiw in the ship's bell on the flight-
deck of HMAS Melbourne (CMDR
Mike Harris) recently.
The baptism of Myles James Kotiw
marked his coming of age as a Catholic
and his bond with the Navy, which will
take on important new meaning now that
his father has sailed with Melbourne on
her six-month deployment to the MEAO
on Operation Slipper.
Dressed in a sailor suit to match his
father, Myles was baptised on August 1,
a little over a week before his dad set sail
with Melbourne on her first deployment
to the MEAO in six years.
ABSTD Kotiw, a wardroom stew-
ard, said it was a timely opportunity to
have his son welcomed into the Catholic
"I thought it would be a great thing to
do and, of course, I'd be very proud if he
eventually followed in my footsteps and
joined the RAN, although he will be free
to make up his own mind," he said.
ABSTD Kotiw, 29, said even though
Myles was only six months old he
seemed to understand that daddy was
going away for six months --virtually a
whole lifetime for an infant.
"He always frowns and gets a little
upset when I talk to him about being
away over Christmas," ABSTD Kotiw
"But I will make it up by showering
him with presents when I get back, which
will be just a few days before his first
ABSTD Kotiw said the farewell was
very sad but as 'absence makes the heart
grow fonder', the homecoming would be
especially euphoric and memorable.
When Melbourne replaces HMAS
Parramatta she will become the first
upgraded FFG to deploy on an operation
and the 24th rotation of a RAN Fleet unit
to the MEAO since operations began in
Flight-deck baptism aboard
TRADITION CONTINUES: ABSTD Michael Kotiw's son, Myles James, is
baptised in a small ceremony on board HMAS Melbourne.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
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