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August 19, 2010
By SGT Dave Morley
THE lack of a parade and band
did not detract from the significance
of the Defence Anglicans' website
launch at the Royal Military College
Duntroon on July 15.
Bishop Len Eacott, Anglican
Bishop to the ADF, said the Defence
Anglicans website was a terrific idea
because it allowed ADF members to
access information in a very popular
"It is an avenue of information that
needs to be exploited as much as pos-
sible," he said.
MAJGEN Craig Orme, Head of
People Capability, said it was a great
initiative and commended it to the
Anglican community and families
"It's a great way to build a rela-
tionship and provide an information
resource to those who need it, wheth-
er they are deployed or serving in
Australia," he said.
CHAP Kevin Russell, Director of
Chaplaincy -- HQ Air Command, said
the website aimed to serve ADF mem-
bers from a christian point of view.
"It will also inform the wider
church what members of the ADF go
through and how they can be support-
ed," he said.
CHAP Russell said members
would go to this website for many rea-
"It has many features; it tells sto-
ries, and people today learn through
stories," he said.
"It gives examples, and people will
say, 'I think that's a bit like my situa-
tion', and they can seek help and sol-
"The website contains questions
and answers on many useful things
from trauma through to baptisms
and weddings, as well as just basic
launched in Canberra Civilian accreditation
for seaman officers
AN AGREEMENT has been
reached with Hunter TAFE to pro-
vide seaman officers with a number
of pathways to civilian certifica-
The agreement includes options
for recognition of current competen-
cies, face-to-face delivery on campus
and distance learning.
This will allow seaman officers
to obtain civilian maritime qualifica-
tions that recognise RAN training.
Seaman officers who have
achieved their Bridge Warfare
Certificate will be able to under-
take a TAFE RAN bridging course,
which will lead to a Diploma in
Transport and Distribution (Deck
Watchkeeper) and subsequently a
Deck Watchkeeper Certificate of
A Bridge Warfare Certificate is
the foundation for the internationally
recognised seafarer qualifications
by which the Australian Maritime
Safety Authority recognises Navy's
RAN training and sea time can
be assessed toward the requirements
of the International Convention on
Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
(STCW 78 as amended) and Marine
Order part three, giving seaman
officers a pathway to civilian quali-
fications and future employment
The TAFE bridging course com-
prises eight units of study ranging
from first aid to the monitoring and
care of cargo.
These eight units can be com-
pleted in three different ways.
The first pathway requires all
units to be completed at TAFE.
In the second pathway option,
one to three units are completed by
This study is organised by TAFE
and delivered by Open Training and
Education Network (OTEN) with the
final units undertaken at TAFE.
Under option three, seaman
stuff about contacting a chaplain or a
church at your new posting locality."
He said members didn't have to be
practising christians to use the site.
"You can use it to explore faith,
explore what's happening to you, ask
questions, or as a means of exploring
CHAP Andrew Lewis, HMAS
Watson, said the website had much to
offer the men and women of the RAN.
"The website is a great way to get
connected with Jesus Christ," CHAP
"Whether christian or just explor-
ing faith, this website helps you to
examine christianity in a safe environ-
ment, connect with christians and look
at some of the big issues in life.
"Because of the nature of our naval
service we are often separated from
our loved ones and community -- the
Defence Anglican website is helping
The Defence Anglicans website can be
found at www.defenceanglicans.org.
IN BRIEF officers can gain recognition of prior
learning or competency for any of the
eight units and complete the remaining
units, either by attending TAFE or by
distance education for any of the three
units available through the OTEN.
This program will run parallel to
the RAN's Junior Warfare Application
Course and give seaman officers the
ability to easily transit from military to
The diploma course is voluntary.
Submariners focused on
CONTRARY to some recent media
reports, the lack of a Collins-class
submarine from exercise RIMPAC
'10 was not the result of a lack of
Under Submarine Force 2010 and
the Submarine Sustainability Program
Navy is rebuilding the submarine
While at least one Collins boat
could have been deployed to RIMPAC,
the decision was made in 2009 that
the submarine fleet should focus on
Three Collins-class submarines are
currently operating at sea, of which
two are deployable at short notice,
meeting Navy's preparedness require-
THE Canberra Model Shipwrights
Society will hold a scale model
ship exhibition in Canberra in late
At a cost of $2 per person, or $5
per family, the exhibition will be held
at Mt Rogers Primary School at 52
Alfred Hill Drive, Melba, over the
weekend of September 25-26.
For more information email expo@
phone 0424 191 307 or visit the website
Eric Burton, DG
Chaplaincy Navy, is an
advocate of the new
website while, inset,
chaplains from the
three Services proudly
show off the new site at
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