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September 2, 2010
By Annabelle Haywood
A NEW webisode is available for
viewing on the New Generation
Navy website, addressing the
world a sailor will encounter when
he or she joins the Navy in 2015.
WO Chris Grose of Navy People
Career Management Agency said he
thought 2015 would be an exciting
place to be.
"The future Navy is going to
be very different from the Navy of
today," he said.
"The key word is opportunity --
there will be a lot of new positions
at sea and on shore."
The significant difference will
be in the introduction of the Air
Warfare Destroyers (AWDs) and
Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs)
which will be in service by 2015.
CAPT Braddon Wheeler,
Director of the AWD Capability
Implementation Team, said the Navy
of the previous century was moving
to the Navy of the 21st century.
"We have the best ship we can
possibly make," he said.
CAPT Wheeler added that these
new ships would operate in a much
more sophisticated ADF environ-
ment, and that Navy assets would be
able to connect with Army and Air
Force elements in a way they had
never been able to do before.
"It's almost like this is the true
new war fighting capability, we're
By LCDR Graeme Bick
HMAS Parramatta has now entered
the latter stages of her deployment on
Operation Slipper following a recent
visit to Jebel Ali, Dubai in the United
Arab Emirates (UAE).
While in the UAE, the ship completed
an alongside maintenance period and the
crew took the opportunity to rest and
recover from what has been a busy and
During her deployment so far,
Parramatta has completed more than 60
visits and boardings of vessels in the
course of conducting maritime securi-
ty operations in the Gulfs of Aden and
Oman and the Red Sea.
Before the visit to the UAE,
Parramatta called in at Salalah in Oman,
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the Jordanian
port of Aqaba and Karachi, Pakistan.
A recent highlight was hosting a visit
by Commander Joint Task Force 633,
MAJGEN John Cantwell, who had the
opportunity to visit Parramatta as she
patrolled in the Gulf of Aden.
While on board, MAJGEN Cantwell
met with the crew and took part in a
number of activities. The visit also gave
the General an opportunity to update the
ship's company on the latest JTF 633
operations in Afghanistan.
"The crew of Parramatta have been
doing a fantastic job in support of the
international anti-terrorism and anti-pira-
cy efforts in the waters of the Middle
East," MAJGEN Cantwell said.
"Conducting their activities in the
Gulf of Aden, the crew has visited and
boarded over 60 vessels during her
deployment so far, including a successful
piracy disruption just days into her task-
ing on the counter-piracy mission.
"Life on board is different to what our
soldiers and Air Force members experi-
ence in the deserts of Afghanistan and
the Middle East, but the work the sailors
have been doing has been first class,"
MAJGEN Cantwell said.
Before departing, MAJGEN Cantwell
presented a number of awards and
praised the work the ship has conducted
so far as part of the wider ADF contribu-
tion to Operation Slipper.
Following MAJGEN Cantwell's
departure, Parramatta resumed maritime
security operations. She is expected to
return to her home port of Sydney this
Parra hosts special
guest in Gulf of Aden
IN COMMAND: MAJGEN John Cantwell takes the helm of HMAS Parramatta
under the watchful eyes of LEUT Kane Mackey (left) and ABBM Caleb
Photo: SGT Brent Tero
RAN's bright future
leaving behind the old and we're
going to be in a new world," CAPT
CAPT Brad White, Director of
the Joint Amphibious Capability
Implementation Team, said the
LHDs would have a similar impact.
"The LHD will represent a sig-
nificant change in ADF operations --
they will become the centre of gov-
ernment first response to regional
activities, because of the support
they will provide to military opera-
tions and humanitarian and disaster
relief activities," CAPT White said.
"They will particularly enable us
to operate in the littoral environment
and manoeuvre around the island
nations that are our near neigh-
The webisode "A Sailor joins the
Navy in 2015 -- what happens next?"
is available for viewing on the NGN
intranet site under "What's New?".
For further information visit www.navy.
EXCITING FUTURE: The AWD will take the RAN into the 21st cen-
tury according to the Director of the AWD Capability Implementation
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