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September 2, 2010
Cairns personnel excel at
HMAS Cairns sailors, ABWTRs Gail Gordon and
Lani Wade, were each presented with a 'Bravo
Zulu' certificate by acting Executive Officer,
LCDR Chris Gallagher, in August.
Signed by acting CO, LCDR Terry Garside, the
BZ recognised the outstanding contribution by these
LCDR Gallagher said the award acknowledged
that their high performance during a busy period,
without a leading hand supervisor, hadn't gone
"They got on with their duties, providing valuable
administrative support to Cairns' ship's company
Situated in the heart of the
city it takes its name from,
HMAS Cairns is home to a
contingent of patrol boats,
amphibious landing craft
and survey vessels.
Bernard O'Connor takes
us behind the scenes to
report on the work being
done by Cairns' support
staff in the workplace and
Service personnel in the
THIS year the Relay for Life
team from HMAS Cairns
(CMDR Bob Heffey) dressed as
ferocious pirates, keeping with
the spirit of the community event.
The biggest Relay for Life gather-
ing in Queensland and one of the biggest
nationally, the Cairns event continues to
capture Far North Queensland hearts and
With all fundraising conducted on-
base at Cairns only, the Navy team con-
tributed a magnificent $2700 towards the
total of $465,000 raised. This indicates
the strength of commitment by Navy per-
sonnel and the Cairns community towards
this event, which saw a huge participation
by 165 teams of 15 walkers each.
All funds raised go to the Queensland
Cancer Council to fund research and help
families affected by cancer.
Throughout the relay, many Navy
families participated in the survivors' and
carers' lap of honour.
Team volunteers from Cairns includ-
ed POPT Roy, CPOPT Cunningham,
LSMED Parker, LSHSO Hadfield, LSBM
Weldon, LSPT Fritzell-Flint, LCDR
Tokesi, ABDEN Larkin, LCDR Sowter,
ABMED Picot, PONCP Boak, ABHSO
Whittaker, AB Dyer, LSMT Harrison,
LEUT Clayton and Mr Lambden.
Team members said the night was
cold, especially for the fancy dress team
that wore only Speedos. However, the
entertainment kept people warm and busy
with movies and Zumba dancing.
The Navy team paired up to do hourly
blocks of laps around Barlow Park, start-
ing at 2pm on Saturday, June 4 and fin-
ishing the next morning at 10am.
ARRRRRGH ME HEARTIES! Members of HMAS Cairns' Relay for Life team raised $2700 for the Queensland Cancer Council.
Performance doesn't go unnoticed
and to personnel from Cairns-based Fleet units,"
LCDR Gallagher said.
"This is a small way to say their efforts were
Surprised by the presentation of the BZ certifi-
cates, ABWTR Gail Gordon said simply, "Oh my
ABWTR Lani Wade paraphrased the movie
Anchorman, saying, "I don't know how to put this,
but it's kind of a big deal".
While it was a low-key presentation, it was big
deal to the writers to have such positive feedback on
their ongoing efforts to support Cairns personnel
and those serving in the Fleet.
BRAVO: ABWTRs Gail Gordan (left) and Lani
Wade are presented with Bravo Zulu certificates
by Acting Executive Officer HMAS Cairns, LCDR
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