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September 16, 2010
By MIDN Morgan Rush
IN JULY 2010 four lucky gradu-
ates from the Royal Australian Naval
College, HMAS Creswell (CAPT
Jaimie Hatcher), were sent on an
exchange with the United States Navy
for the duration of Exercise RIMPAC
MIDNs Dylan Brown and Melanie
Soares joined the frigate USS Rueben
James (made famous in the classic
1990 submarine film The Hunt For Red
October), and MIDN Chris Abbott and I
joined the destroyer USS Hopper.
We were extremely lucky to have
the opportunity to be involved in the
RIMPAC Exercise, so soon after graduat-
ing from the RAN College.
The chance to experience sea time in
a US ship has been the highlight so far in
my short career.
The RAN midshipmen were on board
with USN officer trainees who were still
undergoing their initial officer training.
The midshipmen were involved in all
training opportunities, including conning
the ship during man overboard exercises
and assisting in upper deck evolutions.
Hopper joined HMAS Warramunga
in several exercises, including a
'SINKEX' where MIDN Abbott
and I were given front row seats as
Warramunga fired upon a decommis-
sioned US amphibious ship.
Creswell's CO, CAPT Jaimie
Hatcher, said he was very happy the mid-
shipmen were given the experience, as a
motivation for their future training and
"They have only been in the Navy for
six months yet they have already trav-
elled across the globe and trained with a
foreign military," CAPT Hatcher said.
"You could not ask for a more excit-
ing start to a Navy career."
Exciting start to
GREAT START: MIDN Morgan Rush aboard USS Hopper during Exercise
RIMPAC 2010. Four lucky midshipmen got the chance to exchange with the
USN during the exercise.
NINETEEN young indigenous
Australians recently set sail from
Airlie Beach to Cairns on board Sail
Training Ship Young Endeavour.
The group were participants in the
Defence Indigenous Development
Program (DIDP) -- Navy.
During their 11-day voyage the
young Australians learned the skills
necessary to sail a square-rigged tall
ship while exploring some of the most
scenic parts of the North Queensland
coastline, including Magnetic
Island, Orpheus Island, Zoe Bay on
Hinchinbrook Island, with the pic-
turesque Zoe Falls, Dunk Island and
However, it was not all sightseeing
for the participants.
A voyage on Young Endeavour
involves a lot of hard work and
requires determination, commitment
and, above all, teamwork in prepara-
tion for Command Day.
Command Day gave the Youth
Crew a unique and unforgettable
Indigenous development sets sail
HARD WORK: (Main and
inset) Defence Indigenous
Development Program -- Navy
participants on day 10 of their
Young Endeavour voyage.
opportunity to take charge of the
44-metre tall ship for 24 hours and
safely navigate her from Dunk Island
to Fitzroy Island.
"The voyage has been amazing,"
Youth Crew Captain, Kyh Mye, said.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime expe-
rience and I hope to take these new
skills with me to the Navy."
Throughout the voyage, each Youth
Crew member participated in sail han-
dling, climbing and working aloft, ship
watch keeping, navigation, helming
(steering), assisting the chef and other
"I am glad to be on the voyage, get-
ting practical sea experience and learn-
ing about sailing," Kyh said.
"I have been challenging myself,
setting and meeting goals, like climb-
ing the mast to work aloft and getting
closer to my teammates."
The youth development program
delivered aboard Young Endeavour
increases the Youth Crew's self-aware-
ness, develops teamwork and leader-
ship skills, and fosters a strong sense
of community spirit.
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