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September 16, 2010
By MAJ Keirin Joyce
CMDR Peter Ashworth has been award-
ed the Royal Aeronautical Society
(RAeS), Canberra Branch, Biennial
Award for Excellence in Aviation.
CMDR Ashworth was presented
the award on August 10 at the RAeS
Canberra Branch annual dinner, held
in the Great Hall of ANU's University
Flanked by his wife, work colleagues,
and Canberra Branch members, CMDR
Ashworth recounted his Project Air 9000
(Multi Role Helicopter) exploits that won
him this year's award.
Chairman of the RAeS Canberra
Branch, AIRCDRE Jon Pike (Retd), said
all nominations received for the award
were of high quality and the RAeS was
encouraged by the standard of aerospace
work being done in the ACT.
"The RAeS was particularly
impressed with CMDR Ashworth's
exceptional day-to-day project manage-
ment skills, in successfully coordinating
and managing the first-of-class flight tri-
als for the MRH90 in HMAS Manoora,"
"These trials comprised an exhaustive
testing regime that gauged the aircraft's
capabilities at sea, through take-offs,
landings, deck handling processes, blade
folding trials, transfers and load lifting."
CMDR Ashworth was also instru-
mental in orchestrating the transfer of
two of the MRH90 helicopters from
France to Australia in RAAF C-17 air-
This accelerated the development of
the strategic air lift load plans and proce-
dures required to load and transport the
MRH90 in the C-17, as well as resulting
in a cost saving to the maritime compo-
nent of the MRH program.
Formerly an aircraft technician and
later an observer, CMDR Ashworth is
now the Project Manager of Project Air
9000 Phase 8 --Future Naval Air Combat
System (Seahawk Replacement).
The Canberra Branch of the RAeS
meets on the second Tuesday of every
month and welcomes all from the aero-
For further information visit www.raes.org.
By LSPTs Don Buckley and
HMAS Melbourne's (CMDR
Michael Harris) crew took
a unique approach to raise
money for Legacy following the
ship's departure from Sydney
on August 16 in support of
Members of Melbourne's ship's
company conducted an ultra mar-
athon spanning the ship's entire
transit to the MEAO.
The ultra marathon charity
run was organised to raise money
and awareness for the Legacy
Legacy was chosen because the
ship was entering an operational
area that has claimed the lives of
21 Australian Servicemen.
This event also provided an
opportunity to build mateship and
teamwork within the ship's com-
pany. It allowed for members to
improve their fitness and encour-
aged them to set and achieve sig-
nificant personal goals.
Melbourne jogs to
Middle East AO
RUNNING FOR LEGACY: HMAS Melbourne's crew walked or ran all the
way from Australia to the MEAO for Legacy.
an ultra marathon
spanning the ship's
entire transit to the
MEAO, raising money
Seventy-one crew members
signed on, committing to run or
walk for an hour each day.
Each person continued moving
around the designated course until
relieved by the next participant,
ensuring Melbourne reached its
goal of having at least one person
moving around the course 24/7
from its last Australian port until
the ship reached the Middle East.
Some members completed two
legs a day and the team averaged
400-500km per day.
In addition to raising aware-
ness of the Legacy Foundation,
Melbourne's goal was to raise a
donation of at least $20,000.
A website was set up where
friends, family and the community
could log on and show their sup-
port by donating towards indi-
viduals or the entire team. The site
was also updated with the distance
Legacy is a voluntary organi-
sation providing services to
Australian families suffering
financially or socially after the
death of a spouse or parent during
or after their ADF service.
The organisation cares for
115,000 widows and 1900 chil-
dren and dependants throughout
Legacy helps ensure that the
sacrifice of Australians who have
paid the ultimate price will never
For more information go to www.
EXCELLENCE: Chairman of the
RAeS Canberra Branch, AIRCDRE
Jon Pike (Retd), presents CMDR
Peter Ashworth with his award.
Photo: MAJ Keirin Joyce
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