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September 30, 2010
By POAWASM Andrew Hume
THE professional development of
Navy's war-fighting submariners was
celebrated with the recent gradua-
tion of four Acoustic Warfare Analyst
The graduation signified the cul-
mination of an intense seven-week
training regime undertaken at the
Submarine Training System Centre,
covering a diverse and challenging
range of topics.
The course aimed to constantly
challenge students, while imparting the
fundamental acoustic theory, analytical
and management skills to effectively
carry out the duties of a LSAWASM
both alongside and at sea.
Students were required to demon-
strate competency in divisional and
human resource management, frontline
leadership, operational and domestic
stores and departmental and operation-
In addition, students were required
to present tactical and strategic brief-
ings, including capability assessments
and search plan recommendations.
The course culminated in a two-
week practical scenario phase, requir-
ing students to consider and communi-
cate the required tactical recommenda-
tions to effectivley fight a Collins-class
submarine at sea.
Only one course is run each year
and successful completion represents a
prove their mettle
significant milestone in each student's
career as an AWA sailor.
Dux of course, ABAWASM
Amanda Moss, said the course was a
challenge that enabled her to expand
her core job knowledge and took her
out of her comfort zone.
"The completion of this course
will enable me to progress in my cho-
sen field as an AWA, something that
I am very much looking forward to,"
"I am excited to be rejoining my
boat, HMAS Collins, and taking what
I have learnt and putting it to practical
Course graduate, ABAWASM
Daniel Cowan, said the course was
one of the most challenging he had
completed in the RAN.
"I am proud to have passed and
aim to continue expanding the skills
and knowledge gained when I post to
the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis
Centre in the coming months,"
ABAWASM Cowan said.
PROUD GRADUATES: POAWASM Andrew Hume (instructor) congrat-
ulates the recent AWA course graduates. From left: ABAWASMs Daniel
Cowan, Amanda Moss, Ryan Evans and Michael Cronin.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
Training for new
THE Sailors' Leadership
Continuum has seen
many changes over the past two
decades and in early September
the final CPO Leadership
Development Program (CLDP)
CLDP began in January 2004
and 462 senior sailors have suc-
cessfully completed the course. Of
those who have completed CLDP,
104 have been promoted to WO
and a further 14 commissioned.
The CLDP has now been
replaced by the CPO Promotion
Course (CPOPC) and the WO
Promotion Course (WOPC).
TA-ITLM, CAPT Jaimie
Hatcher, said the new training
continuum was designed to give
sailors training when they needed
"This ensures they are ready
for the challenges that come with
the next rank," CAPT Hatcher
The CPOPC will be a four-
week residential course, con-
ducted at HMAS Creswell. While
this course is a non-discretionary
course for POs identified for pro-
motion, NPCMA will coordinate
panelling responsibilities in order
to establish a viable short-list
order of merit.
All POs must complete the
CPOPC before promotion to
CPO. All CPOs who have not
completed CLDP will be required
to complete both the CPOPC
and WOPC before being eligible
for promotion to WO. The first
CPOPC will be conducted in
October this year.
The WOPC will be a two-week
residential course also conducted
at HMAS Creswell and, again,
NPCMA will coordinate panel-
ling responsibilities to establish
an order of merit.
CPOs who have successfully
completed the CPOPC and wish
to nominate for the WOPC can
contact POSTD Felicity Carman
at NPCMA at felicity.carman1@
defence.gov.au. The pilot WOPC
will be conducted February 2011.
The TA-ITLM points of contact for both
CPOPC/WOPC courses are:
WO Peter Jones on (02) 4429 7501 or
WO David Larter on (02) 4429 7166
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