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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE
SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE
Navy The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Navy
THE Naval Memorial Service
was held before the RAN
Memorial on Anzac Parade,
Canberra, on October 7.
The annual ceremo-
ny, held in conjunction the
Australian Naval Association,
is a tribute to those who are
serving, and those who have
served the RAN.
It also commemorates the
arrival of the RAN fleet into
Port Jackson on October 4,
Pictured is HMAS Harman
XO, LCDR David Turner,
addressing the ceremony.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
raises $5k for charity
Fleet Air Arm Museum
unveils Chaplain Showcase
By Dallas McMaugh
AN EXHIBIT recognising the vital
work of Navy chaplains, past and
present, was unveiled at HMAS
Albatross' (CAPT Stefan King) Fleet
Air Arm Museum recently.
Director-General Navy Chaplaincy,
CHAP Gary Lock, officially opened
the Chaplain's Showcase -- a signifi-
cant addition to the museum's collec-
tion.Museum Curator, Ailsa Chittick,
said, "I was inspired to develop the
display when Albatross' CHAP Ian
Lindsay offered to lend the museum
a bible that had belonged to CHAP
CHAP Wheeldon began his career
in the Navy as a pilot in 1943, became
a chaplain in 1960 and was posted to
Albatross in 1963.
His first appointment as a chaplain
was to HMAS Nirimba; candlesticks
and a wooden altar from Nirimba's
chapel are also included in the exhibit.
Another item of significance on
display is the bible of Albatross' third
CO, CAPT Rodney Rhoades, which
was printed in 1853 and donated to the
museum by his wife Valerie Rhoades
Museum Manager, Terry
Hetherington, said the Chaplain's
Showcase added a new perspective to
"The role of the museum is
to tell the story of naval aviation in
Australia," Mr Hetherington said.
"It is a place to hear and see the
stories of the men and women who
served in Navy's Fleet Air Arm. These
personnel were all mentored and fos-
tered by a tireless and dedicated team
of Navy chaplains."
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is open to the
public every day from 10am to 3pm.
CHAPLAINS' LEGACY: (From left) CHAP Gary Lock, CHAP Ian
Lindsay and Ms Ailsa Chittick at the launch of the Chaplain's Showcase
at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, HMAS Albatross.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
By Michael Brooke
EXPLORING a day in the life
of a sailor in the RAN was
worth $5000 to fascinated
members of the public, who
have gained respect for Navy's role
in national defence and humanitarian
The auction of a comprehensive
ship tour of an Anzac-class FFH and
lunch with the CO, for four people,
raised $5000 for the National Breast
Cancer Foundation recently.
HMAS Stuart (CMDR Brett
Sonter), aka the 'Tartan Terror',
opened her gangway to the four spe-
cial guests at Fleet Base East on
The VIP treatment and exposure
to a day in the life of a sailor began
early, when HMAS Kuttabul SWO,
WO Mark Donlan, escorted the four
guests onto Stuart.
A delicious four-course luncheon
in the CO's cabin included discussions
with CMDR Sonter, about all things
Navy, and special guest Mr David
Griffin -- a former Wallaby -- who
spoke about the world of rugby.
"These people saw this as a once-
in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be
missed," CMDR Sonter said.
CMDR Sonter said after the lunch-
eon the guests enjoyed a guided tour
through the ship and met many of
Stuart's ship's company, who provided
insights into their duties and responsi-
During the tour CMDR Sonter
guests were presented with memora-
bilia and Stuart ball caps to remind
them of their unique Navy experience.
"The guests were very apprecia-
tive of the VIP treatment they received
from the crew of Stuart during their
Navy experience," CMDR Sonter said.
"It was a real eye-opener for them,
to gain such an insight and apprecia-
tion of what the daily life of RAN sail-
ors really involves."
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE: VIP guests hosted on board
HMAS Stuart by CO, CMDR Brett Sonter: (From left) CMDR Sonter,
Lynne and Richard Crookes, Julianne and John Garnez, former Wallaby
David Griffin and WO Mark Donlan.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
described the various roles and func-
tions of Stuart and showed the guests
the damage control systems and equip-
ment used on board to combat any
incidents or dangerous occurrences.
At the conclusion of the tour the
PM visits troops on
ground in Afghanistan
PRIME MINISTER Julia Gillard
made her first visit to Afghanistan as
Prime Minister on October 2.
The Prime Minister received briefs
from Australian commanders at Tarin
Kot, enjoyed a barbecue with troops
and met regional leaders.
She later travelled to Kabul to
meet with President Hamid Karzai
and Commander ISAF, GEN David
Aus - US Defence trade
THE US Senate has agreed to ratify
the Australia - United States Defence
Trade Cooperation Treaty.
The resolution to ratify the trea-
ty was passed by the US Senate on
The Treaty is a significant step for-
ward for practical defence and trade
cooperation between the two coun-
tries, and will enter into force when
both countries' domestic ratification
requirements are complete.
FBE open day
SYDNEY'S HMAS Kuttabul is host-
ing its annual open day on Sunday,
October 17, 10:00am -- 4:00pm.
Four ships will be open for public
tours: FFGs HMA Ships Darwin and
Newcastle, FFH HMAS Ballarat and
mine hunter HMAS Huon.
Other highlights include an A109E
Power helicopter from 723 Squadron,
clearance diver demonstrations and the
Last year's open day attracted over
3000 people, in spite of wet weather.
Nowra wings & wheels
ALSO on October 17 is the Fleet
Air Arm Museum's Family Wings &
wheels day, held at HMAS Albatross.
The day will include static aircraft
displays, the Historic Flight and a dis-
play by several classic car clubs.
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