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October 14, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
SUBMARINERS and sailors had
the opportunity to engage with the
recently-appointed Defence Minister,
the Hon Stephen Smith MP, during
his visit to HMAS Stirling (CAPT
Brett Dowsing) on September 21.
It was Mr Smith's first visit to the
establishment as Defence Minister and
RAN personnel briefed him on Fleet
Base West's role within global exer-
cises and operations, as well as the
capability provided by ADF personnel
who serve at the establishment.
"Fleet Base West is very important
to our operations and the Government
has committed itself, through the 2009
Defence White Paper, to 12 subma-
rines -- essentially doubling our sub-
marine fleet," Mr Smith said.
"The construction of those sub-
marines will take place in South
Australia, which has a fine history of
quality production as far as submarines
are concerned," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith was given a tour of
replenishment ship HMAS Sirius
(CMDR Ralph Macdonald), during
which the questions and concerns of
her sailors and officers were addressed.
HMAS Waller's (CMDR Michael
Manfield) crew also escorted Mr Smith
through their Collins-class submarine,
where they briefed him on the suc-
cess of the Submarine Sustainability
Program, which has significantly
improved submariner numbers and
conditions over the past 18 months.
Minister meets the west
BIG IRON: (Above) CO HMAS Sirius, LCDR Mark Taylor, gives Minister
for Defence, Mr Stephen Smith, a tour of Navy's massive oiler.
Photos: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
CLOSE QUARTERS: (Right)
Minister for Defence, Mr Stephen
Smith, chats with submariners on
board HMAS Waller.
By Michael Brooke
TWENTY-SIX junior officers
were awarded their Navigation
Watchkeeping Certificates, when
they graduated from the Junior
Warfare Application Course (JWAC)
The graduation ceremony at
HMAS Watson was attended by
Governor of New South Wales,
Professor Marie Bashir, CN, VADM
Russ Crane, COMAUSFLT, VADM
Steve Gilmore, and the National
President of the Returned Services
League, RADM Ken Doolan (Retd).
CN told the JWAC graduates they
have exciting challenges and great
responsibilities ahead of them.
"The Navigation Watchkeeping
Certificates you have received today
put you on the path to obtaining your
Bridge Warfare Certificate, which is
the qualification you need to command
a warship in the RAN," VADM Crane
said.Such is the exciting tempo in the
Navy that four officers were unable
to attend their graduation, as they had
already proceeded to HMAS Stirling
to commence submarine training.
The graduation ceremony was par-
ticularly memorable for ASLT Julia
Griffin, who was presented with the
prestigious RSL Sword, which is
awarded to the dux of JWAC.
ASLT Griffin told Navy News that
the RSL Sword recognises her total
commitment to her Navy career and
"Being awarded the RSL Sword
makes this a very memorable career
milestone," ASLT Griffin said.
Warfare officers graduate
PROUD DAY: Twenty-two of the 26 gradu-
ates of JWAC 50. (Inset) Governor of NSW,
Professor Marie Bashir, presents ASLT Julia
Griffin with a certificate for being Dux of the
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
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