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October 28, 2010
from journey of firsts
team, pitted their skills against the
People's Liberation Army--Marines
on their climbing wall, obstacle
course and weapons range, where
they fired the Chinese L9 rifle.
In a unique opportunity for
the RAN to engage with Chinese
Marines, Warramunga's mixed gen-
der team impressed the hosts with
their enthusiasm, skill and 'have a
SMNBM McCombe is look-
ing forward sharing his experi-
ences with new crew members,
and he is also looking forward to
Warramunga's next major deploy-
ment, scheduled for late 2011.
Warra' sailor's dream
SMNBM William McCombe
only joined HMAS Warramunga
on the day the ship left for a
lengthy regional deployment.
As the ship returned to home
port he reflected on what has been,
in his words, a "pretty awesome"
start to his Navy career.
SMNBM McCombe is one of
many fresh faces who participated
in their first crossing the line cer-
emony during the deployment.
Hailing from Sunbury, Victoria,
23-year-old SMNBM McCombe
joined Navy in August 2009.
He never dreamed his first
deployment would allow him to
experience so much real action
"Using the .50 cal machine
gun to shoot down a drone during
RIMPAC was really cool," he said.
"Taking a RHIB over to see the
USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl
Harbor was amazing, too."
Warramunga tried to bring
some Hawaiian spirit to HMAS
Sirius when they rendezvoused in
the Coral Sea for a RAS.
All personnel on Warramunga's
upper decks and bridge donned
Hawaiian shirts, leis and hats.
"Sirius didn't make it to
RIMPAC, so we thought they
would appreciate it.
"Unfortunately the weather
that day was pretty bad and eve-
ryone got drenched, but we had a
Always keen to see the sights of
the places they visited, SMNBM
McCombe said a tour of the
demilitarised zone between North
and South Korea was particularly
Most of the crew visited this
tense locale while at Incheon, for
the 60th Anniversary of the land-
ings that changed the course of the
SMNBM McCombe also took
the opportunity to do a whirlwind
tour of Beijing during the ship's
port visit to Qingdao, China.
Finally, in the port of
Zhanjiang, SMNBM McCombe
and other boarding party mem-
bers, along with the ship's dive
RICH EXPERIENCE: SMNBM
William McCombe (third from left)
visits Beijing with crew mates
TRUE COLOURS: (Above)
Crew members showed their
team loyalties in the lead up to
the AFL Grand Final (both of
them), while exercising in the
South China Sea.
LOCAL CUISINE: (Right)
PLA-N officer Qiu Qing explains
Chinese cuisine to LSCK
Darren Smith during a recep-
tion at South China Sea Navy
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