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October 28, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
HER ship's company packed HMAS
Newcastle's (CMDR Anthony
Campbell) flight deck recently to wit-
ness Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Crane,
present Assistant Supply Officer, LEUT
Shane Savy, with the revered Chief of
A supply officer trainee on board
Newcastle, LEUT Savy, 43, received
the accolade at a ceremony held at Fleet
Base East on August 27 for his outstand-
ing academic results, professionalism,
maturity and clear judgement during
his Supply Officer Application Course
(SOAC) at HMAS Cerberus (CAPT
LEUT Savy said he felt deeply hon-
oured to be the 2009 recipient of the
Chief of Navy Sword, which is awarded
biennially to the overall dux of the junior
non-warfare officers' application courses.
"I was first informed I would receive
the award by my then-CO, CMDR Justin
Jones, who received a signal," LEUT
"Runners up should also be recog-
nised for their outstanding performances
because they all strived to learn their jobs
for a bright future in the Navy.
"The sword is mine to keep -- I will
always wear it with pride and the knowl-
edge of academic recognition."
A warrant officer steward changeo-
ver, LEUT Savy has served 26 years in
the RAN and, since commissioning, has
attained a Graduate Diploma of Business
Administration from the University of
LEUT Savy said his long-term inter-
ests in business management led him to
pursue a new career as a supply officer.
"I was seeking a more challenging
career that included a variety of jobs and
opportunities to further my sea time and
military experience," he said.
Striving for excellence
ACHIEVEMENT: Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Crane, presents LEUT Shane
Savy with the Chief of Navy Sword on HMAS Newcastle's flight deck to rec-
ognise his outstanding academic achievements during his Supply Officer
Photo: ABIS David McMahon
By Michael Brooke
THE public mystery of Navy's
important contribution to nation-
al security and border protection
often conducted far out to sea
was revealed to some 4000 people
when HMAS Kuttabul (CMDR
Christine Clarke) opened its gang-
way for Navy Week.
The open day on October 17
allowed Kuttabul, with assistance
from Watson, Penguin and Waterhen
personnel, to showcase Navy's dedi-
cated personnel and warships and
marked another triumph for the
RAN's community engagement pro-
The open day featured public
tours of two FFGs, one Anzac-class
FFH, a Huon-class MHC and a
dozen Navy-themed display booths.
The ships' companies of HMA
Ships Darwin, Newcastle, Ballarat,
and Huon, and a visiting French
patrol boat, FNS La Moqueuse,
busily engaged the public who
expressed wonder and surprise at
Navy's diverse role in national and
The sailors relished the opportu-
nity to tell curious visitors about the
Navy lifestyle and a range of other
topics including recruiting opportu-
nities and sea deployments.
AB Caley Rhodes greeted fas-
cinated visitors to Newcastle and
answered countless questions.
"A lot of the visitors were genu-
inely curious about what their Navy
does at sea far from public view,
such as peacekeeping, humanitarian
assistance, disaster relief and anti-
piracy patrols," he said.
"There were also a lot of young
people who expressed great interest
in the Navy lifestyle with a view of
joining the RAN."
The public got a glimpse of
Navy efficiency when a RAN
A109E Agusta helicopter from
723 Squadron conducted two res-
cue drills by winching a Navy diver
out of the water between Fleet Base
East and Andrew Boy Charlton pool.
Navy also showcased a range of
departments including the hydro-
graphic office and the imagery spe-
cialists, whose video and digital
imagery provides the public with
RAN on show at
Kuttabul open day
an insight into what the RAN does
at sea in the way of training and
The public fascination with the
history and traditions of the RAN
saw bus loads of people ferried
between the main wharf and the
RAN Heritage Centre where they
viewed numerous relics of great his-
The Kuttabul PTs also got a
thorough workout with the unen-
viable task of keeping swarms of
ankle-biters entertained at an indoor
obstacle course and a giant jumping
castle, which helped excited chil-
dren expend the energy gained from
red fizzy drinks and fairy-floss.
The RAN Band were also on
song with a number of concerts
throughout the day.
Kuttabul's CO, CMDR Christine
Clarke, said the open day was the
one day of the year the public got
to meet some of Navy's personnel,
as well as explore the warships and
equipment that serve and protect the
people of Australia.
"The open day was a great team
effort and was certainly in keep-
ing with the Signature Behaviour of
strengthening relationships across
and beyond Navy," CMDR Clarke
said.She said the open day was a suc-
cess due not only to the brilliant
sunshine, but the enthusiasm and
dedication of Kuttabul's ship's com-
pany who were ably assisted by ele-
ments from other commands.
"It provided a great opportunity
to engage with the community and
demonstrate Navy capabilities to
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: SMN Jessie-Ann Jarrott shows
Samuel Williams the pattern 50N life jacket at the recent open day
at HMAS Kuttabul.
Photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
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