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November 25, 2010
By Jessica Henry
THE sacrifices of Australian
and US military personnel in
Afghanistan were honoured at the
recent Australia-US Ministerial
The AUSMIN talks in
Melbourne on November 8
involved US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, US Defence
Secretary Robert Gates, Defence
Minister Stephen Smith and
Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin
In a joint communiqué they
stated the 2010 AUSMIN meeting --
which marked the 25th anniversary
of the talks -- confirmed the "endur-
ing values of the Australia-US alli-
ance and its adaptability in meeting
contemporary and evolving strate-
Both countries reaffirmed their
commitment to the international
effort in Afghanistan to prevent it
ever again becoming a safe haven
for terrorists and violent extremists.
They stressed the importance of
Combined Team Uruzgan in striv-
ing towards a more secure environ-
ment in Uruzgan Province.
Another significant item on
Australia -- US alliance
stronger than ever
WELCOME: Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Foreign Affairs
Minister Kevin Rudd greet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at
the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
Photo: CPL Hamish Paterson
HMAS Dechaineux (CMDR Jason
Cupples) will undergo repairs after an
incident involving a civilian tug boat
while departing its berth at Fleet Base
West in HMAS Stirling (CAPT Brett
The submarine was carrying out a
routine manoeuvre with the tug when it
crossed over Dechaineux's stern.
No one was injured but a subse-
quent inspection confirmed repairs were
Dechaineux will undergo repairs over
the coming weeks and, as a result, the
submarine will withdraw from training
exercises off the WA coast.
Dechaineux was scheduled to par-
ticipate in Navy's annual anti-submarine
warfare exercise but will be replaced by
HMAS Collins (CMDR Glen Miles).
the agenda was close cooperation
to reduce the threat of improvised
Acknowledging the success of
Exercise Talisman Sabre in develop-
ing the interoperability of the ADF
and US military, both countries
intend to continue to work together
to improve the biosecurity arrange-
ments associated with the exercise.
The communiqué stated that
Australia and the US were commit-
ted to global security and stability in
the domains of sea, airspace, outer
space and cybersecurity.
For the full communiqué visit www.
defence.gov.au, click on the link
to Media Room then look under
Sailors pause to watch
THE race that stops the nation
prompted Navy to pause momentar-
ily during the busy operational tempo
to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day on
Sailors and officers celebrated at
bases around the country and on ships on
station around the globe.
Even the ship's company of HMAS
Melbourne (CMDR Michael Harris),
which is deployed on Operation Slipper,
took time out to watch the big race on
The 'Kuttabul Kup' at HMAS
Kuttabul (CMDR Christine Clarke) was
only one of many fun-filled Melbourne
Cup events held at naval bases around the
More than 300 sailors cheered them-
selves "horse" during the fiercely con-
tested Kuttabul Kup, which saw "jock-
eys" mount wooden horses and move
around the "track" according to the roll
of the die.
The day also featured a sausage siz-
zle, raffles, entertainment provided by the
Fashions of the Field competitions for the
best dressed male and female, with the
winners receiving $50 gift vouchers.
Raffles were also conducted with sev-
eral lucky sailors winning iPod Shuffles,
a plasma screen TV, digital cameras,
Kuttabul coins and $25 gift vouchers.
The games and idle chatter gave way
at 2.59pm when everyone's attention
turned to the big screen for the big race,
which saw Americain clinch a stunning
victory amid excited shouts of encour-
agement from the sailors.
The ships' companies of HMA Ships
Albatross, Cairns, Cerberus, Coonawarra,
Creswell, Penguin, Stirling, Waterhen
and Watson also celebrated Cup Day in
Sailors in the West participated in the
'Stirling Shield', a fun-filled morning of
physical and mental challenges, prior to
the Cup being run at noon (WA time).
HMAS Cairns' senior sailors' mess
hosted the 'Cairns Cup', which featured a
prawn and champagne lunch.
-- Michael Brooke
HMAS Voyager reunion
set for Brisbane
A HMAS Voyager reunion will be
held in Brisbane from February 11-13,
A highlight will be a commemoration
service at St Mary's Anglican Church at
Kangaroo Point, during which a recent-
ly commissioned Voyager flag will be
Glen Lamperd, former CO of HMAS
Moreton, is organising the reunion and
further information can be obtained by
Newcastle sailors' long
NO MATTER how busy HMAS
Newcastle's (CMDR Anthony
Campbell) schedule keeps her sailors,
they always manage to squeeze in
some well-deserved fun around their
POs Chad Smith and Anthony Wright
and LS Aaron Whelan rode almost
1000km from Sydney to Phillip Island
in Victoria recently to join about 750
motorcyclists for the eighth annual Barry
Sheene Memorial Ride.
After assisting Newcastle's crew with
de-ammunitioning at Eden, the trio bat-
tled three hours of heavy rain and slip-
pery roads to Bairnsdale, where they met
the other riders before continuing to the
track at Phillip Island.
PO Smith said during the ride he
became so "chilled to the bone" that his
chattering teeth were louder than his
Suzuki GSX-R's engine.
"It was a really long time in the sad-
dle and some Harley riders just can't
corner," PO Smith said.
"From Bairnsdale to Phillip Island
there were bikes as far as I could see -- I
think they stretched for about 15km
down the highway.
"In the distance I could just see the
flashing red and blue lights of the police
car that led the pack."
He said that, by participating in the
ride, they freed up racks for guests who
took part in Newcastle's family cruise
from Brisbane to Sydney.
"We got to ride a lap of the track
at Phillip Island which gave us a small
insight into what professional riders con-
"It was only a slow lap, but when
you get out on the track you can actually
appreciate just how much the track rises
and falls, and how professional riders
control the prototype bikes they ride."
The trio had so much fun on the ride
that they are planning to participate
"Australian MotoGP rider Casey
Stoner led the pack from start to finish,
but watching the battle for third between
Valentino Rossi and Nicky Haden was
just terrific," PO Wright said.
"It's nothing like TV -- to hear a
MotoGP bike at full volume down the
straight at Phillip Island is something
you just have to experience in person."
Although LS Whelan was grateful to
have survived the long ride unscathed, he
said he was still a little too scared to ride
low into corners.
"I have the biggest chicken strips I
have ever seen on a GSX-R 1000," LS
-- ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
TS Sirius cadets ready for
summer boating season
CADETS from Sydney-based TS
Sirius are set for the power boating
season after successfully gaining their
Earlier this year the cadets were
invited to study for the NSW General
Boat Licence (for those over 16) and
the Young Adult Boat Licence (for those
Many took up the offer, as well as
their CO, CMDR Phillip Anderson and
his XO SBLT Chris Hartley, ANC.
Cadets and officers hit the books, did
practical training and finally faced a the-
ory and practical assessment at the Sea
School Training Centre at Pyrmont.
Those who passed the tests were
Cadet LSs Christopher Markovski,
Lyndon Phillips, Nicola Jennings and
Christina Arriagada, Cadet ABs Huw
Sivertsen, Joshua Werfel, Isaac Tyler and
Shannon Phillips, Cadet SMN Sheryce
Wilson and Cadet RCTs Patrick Lao and
CMDR Anderson and SBLT Hartley
SBLT Hartley said the cadets were
now better prepared for the power boat-
ing season which they would participate
in during the spring and summer months.
"The powerboat training will cer-
tainly benefit our sail training and other
activities," he said.
-- Graham Davis
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