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November 25, 2010
By SBLT Stu Dennis
ADF units in the Top End came
together with the Darwin community
recently for the running of the Cancer
Council's 2010 Relay for Life.
Members from Larrakeyah
Barracks and HMAS Coonawarra, in
a combined team named "Team Navy",
along with personnel from Robertson
Barracks and RAAF Base Darwin,
took to the track on Gardens Oval
in Darwin for the 16-hour event on
The 1st Combat Service Support
Battalion (1 CSSB) from Robertson
Barracks set the track on fire through-
out the night with team members run-
ning solidly for the entire 16 hours.
Team Navy captain LSPT Scott
Daniel said he was impressed with
1 CSSB's sustained effort to keep a
runner going for the whole night.
"Just to look at them every time
they went around made us all feel
exhausted, especially at 3am," he said.
"The boys looked very sore after
the final countdown."
The 1 CSSB team were winners
before the relay even started as the
Top effort in Top End
highest corporate sponsors for the
2010 event. They also took the award
for the most number of laps, complet-
ing 550 laps of the 380 metre track --
an astonishing 209km.
Team Navy and the RAAF Base
Darwin "Boomerang" teams also
put in solid efforts for the important
cause, with Team Navy completing
230 laps and the Boomerangs 236.
"After 16 hours we were all
tired and very sore, but I'm sure I
can vouch for all Defence members
involved when I say we will definitely
be back bigger and better next year,"
LSPT Daniel said.
Together, the Defence teams in
Darwin raised more $8000 for cancer
For more information and to get involved
log on to www.relayforlife.org.au
SOLID EFFORT: Team Navy from HMAS Coonawarra and
Larrakeyah Barracks pose for a photo at the start of the Cancer
Council's 2010 Relay for Life in Darwin, while inset, LS Meegan
Davies keeps the crocodile tail baton moving during the relay.
Photos: LSIS Helen Frank
NINE new combat system opera-
tors recently marched out of HMAS
Watson (CAPT Jay Bannister)
after graduating from the Basic
CSO (Underwater) course with
their sights firmly fixed on future
postings to the RAN's Air Warfare
Destroyers and LHD amphibious
The proud graduates, who received
their CSO rate badge and framed qual-
ification certificates from Commodore
Training CDRE Daryl Bates achieved
consistently high results in all modules
with a course average of 90.65 per
CAPT Bannister told the graduates
it was an exciting time to be joining
"Sitting here in this class there
are most likely future leading seamen
that will commission our new AWDs
and LHDs, which will add significant
capability to Navy and the ADF," he
said.SMNCSO Amy-Lee Vallance
was crowned course dux with a score
of 96.7 per cent, while SMNCSO
Carolyn Johnsen was presented with a
Naval Warfare Community Medallion.
-- Michael Brooke
come of age
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