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November 25, 2010
By LCDR Peter Armitage
THE fitting of the unclassified
WiFi internet kiosk in HMAS
Melbourne (CMDR Mick Harris)
has been well received by the
ship's company during her current
Operation Slipper deployment.
One of the most popular features
of the enhancement is the ability for
members of the ship's company to
utilise Facebook and Skype, as well
as voice over internet protocol tech-
nology to communicate and stream
video with loved ones in Australia.
Another popular application is
the ability to play online computer
games as an avenue to unwind after
a strenuous day of operational task-
ing.The internet kiosk allows a max-
imum of 35 simultaneous connec-
tions through two wireless access
Thumbs up for
points located in the junior sailors'
cafe and the senior sailors' mess.
These access points provide cover-
age of almost all sleeping and rec-
reational spaces aboard.
The internet kiosk has also made
it easier for personnel to access
internet and personal email servic-
es while at sea and has noticeably
reduced the burden on the ship's
EASY TO STAY IN TOUCH: ABBM Joshua Pisani and ABCSO Robert Slatyer make use of the internet
kiosk on board HMAS Melbourne in the MEAO.
Marathon effort for charity
HMAS Melbourne's ship's compa-
ny raised more than $15,000 for
the Legacy Foundation en route to
the MEAO after members of the
crew ran or walked the upperdeck
continuously for the entire transit
The ship's goal was to raise at
least $20,000 and a website was
established where family, friends
and the community could log on to
pledge their support.
The website will remain open
until the end of this month.
thon_team to donate money to a
very worthy cause.
By CMDR Meg Ford
TWENTY-eight "victims" were res-
cused from a burning building at
HMAS Cerberus (CAPT Mark Hill)
recently as the establishment conduct-
ed its largest mass casualty training
exercise for 2010.
Multiple agencies were involved in
the exercise, including Cerberus fire
fighting units, medical staff from the
Health Centre and Medical Training
School, as well as police coxswains,
imagery specialists and staff from
Defence Support -- Cerberus.
Fifty-two undergraduate paramedics
from the Monash University Ambulance
College also participated.
While the coxswains controlled
access to the scene, the "casualties" were
carefully evacuated by the fire fight-
ers. Under the watchful eye of clini-
cal umpires from the Medical Training
School and Monash University, they
were given initial treatment in a safe
zone outside the building and later trans-
ported to the Health Centre where doc-
tors, nurses and medical sailors stood
prepared to receive them.
The Cerberus Health Centre's sen-
ior medical sailor, POMEDU Matthew
Wood, said the training was extremely
"This training not only hones clinical
skills; it enables medical sailors to work
as part of a multi-disciplinary team, just
as they would do in an emergency at
sea," POMEDU Wood said.
Lecturer Andrew Johnson, of
Monash University, said he appreciated
the opportunity for the students to be
involved in such a major training event
because training with Navy contributed
to their understanding of the complex
nature of mass casualty events.
at HMAS Cerberus
REALISTIC TRAINING: RAN personnel and paramedic students from
Monash University participate in a mass-casualty evacuation exercise at
Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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