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November 25, 2010
By CAPT Cameron Jamieson
FAMILY reunions were on the cards
when two sisters travelled to Dili.
It started when sister ships HMAS
Betano (LEUT Cam Hooper) and HMAS
Balikpapan (LEUT Trevor Stecum)
arrived on a double date in Dili delivering
a load of Lysaght huts to give to the East
The visit was a reminder of 1999 and
INTERFET, when the two LCHs worked
tirelessly as part of Task Unit 645.1.1,
earning a Meritorious Unit Citation.
This time it was the logisticians of the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
in East Timor that were on hand to meet
them -- and among them was another
chance for a reunion.
ISF member LEUT Mark Taylor
was part of the unloading team and was
waiting to see his uncle, Balikpapan's
PONPC Glenn Waterston.
Despite being in the Navy for 15
years, LEUT Taylor had never met up
with his uncle in uniform.
"We see each other at family gather-
ings, but for 15 years we've managed to
sail around each other without meeting
up," LEUT Taylor said.
Being the wet season, East Timor nat-
urally christened the event with a tropi-
cal downpour, but it didn't dampen their
enthusiasm for a family reunion.
"It's always good to see family, par-
ticularly when you're away from home so
long," LEUT Taylor said.
Family reunion in East Timor
SPECIAL DELIVERY: HMA Ships Betano and
Balikpapan deliver equipment to East Timor in
support of Operation Astute while, inset, the
visit provides an opportunity for ISF member
LEUT Mark Taylor to meet up with his uncle,
Balikpapan's PONPC Glenn Waterson.
Photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
AT A recent ceremony held on
board HMAS Kanimbla (CMDR
Tim Byles) the ship's recently refur-
bished Battle Honour Board was
rededicated by Chaplain Col Acton.
The Battle Honour Board was
updated to include newly awarded
honours for Borneo 1945, Persian
Gulf 2001-03 and Iraq 2003.
Invited aboard for the ceremony
were Mr Keith Bray and Mr Donald
Dykes who served in Kanimbla I dur-
ing World War II, as well as CAPT
David McCourt who was the CO of
Kanimbla II from 2001-03.
CAPT McCourt addressed the
ship's company and provided a his-
tory of Kanimbla with particular ref-
erence to the ship's role in the Middle
East during 2001-03, and emphasised
the linkage with Kanimbla I, which
served in the Persian Gulf in 1941 as
an armed merchant cruiser.
A number of personnel currently
serving in Kanimbla who served in
the ship during 2001-03 were also pre-
sent to witness the rededication of the
Battle Honour Board.
CMDR Byles said it was a great
honour to have former members of
Kanimbla I and CAPT McCourt on
board to observe the ceremony.
"This helped strengthen the ties
between the current ship's company
and those who served in Kanimbla I,"
CMDR Byles said.
Battle honours rededicated
aboard HMAS Kanimbla
BATTLE HONOURS: (L-R) The former CO of HMAS Kanimbla CAPT Dave
McCourt, CO Kanimbla CMDR Timothy Byles, Supply Officer CMDR Greg
Swinden, CPOSN Sten Karlsson, POMT Glenn Schultz, LSMT Lynton Price
and POB Stephen Kypreos pose with Kanimbla's rededicated Battle
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
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