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December 9, 2010
By LEUT Gary McHugh
THREE former clearance divers have
been formally awarded US Navy Unit
Commendations for service in the
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
was at HMAS Stirling on November 12
to present the awards to CDRE Clem
Littleton AO (retd), LCDR Alex Donald
DSC (retd) and former POCD John
VADM Crane said the delay in award-
ing the commendations to members of
Clearance Diving Team Three was a
result of government policy at the time
and a subsequent administrative error.
"I feel privileged to have been given
the opportunity to correct the record for
the Clearance Diving Association mem-
bers to celebrate their 60th anniversary
next year under the banner of these pres-
tigious awards," he said.
"These men have received a rare hon-
our from the US Navy for conducting
their explosive ordnance disposal duties
with exceptional professional compe-
tence, disregard for their own safety and
an unwavering devotion to duty.
"This sets the standard for not only
our current clearance divers, but for all
those serving today."
CO AUSCDT Four LCDR Chris
Leece said he and his team were hon-
oured to host the event.
"The Clearance Diving Branch has
certainly changed since the Vietnam War,
however, the hazardous and demanding
nature of the work has not," he said.
"It is fitting that we have LEUT
Richard Brickacek and LSCD Brendan
Twine here today -- two members of
AUSCDT Four who recently returned
"Both members received outstand-
ing reports for their professionalism and
courage during their arduous nine-month
deployment and are a credit to the team."
LCDR Leece said the tradition of
camaraderie and the "can do" attitude in
the face of great adversity that was evi-
CD vets honoured in WA
dent in Vietnam was alive and well in
today's Clearance Diving Branch.
Clearance Diving Team Three
was active in Vietnam between 1967
and 1971 and was the first RAN unit
to deploy to Vietnam. It was also the
first time a RAN unit was employed on
extensive land explosives and ordnance
Forty three members of Clearance
Diving Team Three, one of whom was
killed in Vietnam, are eligible for the
SERVICE RECOGNISED: Chief of Navy
VADM Russ Crane presents US Navy Unit
Commendations to former POCD John Thompson,
LCDR Alex Donald DSC (retd) and CDRE Clem
Littletonn AO (retd).
Photo: ABIS James McDougall
ON THE GROUND: LEUT Alex Donald at work as
a RAN clearance diver during the Vietnam War.
Photo courtesy RAN Clearance Divers Association (www.
PM award for Young Endeavour
THE Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
beat a field of 26 nominees to win
the 2010 Prime Minister's Award
for Excellence in Public Sector
Management on November 25.
The award is the pinnacle of recogni-
tion for public sector work groups, units
and teams across all levels of public
administration in Australia.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said the
Young Endeavour Youth Scheme had
changed countless young lives over the
"Since 1988 more than 11,000
Australians have undertaken a voyage in
STS Young Endeavour," he said.
"This award is a tribute to all those
who work to provide young people with
this extraordinary adventure at sea."
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
has been operating for 22 years, provid-
ing challenging voyages for Australian
youth. The ship was gifted to Australia
by the UK on the occasion of the 1988
Led by members of the RAN, each
11-day voyage offers young people from
all over the country the opportunity to
push themselves outside their comfort
zone and work as a team to sail the tall
ship along the Australian coast.
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
said the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
could be rightly proud of its award.
"The scheme is at the forefront of
Navy's community engagement strat-
egy," he said.
"This award recognises the excel-
lent work they have carried out with
For more information visit www.youngen-
Allan Du Toit,
award at the
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