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YEAR IN REVIEW
December 9, 2010
The year that was...
It's that time of year again, so let's join Navy News'
Deputy Editor Ben Wickham as he takes us on a ride
through a momentous 2010.
AS 2009 rolled over to 2010,
HMAS Stuart was deployed
to the MEAO, conducting
counter-terrorism and anti-piracy
operations. Meanwhile, Armidale-
class patrol boats (ACPB) including
HMA Ships Launceston and Maitland
maintained their border security vigil
under Operation Resolute.
The dust had barely settled from
end-of-year festivities when Prince
William paid HMAS Kuttabul a visit.
The prince toured CSIRO research
ship Southern Surveyor and received a
HMAS Darwin ball cap from the CO of
Kuttabul, CMDR Christine Clark, which
he sported at public engagements for
the rest of the day.
HMAS Perth began a significant
upgrade period on January 18 when
it entered the Australian Maritime
Complex at Henderson, WA. Perth is
the first Anzac-class frigate to be fit-
ted with an anti-ship missile-defence
system upgrade, which incorporates
cutting edge 3D phased array radar
and target illumination radar into the
ship's upgraded combat management
Come January 26, Navy was
on hand to add colour and flair to
Australia Day celebrations. In Brisbane
5000 people braved a hot summer
day to watch Navy, Army and Air Force
conduct a ceremony at South Bank.
The Royal Guard marched through
the streets of Melbourne and HMAS
Stirling hosted a hot rod and custom
car show. A number of Navy members
were also recognised for their dedica-
tion and achievements in the Australia
Day honours list and the Navy com-
Sydney Harbour, however, was the
place to be, with HMAS Darwin act-
ing as flagship for the 174th Australia
Day Regatta -- the world's oldest
continuous sailing regatta. STS Young
Endeavour sailed on the harbour while
a Sea King towed a huge Australian
The Fleet Concentration Period
(FCP) kicked off on February 8, running
for two months.
Participating vessels and units
included HMA Ships Anzac, Arunta,
Balikpapan, Ballarat, Bandicoot,
Betano, Brunei, Darwin, Diamantina,
Gascoyne, Huon, Labuan, Manoora,
Newcastle, Sirius, Tarakan, Wallaroo,
Warramunga and Wewak, HMNZ Ships
Canterbury and Te Mana, helicopters
from 723, 816 and 817 Squadrons, in
addition to RAAF 41, 78, 81, 82, 92
Wings and 5 Squadron, and industry
partners Pel-Air and EWTS.
Commodore Training CDRE Daryl
Bates said FCP was given a makeover
for 2010, which included three weekly
'mini wars' instead of a single simu-
lated conflict at the end of the exercise
On February 12 HMAS Coonawarra
received the prestigious Grosvenor Cup
-- presented annually to the best Navy
establishment in the nation.
The future of naval air warfare took
a step forward on February 25, with
Government giving first-pass approval
to Project Air 9000 Phase 8, which will
deliver an anti-surface and anti-subma-
rine warfare helicopter capability.
RAN ships alongside at Fleet Base
East (FBE) had to make way on March
7 when the leviathan Queen Mary II
arrived in Sydney. FBE had the only
wharf in Sydney able to accommodate
the 314m-long, 151,000-tonne cruise
liner.The submarine force practiced vital
skills during Exercise Black Carillon,
when HMAS Waller -- bottomed on
the seafloor -- successfully transferred
personnel to Submarine Rescue
Vehicle LR5 and rescue ship Seahorse
HMAS Parramatta weighed anchor
on March 15 and departed FBE for the
MEAO, where she replaced Stuart.
Also in March it was announced
Navy's staffing had exceeded 14,000
for the first time since 1998. This
included 13,364 permanent members,
507 on continuous full-time service
and 190 taking part in the Gap Year
program. Factors contributing to this
great outcome included improve-
ments to remuneration (introduced in
2009) and the introduction of New
Generation Navy (NGN) with its influ-
ence on leadership and the Signature
On March 31 more than 300 mem-
bers of the Senior Leadership Group
met to discuss the Strategic Reform
Program (SRP), which aims to deliver
$20 billion in savings to be reinvested
in Defence to deliver Force 2030.
Discussing SRP, Chief of Navy
VADM Russ Crane said, "By rethink-
ing the way we do business, we will
achieve sustainable savings for rein-
vestment into our future capability."
CN went on to say that NGN had
the RAN well-positioned to achieve the
"Navy's Signature Behaviours
will be the enablers for SRP. Everyone
in the Navy has a part in using our
Signature Behaviours to do things
better and save money," VADM Crane
April marked NGN's first birthday,
complete with cake.
CN reflected on the milestone, say-
ing, "I am proud to say that in the last
12 months there has been a positive
change in our culture, but we need to
Warrant Officer of the Navy WO-N
Mark Tandy said change needed to
come from leaders of all ranks.
"Sailors are genuinely excited
about NGN, however, they want to see
results in their workplace. This will be
the focus for Navy in the second year
-- ensuring that we lead by example,"
WO-N Tandy said.
April brought a shining highlight in
Newcastle's career when the ship was
presented with the Gloucester Cup,
awarded to the fleet unit foremost
in all aspects of operations, safety,
seamanship, reliability and unit-level
training, the Spada Shield, presented
to the surface combatant foremost
in operations, safety, reliability, ware-
fare and unit-level training, and the
Australia Cup, given for excellence in
marine engineering. Governor-General
Quentin Bryce was on-hand to present
the awards to CO CMDR Justin Jones.
Continued next page...
FULL STEAM AHEAD:
HMAS Darwin leaves Fleet
Base East in Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
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