Home' Navy News : February 3rd 2011 Contents While there is zero
tolerance to alcohol and
substance abuse, Defence
policy incorporates sup-
port and education as well
as discipline and safety.
"In some instances the
misuse of alcohol and/or
other drugs can be a sign
of an underlying mental
health issue," MAJGEN
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HMAS Shepparton (LCDR Adam
Muckalt) is at the forefront of a
Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) research project
to find new underwater paint systems
that will reduce hull fouling.
Many marine animals and plants see
ships' hulls and polished propeller blades
as prime real estate. Fouling can dramat-
ically increase surface friction, reduce
ship performance, increase fuel use and
release more exhaust emissions.
"The project is evaluating paint per-
formance under RAN operating condi-
tions and will help DSTO select the next
generation of antifouling paints for the
RAN Fleet," LCDR Muckalt said.
Existing copper-based paints are gen-
erally effective but there are increasing
environmental concerns about its effects
on marine fauna in ports and estuaries,
as well as the level of Volatile Organic
Compounds (VOC) in paints.
In addition, copper-based antifouling
paints can't be applied to aluminium-
hulled ships because they increase hull
corrosion and, as such, are not suitable
for the Armidale Class Patrol Boats.
Lead researcher Lyn Fletcher believes
"fouling release" coatings could be an
effective replacement because of the lack
of toxins and ease of maintenance.
"These coatings have a flexible,
smooth surface finish which prevents
marine organisms from finding a firm
footing and self-clean when the vessel is
underway," she said.
"The coatings can last longer if well
maintained as they don't deplete like tra-
ditional antifouling paints."
On Shepparton, test antifouling
stripes have been painted to the ship's
port side and dubbed the "Essendon
stripes" by the ship's company.
Below the waterline the trial is com-
paring two of the latest fouling release
coatings and three new low VOC anti-
DSTO paint trial
fouling paints under the harsh fouling
conditions in northern Australia.
As part of the trial, Shepparton has
become the first RAN surface ship to
have its propellers painted with new gen-
eration fouling release coatings.
Propeller painting is expected to save
between 3 and 5 per cent of fuel and
The hull and propeller cleaning regi-
men is very different.
Traditional cleaning would damage
the very smooth paint surface, creating
a site for permanent fouling to establish.
Infrequent cleaning with soft cloths
or high pressure water is recommended
with the additional benefit of no pollut-
ants present in the used wash water.
ESSENDON STRIPES: Dave
Johnson (Painting Foreman Tropical
Reef Shipyard), LCDR Adam
Muckalt (CO HMAS Shepparton)
and CPO Chris O'Keefe (STO)
inspect the new paint trial prior to
HMAS Shepparton being returned to
AFTER nine months of intensive
training the latest aircrew grad-
uates were presented with their
wings by Commander Fleet Air
Arm (FAA) CDRE Peter Laver
in a ceremony at Nowra's FAA
Families, friends and colleagues
watched with pride as LS Owen
Harris and ABs Thomas Clunie
and Stephen McGreal achieved this
exciting milestone in their naval avi-
The course Dux was presented to
AB McGreal, whose tearful mother
described herself as a "very proud
"It was always Stephen's
ambition to join the forces," Mrs
"He's worked incredibly hard to
get here so I'm really happy to see
him achieve his dreams."
LCDR Bill Canna also attend-
ed the ceremony, which had spe-
cial significance for him -- it was
30 years to the day since he was
presented with his wings.
LCDR Canna said he was
pleased to be there to see traditions
"The ceremony brought back
a whole lot of memories for me,"
LCDR Canna said.
"It's great to see the next lot of
guys coming up and I only hope
their careers are as rewarding as
mine has been."
Asked if he had any advice for
the latest graduates, LCDR Canna
said, "Always wear your wings with
pride -- it took a lot to get there".
PROUD MILESTONE: CO 723 Squadron CMDR Don Dezentje, AB Stephen McGreal, AB Thomas
Clunie, LS Owen Harris and Commander Fleet Air Arm CDRE Peter Laver pose for the camera follow-
ing the recent Aircrewman Rotary Course graduation ceremony at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
By Hugh McKenzie
NEW mental health teams will
come online this year as part of
Defence's commitment to the
ADF Mental Health Strategy.
The number of teams -- which
deliver programs covering substance
abuse, depression and suicide pre-
vention -- will rise from three to
eight by mid-2011.
They will be based in each of
the mainland capital cities and
The initiative is a response to the
2009 Dunt Review, which identified
that increased mental health services
were required by members.
One of the major new measures
is the creation of the ADF Alcohol
Management Strategy, which started
last November and will continue
until November this year.
Joint Health Commander
MAJGEN Paul Alexander said
Defence practised a policy of
responsible drinking and zero toler-
ance to drugs.
"We've engaged a peak body to
assist with the strategy and we've
also established a project manage-
ment board and working groups that
have tri-Service representation,"
MAJGEN Alexander said.
"Looking at the culture and the
leading causes of alcohol-related
issues is a key element. We also
want to conduct policy to practice
reviews, stakeholder interviews and
establish focus groups. They aren't
buzz words, they're current best
practice and we want the best for the
Boost to mental health strategy
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