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February 3, 2011
THE largest Defence project in
South Australia, the construction of
three new warships, took another
step forward on December 20 with
the official opening of its new head-
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare was joined by South Australia
Premier Mike Rann to open the Air
Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Systems
Centre at Techport Australia.
Mr Clare said the construction of
the AWDs was one of the largest naval
shipbuilding projects ever undertaken
"These will be the most powerful
and advanced warships Australia has
ever had," Mr Clare said.
"The opening of the Systems
Centre marks an important milestone
in the project. It brings together 300
expert naval architects, project man-
agers and combat systems engineers
under one roof to get on with the job
of delivering Australia's new war-
Mr Clare also announced that the
contract to blast and paint Australia's
AWDs had been awarded to Transfield
Services (Australia) Pty Ltd.
"This is great news for Australia's
defence industry," Mr Clare said.
"The contract with Transfield
Services is worth more than $35 mil-
lion and will create jobs for more than
60 people over the next six years."
The $8 billion AWD project will
deliver three warships to the RAN
-- HMA Ships Hobart, Brisbane and
HQ opens in
By Michael Brooke
A FORMER Royal Navy 'birdie'
who saw the light and jumped ship
to join the RAN was one of a num-
ber of ADF members who watched
with pride as their sons and daugh-
ters graduated from the New Entry
Officer Course (NEOC) 43 at HMAS
LCDR Mark Whanslaw watched
his son, MIDN Ryan Whanslaw, grad-
uate from NEOC on December 2.
A week later his oldest son, SBLT
Michael Whanslaw, graduated as a
third year ADFA electrical engineer.
LCDR Whanslaw said his fam-
ily had a strong link with the Navy,
beginning with his father who served
in World War II, his two sisters, and
now his two sons.
"The boys have grown up with the
Navy so it's already been a way of life
for them," he said.
MIDN Whanslaw, who will post
to HMAS Watson as a Junior Warfare
Officer, served in the Navy Cadets in
TS Shoalhaven for four years until he
was old enough to join the RAN.
"Marching out of NEOC today is a
dream come true and marks the begin-
Family dynasty on show
ning of my voyage as an officer in the
RAN," he said.
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
reviewed the parade and said the grad-
uation was a significant milestone for
the new officers.
"You should take immense pride in
your achievements thus far, and look
forward keenly to bearing the obliga-
tions and responsibilities that come
with being a member of a fighting
service," VADM Crane said.
"Your challenge as officers is to
give [the sailors under your command]
the very best leadership you can. If
you do, they will follow you without
question and do magnificent things
for you and their country."
MILESTONE: Chief of Navy
VADM Russ Crane speaks to
graduates on parade while, inset,
LCDR Mark Whanslaw stands
beside his two sons, one of whom
was a member of the graduating
NEOC 43 class.
Main photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
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