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February 3, 2011
of Inquiry -- issues to
address, says CDF
CDF ACM Angus Houston has received Part One
of the report of the HMAS Success Commission of
Inquiry concerning alleged incidents of unacceptable
behaviour involving members of the crew of Success
between March and May 2009.
Part One -- 'The Asian Deployment and Immediate
Aftermath' -- is about 400 pages and deals with a com-
plex set of circumstances and issues that arose from
events on board Success when the ship was deployed to
the Philippines, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
"On my very quick review, it is clear to me that
the report raises very serious issues, including ques-
tions about individual accountability, but also broader
cultural and institutional issues and concerns," ACM
"It is going to take time to analyse and understand
the detail of the findings and conclusions. I expect
to receive the balance of the report dealing with the
remaining matters within the Commission of Inquiry's
Terms of Reference by mid-2011."
ACM Houston said a copy of Part One of the report
had been provided to the Defence Minister.
"Under the relevant regulations, only the Minister
can authorise the public release of Defence inquiry
reports," he said.
"The Minister has now received the report. He will
in due course make a decision on the public release of
the report in whole or part."
The Commission of Inquiry's Terms of Reference are available
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
FLEET Base West (FBW) and HMAS
Stirling are ramping up for a busy year
ahead after several changes in command
late last year.
In December Stirling's former CO, CAPT
Brett Dowsing, handed over the reins to CAPT
Brett Wolski after more than two years in the
job.CAPT Dowsing said the highlights of his
time in command were the great people he had
met both within the command and more broad-
ly in the Western Australian community, the
diversity of tasks and some inaugural events.
"Some of the more memorable of the
these events included celebrating the 30th
anniversary of Stirling's commissioning, the
rejuvenation of the Submarine Force and Fleet
Support Unit -- Perth, the visits by the George
Washington Battle Group, as well as the visit
by then-prime minister Kevin Rudd and the
National Security Council," CAPT Dowsing
"This has been one of the most challenging
of my five command postings but, because of
the capabilities and achievements of our peo-
ple, it's also been one of the most satisfying."
There were also many command changes
for Fleet units in December.
CMDR Bruce Legge handed command
of HMAS Warramunga to CMDR Michael
Turner and CMDR Ivan Ingham handed
command of HMAS Toowoomba to CMDR
CAPT Mal Wise also took command of
HMAS Perth in December after an extensive
ASMD upgrade in 2010, making Perth the new
senior ship in the west.
Perth will soon begin her trials program
in the Western Australian Exercise Area and
then sail to Hawaii for ASMD trials before
her involvement in Exercise Talisman Sabre
The year will also bring a much altered
Ships and submarines have already begun
shake-downs and work-ups, with the major
training focus being Toowoomba's operational
work-up for her mid-year Operation Slipper
deployment, as well as continued Fleet train-
ing in March and April during the second part
of the Triton Storm series.
Toowoomba will be supported in her next
operational work-up by east coast-based ships
HMA Ships Parramatta and Ballarat, with
involvement also from HMAS Sirius for Fleet
replenishment and HMAS Waller for anti-
submarine warfare training.
The west-based Fleet will be kept busy
with all the usual training and preparedness
activities in 2011 and, as Navy continues to
look to the future in the areas of materiel and
cultural reform, Stirling will continue to play a
vital role in supporting ships and sailors.
FBW ramps up
BUSY YEAR AHEAD: HMAS Stirling is ramping
up for another busy year.
Photo: ABIS James McDougall
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