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February 17, 2011
By Michael Brooke
THE RAN Band has been busy
rehearsing around the clock
in anticipation of promoting
Navy diplomacy and interna-
tional engagement at the 2011
International Defence Exhibition
and Conference (IDEX) in Abu
The band will deploy a contin-
gent of 33 talented musicians to
support the official opening of the
conference on February 20.
As the largest defence and secu-
rity event in the Middle East and
North African region, IDEX will
provide the RAN Band with the
perfect platform to enhance its repu-
tation as one of the premier military
ensembles in the world.
RAN Band Director CMDR Phil
Anderson said the band's perfor-
mance would feature bugles, boat-
swain calls and a ship's bell, which
are traditional naval instruments
used for communicating messages
and time aboard ships.
"A key element of the band's
performance will be the 'Cheer
Ship', which will be offered as a
traditional naval salute to His
Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed
Al Nahyan, UAE President and
Supreme Commander of the UAE
Armed Forces," he said.
"The band will retire to
RAN Band on show in UAE
ON SONG: Musicians from the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne
band detachments join together for the 2009 Fleet Review and
Freedom of Entry parade in Sydney. The RAN Band is heading to
the UAE this month.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
THE policy on the replacement of ADF
medals will be relaxed so medals lost dur-
ing the Queensland and Victorian floods,
Cyclone Yasi and Western Australian fires
can be replaced.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Senator David Feeney said Government policy
for many years had been that medals could
only be issued to the ADF member who earned
"This usually means that medals cannot be
replaced if they are lost or destroyed after the
ADF member has died," Senator Feeney said.
Where medals are lost in natural disasters,
however, this policy may be relaxed. This was
done following the Victorian bushfires in 2009.
"While the Government is committed to
maintaining the integrity of our system of
military honours and awards, there are circum-
stances in which the Australian community
rightly expects us to show greater flexibility in
implementing the existing policy. I believe this
unprecedented series of natural disasters is one
of those circumstances," Senator Feeney said.
"I have therefore decided that ADF med-
als may be reissued to the next of kin or other
appropriate relative of deceased ADF members
if the medals have been lost or destroyed in the
recent natural disasters.
"Family members who have, in the course
of these natural disasters, lost the medals of
loved ones, may now make application for
"Unfortunately, however, only medals
dating back to the First World War can be
replaced. Medals for conflicts prior to this war
are no longer in production."
Applicants should use the application
form and statutory declaration located on the
Defence Honours and Awards website at www.
Completed applications should be submitted to:
Directorate of Honours and Awards, Department
of Defence, PO Box 7952, Canberra BC, ACT 2610.
Enquiries may also be directed to Defence Honours
and Awards toll free on 1800 111 321.
lost in natural
Australia's National song, Waltzing
CMDR Anderson said the RAN
Band was in the frontline of the
RAN's community engagement
program because it was one of the
few platforms in which Navy could
take its message to the people of
"Our musicians reflect the qual-
ity of Navy's people and the values
for which all members of the RAN
aspire," he said.
CMDR Anderson said the RAN
Band continued to set the bench-
mark for military bands in the ADF.
"The RAN Band has worked
hard to earn an enviable reputation
as a team of accomplished musi-
cians who give Navy the ability to
raise its public profile," he said.
The RAN Band is structured
around a Directorate of Music and
six detachments of full- and part-
time musicians positioned in vari-
ous locations around Australia.
Throughout its history, the band
has performed for thousands of
audiences at home and abroad.
Today, the band contin-
ues a proud tradition of provid-
ing musical, ceremonial and
public relations support for
Sailor injured in flare
accident aboard Waller
A SAILOR aboard HMAS Waller suf-
fered minor injuries as a result of the
inadvertent activation of a pyrotechnic
flare on February 9.
The injured sailor was treated by med-
ics on board and transferred to Royal
Perth Hospital. The sailor's family has been
Waller received superficial damage only.
The submarine had just completed an
anti-submarine exercise with HMA Ships
Toowoomba and Sirius in the Western
Australian Exercise Area off Fremantle at
the time of the incident.
Chief of Navy VADM Russ Crane
said he had been monitoring the situation
"The most important thing is that this
sailor is getting the best possible treatment,"
VADM Crane said.
"I would like to commend the crew of
Waller for their quick response to what
could have been a far more serious inci-
The launching of flares from a sub-
merged submarine is a normal method of
communicating with ships on the surface.
The submarine uses the flares to indicate
either its position, the launch of a simulated
torpedo attack or an emergency situation.
The incident is now under investigation.
SUPERFICIAL DAMAGE: A
sailor aboard HMAS Waller
suffered minor injuries when a
pyrotechnic flare was inadvert-
ently activated. The subma-
rine, pictured here alongside
Fleet Base West, received
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
A pyrotechnic flare.
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