Home' Navy News : February 17th 2011 Contents By LSIS Paul McCallum
SAIL Training Ship (STS) Young
Endeavour took pride of place in
front of more than 400 yachts in
Geelong on Australia Day, hosting
the official party for the Parade of
Sail which marked the end of Audi
Victoria Week, the largest annual
sailing regatta in Australia.
As competitors from the week-long
event sailed past Young Endeavour,
the official party gave a hearty three
cheers for the brigantine and her crew.
CO Young Endeavour LCDR
Damien Munchenberg said it was an
honour to be involved in the event dur-
ing his first year in command.
"Being a part of Audi Victoria
Week gave us the chance to showcase
Young Endeavour to the yachting com-
munity," LCDR Munchenberg said.
Audi Victoria Week event co-coor-
dinator Jav Greaves, a former partici-
pant of the Young Endeavour Youth
Scheme, said the ship played a very
important role in the sailing commu-
"Many young people get to experi-
ence sailing for the first time through
Young Endeavour, and the yachting
community recognises that the future
of sailing in Australia depends on the
youth of today getting involved," Mr
Young Endeavour was invited to
participate in Audi Victoria Week and
host the official party for the Parade of
Sail as part of Navy's contribution to
"Young Endeavour was gifted to
the youth of Australia by the British
Government in 1988, for Australia's
bicentenary," LCDR Munchenberg
"We conduct about 20 voyages
each year, each lasting 11 days, pro-
viding development opportunities to
a wide range of youth from around
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February 17, 2011
SQNLDR Richard Harrison
AT A pivotal time in Sudan's history,
six ADF personnel are performing
duties as United Nations Military
Experts on Mission (UNMEMs) with
the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
The UNMEMs of Australian
Contingent 12, LCDR Bronwyn Low
and CAPTs Joanne Cripps, David
Kear, Paul Lambert, Stephen Smyrk
and Stephen Starkoff, are deployed to
remote team sites across Sudan.
From their team sites, the
UNMEMs face a variety of challeng-
es while monitoring and verifying the
location and activities of military forc-
es from North and South Sudan.
Among these challenges is access
to food, as each team site is reliant on
locally available produce.
LCDR Low, who is based near the
border with Ethiopia, said even simple
things like eating required creativity.
"I have surprised myself with what
I have been able to rustle up," LCDR
CAPT Cripps, who is based near
the border with the Democratic
Republic of the Congo, agreed.
"By far the most interesting food
we have tried so far has been the fried
grasshoppers, specially brought in
from Uganda," CAPT Cripps said.
Another challenge the UNMEMs
face is the language barrier.
"Everyone in UNMIS is required
to speak English, but our use of slang
confuses discussions -- we are fast
learning to speak slowly, open our
mouths and put back the 'ing' on all
our words," CAPT Cripps said.
Despite these challenges, the
UNMEMs are enjoying the experience
of operating in Africa.
"The best part of this deployment is
working and socialising with the multi-
Exciting African challenge
national members of the team site,"
LCDR Low said.
"The camaraderie is excellent and
makes up for the lack of facilities and
extremely hot weather.
"The populace around the team
site are very friendly and seem to get
on with life, despite the hardships and
poverty they face."
UNMIS' primary task is to support
implementation of the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement (CPA), which was
signed in 2005 to end more than 20
years of civil war.
The CPA provides for the conduct
of a referendum to determine if the
South of Sudan will form a separate
The referendum began on
January 9 and official results were
released recently, indicating a 98 per
cent majority in support of separa-
tion from the north. It is expected
to become an independent state on
Australian Contingent Commander
LTCOL Glyn Llanwarne said the
UNMEMs had arrived at an excit-
ing time both for the mission and the
future of Sudan.
"The referendum is the culmina-
tion of five years of work. We are
lucky to be able to support this pro-
cess at a critical juncture in Sudan's
Bronwyn Low meets a
donkey while on patrol
outside her team site in
Sudan with the UN.
By Tracey Hansell
DEFENCE members who per-
form specific acts of bravery or
provide exceptional service will
be recognised under changes to
the award of formal commenda-
tions for service.
The changes have intro-
duced an integrated Defence
Commendation Scheme, which
includes a jointly awarded
a Secretary's Commendation and
a separate commendation to be
awarded by non-Service groups
and agencies that mirrors the
existing gold, silver and bronze
commendations of the Services.
The new scheme has been
introduced to formally recognise
outstanding and exceptional
achievements or specific acts of
bravery for which the Australian
system of honours and awards is
not an appropriate medium of rec-
Under the scheme, commenda-
tions may be awarded to individu-
als or collectively to a group, unit
will comprise a commendation
certificate and badge while group,
unit and team commendations
will comprise a certificate only; no
badge will be issued.
The Secretary, CDF or three-
star/SES Band 3 officers are the
only people authorised to award
Under the new scheme, the
Secretary and CDF may award
commendations either separately
or jointly. Recipients of a joint
commendation will be presented
with a joint commendation certifi-
cate signed by the Secretary and
CDF and a joint commendation
Continuing the present system,
gold, silver and bronze commenda-
tions will be awarded for all other
individual commendations within
the Groups and Services.
The bronze level commenda-
tion will be awarded for high or
noteworthy achievement, silver for
excellent achievement and gold for
Nominations are to be com-
pleted using Form AD112
-- Nomination for Defence
Commendation for Service, which
can be found on Web Forms.
All nominations are to be
submitted through the member's
chain of command to the appropri-
ate awarding authority.
The policy for the new scheme is con-
tained in Interim Policy DEFGRAM NO
STS Young Endeavour arrives in Victoria
GREAT EXPERIENCE: Youth crew set sail on board STS Young
Endeavour on Australia Day.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
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