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March 3, 2011
By Michael Brooke
IN A day of remarkable achievement and
coincidence, a sailor from Melbourne who is
posting to HMAS Melbourne was crowned
the Combat System Maintenance School
(CSMS) Trainee of 2010.
ABET Trent Severino received the pres-
tigious Trevor Weaver Memorial Award in
a ceremony at the CSMS at Fleet Base East
on February 18, at the same time and day his
future billet steamed into Sydney after her suc-
cessful deployment to Operation Slipper.
ABET Severino received the Trevor
Weaver award as dux of the Guided Missile
Launch System (GLMS) course with a score
of 93 per cent.
"I'm really happy to get such recogni-
tion after such hard work and many hours of
study," he said.
"But the credit really goes to the CSMS
instructors because they put their heart and
soul into passing on their expertise to all the
ABET Severino said he was looking for-
ward to the challenge of demonstrating his
expertise as a GLMS operator/maintainer in
Melbourne and also serving his country over-
The Trevor Weaver award honours a former
sailor and civilian contractor who received a
Chief of Naval Staff Commendation for his
dedication and contribution to the RAN in
various capacities over 35 years.
Day of coincidence
for dux of CSMS
THE ADF has drawn down
its forces providing support to
response and recovery operations
in the wake of Tropical Cyclone
The members of JTF 664 have
now returned to their home units as
the clean-up and reconstruction situ-
ation in north Queensland moves into
its next phase.
The rapid response following
Cyclone Yasi saw about 1500 ADF
personnel working to help communi-
ties and state emergency services.
Commander JTF 664 BRIG Stuart
Smith said ADF personnel had suc-
cessfully completed the tasks request-
ed of them by civilian authorities,
including providing specialist support
to emergency services personnel.
"Emergency services and public
utilities have future restoration tasks
well in hand for those areas hardest
hit by the cyclone," BRIG Smith said.
He expressed his admira-
tion for the tenacity of the north
Queenslanders affected by the
"The people of the region face a
challenging time ahead but as a com-
munity they will rebuild their homes,
their communities and their lives.
The resilience of the local people is
outstanding -- I greatly admire their
The decision to draw down the
ADF assistance came after close
consultation with Emergency
Management Queensland (EMQ),
state authorities and local officials in
the affected areas.
EMQ continues to provide assis-
tance to the communities devastated
by the cyclone and ADF specialist
support will remain at local bases to
assist emergency services if required.
More information can be found at www.
HIGH ACHIEVER: ABET
Trent Severino receives the
Trevor Weaver Memorial
Award after being named
CSMS Trainee of 2010.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
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