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March 3, 2011
A PRIZE-winning submission to
the RAN Suggestion Scheme has
led to the production of a new Navy
Video Unit DVD on helicopter wet
The Fleet XO, CMDR Terry
Morrison, first came up with the idea
when he was the Executive Officer of
Frustrated by the cancellation of a
number of wet-winching demonstra-
tions, he said "when we finally man-
aged to get a helicopter, it was about
500 yards away and the crew couldn't
really see what was going on".
"Considering the cost of operating
helicopters, I thought there had to be
a better way to conduct this training."
As a result of his suggestion, the
helicopter wet-winching DVD is now
available to all Fleet units and fea-
tures detailed instruction on each of
the winching methods used by the
The DVD was launched by
the Commander of the Fleet Air
Arm, CDRE Peter Laver, at HMAS
"This DVD provides a means of
meeting a training requirement more
effectively than we do at present and
at a fraction of the cost," CDRE Laver
"It's a great example of what the
Strategic Reform Program and New
Generation Navy is all about. When
individuals are able to conceive and
propose initiatives, Navy is ready to
listen and act on those suggestions."
The DVD's producer, Cameron
Martin, said copies would be sent to
each Fleet unit.
For more information or to order a copy,
contact the Navy Video Unit on
(02) 9359 3555.
available to Fleet
By Michael Brooke
THE challenge of maximising
capacity for high-end warfighting
to respond to complex security chal-
lenges was discussed and debated at
the recent inaugural Fleet Warfare
Officers Forum (FWOF).
The FWOF was held at HMAS
Watson in December and provided
more than 150 personnel with the
opportunity to discuss solutions to the
issues confronting Navy in the 21st
It featured a brutally honest
appraisal of the RAN's achievements
as well as areas where improvements
are required to realise Force 2030,
which is outlined in the 2009 Defence
Commander Australian Fleet
RADM Steve Gilmore said the FWOF
brought together Fleet warfare officers
to provide updates on threat, tactical
development, capability development
programs and category issues, as well
as feedback on major issues impacting
high-end warfighting effectiveness.
RADM Gilmore said although
the RAN had proven very effective at
peacekeeping and disaster relief oper-
ations over the past decade, it must
never lose sight of its mission to "fight
and to win in the maritime environ-
He said a number of projects such
as Project Pelorus had been initiated
to regenerate the Navy's capacity for
high-end warfighting, including elec-
tronic warfare, air warfare, C4I and
Valuable lessons from RAN
operations and exercises includ-
ing RIMPAC '10 were presented
by CMDR Pete Bartlett from the
Tactical Development Group, while
Commodore Flotillas CDRE Stuart
Mayer discussed smarter doctrine and
RADM Gilmore said the lessons
would be fed into the Triton Storm
series of collective maritime training
exercises to enhance the Fleet's high-
end warfighting efficiency.
The importance of the regenera-
tion of the RAN's capacity for high-
end warfighting was also empha-
sised during a presentation by the
Defence Intelligence Organisation on
"Current and emergent security threats
and technologies", which examined
regional maritime force modernisation
programs and submarine proliferation.
Several officers said they appreci-
ated the opportunity to learn from the
presentations and to participate in syn-
dicate work and the open forums on
contemporary warfare issues.
Seminar charts future course
By Graham Davis
A RECENTLY commissioned
HMAS Voyager II flag was bless-
ed and 'laid up' during a solemn
church service at St Mary's Anglican
Church, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane
on February 13 in remembrance of
the 82 men who lost their lives in
Voyager in 1964.
The flag was funded by RADM
Rosethey Cathcart Swan (Retd) who
served as First Lieutenant -- second in
command -- in the warship in 1960-61.
About 180 people attended the ser-
vice and 50 were either survivors of
the sinking or others who had served
in the ship.
On February 10, 1964, while acting
as a plane guard for night flying opera-
tions off HMAS Melbourne, Voyager
was cut in half by the carrier. Eighty-
one sailors and one civilian dockyard
worker perished. It remains Australia's
worst peacetime military disaster.
Friends of Voyager Association
spokesman CMDR Glen Lamperd
(Retd) said the church service was part
of a three-day reunion.
The service began with ex-Voyager
Voyager flag blessed
at Kangaroo Point
sailor AB Bill Creswell (Retd) car-
rying the new flag into the historic
church flanked by an escort of two
cadets from TS Gayundah.
As Mr Creswell approached the
sanctuary he passed the flag on to
RADM Swan who presented it to
St Mary's rector, Father Stephen
Redhead, who blessed the new ban-
ner and saw it raised in the Warrior's
A plaque providing a description
of the flag's background was also
dedicated during the ceremony.
HONOURABLE: Ex-HMAS Voyager II sailor AB Bill Creswell carries
the new Voyager flag into St Mary's Anglican Church, Brisbane, as two
Photo: Les Sheehan
Cameron Martin (Navy Video
Unit) presents the Helicopter
Wet-Winching DVD to the
Commander of the Fleet
Air Arm, CDRE Peter Laver.
INSET: The DVD's cover.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
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