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March 3, 2011
OF THE MONTH
By LEUT Todd Austin
CONTINUING with the
this month we'll explore
"Promote the wellbeing
and development of all Navy peo-
ple" -- a behaviour that encourages
everyone to develop people to their
full potential, keep people at the
core of all decisions, and provide
guidance while challenging their
The Executive Officer of HMAS
Kanimbla, LCDR Ben Hissink, said
Kanimbla had had a lot of success with
this particular Signature Behaviour by
focusing on training and development
for the sailors posted to the ship.
"We took 90 trainees away from
all categories when we deployed to
RIMPAC for three months last year,
and this was a great opportunity to
employ and train these people," LCDR
"Being on a deployment like that
provided a chance for them to really
develop. So much so that when we
returned to Fleet Base East most of
them were able to immediately pro-
gress, and a few were promoted or
moved on to other units to continue
their competency logs."
LCDR Hissink said the command
staff aboard Kanimbla had also made
their people available for operational
relief as required, not only to support
operations, but to provide deployment
experience for their sailors.
"We have had a number of sailors
in different frigates and patrol boats
for two-to-three week periods to main-
tain their currency and continue their
professional development," LCDR
"We also have a number of offic-
ers and communications sailors at the
bridge simulation faculty at HMAS
Watson, helping out during their busy
time of year."
The second in command of the
Weapons Electrical and Engineering
Department, CPOET Leigh Ottway,
and his team recently implemented a
journal for trainees to help them to bet-
ter complete their competency logs.
"I gave the junior trainees an addi-
tional exercise book each and asked
them to detail their daily activities --
who they're working for, who they're
working with and what equipment
they're working on. It is basically a
diary of their achievements," CPOET
"We then used that journal when
assessing the trainees for their com-
petencies -- it gives us a bigger picture
than just the competency log.
"During RIMPAC we were quite
successful with training and when we
returned we had quite a large turna-
round of trainees with a successful
completion rate of around 80 per cent."
CPOET Ottway said the ETs on
board Kanimbla focused on mentoring
staff when they joined the section and
this had made training much easier.
"As the new trainees are integrated
into our section, they become part of
the ET world and are each assigned to
a billeted sailor to help them with their
development," CPOET Ottway said.
"We rotate them through so they
are not working with the same person
all the time or in the same section.
This way they get broad experience."
Trainee SMNET Tegan Brooks has
been training on board Kanimbla for
the last six months to develop her cat-
"The guys have been great. I'm
nearing the completion of my comp
log now, so hopefully I can use those
new skills elsewhere in the Navy," she
LCDR Hissink acknowledged that
while the operational pause had been a
challenge, it had allowed the crew the
opportunity to develop in other ways.
"I think we've managed to achieve
a very good routine, and it seems to
keep most of ship's company very
motivated and enthusiastic."
The 'Signature Behaviour of the Month'
webpage provides all divisional down-
loads for this month, including a
webisode on the "PEOPLE" Signature
THE first webisode in support of "Signature Behaviour
of the Month" is now available for viewing on the
NGN intranet site.
This webisode provides examples of how the "People"
Signature Behaviours are displayed by Navy personnel in
their daily lives:
Respect the contribution of every individual.
Promote the wellbeing and development of all Navy
Communicate well and regularly.
The video features comments from Navy personnel
at HMAS Cerberus, on board HMAS Kanimbla, as well as
HMAS Harman. The webisode can be viewed on the NGN
intranet site and will also be made available in the divi-
"People" websiode online
'Promote the wellbeing and
development of all Navy people'
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Leigh Ottway supervises
comptency log training with
ABET John Dean aboard
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
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