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March 3, 2011
By Don Deakin-Bell
HMAS Watson's CO, CAPT Jay
Bannister, recently presented the
Sydney Children's Hospital with a
cheque for $6033.
The money was raised by collec-
tions during 2010 and at the December
4 Carols on the Bay concert, where an
anonymous member of the community
donated a $200 coin.
The donations will support programs
that assist children with brain injuries.
CAPT Bannister said the two pro-
grams Watson supported were Camp Go
Ahead and Camp Think Ahead.
"Camp Go Ahead is a residential
camp where young children with brain
injuries can make friends, challenge
themselves, participate in group activities,
gain some independence and socialise in
a supportive group environment," he said.
"Camp Think Ahead brings young
people with similar life experiences
together so they can support each other
in taking on new information, new experi-
ences and identifying other resources in
If you want to help Watson in this worthwhile
fundraising activity, visit www.everyday-
Watson's giving spirit
GENEROUS: CO HMAS
Watson CAPT Jay Bannister
presents Michelle Drexler
with a cheque for $6033.
Photo: Don Deakin-Bell
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I AM writing to pass on my thanks and gratitude
to the RAN for the care they gave my partner,
CPOCTL David Chadwick, and myself follow-
ing David's very serious accident last year, which
resulted in the loss of sight in one eye.
We are currently on an overseas posting in Jakarta
and the accident occurred here in Indonesia. The
Navy's reaction can only be described as professional
David required a medivac from Jakarta to Sydney
via Singapore, which was arranged quickly and effi-
ciently, with all care given to his injuries.
We are truly grateful to the staff of the Navy Ward
at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, who approached this
case with sensitivity and professionalism.
My thanks also go to the military support officers
at the Defence Community Organisation in Sydney,
who provided me with support and financial assis-
tance, allowing me to accompany David to Singapore
and Australia rather than wait on the end of the phone
at home in Jakarta.
We were also pleasantly surprised and very appre-
ciative of the personal contact from some of the most
senior members of the Navy, who were unwavering in
Our thanks go to the Navy Chaplain, Category
Sponsor and Chief of Navy. The Category Sponsor
and Chief of Navy personally assured David that los-
ing his eye would not in any way impede his Navy
career. They provided hope and inspired a speedy
With the support of "Team Navy", as well as
David's colleagues in the Defence Section, Australian
Embassy, David has been reinstated to medical cat-
egory 201 and has returned to full duty.
Last, but not least, we are grateful to the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade doctor, the
community liaison officers and our "Embassy family"
here in Jakarta for their continued care and support.
We can indeed confirm that, when put to the test, the
"system" works! The Navy rallied and assisted its own
to overcome a truly painful and challenging experi-
-- Sally-Anne Neighbour
The 'system' works
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New CO for NHQ South Qld
NAVY Headquarters South Queensland has a new
CO, submariner CMDR Lachlan King, whose ten-
ure began on January 17 at Bulimba Barracks next
to the slowly receding waters of a then-flooded
CMDR King replaced CMDR Geoffrey Fiedler
whose posting to Canberra as a member of the
Aviation Capability Improvement Team was delayed
due to his JTF 637 flood assistance support duties.
A HOAX email is being distributed claiming that
Members of Parliament receive medals and repa-
triation entitlements for participating in the ADF
Parliamentary Program (ADFPP).
Defence Parliamentary Secretary David Feeney
said the email was false.
"I can say unequivocally that Australian parliamen-
tarians are not eligible for military medals or repa-
triation entitlement as part of this program," Senator
"The ADFPP gives parliamentarians a chance to
see first hand the important work of our ADF."
MPs can spend a week aboard STS Young
Endeavour, undertake helicopter training with the
Army or join students at the Air Force Officers'
MPs not entitled to medals
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