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April 28, 2011
HMAS Warramunga recently slipped
back into the water from dry-dock to
complete the final phase of her refit at
Fleet Base West.
The Anzac-class frigate is in the
final stages of an Extended Maintenance
Availability having completed major
overhauls and replacements of her engi-
HMAS Warramunga's Commanding
Officer, CMDR Michael Turner, said he
was pleased with the work of the ship's
engineering teams during the refit.
"The Marine Engineering (ME)
department has done, and continues to
do, excellent work to make sure that
Warramunga is in a superior materiel
state before returning to sea," CMDR
The ME department worked closely
with contractors during heavy mainte-
nance of the ship's systems.
ABMT Samantha Chivell said she
gained valuable experience assisting
contractors to overhaul the ship's fuel oil
"This experience has given me a
solid understanding of how the system
works, along with some good fault-find-
ing techniques," she said.
As part of the refit a large hole was
cut into the hangar deck, through the
junior sailors' café and down to the
ship's keel, to replace the auxiliary gen-
ME officer LCDR Tom Kenny said
he was extremely proud of the ME
department's work during the refit and
ongoing support of the contractors.
"It has been a complicated refit con-
ducted in extremely arduous conditions,"
LCDR Kenny said.
He said crews worked in searing
conditions with several compartments
regularly reaching more than 40 degrees
Warramunga has steamed 88,112
miles, nearly four times around the
world, since her last major docking refit.
impresses in ship refit
JOB WELL DONE: HMAS Warramunga's Marine Engineering department
in front of the ship's twin propellers before undocking the ship.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
By Michael Brooke
A WORK party from HMAS
Tobruk recently came to the aid of
frail, aged and disabled people in
the Lake Macquarie area in NSW.
Members of Tobruk's crew visit-
ed Toronto and Morisset Meals-on-
Wheels on March 30, where they
helped distribute meals and provid-
ed support to people needing care.
Tobruk's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Paul Scott, said the purpose
of the visit was to re-invigorate the
ship's relationship with its adopted
charity and meet and greet the less
fortunate in the community.
"We also presented the charity
with a cheque and some ship mem-
orabilia," he said.
The activity was spearheaded
by CMDR Scott and organised by
CPONPC Shannon Power.
CPONPC Power said the work
party comprised 16 sailors who
divided into pairs and helped with
meal deliveries alongside qualified
carers and drivers.
"The sailors enjoyed the
opportunity to meet the people,"
CPONPC Power said.
Tobruk's charity engagement
day was part of the countdown to
the 30th anniversary of her commis-
sioning on April 23 and followed
a recent shake-down period in the
Eastern Australian Exercise Area.
Editor's note: Coverage of Tobruk's
birthday celebrations will appear in the
May 12 edition of Navy News.
Tobruk's charity spirit
HELPING HAND: Members of HMAS Tobruk (pictured here on Sydney Harbour) recently helped
deliver Meals-on-Wheels in the Lake Macquarie area.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
COMMANDING officers of
HMA Ships, headquarters'
planning staff, sailors and sub-
mariners all rely on geospatial
support to effectively and accu-
rately do their jobs in the RAN.
Signed for implementation
in mid-December last year, the
Defence Geospatial Strategy 2010
(DGS2010) outlines the develop-
ment and coordination of Navy's
geospatial capabilities for the next
Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane said Navy had long
depended on geospatial support
to carry out hydrographical and
meteorological tasks, as well as
enhance its navigation, targeting
and overall mission planning.
"The DGS2010 is compre-
hensive and realistic, espousing a
clear vision for geospatial capa-
bility in the ADF," VADM Crane
The Defence Capability
Coordinator for Geospatial
Information, Steve Merchant,
said the DGS2010 outlined
how Defence would achieve its
ambition to develop geospatial
information superiority over its
The Hydrographer of
Australia and Director General
for the Navy Hydrography,
Meteorology and Oceanography
Branch, CDRE Rod Nairn, said
geospatial information and ser-
vices were critical enablers for
future Navy training, operations
allows us to navigate our ships,
submarines and aircraft safely
and governs their freedom to
manoeuvre," CDRE Nairn said.
For more information on the DGS2010
au/isgroup/ccgi.html on the DRN or
Geospatial capability key to success
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