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All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the sur vey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
June 9, 2011
Submariners prove their mettle
By Andrew Bujdegan
THREE submariners charted a
course for command in May by prov-
ing they have what it takes to gradu-
ate from the gruelling Submarine
Warfare Officers Course (SMWOC).
The four-month intensive test-
ing scheme, based at the Submarine
Training Centre at Fleet Base West,
culminated in a final sea assessment
on board HMAS Waller.
The three successful officers were
LEUTs James Atkinson, Justin Cloney
and Bradley Francis. They agreed the
most challenging part of the course
was the simulator phase, where they
were subjected to an array of scenarios
that provided an insight into a day 'in
the office' on board a Collins-class
"It was definitely the busiest three
weeks of the course," LEUT Francis
"We were kept on our toes, moni-
toring activities and maintaining an
overall awareness of the situation," he
Training Authority Submarines
CMDR Michael Manfield was pleased
to see that all who had embarked on
the challenging course graduated.
"The SMWOC is only run once
cent success rate, with all three offic-
ers achieving exceptional results," he
The dux of the course, LEUT
Atkinson, received the Raytheon
Sword of Excellence, presented by
Raytheon Deputy Site Executive Eric
All graduates were awarded the
Warfare Community Medallion by
COMSUB CAPT Brett Sampson.
"The medallion recognises indi-
viduals who exhibit the best of Navy's
values," he said.
"It is clear these officers have
shown exceptional dedication and
made a significant contribution to the
Introduced in 2007, the Warfare
Community Medallion promotes a
greater sense of identity and recog-
nises of the efforts of individuals in
the warfare community.
Encompassing members of the
permanent Navy and reserves, the
warfare community provides a link
across aviation, submarine and surface
warfare categories and specialisations,
providing advocacy in professional,
personnel and workforce issues.
To find out more about submariner jobs in
warfare visit 'I want to be a submariner'
navyweb/sites/SUBFOR or email sub-
JOB WELL DONE: Graduates LEUTs Justin Cloney, James Atkinson and Bradley Francis and instructor and
head of Submarine Warfare Training LCDR Matthew Hoffman outside the Submarine Training and Systems
Centre at Fleet Base West.
Photo: LSIS Nina Nikolin
By Michael Brooke
A NEW book titled The Evolution
of the Royal Australian Navy
Band: A Chromatic Chronicle was
recently published by former Navy
musician Robin Himbury.
The 205-page book is the first of
Mr Himbury, who served as
a percussionist in the RAN Band
between 1958-1967, said the band
had become an important part of
Australia's military history since its
beginning in 1913 when 18 musi-
cians were recruited to serve in
"In December 1963, when the
Ceremonial Silver Drums were offi-
cially presented to the RAN, I was
the recipient of the first drum at a
formal ceremony in Sydney," he said.
"Years later, on visiting the
Naval Heritage Centre where the
Ceremonial Silver Drums are dis-
played, I realised that very little had
been recorded about these instru-
Mr Himbury said this realisation
was the catalyst for the research cul-
minating in his book.
The book also details all ships and
depots in which RAN bands have
served since the Australian Navy
came into being.
Copies of the book are $25 plus $5 post-
age and handling and are available by
contacting Rob Himbury on (02) 4360
1456 or email piganbilli@bigpond.
book on song
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