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June 9, 2011
By LEUT Katey Mouritz
THREE officer classmates have
reunited in HMAS Toowoomba
for the ship's Operation Slipper
deployment to the Middle East.
LEUTs Simon Dent, Adam
Pearce and Aaron Scott were over-
joyed to learn they would be serving
together in Toowoomba.
LEUT Scott said it was a pleas-
ant surprise to find out that he
would be serving with two of his
"It was really great to have some
familiar faces when I posted on
board," he said.
The three officers joined the
Navy in July 2003 and completed
New Entry Officer Course 29 at
HMAS Creswell. While paths had
crossed in the intervening years, all
three had not served together until
LEUTs Pearce and Scott were
officers of the watch together in
HMAS Sydney in 2007 and had
some great experiences together on
various exercises and trips around
LEUT Dent gained his primary
qualification as a maritime war-
fare officer in HMAS Warramunga
and attended the Intermediate
Navigation Course with LEUT
Pearce in 2008.
LEUTs Scott and Dent then reu-
nited in 2010 for Principal Warfare
Officer (PWO) Course 46, graduat-
ing last December.
On completion of the PWO
course, LEUTs Scott and Dent were
posted to Toowoomba where they
soon discovered LEUT Pearce was
posted as the navigating officer after
successful completion of the long
navigation course in May last year.
Toowoomba's busy work-up pro-
gram was a challenging environ-
ment for each of the maritime war-
fare officers to practise their indi-
vidual specialisations, and it engen-
dered a lot of camaraderie between
the three officers.
LEUT Pearce said it had been a
very testing environment over the
past few months, with a steep learn-
"Unit readiness and mission
readiness work-ups were an experi-
ence all three of us enjoyed togeth-
er," he said.
Before the ship sailed on May
19, the three officers were looking
forward to the Operation Slipper
rotation, and viewed the deployment
as a great chance for professional
and personal growth.
As well as the learning oppor-
tunities, the three were looking for-
ward to the contribution they would
make in support of Navy's involve-
ment in the MEAO.
"We are all eager to depart the
Australian station and do what we
have been trained for," LEUT Dent
for Op Slipper
WE MEET AGAIN:
LEUTs Aaron Scott,
Adam Pearce and
Simon Dent all joined
together in 2003 and
are now posted to
which recently sailed
for the Middle East.
Inset: The three offic-
ers during NEOC 29 at
Main photo: LSIS Nina
TWO "units" from the Navy Variety
Bash fleet cruised into HQJOC on May
13 to raise much-needed funds for chil-
dren's charity Variety.
This year's bash begins in August
and vehicles will travel from Baulkham
Hills in Sydney to Buccaneer Rock in
Broome, a distance of about 5500km.
The Navy Variety Bash fleet will
comprise five vehicles and 15 personnel.
They aim to raise at least the $42,500
needed to enter the vehicles in the bash
through gate/door collections, fundrais-
ing events and donations to Variety from
A Navy team has participated in the
NSW Variety Bash for the past eight
years, raising more than $350,000.
The bash itself has raised more than
$100 million Australia-wide for Variety
since the inaugural bash was organised
by Dick Smith in 1985.
The 2011 route includes stops
at schools and community centres in
Inverell, Charleville, Longreach,
Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Tennant Creek,
Top Springs, Kununurra, Mount Barnett
Team leader LCDR Graeme Wong
said the crew would give out ADF infor-
mation kits to schools and Navy promo-
tional material and merchandise to chil-
dren and teenagers along the way, in the
hope it would inspire them to "answer
the call of the sea" and join the RAN in
"Although the roads will be hard on
the cars, the team is putting in every
effort to ensure it will drive through the
finish arch," he said.
The current team ranges in rank
from leading seaman to commander and
there are still a few positions to be filled.
Anyone who would like to join the team
should contact LCDR Wong via email at
All you need is approval to be away
from the workplace from August 6-20
and $3000 to help cover the cost of food,
accommodation, fuel and getting home
after the event.
Annual Variety bash
calls for Navy crew
LONG WAY TO TRAVEL: WO Brian Poole (left) and LSET Daniel O'Rourke
with the vehicle they will enter in the 2011 Variety Bash, which will take
them 5500km from Sydney to Broome.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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