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Skills in Reserve
June 23, 2011
SEA King Shark 07 will be
preserved at the Fleet Air Arm
Museum in Nowra to recognise
the significant role it has played
in naval aviation.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said the aircraft's addition
to the museum would be a fitting
"The Sea King has served our
nation well over the last 36 years
and it is fitting that an example of
this Navy workhorse is preserved
here in Nowra," Mr Clare said.
"Nowra was chosen to receive
the Sea King because it has been
the home base for the Navy's Sea
King operations with 817 Squadron
The permanent display of a
Sea King will also honour the nine
Defence personnel who perished
when Sea King Shark 02 crashed
on the Indonesian island of Nias on
April 2, 2005.
They were in Indonesia to pro-
vide humanitarian assistance in the
aftermath of the 2005 earthquake
when the crash occurred.
Sea King helicopters will
be withdrawn from service in
December this year. The remain-
ing aircraft and associated support
equipment will be offered for sale
FROM July female submariners will
share accommodation with their
male counterparts aboard all boats, a
move designed to open more oppor-
tunities for women within Australia's
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said the
move, which was a recommendation of
previous Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane, was a major step forward for
women in the ADF.
"This move will ensure that female
submariners access the same training
and career progression opportunities as
their male crew mates," he said.
Women have been serving aboard
submarines since 1998 but, until now,
had to sleep in female-only six-berth
"A lack of dedicated bunk space on
board has occasionally led to female
submariners missing out on postings
because of bunk limitations, which has
denied the Submarine Force qualified
specialists," Mr Snowdon said.
"These limitations have also meant
that only two of our three operational
submarines have been able to accom-
Successful trials have already been
conducted over several years across
More opportunities for
TIMES OF CHANGE: Male and female submariners will share accommo-
dation facilities aboard all boats from July.
Photo: Richard Gale
the Submarine Force with officers and
Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs
said the integration initiative was very
successful and the new arrangements
had been written into Submarine
Standing Orders and Fleet Guidance.
"To date there have been no signifi-
cant problems arising from mixed-gen-
der messing in submarines," he said.
"The Submarine Force is a very
close community and consultation
with submariners indicates that the
integration of females is consid-
ered 'normal practice' in crews that
include women. It also engendered
a growing desire for this practice to
be adopted throughout the submarine
Strict rules apply to maintain the
dignity and privacy of all people
A woman will not be posted to
a submarine if there are no other
women in the crew, while junior
women sailors will not be posted to
a submarine if there are no women
officers or senior sailors aboard.
The first fully integrated jun-
ior sailor messes will begin in July
aboard all commissioned subma-
Forty-four of the Navy's 560 sub-
mariners are women. Of the three
Services, Navy has the largest per-
centage of women serving in its
ranks at 18 per cent.
Ninety-seven per cent of Navy
positions, including combat-relat-
ed positions, are already open to
Only clearance diving remains a
restricted employment category.
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