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July 7, 2011
New leaders on parade
By Michael Brooke
FROM the RAN College parade
ground at HMAS Creswell, the 115
graduates of New Entry Officers
Course 44 have taken the first
significant step in their careers by
graduating as naval officers.
The graduation parade on June 23
was reviewed by Governor-General
Quentin Bryce while Chief of Navy
VADM Ray Griggs, several of Navy's
senior leaders, former Creswell com-
manding officers and more than 800
family and friends also attended.
Ms Bryce congratulated the 34
women and 81 men for completing the
arduous 22-week course.
"To our newest naval officers,
today's parade is a significant mile-
stone in your career. I congratulate
all of you as you achieve your goal of
being commissioned into the RAN,"
During the five-month course the
graduates were trained in areas such
as leadership, seamanship, naval his-
tory, physical fitness and weapons
ANI RAN College Prize / ANI Sea
Training Deployment Prize
MIDN Mark Simpson
E.S. Cunningham Prize
SBLT Ellery Hickson
RADM Hammond Memorial Sword
SBLT Nigel Paschini
CDRE Sir James Ramsay Prize
SBLT Filiberto Hernandez
Naval Historical Society Prize
MIDN Damian Greenwood
W.H. Harrington Memorial Prize
SBLT Travis McIntosh
MIDN Melanie Pring
Eric Elton Mayo Memorial Prize
LEUT Syed Naqvi
CMDR Robert Gray Perpetual Cup
MIDN Zebedee Learoyd
SBLT Megan Hoare
Naval Officers Club Prize (REOC)
LEUT James King
SBLT Andrea Moran
PROUD MOMENT: Governor-General Quentin Bryce inspects the New
Entry Officer Course 44 graduates on parade at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: ABIS Justin Brown
By Michael Brooke
NOWRA-based 817 Squadron's Sea King
helicopter Shark 05 has chipped in to sup-
port environmental conservation.
Shark 05 performed a Defence Assistance
to the Civilian Community (DACC) task on
June 28 when it transported two converted
shipping containers from Port Kembla's
Hill 60 Park to 'Big Island', part of the Five
Islands Nature Reserve.
817 Squadron operations officer LCDR
Grant Anson said the two containers would
provide a base for seabird researchers and
management activities by the NSW National
Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
"817 Squadron was tasked because we
have the Sea King to lift that kind of weight,
when a lot of other agencies can not," he said.
LCDR Anson said the key challenge was
coordinating different agencies, including
NSW Police and NPWS.
Shark 05 overcame time constraints to
complete the lift without having to refuel.
He said putting the containers into posi-
tion on the island was also a challenge for the
pilot, LEUT Stephen McConville, who com-
pleted the job in strong winds and approach-
ing storm clouds, making the conditions dif-
LCDR Anson said the Sea King squadron
had long played a key role in community
NPWS Illawarra manager Ian Brown
praised 817 Squadron and Navy for its vital
"We are very grateful for the support of
the RAN with this operation. It could not have
been successfully undertaken without their
assistance," Mr Brown said.
Mr Brown, also a Navy Reserve environ-
mental officer, said the containers replaced
the former Consett-Davis Hut constructed in
1988 for the purpose of studying silver gulls.
"Big Island is part of the Five Islands
Nature Reserve which contains valuable sea-
bird habitat," he said.
"The nature reserve has been the focus of
important research for many years, particu-
larly by the Southern Oceans Seabird Study
Association, which used the former hut.
"In such an intensely harsh environment it
is understandable that the old hut finally suc-
cumbed to the conditions and was no longer
suitable for this purpose."
He said after a thorough review of envi-
ronmental factors they decided to replace the
hut with two remodelled shipping containers.
Shark 05 takes
SENT BY AIR, EXPRESS:
Sea King Shark 05 carries
a large shipping container
from Hill 60 Park at Port
Kembla to 'Big Island' in the
Five Islands Nature Reserve
on June 28.
Photo: Michael Brooke
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