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July 7, 2011
By LEUT Paul Duong
THE annual HMAS Westralia-POMT
Shaun Damien Smith Perpetual
Shield for 2010 was recently award-
ed to a high-performing marine tech-
nician, POMT Matthew Graham.
Former Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane presented the award to POMT
Graham, along with the late POMT
Smith's parents, Brian and Pamela.
The shield honours the memory of
POMT Smith who, along with three
other shipmates, died while serving
aboard HMAS Westralia during the
engine room fire of May 5, 1998.
Mr Smith said it was obvious that
POMT Graham was a worthy recipient
of the award.
"POMT Graham has obviously per-
formed very well and now I encourage
him to continue to excel in his chosen
career," Mr Smith said.
POMT Graham said it was an hon-
our to receive the award.
"Receiving this award has been a
huge confidence boost," POMT Smith
"I am focused on my goal of
achieving my marine technician charge
certificate and becoming the senior
technical officer aboard one of Navy's
PRIDE: POMT Matthew Graham with the HMAS Westralia-POMT
Shaun Damien Smith Perpetual Shield, awarded to the most outstand-
ing MT sailor to complete the senior technicians' course.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
The shield is awarded to the most
outstanding marine technical sailor
to have completed the senior techni-
cians' course throughout the year.
POMT Graham posted to
HMAS Waterhen at the end of the
2010 Senior Technicians Course
and is now working as part of the
Engineering Support Element within
the Marine Warfare Clearance Diving
MORE than 22,000 ADF and US
military personnel will participate
in the military training exercise
Talisman Sabre in Australia from
Talisman Sabre is a biennial train-
ing activity jointly sponsored by the
US Pacific Command and ADF Joint
BRIG Bob Brown, the Australian
spokesman for Talisman Sabre, said
the exercise was a invaluable oppor-
tunity to exercise combined and joint
capability between Australia and the
"This is a major undertaking
which reflects the closeness of the
Australian and US alliance and the
strength of the military-to-military
relationship," BRIG Brown said.
This year's exercise is the first
time there will be significant involve-
ment from other Australian and US
government agencies, including the
Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, AusAID, Australian Federal
Police and the Asia Pacific Civil-
Military Centre of Excellence.
About 14,000 US and 8500
Australian personnel will conduct sea,
land and air training predominantly
in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area
near Rockhampton, but also at Air
Force bases in Townsville, Darwin,
Tindal and Amberley.
Exercises will also be conducted in
the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.
Ready for Sabre
GOOD TO GO: Clearance divers get ready to conduct fast rope train-
ing aboard HMAS Kanimbla during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2009.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
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