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August 18, 2011
By Graham Davis
IT IS not often that a French gen-
eral pins a medal on to the uniform
of a RAN officer, but this is exactly
in Noumea on
Bastille Day, July
de la Nouvelle
the Medaille des
Volontaires to the tunic of Navy reservist
CAPT Bob Hume.
The awarding of the medal had been
authorised by the French Government
through its then-Defence Minister Alain
It comes in recognition of CAPT
Hume's work during the past decade in
cementing links between ADF reservists
and their counterparts in France and New
That link was clearly indicated just
weeks ago when seven French reservists
from New Caledonia flew to Brisbane to
march in the Reserve Forces Day (RFD)
parade and participate in other RFD
Days later the National Servicemen's
Pipes and Drums flew to Noumea to take
part in that city's Bastille Day parade.
"Noumea on Bastille Day certainly
had a party atmosphere -- music, merry-
go-rounds in the parks -- it was great,"
CAPT Hume said.
Fitting 'merci' for
Photo: MAJ Alain Bouchet
By LCDR Graeme Wong
TEAM Navy is on the road helping
kids in need with the 2011 Variety
Departing from Totally Home
Bella Vista at Baulkham Hills in
Sydney on August 6, the contingent
of 10 personnel travelled across the
country in four pre-1974 cars towards
Buccaneer Rock in Broome, Western
Australia, along with another 400
participants driving in more than 100
This year Team Navy members,
LEUT Sandra Fraser and PONPC
Anthony Tobias, will receive certifi-
cates recognising them taking part
in five bashes. Jason Rigby, a former
sailor, will also receive his five-year
certificate as part of the team.
"I'm very excited to be going to
Broome, particularly as this is my
fifth Bash -- something I am very
proud of," LEUT Fraser said.
PONPC Tobias was also looking
forward to the journey.
"I've been there before but not
by road. Last time it was on a patrol
boat when I was based in Darwin,"
PONPC Tobias said.
"Bashing gets into your blood.
There's no better thing than being a
Navy's Variety NSW Bash team
originated at HMAS Albatross in
2003. Since then it has raised more
than $380,000 for Variety to assist
Australian children with special
Since its inception in 1985, the
Team Navy hits the road
Variety Bash has raised more than
$100 million Australia-wide, which
has been used to purchase badly
"But it's never enough. A lot more
is needed to fully meet the demand,"
LEUT Fraser said.
"It's fantastic that we can help
Variety improve the lives of Aussie
kids. I just wish we could help all
those who need it."
At the time of printing, the
Baulkham Hills to Broome Bash
-- the longest and toughest Variety
NSW Bash in many years -- was
scheduled to arrive in Broome via
Derby on August 16.
By the time the convoy crosses
the finish line it will have travelled
more than 5500km and donated thou-
sands of dollars worth of equipment
to communities and schools along the
For more information on Variety the
Children's Charity go to www.variety.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: WO
Brian Poole, POMUSN Esa
Douglas and PONPC Anthony
Tobias travel through western
NSW in their 1960s EH Holden,
decorated to resemble a Navy
helicopter and, inset, Team Navy
members, resplendent in vintage
bell-bottoms, pose with one of the
team's HR Holdens at the 2011
Variety NSW Bash starting line in
Baulkham Hills, Sydney.
Photos: Cath Friend
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