Home' Navy News : August 18th 2011 Contents WIDE-EYED with excite-
ment, 20 special-needs
students from the
School visited Camp Rocky on July
27 to get their hands on an 817 SQN
Sea King helicopter during Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11).
The pilots and aircrewmen of Sea
King 21 flew into Camp Rocky espe-
cially to greet the ecstatic students,
teachers and carers, giving them the
rare opportunity to explore the aircraft
and even sit in the pilot's seat.
Detachment Commander LCDR
Grant Anson said the flight crew thor-
oughly enjoyed interacting with the
"It's just a great way for us to show
our gratitude to the Rockhampton
community for supporting us during
TS11," LCDR Anson said.
"The kids had a fantastic time look-
ing over the aircraft. They absolutely
loved getting into the cockpit and were
all ears listening to the aircrewmen
about how to operate the winch. I think
they got a lot out of the visit."
Rockhampton Special School stu-
dent Hugh Hartwig said "holy hell,
this is awesome" as he approached the
"The coolest part has been hang-
August 18, 2011
TALISMAN SABRE 2011
Sea King of the kids
GEARED UP: Clayton Richards, 17,
gets a taste for life as an aircrewman.
The 'Shark 10' Sea King
aboard HMAS Sydney
during Exercise Talisman
Sabre 2011 -- the last
major exercise for the
Sea Kings before 817
at the end of the year.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
A BIG THUMBS UP: Kiara Kirk,
17, from Rockhampton Special
School, checks out the cockpit
of the Sea King at Camp Rocky,
Rockhampton, during Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 and, inset,
students, teachers and carers enjoy
hanging out with 817 SQN crew.
Photos: CPL Melanie Schinkel
Some of the Navy's biggest supporters farewelled the Sea
King helicopters from their last major exercise after 35 years
of service. CPL Melanie Schinkel reports.
ing out with the sailors and soldiers as
well as learning about the Navy heli-
copter," he said.
"I reckon after a few years of
training I could fly one of these, but I
wouldn't want to fly it in Afghanistan
because that would be pretty scary."
Rockhampton Special School
teacher Lynn Jackson said the children
had been following TS11 in the local
"The kids have been so excited
about this visit. We have a range of
kids with different disabilities at the
school and a lot of them are particu-
larly interested in technology," Mrs
"When we get back to the school
the kids will write stories about their
experiences today. We will put all the
photos we take into a slideshow so the
students can look back and reflect on
what they saw and did.
"This visit has created a
unique learning experience
for them and the school really
The Sea Kings' primary
role during TS11 was to pro-
vide over-land and over-water
logistics support to forces in
the Shoalwater Bay Training
Area and RAN ships at sea.
After a 35-year career
in the RAN, TS11 was
the last major exercise
for the Sea King heli-
copters before 817
sions at the end of
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