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September 1, 2011
By CFN Max Bree
FROM the age of five, CMDR Bruce
Eddes felt the Navy calling as he
watched Australian warships from
his family's cottage at Jervis Bay.
This youthful enthusiasm turned
into a life-long career with CMDR
Eddes clocking up 45 years of service
on May 11.
CMDR Eddes's father served as a
non-commissioned officer in World
War II. On his dad's advice, he signed
up for officer training in 1966, aged
18. Following his graduation from the
RAN College and sea training, which
included diving in the murky waters
of Vietnam's Vung Tau Harbour, he
undertook training at the Britannia
Royal Naval College in the UK.
CMDR Eddes (then-lieutenant)
was later given command of HMAS
Aware, an Attack-class patrol boat, at
the age of 23.
"I was a very young lieutenant and
very lucky," he said.
But youth was no issue with
CMDR Eddes guiding Aware to win
the Kelly Shield for most efficient
small ship in 1972.
CMDR Eddes had moved a
long way from his days as a patrol
boat commander when he became
CO of HMAS Cairns and the first
Commander of the Australian Patrol
Boat Forces in 1987.
In 45 years CMDR Eddes has seen
the RAN go from a Fleet Commander
to a Maritime Commander and back
again, and witnessed massive changes
By Stacey Ward
AUSTRALIA'S maritime secu-
rity ties with Malaysia have
been strengthened with a new
Memorandum of Understanding
Commander Border Protection
Command RADM Tim Barrett and
his Malaysian counterpart, Director
General Malaysian Maritime
Enforcement Agency (MMEA),
ADM Kurish, signed the MoU on
'Cooperation and Assistance Relating
to civil Maritime Law Enforcement
Operations' at a ceremony in
Malaysia last month.
RADM Barrett said the signing
of the MoU was an important step in
protecting the two countries' respec-
tive borders and another example
of the special relationship between
Australia and Malaysia.
"Both of our countries share simi-
lar maritime security challenges, with
large maritime domains to patrol and
protect," RADM Barrett said.
"In policing Malaysia's maritime
zones, the MMEA faces the challenge
of patrolling 4900km of coastline and
one of the world's busiest waterways
-- the Malacca Strait. In Australia, our
operating area is also complex and
Since 2007, Customs and Border
Protection, through Border Protection
Command, has forged a strong work-
ing relationship with the MMEA,
which has seen both countries engage
in reciprocal maritime capacity build-
ing activities, including the sharing
and exchange of information; training
and development of staff; research
and development; participating in
multi-country maritime exercises and
other areas of cooperation relating
to civil maritime law enforcement
"It is important that Australia con-
tinues to work with its regional part-
ners to develop our joint capability
in regard to civil maritime security,"
RADM Barrett said.
"Sharing our expertise in off-shore
maritime surveillance and response
will help both countries meet the
challenges in combating crime at sea
such as piracy, people smuggling and
"This MoU provides a positive
framework for ongoing cooperation
and consultation in relation to mari-
time security in the future.
"In combating these criminal
activities we ensure good order at sea
and protect communities, livelihoods
and the environment."
challenges lead to
MoU with Malaysia
in technology and people's reasons
"Years ago people used to join
for service and adventure, nowadays
they're in there for a solid career,"
"Nothing's really stayed the same
-- we all have to live with change. But
I think the spirit of comradeship with-
in ships hasn't changed too much."
CMDR Eddes retired from full-
time service in 2006 but stayed on as
a full-time reservist.
45 years, still strong
LOYALTY ON SHOW: CMDR Bruce Eddes has notched up 45 years
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