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September 15, 2011
WRANs 70th celebration
THE WRANs Association (ACT) will
hold a commemoration service at the
WRANs Memorial at HMAS Harman on
October 15 at 11am. The service will
celebrate the 70th anniversary of the
formation of the WRANs and their entry
to Harman in 1941. Lunch will also be
held in the Wardroom after the service.
For more information contact Christine
Barbour on (02) 6231 8676.
A NAVAL engineering reunion will be
held in Canberra on November 11 at
5.30pm. All serving, retired and civilian
members of engineering branches are
invited. For more information contact
Glenn Murch on (02) 6261 1675 or
Sea Kings for sale
A REQUEST for Tender for the sale of
the Navy's remaining Sea King heli-
copters was released on September 1.
It includes five complete helicopters,
three airframes, a simulator and asso-
ciated equipment and parts. The Sea
Kings will be withdrawn from service in
December and their sale will be mar-
keted across the world, including major
defence expos in the UK and Canada.
Submissions close on November 1.
Documentation will be available for
download after registering on the
Austender website at www.tenders.
gov.au or email disposals@defence.
gov.au for more information.
Disposal options sought
DEFENCE will dispose of a number
of RAN ships over the next 10 years
and seeks innovative solutions that
will provide the best outcome to the
Commonwealth. The Request for
Proposal is in two parts: the disposal
of ships to be decommissioned
over the coming decade (DDA/
RFP0068/2011/1) and the disposal
of ex-HMAS Manoora (DDA/
RFP0068/2011/2). Written submissions
are invited by 12pm on September 15
for DDA/RFP0068/2011/2 and 12pm on
October 14 for DDA/RFP0068/2011/1.
For more information, contact the
Defence Disposals Agency on (02)
9393 2914 or email disposals@
Security awards open
NOMINATIONS for the Defence
Excellence in Security Awards are
open until October 17. The awards hon-
our outstanding achievements in secu-
rity by Defence and Defence industry
security specialists, leaders, teams and
individuals. Finalists will be invited to an
awards ceremony in Canberra in March
2012 (interstate finalists will have
their travel and accommodation costs
covered). To enter, log on to intranet.
visit the Defence Security Authority
website on the DSN. Further informa-
tion can also be obtained from the
Awards Secretariat by emailing
THE 74th annual Seafarers' service
and wreath-laying ceremony will be
held in Brisbane on September 18 at
11.30am. The Queensland Detachment
of the RAN Band will attend the
ser vice at St John's Cathedral and all
donations will support the Mission to
Family day in Melbourne
A REMEMBRANCE activity will take
place at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne
on November 13. There will be a family
day with gourmet food, family and chil-
dren's entertainment, and a Challenge
Cup involving six-person teams com-
peting in games of tennis, volleyball,
indoor soccer and tug-o-war. The RAN
and Army bands will also attend. The
event will support Compassionate
Friends, Legacy, Redkite and Kidsafe.
More information is available from
CAPT Cam Ward on 0430 369 146.
FALLEN digger PTE Matthew
Lambert was farewelled by family
and friends in a private funeral in
Queensland on September 5.
PTE Lambert, killed by an IED
while on patrol in Afghanistan on
August 22, arrived in Australia on
August 29 and was returned to his
family in a repatriation ceremony at
RAAF Base Amberley.
His flag-draped casket was
carried from a C-17 Globemaster
through a 2RAR honour guard dur-
ing the ramp ceremony.
Chief of Army LTGEN David
Morrison posthumously presented
PTE Lambert with the Australian
Active Service Medal with
International Coalition Against
Terrorism clasp, the Afghanistan
Campaign Medal, the NATO
Medal with International Security
Assistance Force clasp and the
Infantry Combat Badge.
"As we gather here to mark the
return of this fine young Australian
soldier, we remember the cour-
age, initiative and mateship that
PTE Lambert displayed to all
whom he met," LTGEN Morrison
"PTE Lambert's ultimate sacri-
fice to this country will be felt by his
family, friends and his Army family,
and we will remember him as a true
Soldiers from the
2nd Battalion of the
Regiment carry PTE
casket from a C-17
Inset: The fallen
Main photo: CPL
MORE than 1300 personnel from
HMAS Cerberus will march through
the streets of central Melbourne
during a Freedom of Entry parade on
September 16 to celebrate the training
base's 90 years of service to the
people of Victoria. Led by COMAUSFLT
RADM Steve Gilmore, the march will
also mark the RAN's centenary. Full
coverage in our next edition.
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