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September 15, 2011
By MIDN Matthew Rayner
HMAS Brunei provided a one-stop shop for divers
participating in the RAN Dive School's recent
Underwater Demolitions Course on Triangular
Island in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
For two weeks in August, Brunei's crew took full
advantage of the opportunity to hone its amphibi-
ous skills, which included four 'dry outs' at both
Sabina Point and Triangular Island. For most of the
crew, including the Commanding Officer, LEUT Carl
Jordan, this was the first time they had undertaken this
LEUT Jordan said additional personnel were
embarked to ensure the ship sailed with 22 full bunks.
Among the crew's guests were two junior warfare
officers and six junior sailors embarked for compe-
tency log progression.
"For such a small crew there was a great mixture of
sailor categories aboard, including CIS, MT, ET and
BM," LEUT Jordan said.
"Individual competency-based training included
a mixture of seamanship evolutions, engineering
casualty control drills, pilotage, ship handling,
high-seas firings of all weapons for all crew mem-
bers, as well as officer of the day training.
"Whole-ship training focused on damage con-
LEUT Jordan said he wanted to maximise the
number of training bunks during the two-week
"I think we achieved our goal," he said.
"The enthusiasm shown by the trainees we
embarked proved there is no substitute for sea-going
training or experience."
In addition to the amphibious and whole-ship
training achieved, Brunei was treated to a number of
whale watching opportunities with several majestic
giants, including a calf, breaching in the protected
waters of Shoalwater Bay.
The crew also found some time for a game of
touch football and a barbecue on the beach in front o
a "high and dry" Brunei.
Brunei's newly promoted XO, LEUT Brenton
James Glover, said it was a great way to develop the
team ethos and exercise at the same time.
The two weeks in Shoalwater Bay provided Brunei
with perfect conditions to support the RAN Dive
School and create a training program that met opera-
tional requirements and was challenging for all.
Brunei high and dry
GOAL-FOCUSED: HMAS Brunei "high and dry" at Triangular Island, Shoalwater Bay, and,
inset, Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs promotes Brunei's XO, Brenton-James Glover, from
sub-lieutenant to lieutenant. LEUT Glover said it was a "surreal" day that he would look
back on fondly during his career.
Photos: SMNCIS Daniel Piggott and POCIS Anthony McMahon
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