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September 29, 2011
RAN leases Windermere
for cyclone season
NAVY will lease an additional
amphibious ship, the Windermere,
to enhance amphibious capability
during the coming cyclone season.
This adds to HMAS Choules, which
will arrive in Australia in December,
and HMAS Tobruk, which is cur-
rently in maintenance in prepara-
tion for the cyclone season, which
begins in November. The additional
ship has been leased to maxim-
ise the RAN's ability to respond
to humanitarian and natural dis-
asters over the cyclone period.
Windermere has been leased from
October 14 to January 31, 2012,
with the option to extend to the
end of February 2012. It has been
chartered through P&O Maritime
Services at a cost of $9.4 million.
It is capable of supporting around
100 passengers and can carry 1000
tonnes of cargo. Windermere is in
addition to Australia's agreement
with New Zealand that the New
Zealand amphibious lift ship HMNZS
Canterbury will be made available
as part of the joint Pacific-focused
Ready Response Force, subject to
any operational requirements in New
Zealand. This is one of a series of
actions the Government has taken
this year to improve Navy's amphibi-
ous capability and ensure it has the
capacity required for the cyclone
ADF mourns deaths
SGT MICHAEL DUNN CFN BEAU PRIDUE
AN AIR Force member who was
seriously burned in an explosion
at Rockhampton airport on July
25 tragically died of his injuries in
the burns unit of Royal Brisbane
Hospital on September 20.
SGT Michael Dunn, from 322
Expeditionary Combat Support
at RAAF Base
the airport as
part of Exercise
He was part
of the airfield
ing the arresting
the runway in
the event of an
ing by a fast jet.
explosion, colleagues immediately
extinguished the flames on his body
and applied first aid.
He was transferred initially to
Rockhampton Base Hospital for
treatment and then to Royal Brisbane
where he remained in a serious con-
Chief of Air Force AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown expressed his deep-
est sympathies and those of the Air
Force community to SGT Dunn's
"SGT Dunn was highly respected
and well liked by his colleagues,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
"Those who visited Mick since
the accident were all affected by the
courage and determination that he
showed during his treatment and are
extremely saddened by his passing.
are with the fam-
ily, friends and
"He served 27
years in the Air
Force and most
recently he was
serving at RAAF
where he and
his family were
members of the
munity," he said.
and the Defence Community
Organisation are providing his fam-
ily with support.
Meanwhile, investigations into
the incident continue. The ADF's
safety review, which was completed
on August 30, was unable to deter-
mine what caused the explosion
while inquiries by the Queensland
Police and the ADF Investigative
Service determined there were no
criminal actions involved.
AN AUSTRALIAN member of
the International Stabilisation
Force (ISF), CFN Beau Pridue,
died from injuries sustained in a
vehicle accident near Baucau, East
Timor, on September 15.
A second Australian ISF member
was injured in the accident and, fol-
lowing aero medi-
was treated at an
medical facility in
Dili. The soldier
injuries and his
recovery is good.
were travelling in
an ISF Unimog
vehicle when the
medical team was
dispatched to the
scene via helicop-
ter and the medi-
cal officer confirmed the soldier had
died in the accident.
Chief of the Defence Force GEN
David Hurley expressed his deepest
"Our thoughts are with CFN
Pridue's family and the members
of his battalion who are feeling his
loss," GEN Hurley said.
Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN
Ash Power said the incident high-
lighted the dangers faced by ADF
personnel wherever they were
"This tragic accident has taken
the life of another young man serv-
ing his nation," LTGEN Power said.
Both soldiers involved in the
accident were Army reservists
normally posted to the 8th Combat
(8CSSB) in NSW.
In a statement,
growing up in
to be the best he
"He loved his
family, he loved
his mates and he
loved the Army,"
the statement said.
of our boy and we
know that we lost
him doing a job he was trained for
and loved doing."
CFN Pridue's body returned to
RAAF Williamtown on September
21. Soldiers from 8CSSB formed
an honour guard and bearer party
to escort his casket from the RAAF
C-130 aircraft to his grieving family.
The soldier's funeral is scheduled for
the week beginning September 26.
An investigation into the accident
is under way.
By LCDR Neville Cook
FOLLOWING a busy and challeng-
ing five weeks alongside Fleet Base
West, HMAS Anzac has sailed for
her new home port of Sydney.
The formerly HMAS Stirling-
based FFH was brought out of a
12-month extended readiness peri-
od by the crew of HMAS Stuart,
who had recently returned from
Operation Slipper, in conjunction
with the FFH Support Team (ST).
This marks the first time Anzac
has been home ported in Sydney and
Stuart home ported in the West.
In the lead up to the swap, mate-
riel condition assessments were
conducted on all compartments and
equipment with particular focus on
ensuring that Anzac was safe to sail
to Fleet Base East (FBE).
With significant assistance from
the FFHST, manpower provision
from FSU Perth, and oversight from
key Engineering Division personnel,
the transition from dormant platform
to operational unit was conducted in
a systematic and diligent manner.
CMDR Brett Sonter assumed
command on September 5 and is the
first CMDR to become Commanding
Officer aboard Anzac.
"The transfer of all material,
equipment and personnel has gone
to plan thanks to the hard work and
efforts of my ship's company, the
FFHST and external support organi-
sations," CMDR Sonter said.
"We've been kept very busy. Not
only did the former crew of Stuart
conduct the platform swap to Anzac,
they also helped the FFHST prepare
Stuart for placement into extended
Anzac will return to FBE for a
period alongside before Docking
Selected Restricted Availability in
Anzac and Stuart conduct platform swap
HMAS Cerberus opens
to the public
AN OPEN day will be held at HMAS
Cerberus on October 23 from 10am
to 4pm. Visitors will see a range of
military activities, vehicles, armoury
and displays. If your family or friends
are interested in a career in the Navy,
plenty of information will be available
at the event.
SHIP SWAP: HMA
Ships Anzac and
Fleet Base West.
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