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Skills in Reserve
October 13, 2011
By FLTLT John McCourt
ON THE pristine shores of a remote
beach in East Timor lies a unique
piece of Australian naval history that
has been revisited -- and remem-
A contingent of RAN person-
nel serving with the Australian-led
International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
recently visited the site of the wreck of
HMAS Voyager I on Betano Beach on
the far south coast of East Timor.
Led by the ISF Chief of Staff,
CMDR Charlie Stephenson, a party of
nine Navy personnel flew from their
base in Dili to the remote site to mark
the 69th anniversary of the ship's sink-
ing on September 22, 1942.
Amid the wide-eyed interest of
local East Timorese, the RAN con-
tingent held a memorial service at the
wreck site that can still be accessed
from a beach head.
Voyager I had left its base in
Darwin in 1942 to land troops and
re-supply an Australian and Timorese
militia who were engaged in coura-
geous resistance to the onslaught of
some 35,000 invading Japanese.
While landing the troops at Betano
Bay, Voyager ran aground in the
shallows and was soon spotted by a
Japanese Zero fighter. While the fight-
er was shot down by gunners on board
the vessel, the alarm had gone out and
a Japanese air attack the following day
Although all troops aboard had
earlier been evacuated, the incident
records an historic part of the fight for
freedom in Timor.
LCDR Rick Parry organised the
visit and said the service at the site
was sombre and appropriate recogni-
tion of previous battles.
"After spending some time at
the wreck site, we engaged with the
Betano community who were very
interested in the little-known piece of
history on their beach," LCDR Parry
"It was a privilege to participate in
an event that remembers a significant
moment for Australia and the East
Timorese during World War II."
By CPO Tony Thomas
FLEET Support Unit -- Darwin
(FSU-D) has helped Rotary clubs in
Alice Springs fight and win at sea --
albeit without an ocean in sight.
As part of HMAS Coonawarra's
Navy Domestic Engagement Program,
FSU-D helped Rotary Alice Springs
'refit' one of its battle boats, HMAS
'Courage', for the annual Henley on
There are three Rotary clubs in
Alice Springs and these clubs join
forces every year to conduct the regat-
ta on the dry bed of the Todd River.
The event raises money for Rotary
activities in and around Alice Springs.
FSU-D Operations Manager WO
Peter Freund said the community
engagement activity allowed many
skilled technicians at FSU-D to
use their imagination and talents to
refurbish the well-recognised charity
"By all accounts the FSU-D staff
who helped man the float had a great
time. It was a win-win activity for
FSU-D and Rotary," he said.
FSU-D OIC LEUT Wayne Oakley
said the refit was funded by Rotary
Alice Springs and the 'platform' had
work that covered all trades.
"On the day of the regatta, the hard
work put in by FSU-D paid off with
'Courage' achieving a thrilling vic-
tory," he said.
SMNMT Shane Frew said working
on 'Courage' was a great opportunity
to showcase his skills while support-
ing a charity organisation.
"Giving something back to the
community made me feel proud as a
member of the RAN," he said.
HARD WORK PAYS
OFF: HMAS 'Courage'
heads for the finish line
in the Henley on Todd
Regatta in Alice Springs.
Photo: CPOET Sean Mumme
Courage comes up trumps
NEVER FORGET: LCDR Rick Parry explains some of the history of
HMAS Voyager I to locals at Betano on the south coast of East Timor.
Inset: The wreck of Voyager I.
Main photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
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