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CENTENARY OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY
October 27, 2011
THE Government has agreed to the
purchase from Navantia of 12 medi-
um-sized fast landing craft (LCM-1E)
for the two Canberra-class Landing
Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships through
Joint Project 2048 Phase 3.
The joint announcement by Defence
Minister Stephen Smith and Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare on
September 27 follows a Government
decision in February 2009 to direct
source the purchase of the watercraft
Navantia is building the hulls for the
two LHDs and the watercraft will be
built especially for these ships.
The watercraft will enable transport
of troops and equipment from the LHDs
to the shore including where there are no
fixed port facilities.
The delivery of the first four water-
craft will be coordinated with the deliv-
ery of the first LHD, expected in 2014.
Maintenance and support for the
watercraft will be provided by Australian
The total cost of Joint Project 2048
Phase 3 is capped between $300 million
to $500 million in the Public Defence
The final cost is subject to the sat-
isfactory negotiation of a contract with
acceptable terms and conditions.
Watercraft headed down under
IMPORTANT CAPABILITY: 12 LCM-
1E watercraft have been approved
for the LHDs under Joint Project
2048 Phase 3.
By Dallas McMaugh
LCDR Tracey Elliott and CPO Jim Hill
have been jointly awarded the Commodore
Partington Shield for Excellence in sup-
port of naval aviation at HMAS Albatross.
This is the first time since the Shield's
introduction in 1992 that it has been jointly
Albatross' Commanding Officer CAPT
Stefan King presented the OIC of the
Albatross Medical Centre, LCDR Elliott,
with her award on October 5, and said it
recognised her tireless efforts and achieve-
ments in supporting and enhancing the
capability of the Fleet Air Arm.
"LCDR Elliot is held in the very highest
regard in this respect," CAPT King said.
"Her excellent control of staff and
resources, along with the depth of under-
standing of aviation medicine requirements
which she has gone to great lengths to
obtain during her posting, have enabled her
to facilitate the highest levels of readiness
of Fleet Air Arm (FAA) personnel."
CPO Hill received his award earlier in
the year. He served as a member of the
RAN Helicopter Flight in Vietnam and now
provides invaluable voluntary service at the
FAA Museum and RAN Historic Flight.
CPO Hill's commitment to presenting
and preserving naval aviation history was
a driving force behind his participation in
countless military and civil air shows and
exhibitions around Australia, where he is
always a knowledgeable and respected
ambassador for the FAA.
Aviation excellence awarded
CDRE Rob Partington served
as Commanding Officer of
HMAS Albatross from January
1990 until January 1993 and
introduced the award in 1992.
He was tragically killed in an
aircraft accident in December
2002. The award, in support of
Navy aviation, honours CDRE
Partington's legacy through the
recognition of the recipients'
TIRELESS EFFORT: CO HMAS Albatross CAPT Stefan King presents LCDR Tracey Elliott with the CDRE Partington Shield for Excellence.
Photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey
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