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October 27, 2011
By Graham McBean
WI-FI internet is now up and running
aboard HMAS Penguin thanks to the
RAN Central Canteens Fund (RANCCF)
and the fortnightly 'Win with Navy'
The Wi-Fi network is targeted primarily
at the accommodation areas at Penguin but
it may still be possible to pick up the signal
in other parts of the base.
Penguin's acting Commanding Offcer,
CMDR Hugh Cameron, said he was grate-
ful to the service offered by the RANCCF.
"This is a tremendous service that has
come about after much hard work by those
on board and also by the RANCCF who
run and administer the Win with Navy
raffle," CMDR Cameron said.
Penguin successfully applied for
$20,000 worth of grants in 2010 from
RANCCF, with $12,000 going to upgrade
base amenities and provisions in the Hunter
Bay Tavern (Junior Sailors' Club).
A large part of the leftover money was
then used to provide the Wi-Fi service.
CMDR Cameron encouraged all sailors
to participate in the Win with Navy raffle
and support organisations that assist per-
sonnel and the wider Navy family.
"Over the last 18 months Penguin has
benefited greatly from many RANCCF and
Win with Navy initiatives," he said.
Further information on the RANCCF and Win
with Navy is available at www.winwithnavy.
com.au and www.ranccf.com
Toowoomba heads home
HMAS Toowoomba has handed
over maritime security duties to
HMAS Parramatta in the Middle
East after completing a successful
six-month deployment as part of
Toowoomba is now heading
home to Fleet Base West after travel-
ling more than 35,000 nautical miles
during her second deployment to the
Commanding Officer CMDR
Andrew Quinn said Toowoomba's
ship's company had performed admi-
rably over the course of the deploy-
"I am extremely proud of the
way my crew has worked diligent-
ly over the past six months as the
ship carried out counter-terrorism
activities in the Middle East mari-
time environment and counter-piracy
duties in the Gulf of Aden," CMDR
Parramatta began security opera-
tions on October 18. Her rotation
MEAO since 2001.
During the past six months,
Toowoomba conducted multiple
boardings and helped numerous ves-
sels requiring medical or engineering
CMDR Quinn said the past six
months had been a challenging peri-
od for his crew but they should all
be proud of the way they conduct-
ed themselves and carried out their
"The Middle East Area of
Operations can be a very demand-
ing and volatile environment in
which to operate, and I am pleased
to say that Toowoomba's crew rose
to every challenge in a professional
and committed fashion, maintaining
Australia's highly respected position
as a coalition partner," he said.
"I would also like to acknowledge
the support of family and friends
back home -- it certainly helps and
boosts morale to know that our loved
ones in Australia are supporting us
while we are deployed."
Between operational commit-
ments, Toowoomba's crew raised
more than $2000 for BeyondBlue
and more than $3000 for the
Toowoomba Flexi School by com-
pleting a 24-hour marathon and hold-
ing a fete during the ship's birthday
on October 6.
The ship is scheduled to arrive at
Fleet Base West on November 7.
SHARP END: HMAS Toowoomba stands watch over one of her RHIBs as it approaches a dhow sus-
pected of smuggling to conduct a flag verification boarding, about 75 nautical miles south-east of Al
Photo: LSA Chris Hodgkinson
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