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October 27, 2011
By LEUT Grant McDuling
NAVY Headquarters South
Queensland recently hosted
children and their families from
Canteen, Legacy, Camp Quality
and local Navy cadets, allowing
children from various backgrounds
to interact with Navy.
Event organiser LEUT Jodie
Hudson said the team made sure there
was enough to keep even the most
inquisitive children occupied.
"There was a jumping castle, knot
tying activities, police boat rides, a
fire engine, a brass band, the oppor-
tunity to check out a real 'pirate boat'
- STS Young Endeavour -- and more
than enough fairy floss to satisfy even
the sweetest tooth," she said.
Members of Reserve Diving Team
Eight were also on hand to demon-
strate how divers operate in the murky
waters of the Brisbane River.
A highlight of the day was watch-
ing Young Endeavour sail up the
Brisbane River and berth at the quay-
side. The ship had just completed an
11-day voyage from Gladstone to
Brisbane to disembark 27 young crew
This was the training ship's 16th
voyage of the year and provided the
perfect backdrop for the event, along
with P&O's cruise ship Pacific Dawn,
which was moored on the other side
of the river.
Kids get a
taste of Navy in
Well prepared for UN jobs
By LAC Bill Solomou
WAKING to screams and negotiating
for your life seems like something
you would expect to see in your
worst nightmare, however, for 38
international and ADF officers, it
was all too real as they participated in
Exercise Blue Flag from September
The personnel were taking part
in the practical phase of the United
Nations Military Observer Course
(UNMOC), conducted by the Peace
Operations Training Centre (POTC)
from August 22 to September 16.
The course is UN-sponsored and
owned and is a requirement for mem-
bers wanting to deploy as UN observ-
ers.During the practical phase, which
w as undertaken at the Australian
Federal Police Training facility at
Majura Park in Canberra, the officers
were dragged out of their beds, taken
out of their comfort zone and put to
Organiser MAJ Matthew Finnerty
said the course was well structured
and in line with the Australian Federal
Police training focus.
"Our course is unique. We stand
out from other similar courses that are
run around the world because we have
a majority of international students,"
MAJ Finnerty said.
"We maintain a two-third/one-third
ratio -- two-third international and one-
During the exercise, members were
taught the fine art of radio and tel-
ephone procedures, hostage survival,
4x4 vehicle operation and navigation
This, combined with three
weeks of theory training at RAAF
Williamtown, which included topics
like identifying the traits of observ-
ers and learning about UN policies in
relation to sexual abuse and human
rights, meant members were well pre-
pared to deploy as UN observers.
International instructors from
various countries including Germany,
Indonesia, Malaysia and China also
LCDRs Peter Loudon and James
Patterson were among the participants
and were pleased with the training.
In early November, LCDR
Patterson will deploy to South Sudan.
"Two things make the course quite
unique. Firstly, the exposure with
the international students and, sec-
ondly, the training we received from
the international instructors," LCDR
HMAS Kuttabul's LCDR Loudon
will deploy to Israel, Lebanon or Syria
in February 2012.
"I learnt all the skills required
for the job as an observer," LCDR
GREAT PREPARATION: LCDRs Peter Loudon and James Patterson at work during the United Nations
Military Observer Course.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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