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November 10, 2011
THE RAN has played a significant role
in fundraising for an annual alcohol
awareness challenge, finishing as the
team raising the highest amount of funds.
During October 'Team Navy', led by
Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs, raised
$13,755 in the Ocsober campaign, more
than doubling its 2010 result.
While the emphasis of Ocsober is on
health and fitness, Navy has used the ini-
tiative to raise awareness of alcohol use
in members' daily lives and to encourage
them to make positive and conscious deci-
sions about how much, and when, they
choose to drink.
Alcohol misuse does not just affect
those few who choose to consume it in a
hazardous way -- it can lead to capability
losses and safety concerns and negatively
impact on Navy families and Navy's repu-
More than 46 personnel participated
and among those was AB Ben Catterall.
"As a medic I promote safe drinking
levels during all medicals, so I thought a
month of total sobriety would be a good
example for my patients. I wanted to lead
by example," AB Catterall said.
Director Navy Alcohol and Other Drug
Services, LCDR Dee Williams, said Navy
chose to be a part of Ocsober because the
initiative promoted a message that struck
at the heart of common community atti-
tudes about drinking in Australia.
The funds go to Life Education
Australia, which also plays an important
role in educating young people.
Navy doubles Ocsober effort By MAJ Michael Brooke
FOUR RAN warships and elements of
Australian Clearance Diving Team One recent-
ly joined air, ground and naval forces from
Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom
and New Zealand for Exercise Bersama Lima
2011, held from October 17 until November 4.
HMA Ships Warramunga, Sirius, Yarra and
Huon joined 65 military aircraft, 17 warships,
one submarine and 2500 personnel in the Five
Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) joint and
combined exercise held out of Malaysia and
Warramunga's CO, CMDR Mike Turner, said
it was great to be involved in this year's exercise.
"Bersama Lima is a challenging exercise that
provides an opportunity to hone our warfighting
skills in a complex multi-threat environment in
the demanding operating area of the South China
Sea," CMDR Turner said.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of a
cessful FPDA, illustrating the long-term com-
ment of the founding members to defence
operation and regional stability.
The FPDA provides the ADF with the oppor-
ity to develop relationships with important
urity partners while reinforcing Australia's
g-term commitment to regional peace and
The Commander of the ADF forces, BRIG
ris Hamilton, said Bersama Lima aimed to
hance the interoperability of the combined air,
und and naval forces of the FPDA countries to
nduct combined and joint warfare activities.
Editor's note: For full coverage of Exercise Bersama
Lima 2011, be sure to check out the November 24 edi-
tion of Navy News.
in Bersama Lima
GOOD CAUSE: Former Paralympian and Australian of the Year for Sport Priya Cooper and
Life Education's Executive Officer Bernie Foley (in red) promote Ocsober at HMAS Stirling
and, inset, Life Education's mascot, Healthy Harold.
Main photo: CPOIS Tracy Casteleijn
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