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November 10, 2011
from Ho Chi Minh City were
the recipients of eight trunks of
toys, hand delivered recently by
members of HMA Ships Huon
The ships' launched 'Operation
Toys' two months before sailing on
their South East Asia deployment,
asking family and friends to donate
unwanted toys to needy children.
Both crews got behind the pro-
ject, with Huon's dive officer LEUT
Scott Reynolds saying they were
amazed by people's generosity.
"The concept of the collection
was to recycle all the unwanted and
unused toys that most Australian
families have stashed away and to
then find a new home with less for-
tunate children," LEUT Reynolds
"ABCK Trent Allman and LSCD
Jeff Simes were inspired and pro-
moted the collection among their
respective communities in the
Southern Highlands and Manly.
In the end we arrived at the Binh
Loi Social Centre with eight large
trunks of toys, weighing in at about
"It was terrific to see the kids'
excitement as they discovered the
toys were for them to keep."
Following the visit, the ships'
crews collected their unspent local
currency to raise a donation of 3.1
million dong (about $150) for the
Toy story in Vietnam
from Ho Chi Minh City
inspect the toys delivered
by the ships' companies
of HMA Ships Huon and
Inset: HMAS Huon on the
Brisbane River earlier in
the year during Operation
Queensland Flood Assist.
Inset photo: CPL Janine Fabre
By LEUT Peter Croce
CDRE Aaron Ingram is looking for-
ward to a busy six months ahead as
he steps in as the Deputy Commander
of Joint Task Force (JTF) 633 in the
Middle East Area of Operations.
Navy's former Director General of
Maritime Development said he was
excited about the opportunity and
knew the task on Operation Slipper
would be as rewarding as it was chal-
CDRE Ingram, a PWO-N by trade,
is no stranger to the MEAO and previ-
ously deployed on Operations Slipper
and Falconer as the Commanding
Officer of HMAS Darwin in 2002-
"I am very excited about the
opportunity and look forward to lead-
ing our committed sailors, soldiers
and airmen, and working with our
coalition partners and other Australian
Government agencies," CDRE Ingram
"My challenge will be to help
ensure our land and maritime forces
in the MEAO remain effectively sup-
ported and enabled as the strategic
and operational situations continue to
evolve towards a transition to Afghan-
CDRE Ingham has replaced
AIRCDRE John Oddie, who is return-
ing to Australia as Director General
STRAIGHT ON THE JOB: DCJTF 633 CDRE Aaron Ingram farewells
LCDR Carl Oberg who recently finished his tour on Operation Slipper.
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