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November 24, 2011
By LSIS Paul McCallum
FOR the first time, Navy's most sen-
ior sailor has welcomed the newest
sailors into the RAN at a graduation
parade at HMAS Cerberus.
Seventy-seven personnel graduated
at the November 4 parade and will
be the first of many graduates to be
reviewed by the Warrant Officer of the
Chief of Navy VADM Ray
Griggs recently introduced a policy
that WO-N would be the Reviewing
Officer for one Recruit School gradu-
ation each year.
WO-N WO Mark Tandy said it
was a great display of the confidence
CN had in the position of WO-N
and was a practical example of New
Generation Navy moving the Service
forward and embracing a more con-
temporary view of Navy's customs
"I'm honoured to be in the position
of WO-N and have the privilege to
review a Recruit School graduation,"
WO-N Tandy said.
"This is the first time WO-N has
had the opportunity to review a gradu-
ation and I think it reinforces in the
recruits and other sailors the important
role that WO-N plays."
WO-N is the sailor's representative
at the Senior Leadership Group and
is the voice of the non-commissioned
ranks among the highest levels of the
Navy command structure.
"I work alongside CN and I regu-
larly discuss issues that affect our sail-
ors every day. It is a role I take very
seriously," WO Tandy said.
WO-N reviews Recruit
MOVING FORWARD: Warrant Officer of the Navy WO Mark Tandy reviews the graduating sailors at Recruit
School on November 4. It was the first time a non-commissioned officer has reviewed a Recruit School
graduation at HMAS Cerberus.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
NAVY hosted Victorian Defence
reserve employers aboard Sail
Training Ship Young Endeavour for
a day sail on Port Phillip Bay on
Guests were treated to a sailing
demonstration of the 44m square-
rigged tall ship by the 24-strong youth
crew and nine RAN staff crew.
Mr John Taylor, from the
Department of Primary Industries,
employs Victorian-based reservists
and said the day sail was a fantastic
"I've really enjoyed being able to
see this first hand," Mr Taylor said.
Since 1988, the Young Endeavour
Youth Scheme, in partnership with
the RAN, has provided challenging
training voyages for more than 11,000
The voyages provide a unique
experience that increases self aware-
ness, develops teamwork and leader-
ship skills and creates a strong sense
of community responsibility.
The ship's Commanding Officer,
LCDR Gavin Dawe, said a voyage in
Young Endeavour was about giving
young people a challenging and inspi-
rational experience at sea.
"We focus on teamwork, commu-
nication, leadership and, most impor-
tantly, having fun," LCDR Dawe said.
LSCIS Carly Maxwell, one of the
RAN staff crew on board, said it was
an incredible job.
"Seeing the development of young
people throughout each voyage is very
rewarding," she said.
Australians aged 16--23 are encour-
aged to apply to join a youth crew.
No sailing experience is required and
selection is by ballot. Applicants must
be Australian citizens or permanent
residents, able to swim 50m and be in
For more information visit www.young
Young Endeavour hosts
THIS IS HOW IT'S
DONE: STS Young
Officer LEUT Matthew
Warren shows youth
crew member Amy the
ropes and, below, the
ship under sail.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
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