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December 8, 2011
By LEUT Dave Kinkead
COMMISSIONING and Potential Sea Command
have been streamlined for submarine-qualified sen-
ior sailors as part of the recent changes to maritime
Announcing the changes, the Head of the Warfare
Community, CDRE Ian Middleton, said time away
from the submarine community was a significant
concern for many senior sailors considering commis-
"Incorporating recognition of prior learning and
through leveraging existing training, we can reduce
the time away from the submarine community, and
allow more informed decisions about commissioning,"
CDRE Middleton said.
The new continuum allows more training to be con-
ducted in the submarine community and completion of
non-core submarine training prior to commissioning.
Submarine-qualified senior sailors wishing to com-
mission can nominate for the Officer Selection Board
and, if successful, will complete 13 weeks' shore
training, including the Small Ship Navigation and
Submarine Assistant Officer of the Watch courses.
Consolidation in a submarine billet follows for
about six months and culminates in the award of a
Limited Navigation Watchkeeping Certificate (NWC).
'Top up' training run in conjunction with Junior
Warfare Officers Application Course Phase III will fol-
low to complete the full NWC -- including communica-
tion, pilotage and astro-navigation training, as well as
250-400 hours of consolidation in an Armidale-class
patrol boat or Landing Craft Heavy vessel.
Following the award of a NWC, candidates will
commission and complete JWAC shore training before
undertaking the Warrant Officer and Senior Sailor
Entry Officers Course at HMAS Creswell and the
Junior Officers Leadership Course.
The newly commissioned officers will then return
to submarine service to gain their Bridge Warfare
Certificate coinciding with award of their Primary
Qualification and specialisation as a Maritime Warfare
Officer Submariner and becoming eligible to eventu-
ally compete for submarine command.
More details of this career path and other opportunities
for warfare senior sailors can be found at http://intranet.
WHEN then 17-year-old Peter Hassall
joined the RAN in 1988, a career as a
radar plotter was a significant change
for the boy from Brisbane.
Now, 23 years later, he finds himself
embarking on a rebirth of sorts, travelling
to HMAS Creswell, not HMAS Cerberus,
and undertaking officer training to change
over as one of the Navy's first wave of
Maritime Combat Officers (MCO).
As a recommendation of the recent
Seaman Primary Qualification (PQ)
Demand Review, senior sailors such as
now-LEUT Hassall have a career path
outside promotion to warrant officer and
the positions available at that rank.
MCO provides for a PQ where sen-
ior sailors from the warfare commu-
nity can be commissioned, delivering
essential warfare capability without the
requirement to obtain a Bridge Warfare
Based at Newcastle's 2 Squadron,
working alongside the Air Force, LEUT
Hassall was previously a CPO Combat
Systems Manager (Fighter Controller).
In a career that has involved serving in
HMAS Adelaide, Newcastle and Sydney,
being Chief Instructor at HMAS Watson,
he has been an Anti-Submarine/Anti-
Surface Aircraft Controller since 1992
and became an Air Intercept Controller
in 1999 and was looking for a career path
that would allow him to "continue to be
"For me, the ability to change over to
be an MCO has given me a career past
chief, that uses my experience and keeps
me in the Navy," he said.
"I was looking at increasingly lim-
ited seagoing opportunities as a warrant
officer -- this provides me with starting a
new career as an officer."
Before the end of the year, LEUT
Hassall, and colleague now-LEUT Glen
Edwards, will have completed training
to return to 2 Squadron as fully qualified
To find out more about opportunities as an
MCO, contact your career manager or visit
Road to command
IN SEPTEMBER 2010, the Chief of Navy
approved additional streams within the
Principal Warfare Officer (PWO) specialisa-
tion to meet the professional requirements of
warfare in 2015 and beyond.
The streams are:
Above Water Warfare (A)
Surface Warfare (SW)
Amphibious Warfare (AMPHIB)
Mine Warfare (MW)
Communications Information Warfare (CIW)
The revised PWO course will equip warfare
officers as specialists with superior combat sys-
tem knowledge for the platforms in which they
will be employed.
It will achieve maximum training efficiencies,
addressing system knowledge issues and incorpo-
rating best-practice adult learning techniques.
PWO students will be trained in common
warfare principles and then complete the relevant
combat systems modules, followed by environ-
ment based Additional Qualification (ADQUAL)
There will be a focus on practical application
of their specialist skills in the appropriate com-
bat system. The result is that PWO Above Water
Warfare students will only be trained for employ-
ment in the upgraded FFG with a growth path to
AWD, and PWO Surface Warfare students will be
trained for roles in either a FFGUP/AWD or FFH.
Amphibious Warfare and Communications
Information Warfare ADQUAL training will be
specific to the Landing Helicopter Dock combat
system and Mine Warfare will be specific to Mine
Hunter Coastal vessels with a growth path to
Offshore Combat vessels.
Navigation ADQUAL training will include the
Advanced Navigation Course to enable employ-
ment in deep draft vessels and the practical appli-
cation of warfare in situations where only one
PWO is embarked.
Relevant Force Warfare Officer (FWO)
components will be incorporated into all PWO
streams. FWO training will continue to be avail-
able for other Maritime Warfare Officer speciali-
Practical training for general warfare will
include the use of desktop training aids and
simulator training. All warfare environment
related practical training will be incorporated in
the ADQUAL component of the course with an
emphasis on simulator training.
Officers will now have clear employment
profiles at the specialist LEUT and pre-charge
LCDR level. The inclusion of general warfare
theory and appropriate FWO components within
all PWO training continuums will ensure that all
PWOs will be capable of being employed in task
group and all levels of headquarters staff, as well
as ADQUAL specific shore positions.
PWO 50 (beginning in January 2013) will be
the first course with the revised PWO training
An interim PWO course began in January,
with students undertaking the current PWO
Common Warfare, ADQUAL and FWO courses
sequentially, enabling legacy PWOs requiring
FWO and ADQUAL training to access training
with minimal impact on the training continuum.
For more detail on the revised PWO training continuum
go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/
up Navy for
exciting future World of opportunity
NEW CAREERS: LEUTs Glen Edwards and Peter Hassall have just commis-
sioned after careers as sailors.
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