Home' Navy News : February 16th 2012 Contents By Michael Brooke
MORE than 2000 sailors took a
sneak preview at Navy's future
capability when they attended
the Pacific 2012 Exhibition and
RAN Sea Power Conference at
Sydney's Darling Harbour from
January 31 to February 2.
The sailors from HMA Ships
Kuttabul, Waterhen, Watson and
Penguin, as well as Fleet Base
East, gained a deeper appreciation
of the new technologies and capa-
bilities to be absorbed by the RAN
when they spoke to Defence indus-
try executives at the exhibition.
Young sailors gained invalu-
able insights to the capabilities of
the AEGIS-equipped Hobart-Class
AWDs and the Canberra-Class
LHDs when they visited more than
200 display booths at the exhibition.
The OIC Rogers Division,
CPOCSM Kennith O'Connor, said
the exhibition provided a valuable
opportunity for young sailors to
learn more about the future RAN
warships that they would crew in
the near future.
"The main benefits they got
from Sea Power were the discus-
sions on Navy in the 21st century
and the Canberra-Class LHD, with
13 new sailors awaiting transfer
to aviation," CPOCSM O'Connor
said.The Pacific 2012 exhibition
provided an opportunity for Navy
personnel and Defence manu-
facturers to discuss the emerging
technologies that will mark the
RAN's transition to a truly expe-
ditionary navy during the next
See centrespread on pages 10-11
for further stories and images
from the Sea Power Conference
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February 16, 2012
Sailors get sneak peek at future Navy
By CPL Melanie Schinkel
AS FLOODWATERS recede
the sailors and soldiers of
the ADF Emergency Support
Force are tirelessly remov-
ing debris, clearing filth from
roads and providing man-
power to assist the communi-
ties of Roma, Mitchell and St
Led by Army's Enoggera-
based 7 Bde, the ADF
Emergency Support Force
(ESF) comprises 30 Fleet
Support Unit sailors from
Sydney and 90 soldiers from
D Coy 6RAR and 2CER.
OC of the ESF MAJ Paul Mackenzie,
of D Coy, 6RAR, said the force had
spent several days assisting in Roma and
Mitchell before shifting the main clean-
up effort to St George on February 10.
"At this stage, I expect operations in
Roma and Mitchell will conclude within
the next 24-48 hours but we'll be work-
ing in St George for at least the next
three days. A contingent of the ESF is on
its way from Roma to help in St George
as we speak," MAJ Mackenzie said.
"The flood damage in St George
isn't as bad as that in Mitchell or Roma.
Although about 50 houses went under-
water in St George and we need to help
the locals remove the levee they built to
protect the town -- there is still a lot of
work to be done."
He said the morale of the sailors and
soldiers was high and that their motiva-
tion increased even further after lending
their helping hands to two schools in
"Mitchell State School reopened
today [February 10] thanks to the ESF.
During the floods the school was used
as an emergency evacuation centre.
The force helped reorganise it and set
up classrooms. The ESF also assisted
a nearby Catholic school, which was
another great confidence booster.
"All ESF personnel are fully commit-
ted to the job and want to get in and help
out anyone anywhere."
They are proud to provide assistance
and grateful for the overwhelming recog-
nition they're receiving from the Roma,
Mitchell and St George communities.
"Our presence alone is having a posi-
tive effect on the locals. They've wel-
comed us with open arms and are very
appreciative of our support."
Commander 7 Bde BRIG Gregory
Bilton said the ESF would strive to help
the hardest hit communities as quickly
and effectively as possible.
"The ESF will complement the State
Emergency Services, local authorities
and residents in their tireless effort to
repair the damage, minimise the hard-
ship caused by the floods and help
restore liveable conditions to all those
affected," BRIG Bilton said.
At time of print on February 10, a
contingent of the ESF, including the 30
Fleet Support Unit sailors, was on its
way from Roma to St George to continue
flood relief operations. Elements of the
force remained in Mitchell and Roma to
The ADF will continue to support
the Queensland Government as long as
Big day for little ship
RAN Minehunter HMAS Huon safely
berthed alongside HMAS Choules in a
first of class trial and as part of Exercise
Mulgogger 2012 earlier this month.
In the windy conditions of Jervis Bay,
with both ships using their auxiliary
propulsion units to maintain position
and to manoeuvre, Huon was able to
berth alongside Choules twice during
the morning. The trial represents an
important and ongoing capability for
our amphibious force as demonstrated
in the Iraq 2003 war where HMAS
Kanimbla regularly hosted coalition's
patrol craft and mine hunters alongside
for the resupply of fuel and provisions
to extend their respective operational
DELUGE: Sydney sailors are among the ADF
contingent rendering flood assistance to the
communities of Roma, Mitchell and St George.
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
IN TUNE: Members of the RAN
Band play to the public and
attendees of the 2012 Sea Power
Conference at Darling Harbour.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
Photo: LEUT Scott Reynolds
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