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February 16, 2012
By CPL Melanie Schinkel
THE STREETS of HMAS Harman
were lined with white as its ship's
company "cheered ship" to offi-
cially farewell their Commanding
Officer, CMDR Andy Schroder,
and Executive Officer, LCDR Dave
Turner on December 13.
Despite Canberra's lack of sea
water, CMDR Schroder and LCDR
Turner were "rowed" ashore in
Harman's ute-powered RHIB.
After serving two years as HMAS
Harman's CO, CMDR Schroder pre-
sented the naval communications sta-
tion's new CO, CMDR Lisa Batchler,
and XO LCDR Mark Bunnett with
Harman's traditional Morse key dur-
ing a command handover ceremony.
CMDR Schroder said he had
enjoyed his time as Harman's CO.
"Harman is successful because of
its people. Harman's positive reputa-
tion is the direct result of how hard its
people work," CMDR Schroder said.
"For those who are relatively new to
our organisation, you have good people
around you -- model yourselves off them
and you will do very well in the future."
He said he had particularly enjoyed
providing support to Navy people in
the Canberra region and promoting the
many outstanding members posted to
Command changes at Harman and Cerberus
HIGH AND DRY: CMDR Andy Schroder and
LCDR Dave Turner ride a ute-powered RHIB
ashore; inset, CMDR Schroder hands over
the weight at HMAS Harman to CMDR Lisa
Photos: CPL Melanie Schinkel
Time to hit the road
"It was great to see a member's
face light up with a grin when he or
she had achieved such a milestone in
their career," he said.
"On the other hand, I also got great
satisfaction from counselling and help-
ing members get through challenging
and difficult times. Seeing our people
come through better at the end of an
experience was definitely rewarding
and it made me feel as if command had
By CPL Melanie Schinkel
THE FUTURE of the fleet and HMAS
Cerberus staff stylishly sent off their
Commanding Officer CAPT Mark Hill
and welcomed their new leader CAPT
Katherine Richards during an official
handover parade late last year.
After two years in Cerberus' top
job, CAPT Hill was ferried to the
in a restored
staff car where
ny and formal-
ly handed over
the weight of
-- the first female to take control of
the training base.
"I leave Cerberus in good hands
and I wish CAPT Richards and
the new Executive Officer, CMDR
Michael Oborn, every success in
the best command in the Navy.
Cerberus is indeed the 'cradle of the
Navy' and I'm sure they'll look after
it. CAPT Richards -- you have the
ship," CAPT Hill said.
"Our trainees are the future of
the ADF. They will make our new
amphibious ships, destroyers, heli-
copters, submarines, Joint Strike
Fighters and vehicles move and fight.
I truly envy them and it's Cerberus
that produces the sailors and some of
the soldiers and airmen, who will pro-
vide that new combat capability."
HMAS Cerberus' new CO, CAPT
Richards, is a Marine Engineer Officer
(MEO) and mother of three who has
served for more than 23 years in a
variety of sea and shore appoint-
Before assuming command of
Cerberus, she served as MEO of
HMAS Ships Melville and Melbourne
and as the inaugural Landing
Helicopter Dock Systems Program
Office Director at the Defence Materiel
"I look forward to the task ahead,
which will be continuing to foster
excellence in initial training and good
relationships with the community,"
CAPT Richards said.
"I thank CAPT Hill for his tireless
effort and dedication to duty through-
out his tenure in command. You have
left me an extraordinarily fine ship
which you should be justly proud of. I
wish you and your family all the very
best for the future. Fair winds and fol-
lowing seas my friend."
After the ceremony CAPT Hill and
his son Christopher, 2, were driven
through streets lined with sailors, sol-
diers and airmen to the wharf where
they boarded a RHIB and departed
Cerberus for the last time.
made a significant, positive difference in
CMDR Schroder becomes
Commander Australian Contingent to
Operation Tower, the ADF's contri-
bution to the UN in East Timor, and
LCDR Turner will begin the Capability
Technology Management Course in
preparation for a position with either
the Defence Materiel Organisation or
Capability Development Group.
First woman to take control
of the 'cradle of the Navy'
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