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March 15, 2012
LEUT Kelli Lunt
INTERNATIONAL Women's Day was
celebrated around Australia by the ADF,
and in Canberra a group of leaders from
the local community were inspired by the
story of one of Navy's young leaders.
LS Trish Dollisson set her sights high
when she joined the Navy. Her goal was
to speak seven languages plus English by
the time she turned 30. She was happy to
say that as a linguist she had achieved this
during her military career.
This was one of the stories she told as
guest speaker at the Accenture Canberra
Women: Connected and Inspired confer-
ence at the National Portrait Gallery on
She spoke on leadership and the impor-
tance of mentoring, and reinforced the
2012 International Women's Day theme
'Connecting girls, inspiring futures'.
Her moving speech had a key message
of the gift of resilience -- resilience in the
face of adversity and how one can turn
challenges into more positive experiences
for moving forward.
LS Dollisson recounted several stories
from her Defence career and her personal
"The ADF strives to better represent
the community in which it lives and
serves," LS Dollisson said.
"It now offers more than 300 excit-
ing career opportunities to women. More
than 10,000 of us are serving in the Navy,
Army and Air Force as full-time or part-
"The Navy has provided me with
many opportunities. As a leading seaman,
I am the first level of management for the
"What I enjoy most at this rank is the
opportunity to mentor young people, pro-
vide leadership and guidance as they fur-
ther their own careers. The Navy is very
strong on career management and I have
had a number of really brilliant people as
my mentors."She also spoke of the differ-
ent styles of leadership that men
and women bring to the Defence
"Navy and the ADF all sup-
port good leadership. Navy
has put into place the Navy
Women's Leadership Program
which specifically trains women
in skills such as networking,
building your communication
skills and building leadership.
"Men and women have dif-
ferent styles of leadership and
the Navy is really embracing
A fifth-generation mili-
tary member in her family, LS
Dollisson has spent most of the
past decade serving as a lin-
guist in the Navy, and has had
the opportunity to work on
exchange with the Royal New
Zealand Navy and with the US
Marine Corps in Hawaii.
SPEAKING UP: LS Trish Dollisson talks about
life in the RAN.
HMAS Success literally met her
nemesis in Sydney Harbour to con-
tribute to two important milestones
including the Navy's 111th birth-
Success conducted an official
salute for a NSW Water Police flo-
tilla led by Nemesis at Fleet Base
East on March 1 to also mark the
150th anniversary of the NSW
Success' Officer of the Day,
LEUT Ben Grossi said they dipped
the White Ensign in response to
Nemesis dipping her flag as she
and seven NSW Police patrol boats
cruised Woolloomooloo Bay.
"The salute is one of the tra-
ditions of the RAN which today
marks its 111th anniversary," he
said.The success of the ceremony
was miraculously aided by the sud-
den retreat of thunder clouds and
the arrival of brilliant sunshine.
Success' ship's company is get-
ting ready for a busy and challeng-
Commanding Officer CMDR
Ainsley Morthorpe said the oppor-
tunity to conduct a century-old tra-
dition on a day that was special
to the NSW Police and the Royal
Australian Navy, on their respec-
tive birthdays, was wonderful.
"It was great to demonstrate the
special relationship between mari-
ners as the Water Police went from
Woolloomooloo Bay to join in the
march through the city," he said.
AHOY THERE: HMAS Success dips her White Ensign as the NSW Police flotilla marks its 150th
anniversary on the same day as the Navy's 111th birthday.
Photo: Michael Brooke
A salute to a nemesis
ASLT Katherine Mulheron
NAVY'S mascot, Pepper Penguin,
has joined forces with the Defence
Community Organisation (DCO) to
help families with young children
cope with the pressures of absences
and life in the services.
Pepper stars in a series of four
books: A Visit to the Australian
War Memorial, Life in the Navy,
AB Pepper Penguin Sails the High
Seas, and An Icy Adventure. Each
depicts his adventures and travels as
a member of the RAN.
CDF GEN David Hurley
stressed the importance of support
for families and how AB Pepper
Penguin and his DCO friends
Sapper Pat and Tyler Turtle are a
great resource for families, children
Head Navy Capability RADM
Allan du Toit added his support to
the DCO initiative.
"Families are important to us.
We need to help our young families
to deal with the demands placed on
them," RADM du Toit said.
In a style easily understood,
children can follow the adventures
of AB Penguin and share his experi-
ences which have included serving
on HMA Ships Tobruk and Success
and aboard the Aurora Australis.
Pepper is also a modern and well
connected penguin with his own
Facebook and blog sites.
Order the books by calling 1800 624 608
or emailing DefenceFamilyHelpline@
Pepper the penguin pens his tales
READING TIME: Pepper launches his new books with LS Tamasin
Fengler and AB Dale Krause.
Photo: Kevin Piggott
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