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March 15, 2012
SENIOR sailors and officers
have until the end of this year
to complete a Navy Leadership
Development Workshop or risk
being overlooked for promotion.
While the majority of officers
and senior sailors have completed
one of these workshops, there
remains a number who are yet
to register for one of the many
workshops on offer.
In 2009, the Chief of Navy
mandated that completion of a
Navy Leadership Development
Workshop was a condition of
promotion for officers from 2013.
The Navy Leadership
Development Workshops were
developed to provide Navy people
with the opportunity to improve
their leadership skills and
understand the impact leadership
has on people.
They were designed to include a
360-degree feedback process, which
has been welcomed by officers and
Responses to the workshops
from those who have participated
have been overwhelmingly positive.
Permanent Navy (including
continuous full-time service),
captains, commanders, lieutenant
commanders, warrant officers or
chief petty officers who have yet to
complete a workshop need to take
action and register for a place soon.
Reservists are encouraged to
complete a leadership workshop,
particularly if they are engaged in
frequent reserve service.
A schedule of this year's
Navy Leadership Development
Workshops and registration forms
can be accessed from the Navy
HONOUR: Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov is escorted by Guard
Commander LCDR Damon Craig during an inspection of the Royal Guard
during the HMAS Cerberus Governor's Ceremonial Divisions.
Photo: ABIS Lincoln Commane
Governor's Cup for Cerberus
PERSONNEL at HMAS
Cerberus have turned out in
force to accept one of the
Navy's most prestigious
As winners of the
Governor's Cup, introduced
in 2007, Cerberus was the
award as the establishment
that has been the most pro-
ficient in areas such as its
operations, management of
safety, training and support
to the Fleet, security aware-
ness and relationships across
and beyond Navy.
It is presented by the
governor of the state in
which the establishment or
Navy HQ is located.
Officer of HMAS Cerberus,
CAPT Katherine Richards,
said it was a very special
"This award is a credit
to everyone here," CAPT
"All of those here have
worked incredibly hard to
reach this milestone.
"As I settle into my new
role as CO, my predecessor
CAPT Mark Hill, his XO
CMDR Shane Gassock and
WO Fred Campbell should
also relish this recognition
of the work they have put
in over recent times.
"I could not be more
proud of our people and
the work they have put in
to make HMAS Cerberus
what it is today."
More than 1000
formed up with 100
sailors forming a Royal
Guard at the Ceremonial
Divisions, which was
conducted on the main
parade ground on March
2. The Governor of
Victoria, Alex Chernov,
handed out the award.
The parade also coin-
cided with Navy's 111th
Bonding with Bundaberg
Cpl Nick Wiseman
HMAS Bundaberg sailors based in Cairns, and cur-
rently in Darwin on an extended maintenance period,
took the time to meet with and engage the community of
The idea was to give the sailors some shore time
while also getting involved with the local community.
XO LEUT Ashleigh Payne said it was a great oppor-
tunity for the sailors to join in with the local and extend-
ed outback community and experience the Katherine
Gorge first hand.
"We had planned to visit the Cairns Children's Ward
but being here in Darwin chose to visit the Katherine
Ward instead," LEUT Payne said.
"We structured the group so there was a range of
ranks and skills to share with the community."
The group visited the Katherine School of the Air,
one of three distance education schools catering to iso-
lated primary and middle school students located in the
top half of the Northern Territory.
One of the group members, LS Nic Gleeson, said the
reaction from the children was amazing.
"We spoke about ourselves and our careers in the
Navy," LS Gleeson said.
"Their reaction was really good and they asked a lot
The group also spent time at the Katherine High
School speaking with the students and spent time at the
local hospital children's ward.
The sailors handed out pencil cases and other Navy
memorabilia and talked with the children about their
stay in hospital.
Taking advantage of being in Katherine, the group
gathered for a team-building exercise, tackling the iconic
Katherine Gorge with a 10km hike.
The group completed the hike in about four hours,
taking time to cool off in the local waterhole before
completing their journey.
AIR TIME: WO Scott Brown, AB Rothanna Abednego, AB Sean McCarthy, LS Andrew Rose,
LS Shaun Lowry and AB Trent Bailey with two members of the Katherine School of the Air.
Divers harbour junk in clean up Australia effort
NAVY clearance divers found almost
everything but Davy Jones' locker in
Sydney's Darling Harbour when they
participated in Clean Up Australia
Day on March 4.
Diving in the shadows of the
Australian Maritime Museum exhibit,
HMAS Vampire, 18 Navy divers
recovered six bicycles, four wheelie
bins, six tyres, six barricades, a
filing cabinet, scaffolding, scooters,
skateboards, furniture and other
The majority of volunteers came
from AUSCDT-ONE, and included
members from HMA Ships Gascoyne,
Diamantina and Reserve Dive Team 5.
CO AUSCDT-ONE LCDR Brett
Dawe said divers were surprised by
the amount of debris retrieved from a
beautiful part of Sydney Harbour.
LCDR Dawe said the activities
were completed with a high level
of professionalism by junior sailors
who raised the public profile of the
capability. "As divers we always enjoy
the opportunity to get in the water
for even mundane dirty tasks that
bring great service and reward to the
community with so little effort."
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