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March 15, 2012
Warfare officers graduate
NAVY'S next batch of officers took a vital
step towards commanding a Hobart-class Air
Warfare Destroyer (AWD) or a Canberra-
class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) when
they graduated from the Junior Warfare
Application Course (JWAC) 53.
The 44 graduates received their Navigation
Watchkeeping Certificates from the NSW
Governor, Professor Marie Bashir, at a
ceremony at HMAS Watson on March 2.
"The Navigation Watchkeeping
Certificates you have received today put you
on the path to obtaining your Bridge Warfare
Certificate, which is the qualification you
need to command a warship in the RAN,"
said Professor Bashir, herself an Honorary
Commodore in the RAN.
JWAC consists of four phases, conducted
both ashore and at sea. On completion of
warfare theory training, JWAC officers started
Phase IV Sea, which saw them posted to a
major Fleet Unit.
The Commander Australian Fleet, RADM
Tim Barrett, said the JWAC graduates had
exciting challenges and great responsibilities
ahead of them as the Navy made the transition
to a new and exciting expeditionary capability.
Such is the exciting tempo in the Navy
that several officers were unable to attend
their graduation, as they had already posted
to various warships conducting work-ups or
deployed on operations.
The graduation was especially memorable
for those awarded prizes in recognition of
their achievements during JWAC 53.
ASLT Collin Longmore was named the
Dux of JWAC 53, in recognition as the officer
who achieved the highest academic standard
throughout all phases of training.
ASLT Longmore, who plans to pursue a
SMNCSO Susan Leggatt topped a high list of achiev-
ers when nine sailors graduated as combat system
operators from the Basic CSO (Underwater) Course at
The graduation was especially memorable for
SMNCSO Susan Leggatt, who was crowned Dux with
an average of 96.93 per cent.
She was also awarded the Naval Warfare
Community Medallion in acknowledgement of her
dedication to RAN values and ethos.
"Navy values are very important to me --
particularly honesty and integrity which are building
blocks to good leadership," SMNCSO Leggatt said.
The nine sailors graduated from the 24-week
Basic CSO(U) Course (No.293) at a ceremony in the
Captain Darling Building on March 2.
The proud graduates received their CSO rate badge
and framed qualification certificates from Commodore
Training CDRE Daryl Bates.
The students achieved consistently high results
from all modules with an overall course average of
90.12 per cent.
CDRE Bates told the graduates it is an exciting
time to be starting a career as a CSO in the RAN.
"Sitting here in this class, there are most likely
future leading seamen that will commission our
new AWDs and LHDs, that will add significant new
capability to our Navy and the ADF," he said.
"This class is ready to do the job as combat system
operators and make a significant contribution to
Navy's ability to meet operational commitments and
fight and win at sea."
DUX: Governor of NSW Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir presents the
Department of Defence Prize to ASLT Colin Longmore for the best performance
overall. He was also named Dux of the course.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
career in RAN hydrography, was also awarded
the Department of Defence Prize for the best
performance overall in Phase Four Bridge
SBLT David Hodge was awarded the
ANI CO's Pen Prize for the best results in
JWAC warfare, while SBLT Jake Hughes was
presented with the Otto Albert Memorial Prize
for the best results in the Fleet Board.
SBLT James Knight was awarded the Ian
McDonald Memorial Prize for the most
improved JWAC trainee from Phase I to Phase
IV shore, while LEUT Andrew Collingwood
received the Warfare Community Medallion
as the officer who displayed the highest Navy
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