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April 12, 2012
CMDR Fenn Kemp and
LCDR Peter Anderson
ONE of Navy's Fleet Support Unit
(FSU) diesel teams has been praised
for its professionalism and work-
manship after carrying out mainte-
nance on HMAS Toowoomba.
The work included a top-end
overhaul of the 396-series engines,
which are the prime movers for the
electrical power generators in Anzac
Some of the work was conducted
on board the ship itself, with further
maintenance completed at the MTU
Detroit Diesel Australia (MTUDDA)
workshop in Perth.
The FSU Sydney Diesel Team,
led by POMT Shane Smith, with
LSMT Nathan Martin, LSMT
Stephen Denby, LSMT Toby
Maughan, ABMT Daniel Brown and
ABMT Troy Russell, flew to Perth
with their individual tool kits in
hand and quickly embedded into the
The team became self-sufficient
across a six-week window.
With other activities on HMA
Ships Stuart and Warramunga, the
FSU Sydney team was used across a
range of tasks.
POMT Smith was quick to take
advantage of the opportunities avail-
able to ensure his diesel team max-
imised its experience.
"The overhaul on engines two
and four on HMAS Toowoomba was
a good experience for the person-
nel within the diesel team from FSU
Sydney to work alongside MTU,"
said PO Smith.
"The knowledge gained from
working within MTU has greatly
improved the knowledge of our sail-
ors and is going to be a huge benefit
to the Navy in the long run."
ABMT Brown also found the
Toowoomba opportunity to be a pos-
"Working with MTUDDA was
great as we were learning all the lit-
tle tricks and pitfalls to conducting
the top-end overhauls and the main
parts and locations to check for dam-
age or excessive wear," he said.
This joint initiative between
MTUDDA and FSU Sydney comple-
ments a main recommendation of
the FSU Continuous Improvement
Program in building a diesel engine
overhaul capability at FSU.
The building of a diesel capabil-
ity at FSU is also in line with the
intent of the Rizzo reforms with
rebuilding the technical workforce at
FSU, while linking the training and
skills acquired with a wide range of
diesel maintenance opportunities.
It will also provide a path for
developing diesel expertise ready
for selection in the MTUDDA
Outplacement Program and excellent
diesel production work opportunities
on return to FSU.
The team's conduct has drawn
positive attention from Deputy Chief
of Navy RADM Trevor Jones, who
wrote to the individuals concerned.
"One of the Navy's focal points
for FSU is the reinvigoration of a
strong diesel capability, which will
be a fundamental part of future
FSUs," RADM Jones wrote.
"As a member of the team, your
enthusiasm and commitment to the
tasks has been critical to sustaining
future diesel activities.
"Your achievement is highly
commendable and is in keeping with
the finest traditions of the Royal
Look for a video of this activity on Navy's
"THE Navy would not be able to function
without reserves," the CO of Australia's
newest ship, HMAS Choules, CMDR John
Cowan, told a group of 60 Queensland
business leaders in Brisbane on March 30.
His remarks came when his ship was
the venue for the presentation of sup-
portive employer awards by the Defence
Reserves Support Committee-South
HMAS Choules was in Brisbane on
a four-day port visit following exercises
along the north Queensland coast.
CMDR Cowan joined the chairman of
DRSC-South Queensland, Ken Tidey and
Director General Reserves-Navy, CDRE
Richard Phillips, to host the function.
Four principal awards were presented,
with plaques marking outstanding support
to Defence reservists.
They were in four categories -- large
business, small business, government
organisation and not-for-profit
A number of certificates of apprecia-
tion were also presented to business lead-
ers.The Queensland detachment of the
RAN Band, a reserve unit, attended.
Tours of HMAS Choules were con-
ducted after the function.
CLOSE TIES: Director General
Reserves-Navy CDRE Richard Phillips
talks with Queensland's Chief Health
Officer, Dr Jeannette Young, on the
deck of HMAS Choules.
Photo: Graham Davis
Diesel team sets high
CRANKED UP: LSMT Stephen Denby of the propulsion section at FSU Sydney, adjusts torque on the exhaust manifold of a 396-series engine
on board HMAS Toowoomba.
Photo: LCDR Ian Lumsden
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