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WINNING IMAGE: HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) conducts a replenishment at sea
with HMAS Sirius during exercise Triton Storm 2 off Western Australia.
Photo: POIS Phil Cullinan
NAVY photographer POIS Phil
Cullinan has snapped up first place
in the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial
Photographic Competition -- the top
award for Navy imagery specialists.
POIS Cullinan, from the triservice
1st Joint Public Affairs Unit (1JPAU),
won the competition with his image
capturing the precise skill of a replen-
ishment at sea and was reflective of his
own dedicated practice.
"This is the first time I've won
the Rosemary Rodwell Memorial
Photographic Competition and it makes
me very proud," POIS Cullinan said.
"Something like this doesn't come
easily and it has only come with hour
upon hour of practice, thought and self-
In its 10th anniversary year, 1JPAU
has now brought is award-winning total
CPL Chris Moore took out the
Army's Damien Parer Award and CPL
Christopher Dickson won for a second
time Air Force's Squadron Leader W.T.
HAPPY SNAPPERS: Photographers
CPL Chris Moore, POIS Phil Cullinan
and CPL Christopher Dickson.
Picture perfection for
THE special role and sacrifices
made by the families of deployed
ADF personnel is to be recognised
by the award of a new pin.
The pin will be available and
released later this year.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
and Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon made the
announcement on April 23.
Speaking at Kranji War Memorial
in Singapore, Ms Gillard said the pin
was intended to recognise the spe-
cial role that family members take
on when military personnel serve
"This new pin will be for these
family members across Navy, Army
and the Air Force who go for stretch-
es without their loved ones, often
under anxious circumstance knowing
their loved one is deployed in dan-
gerous conflict zone," she said.
Mr Snowdon said Defence would
work on the pin's design with fam-
ily support organisations, including
Defence Families Australia.
"It's important the design and
look of the pin appropriately reflect
its purpose and we will be making
sure families have the opportunity
to provide input into its design," Mr
"While some community and
ADF organisations have individual
badges or medals, no universal pin
of recognition across the forces has
THE first of three state-of-the-art
horizon-search radars for the Hobart
Class Air Warfare Destroyers
(AWD) have arrived in Adelaide.
The AN/SPQ-9B radar is located
on the main mast of the destroyers
and can track more than 200 radar
contacts simultaneously with a high
level of accuracy.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said it can search and track
targets immediately above the sea
surface, such as low-flying aircraft,
unmanned aerial vehicles and mis-
"The RAN is the first Navy outside
of the US to receive the radar," he said.
It was purchased by the
Australian Government through the
US Foreign Military Sales program
at a cost of around $10 million each.
"This is an important milestone
in the AWD Project, which involves
the construction of three new war-
ships," Mr Clare said.
Each AWD will have anti-air,
anti-submarine and anti-surface war-
fare capability as well as the ability
to embark a helicopter at sea.
Ninety steel blocks, 30 for each
ship, and three additional sonar
blocks for the new ships will be built
at a number of shipyards in Australia
The blocks will be brought
together by ASC at the South
Australian Government's Common
User Facility in Adelaide where the
ships are being assembled.
Families pinned down for recognition
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