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LEUT Andrew Ragless
ONE of Navy's finest old salts was fare-
welled from Transit Security Element (TSE)
Headquarters a year after winning the first
rotation for Navy personnel.
CPO Michael 'Pony' Moore received a
warm send off from HQ staff and junior sail-
ors in TSE rotation 64 before heading south
for a 12-month posting with Fleet Support
Unit, HMAS Kuttabul.
LCDR John Wilson, officer in charge of
the TSE, said CPO Moore played an instru-
mental role in establishing the program for
Navy "and without him we wouldn't be here".
TSE personnel are embarked in Armidale
Class patrol boats and Customs and Border
Protection vessels assigned to Australia's
whole-of-government border protection effort,
They assist in the safe apprehension of
asylum seekers, provide security at sea and
look after the welfare of asylum seekers dur-
ing their transfer to shore.
Before TSE 61, the Transit Security
Element consisted only of Army and Air
Force personnel in alternate three-month rota-
CPO Moore and others saw an opportunity
to ease the demands on major fleet units to
train and develop junior sailors and lobbied
for a two-year trial period for Navy.
"So far the program has been a great suc-
cess and has provided exceptional opportuni-
ties for junior sailors fresh in their category to
build their skills and experience life at sea,"
said LCDR Wilson.
"It's very rewarding work because the
WHEN WOET Kevin Goodwin joined the Navy the
world was a vastly different place with no internet,
Facebook or hi-tech gadgets.
Forty years on and WOET Goodwin's service has
been recognised at Fleet Support Unit Sydney with a
cake, baked by WOET Brian Poole's wife, in the shape
of a Federation Star.
The cake was a precursor to the Federation Star he
will be presented with in the coming weeks, before he
officially retires at the end of May.
WOET Goodwin remembers signing up on April 7,
1972, as a junior recruit.
"I wanted to be a cook but when I got to HMAS
Leeuwin they told me that I'd be happier as an ET
because I would get really hot and sweaty in the gal-
ley," he said.
"I have no regrets about anything in the Navy,
including being an ET instead of a cook."
WOET Goodwin has seen many changes in the
RAN during the past four decades, but the biggest
change has been the introduction of female sailors and
officers at sea.
"When I first went to sea it was a full male crew,
we were in sandals, shorts and no shirt most of the
time, completely unlike today with our DPNUs and
women serving alongside you," he said.
WOET Goodwin said he stayed in the Navy for so
long because he loved the lifestyle and the daily chal-
"The values and ethos of the Navy, particularly
honour and integrity, are very important to me," he
said.WOET Goodwin's advice to young sailors is to
value the skills they develop in the Navy.
"Don't be fooled into thinking that the next pasture
is always greener, because the Navy offers both a great
lifestyle and security," he said.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Officer in Charge of the Transit Security Element, LCDR John
Wilson (left), presents CPO Michael Moore with a farewell gift. Photo: ABIS James Whittle
on 40 years in the
Navy as he cuts
a Federation Star
Photo: ABIS Richard
Warm farewell to
young sailors take on a lot of responsibil-
ity, they learn new skills quickly and it's an
CPO Moore said he felt helping the young
sailors assimilate to work and life at sea had
been one of the highlights of his Navy career.
"I'm a bit older now and not as wild as I
used to be," he said.
"But when the young sailors come to me
and say 'thanks, I've had a great time,' that
realisation has got to be one of the most satis-
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