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May 24, 2012
Newcastle navigates NZ
NAVIGATING the picturesque confines of the north
and south islands of New Zealand proved to be the
perfect training assessment for HMAS Newcastle.
As the training task group ship, HMAS Newcastle
deployed to New Zealand to conduct training and
assessment for the Long Navigation Course in May.
Newcastle's support for the Long Navigation
Course provided ship's company members and 55 sea
riders with training and assessment as future naviga-
The sea riders included Commander Training
Authority-Maritime Warfare CAPT Jay Bannister,
staff and Long Navigation Course students from
CO Newcastle CMDR Anthony Campbell said as
experienced officers of the watch, the students were
assessed on their abilities to handle an FFG at high
speed in restricted waters.
Students conducted intense and rigorous planning
to navigate Newcastle around the scenic north and
"The key was how the students performed under
pressure while maintaining safe navigation of the ship
with slowly degrading support," CMDR Campbell
CMDR Campbell said Newcastle's role as a train-
ing task group ship is a Fleet initiative to develop
individual mariner training skills.
"Newcastle's role since January has been to under-
take such duties as sea riding days for RAN recruits,
provision of sea-going opportunities for seaman and
able seaman competency log progression," he said.
A total of 117 sailors have benefited from sea-
going training in Newcastle and to date, 12 non-tech-
nical and 13 technical competency logs or operator
qualifications have been awarded.
NEW SKILLS: HMAS Warramunga takes station ahead of HMAS
Newcastle during officer of the watch manoeuvres. Inset, LSWTR Chantelle
Hughes receives direction from POMED Paul Meyer, while ABWTR Laura
Johnson conducts a blood pressure test during a toxic hazard damage
Photos: ABIS Sarah Williams
VITAL TRAINING: ABCSO Kyle Wade-Cooper, of HMAS Newcastle, makes
his way down the ladder bay to find the source of a toxic hazard during a
damage control exercise.
KEY PERFORMANCE: ABET Nick Challinor Stevenson cleans a drum
bearing from the Close-In Weapons System during a maintenance day on
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