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June 7, 2012
LEUT Trent Bancroft
A FORMER student returned to his
old high school in style in April.
LEUT Kye Hayman was ecstat-
ic about the opportunity to return
to, Kawana Waters State College in
Caloundra, Qld, with Seahawk crew
"Having gone to this school, it's
nice to be able to return the favour and
motivate some of the current students,"
LEUT Hayman said.
During the visit, LEUT Hayman
delivered a presentation to the entire
school, and invited students to chat
with the crew and sit in the cockpit of
"I showed them some photos, and
told them about modern-day pirates
and what a threat is today," he said.
816SQN, which is home to the
Seahawk, has freedom of entry to the
city of Caloundra and attempts to visit
the city a number of times per year.
Whilst in Caloundra, LEUT
Hayman and his crew, LCDR Jeff
Topping and PO Nathan Minnet, also
conducted a flypast for the Anzac Day
march in Caloundra and Kawana.
LIVING spaces on board the new
Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyers
(AWD) have come under close
inspection and scrutiny by a review
team of four members from HMAS
In April, the team took part in a
"habitability review", designed to
seek feedback from Navy personnel
on the accommodation modules being
fabricated for the ships.
It also gave personnel the chance
to offer suggestions to refine and
enhance the living spaces within
the bounds of the current ship and
accommodation design based on their
knowledge of life at sea.
The outfit accommodation project
coordinator for the AWD Alliance,
Brad Ginman, said the review was
part of the consultation process with
Navy by the Alliance.
"An interior design review was
conducted in 2010 where Navy was
engaged to finalise soft furnishings,
colour schemes and accommodation
space finishes," Mr Ginman said.
"Having members of HMAS
Sydney's company travel to Hobart
where these spaces are being fabri-
cated was a great initiative and will
ensure we deliver a product Navy is
"The feedback was very positive
and gave the spaces a tick of approv-
al."HMAS Sydney personnel who
participated in the review were WO
Michael Connors, POCSS Grant
Ireland, LSCSO Michelle Drewett and
LSMT Matthew Blackwell.
The team assessed the accommo-
dation spaces, communal areas and
facilities and provided comments on
the suitability and functionality of the
spaces, as well as recommendations
As part of the review, the team vis-
ited the AWD Alliance in Adelaide to
undertake project briefings and draw-
ing reviews and took part in a tour of
the AWD shipyard where they saw
FLYING VISIT: LEUT Kye
Hayman, POA Nathan Minnet and
LCDR Jeff Topping, of 816SQN, at
Kawana Waters State College.
Tough tests for AWD
steel blocks being constructed for the
first AWD, HMAS Hobart.
The team then travelled to
Tasmania to tour the Taylor Bros site.
Deputy Director AWD Capability
Development CMDR Michael
Doherty said it was a comprehensive
review that included just about eve-
"We inspected the overall layout
as well as the prefabricated compart-
ments, modular cabins, communal
furnishings and equipment," CMDR
WO Connors said the team was
asked to focus on three areas.
"Workplace health and safety,
functionality and those things that are
nice to have were the criteria for the
review," he said.
"Overall, we found the habit-
ability standard of the AWD a marked
improvement over the FFG.
"I was particularly impressed with
the width and height of the sailors'
HMAS Sydney's team have returned
the favour and invited Alliance person-
nel and Taylor Bros management to
visit the ship to allow them to gain a
better understanding of current ship-
The feedback from HMAS Sydney's
company, together with recommenda-
tions by Taylor Bros, will now be given
to the AWD Alliance for consideration.
TAKING NOTES: LSCSO Michelle Drewett and POCSS Grant Ireland, of HMAS Sydney, test out the
proposed AWD accommodation.
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