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June 21, 2012
MORE than 100 officers and sailors from HMAS
Stirling and Fleet Support Unit -- Perth provided
assistance to Rockingham and Mandurah communi-
ties in Western Australia after wind and storm dam-
age.Widespread damage on June 10 prompted the
WA government to request Navy to help the local
State Emergency Services.
Sailors helped secure damaged roofs and carried
out emergency recovery and repairs.
CO Stirling CAPT Brett Wolski said the Navy
was proud to assist the local community.
"The Rockingham and Mandurah communities
are where the majority of our personnel live and we
were very happy to help out our neighbours," CAPT
Another severe storm hit the West coast late on
June 12, which again saw Navy personnel work
alongside State Emergency Services members in the
Mandurah area to secure damaged homes.
"We are always ready to assist, should the request
come from the state authorities," CAPT Wolski said.
Meanwhile, personnel from Photographic
Training Flight and the School of Air Warfare pro-
vided assistance to the town of Paynesville, Victoria
on June 7-8.
The main tasks were sandbagging businesses and
Navy and Air Force personnel assisted local
SGT Brian Hartigan
WHEN a SIEV smashed against
rocks at Christmas Island on
December 15, 2010, LS Deanna
Pringle triaged and supervised seri-
ously injured survivors in wet and
rough conditions for several hours.
She then returned to the galley
of HMAS Pirie and prepared din-
ner for the ship's company.
Some 18 months later, LS
Pringle has been singled out in this
year's Queen's Birthday Honours
to receive a Conspicuous Service
On being told of her award, LS
Pringle said she was very honoured
but felt quite humbled.
"My first reaction was, 'why do
I deserve to be recognised when
there were so many people who
suffered that day?'," she said.
"We were prepared for cuts,
abrasions and broken bones after
being briefed on the situation, but
didn't expect the affects of the die-
sel that spilled from the wrecked
"All the casualties were suffer-
ing intoxication from that, and the
fumes were overpowering.
"But, we just had to do triage,
treating the most serious wounds
first and then moving on to the next.
"We were pretty much on the go
all day and didn't have time to stop
and think about it."
She said that she and her col-
leagues did what they needed to do,
and it just seemed to come to them
"I actually felt pretty prepared
for it at the time. All our training
really helped," she said,
LS Pringle said that, while
she couldn't remember what she
cooked for lunch and dinner that
day, she was sure it would have
been quick and easy.
"It was important to make sure
everyone was fed and happy so
they could get on with what they
needed to do," she said.
"But I couldn't have done any-
thing I did that day without the help
and support of all my crewmates."
Commander Mine Warfare,
Clearance Diving, Hydrographic,
Meteorological and Patrol Force,
CAPT Nicholas Stoker, said the
Navy was extremely proud of LS
Pringle and he was pleased her ded-
ication and commitment had been
"LS Pringle showed tremendous
drive and compassion," he said.
"She performed admirably in
extremely difficult conditions, sav-
ing many lives and inspiring oth-
A full list of Navy's Queen's Birthday
Honours is published on page 14.
Wild weather relief
HELPING HANDS: ABMT SM Adam Rodway
and ABMT SM Cameron Lane fill up sandbags in
Dawesville, WA. Left, MIDN Stephanie Reid ties up
sandbags in Paynesville, Victoria.
Photos: ABIS Morgana Ramsey and SGT Kirk Peacock
THE ADF has officially taken
ownership of its new humani-
tarian and disaster relief
vessel, Skandi Bergen, which
will be renamed ADV Ocean
The ship will make its way
from Norway and is expected
to arrive in Australia in July.
Defence took ownership
on June 3 after extensive sea
trials, oversighted by interna-
tional shipping firm Teekay
Defence Materiel Minister
Jason Clare said the purchase
would ensure Defence's hu-
manitarian and disaster relief
capability until the arrival of two
new LHDs in the middle of the
"It will be primarily be used
to transport troops and sup-
plies in support of humanitarian
and disaster relief operations
domestically and in the region,"
"After Defence introduces
the second LHD into service,
the vessel will be transferred to
Customs and Border Protection.
"It will be able to undertake
patrols in the Southern Ocean
providing surveillance, detec-
tion and apprehension of any
vessels operating illegally, and
can operate in sub-Antarctic
The 6500 tonne ship is
more than 100m long and 21m
wide, with more than 1000m of
deck area and a helipad.
Ocean Shield can accom-
modate up to 100 people and
will be available to Navy for
tasking upon its arrival.
Ocean Shield is the sister
ship of ADV Ocean Protector,
currently operated by Customs
and Border Protection.
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