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June 21, 2012
A SAILOR who likes a challenge has
scooped the dux award and the 'Gutz'
prize at the graduation ceremony for
Basic Clearance Divers Course 80
SMNCD Joshua Hilliard received
the J.N. Ingram Memorial Shield for
du x of the course and the Bill Fitzgerald
'Gutz' prize for Best Perfor mer at
Physical Training at HMAS Penguin on
SMNCD Hilliard, of AUSCDT-One
at HMAS Waterhen, said he always
wanted to be a diver because he loved
the water and tough challenges.
"It was hard work but it was worth it
because this is the job that will always
challenge me mentally and physically,"
SMNCD Hilliard was one of nine
sailors who graduated from BCDC 80.
OIC RAN Dive School LCDR Russ
Crawford praised the graduates for their
dedication and staff for their mentor-
ing which enabled the students to reach
such a high professional standard.
LCDR Crawford said it took a par-
ticular kind of cou rage and motivation
to pull on a wetsuit time and again, to
do a dirty, dangerous and lonely job that
many other people would not do.
"The nine graduates have been
under constant instruction with count-
less assessments over the past nine-
months," he said.
"Du ring which time they demon-
strated the skills necessary to operate as
clearance divers in the Navy."
The other graduates of BCDC 80
were SMNCD Daniel Ryan, SMNCD
Pierre-Jean Roper, SMNCD Aidan
Glenn, SMNCD Joshua Lee, of
AUSCDT-Four, and SMNCD Nicholas
McMaster, SMNCD Robert Abbott,
SMNCD Steve Palu, and SMNCD Luke
Allen, of AUSCDT-One.
Dux diver ready
for the deep
HMAS Kuttabul marked the 70th anniversary of the
sinking of Kuttabul and the Japanese midget subma-
rine attack on Sydney Harbour in WWII.
The commemoration, on June 1, remembered
the 19 RAN personnel, two British sailors and six
Japanese submariners who died when Kuttabul was
hit by a torpedo during the raid by three Japanese
The last two Navy survivors, former AB Neil
Roberts and Stoker Ray Major, died six months ago.
For more than a decade, AB Roberts and Stoker
Major had attended the an nual memorial ceremony at
HMAS Kuttabul, with their remarkable tales of luck
and sur vival providing a poignant nar rative about the
events of May 31 and June 1, 1942.
Their gripping eyewitness accounts of the night
the war came to Sydney were sorely missed during
the milestone 70th anniversary.
ABWTR Bronwyn Paterson, who recited John
12:23-25 from the Bible, said the legacy of those who
died in the raid on Sydney would be maintained by
current and future Navy and ADF personnel.
"It's an example of supreme sacrifices as well as
the dangers of complacency," she said.
More than 150 people attended the ser-
vice, including Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney, CN VADM Ray Griggs and
Commander Australian Fleet RADM Tim Barrett.
Representatives of the Consul Generals of
Holland, the UK and the US joined hands with the
Consul General of Japan to lay wreaths in memory of
those who lost their lives in the attack.
In his address, CO HMAS Kuttabul CMDR Todd
Willson said it was vital that Australia continued to
honour the memory of the sailors who died.
CMDR Willson explained the events when three
midget submarines entered Sydney Harbour with the
intent of sinking as many allied warships as possible,
including the US cr uiser USS Chicago.
A torpedo was fired at Chicago, but passed
underneath her hull and hit Kuttabul, killing 21 sail-
Of the three midget submarines that attacked that
night, two were destroyed in the harbour.
The bodies of four Japanese submariners received
fu nerals with full military honours and their remains
were repatriated to Japan.
The fate of the third submarine, M24, remained
a mystery until 2007, when a group of recreational
divers located the submarine about 5km off Bungan
Memories of midget attack
SOLEMN SERVICE: Dignitaries, family, friends and serving
HMAS Kuttabul members gather for the 70th anniversary
memorial service in commemoration of the sinking of HMAS
Kuttabul at Garden Island, Sydney. Inset, Catafalque Party
member AB Chris Innes rests on arms during the service.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
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