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July 5, 2012
Michael Brooke and
LEUT Dave Roberts
MORE than 100 students of New Entry
Officers Course (NEOC) 46 have taken
their first significant step in their mili-
The graduation parade, on June 21
at HMAS Creswell, marked the comple-
tion of an intense 22-week course that
trained the NEOCs in leadership, sea-
manship, naval history, physical fitness
and weapons handling.
The reviewing officer for the parade,
Commander Australian Fleet RADM
Tim Barrett, congratulated the graduates
on completing the course.
"To our newest naval officers,
today's parade is a significant milestone
in your career," he said.
RADM Barrett said the new officers
were joining the Fleet at an exciting and
challenging time and they would help
Navy integrate new defence technolo-
gies such as the Air Warfare Destroyers
and Landing Helicopter Docks.
CO Creswell CAPT Brett Chandler
said the graduates were ready to serve.
"The training we put the officers
through can be arduous and demanding,
but it properly prepares them for service
as naval officers," CAPT Chandler said.
A number of awards were presented
to graduates in recognition of leader-
ship, sea training, academic and sport-
Navy's values and signature behav-
iours also played an important role in
determining prize winners.
The NEOC graduation was partic-
ularly memorable for MIDN Patrick
Hitchings, who received the RADM
Hammond Memorial Sword in recogni-
tion of his self discipline, resolution and
positive influence among his peers.
MIDN Hitchings also received the
Australian Naval Institute Sea Training
Deployment Prize for outstanding offic-
er-like qualities and diligent application
to his task-book journal while on sea
LEUT Douglas Falconer received
the W. H. Harrington Memorial Prize
for outstanding participation, support
and fellowship, as well as the CDRE Sir
James Ramsay Prize for the best aca-
EYES RIGHT: Graduates of New Entry Officers Course 46 dress for
inspection during the passing out parade at HMAS Creswell.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
strut their stuff
RECOGNITION for a job well
done is always the icing on the
cake for any ship's company or
shore establishment. But rarely
can a ship's company have its
cake and eat it too.
That is what Assail Four
managed when personnel were
presented with the Kelly Shield
and shared an afternoon tea with
Commander Australian Fleet
RADM Tim Barrett on June 8.
Assail Four received the
Kelly Shield as the Armidale-
class patrol boat (ACPB) crew
foremost in operations, safety
and unit level training.
The annual award was present-
ed when HMAS Broome berthed
at Fleet Base East during a break
from patrolling maritime reserves
CO Assail Four LCDR Kylie
Beumer said the Kelly Shield
recognised a long dedication to
duty that included important Op
Resolute taskings in 2011.
"It's a really great day for
Assail Four to receive the Kelly
Shield," LCDR Beumer said.
"We had a long and hard year
that resulted in some fantastic
Assail Four's milestones
include boarding and appre-
hending a Type 4 fishing vessel,
boarding and apprehending four
SIEVs, a deployment to South-
East Asia and preparing HMA
Ships Broome and Maitland for
their first scheduled five-year
"But for us, the highlight was
going back to basics and doing a
fishing boat boarding and being
able to apprehend it and tow it
into Darwin," LCDR Beumer
"And that went to court and
the crew was convicted."
LCDR Beumer said the
port visit to Sydney was a great
"It's a real joy to be here and
marks a significant departure
from our typical Op Resolute
patrol taskings," LCDR Beumer
"We've been able to promote
the excitement and diversity of
ACPB operations among the sail-
ors posted to Fleet Base East and
The team from Assail Four
also extended the gangway to
sailors interested in going to
Darwin or Cairns to gain opera-
tional experience on an ACPB.
All for a job well done
CONGRATULATIONS: Commander Australian Fleet RADM Tim Barrett presents CO Assail Four LCDR Kylie Beumer
and her crew with the Kelly Shield.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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