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July 19, 2012
NAVY has taken another step closer
to meeting the challenge of high end
war fighting with the graduation of
another group of principal warfare
officers (PWOs) and air and surface
RADM Guy Griffiths (retd) urged
the graduates to exploit every oppor-
tunity to hone their skills because
most of his learning was conducted
during WWII when, as a midship-
man, his first introduction to air war-
fare was surviving the sinking of the
battleship HMS Repulse by Japanese
bombers in December 1941.
"I urge the Navy's future com-
manders and leaders to continue
their professional education in order
to develop and assimilate new tech-
nologies associated with fighting a
modern warship," he said.
The graduates will join Anzac
and Adelaide-class ships that are
conducting work-ups and mission
rehearsal exercises in the countdown
to operational deployments.
LCDR Ian Hibbard received his
PWO sub-specialisation knowing he
will achieve this goal sooner than
most as the commissioning opera-
tions officer with HMAS Canberra
LEUT Dylan White received
awards for academic excellence,
including the Sydney-Emden
Award, the Naval Warfare Officers'
Association Certificate and the Saint
Barbara Association Certificate.
LCDR Chloe Wootten
THREE deep specialist communications
warfare officers were recognised for their
skills and experience when DCN RADM
Trevor Jones presented them with principal
warfare officer (PWO) badges on July 3.
CMDRs Ted Cummins and Stephen
Beckman and LCDR Peter de Maskens
became the first members of the new
Maritime Combat Officer -- PWO
Communications Information Warfare (MCO
PWO CIW) specialisation.
The introduction of the specialisation will
harness Navy's communications talent to bet-
ter serve the needs of LHD and AWDs.
CMDR Cummins said the introduction
of the maritime combat officer stream would
provide an extended career path for senior
sailors across a wide range of categories.
"This change is a really positive thing for
Navy," he said.
"It means we can now hold on to the
skills and experience of our sailors and pro-
vide opportunities for further sea and opera-
"It will also be tough to grow the wealth
of communications talent that Navy will need
in the near future, so recognising the skills
held within existing ranks is imperative."
LCDR de Maskens said the recognition
was humbling after developing his opera-
"We've been in the operations space a
long time and know what it takes to make a
good PWO," he said.
MCO PWO CIW officers will serve at
sea, in headquarters and command task group
positions in a wide range of CIW roles.
Specialists graduate Experience
"It's a very good result for the
son of Air Force parents," LEUT
LEUT Dave Clarkson was
awarded the Naval Warfare Officers'
Association Captain Darling Award
as dux of the Surface Warfare Course
and the Raytheon Award for the dux
of the Force Warfare Course.
LEUT Sam Carman was present-
ed with the SAAB Systems Prize.
LEUT Jorge McKee received the
Naval Officers' Saint Barbara Award.
The PWO graduates will be
posted to Newcastle, Warramunga,
Parramatta, Darwin, Sydney,
Melbourne, Ballarat, Toowoomba,
Canberra, Perth and Anzac.
ONE STEP CLOSER: LEUT Dylan White (front centre) with the Sydney-Emden Award for dux of the
course and his classmates, during the PWO 48 graduation at HMAS Watson, Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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