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September 13, 2012
LSIS Paul Berry
A BRAVE young aviation technician
aircraft trainee has praised his Navy
first aid training after being first on
the scene at a car accident in Wagga
SMN*ATA Jamie Pike's quick
actions in providing assistance to a
mother and her six-month-old daughter
on August 4 earned praise from para-
medics and the crash victims.
"If it wasn't for the training I
received at recruit school, I wouldn't
have had any hope," he said.
The reluctant hero was driving
from RAAF Base Wagga to pick up a
pizza when he witnessed a t-bone car
crash at an intersection.
He immediately dialled 000 as he
assessed the scene for danger and ran
to provide assistance.
At first, he went to the aid of a
distressed mother who told him she
couldn't feel her legs.
"I asked her if she could move her
legs and she could, then all of a sudden
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray Griggs
has rebutted reporting about the Navy's
patrol boats conducting border protec-
Allegations were made against the
crew of HMAS Maitland on September
1 that they had refused to provide water,
food and medical assistance to 34 sur-
vivors rescued following a maritime
search and rescue incident south west
"These allegations are false," CN
said. "All survivors were provided
water throughout the 16 hours they
were on board the ship. They were all
provided with a meal of rice, vegetables
and fish -- not all chose to eat the meal
but they were provided it nonetheless."
Medical attention was provided and
included treatment for wounds, expo-
sure to diesel fuel, and dehydration. The
survivors were monitored throughout
their time on board.
It was also alleged that the survivors
were told that they were being taken to
"This did not occur. The survivors
were told they were being taken to the
nearest port to receive appropriate med-
ical attention," VADM Griggs said.
Another report alleged a defect in
HMAS Bathurst had compromised the
Navy's ability to respond to asylum-
seeker boat arrivals.
VADM Griggs said at all times there
were sufficient assets assigned to meet
the operational commander's needs.
"Navy's sailors undertake this haz-
ardous task at great personal risk,"
VADM Griggs said.
"Those at sea do a tremendous job
of which we should all be very proud.
They are supported by an equally dedi-
cated team ashore of Navy, Defence
Materiel Organisation and contractor
personnel who maintain the fleet and
allow it to continue to meet its opera-
POET SM Ian Davies and LSEW
SM Catherine Smith have been rec-
ognised with an Australian Bravery
Decoration for their courageous and
selfless actions during a training exer-
cise incident on board HMAS Waller
Announcing the awards on
August 27, Governor-General Quentin
Bryce said they recognised the heroic
actions of those who have placed the
safety and lives of others before their
"We are privileged to have such role
models in our society, and it is an hon-
our to be able to recognise their acts of
selfless bravery and thank them publicly
for their brave actions," Ms Bryce said.
On the evening of February 9,
2011, then AB Smith made her way to
the Ships Office Flat in HMAS Waller
to fire a green float signal submerged
pyrotechnic from the forward sub-
merged signal ejector (SSE) during an
exercise off the West Australian coast.
With the pyrotechnic inserted three
quarters of the way into the SSE, she
removed the second and final safety
pin when the base plate immediately
"This was not meant to happen at
this stage," LSEW SM Smith said.
"I knew then I had only eight to 14
seconds to get that pyrotechnic load-
ed and ejected out of the submarine
before it ignited."
LSEW SM Smith continued with
her attempt to load and fire the SSE,
following the emergency operating
procedure and mindful of the conse-
quences of the pyrotechnic actuating
inside the submarine.
Unfortunately the pyrotechnic did
actuate and the submarine proceeded
to emergency stations.
POET SM Davies immediate-
ly went to the assistance of LSEW
SM Smith and removed her from the
scene while LSMED Dionette Wilson
applied initial first aid.
For his quick actions, POET SM
Davies also received a bravery award.
"I am lucky to have had such a
great crew on board Waller who gave
me the most amazing support through-
out and after the incident," LSEW SM
Since the incident, she has been in
a rehabilitation program and has over-
come most of her injuries, which she
credits to a great team of specialists at
Royal Perth Hospital.
"I worked very hard last year to
sustain my career in the ADF and
believe anything is possible if you
want it enough," LSEW SM Smith
"I carried out my duties that night
as I believe any other submariner
would have and I feel extremely proud
and honoured to receive the Australian
QUICK THINKING: SMN*ATA Jamie Pike credits the first aid training he
received at recruit school with giving him the skills to save the life of a
mother and her baby. CN sets
Duo's selfless actions recognised
BRAVERY AWARDED: POET SM Ian Davies and LSEW SM Catherine Smith were recognised with an Australian Bravery Decoration for their
actions during a training exercise incident on board HMAS Waller last year. LSEWSM Smith sustained serious personal injury in an attempt to
prevent damage to Waller and minimise risk to the safety of other sailors.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
she started screaming 'my baby, my
baby is she OK?'" he said.
"I looked into the back and the baby
was in a forward facing capsule, bent
right over with her head between her
legs, I can't even describe it," he said.
The sight of the still, contorted
baby shocked him.
"Straight away I thought 'I have to
sit this baby in some sort of recovery
position to try to get something out of
her'," SMN*ATA said.
"I supported her back, right down
to near her bottom with my left hand
and put my front hand around her
chest to give her the support she need-
ed and slowly leant her back.
"She had some teething beads, like
a little necklace she could chew on, in
her mouth, so I had to clear that out
and then she started crying. I can't
describe how that felt."
He calmed the mother by telling
her he was in the Navy.
"I told her I'd had this training, I'm
in the Navy, I know what to do, just try-
ing to put her in a positive state of mind
and that actually worked, she started
calming down," he said.
The ambulance arrived quickly and
he handed over to paramedics who
praised his efforts.
SMN*ATA Pike had no first aid
training before joining Navy in January.
"I just reacted and didn't really
think about it and if it wasn't for Navy,
I wouldn't have known what to do," he
said. "I just want to thank the Navy for
-- SMN*ATA Jamie Pike
If it wasn't for
Navy, I wouldn't
what to do.
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