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September 27, 2012
CMDR Fenn Kemp
TWO of the Navy's most distin-
guished sailors were honoured on
September 14 at the RAN's sailor
recruit training school at HMAS
Cerberus in Victoria.
CN VADM Ray Griggs announced
that Waller and Rankin, who are also
honoured by having two subma-
rines which carry their name, will be
replaced by the names of two sail-
ors who distinguished themselves in
LSA Noel Ervin Shipp died dur-
ing enemy action in Vietnam. With
complete disregard for his own safe-
ty, LSA Shipp exposed himself to
rocket back-blast and intense enemy
automatic weapons fire in order to
bring more effective fire to bear on
At this point of the action, LSA
Shipp's pilot was hit and the gunship
crashed and exploded, killing all four
LS Ronald Taylor was in HMAS
Yarra II during WWII when on
March 4, 1942, the ship engaged five
Japanese warships that had intercept-
ed the convoy Yarra was escorting.
Although providing a gal-
lant defence, all allied vessels were
destroyed, with Yarra the last to be
Despite an order to abandon ship,
LS Taylor stayed alone at his gun, fir-
ing slowly and defiantly at the enemy
until he was killed shortly before the
ship went down.
LSA Shipp and LS Taylor
Divisions will now honour each mem-
VADM Griggs says the examples
each man set will inspire new recruits
as they pass through the divisional
system at HMAS Cerberus.
"Both sailors died in action,"
VADM Griggs said.
"The divisional system remains
the backbone of our Navy's structure.
It provides the sailor with leadership,
direction and discipline -- all key ele-
ments of Navy life.
"It is also fitting that two of our
four Divisions at HMAS Cerberus be
named after sailors."
The names of the remaining two
divisions at the Recruit School, Moran
and Getting, remain unchanged, in
honour of CMDR W.T.A. Moran,
CO of HMAS Vampire I who was
lost in action off Sri Lanka in 1942,
and CAPT F. Getting, CO of HMAS
Canberra I, also lost in action at the
Battle of Savo Island in 1942.
Read more about them on Navy's website
VADM Ray Griggs
ON September 15, the Daily
Telegraph published an article entitled
"Chopper's squad a boys' club".
The journalist stated that "the Navy's
Fleet Air Arm which runs the helicopter
fleet is about 20 per cent female" and
that the number of women among the
Navy personnel being sent to the US for
MH-60R helicopter training does not
reflect this figure.
The article's basic premise is inac-
The article points out one in 20 air-
crew (5 per cent), one in four aviation
engineering officers (25 per cent) and
four in 32 maintenance staff (12.5 per
cent) are females who will be attending
These are above the current overall
percentage of women serving in the vari-
ous components of the Fleet Air Arm.
Current participation of women in the
Fleet Air Arm is aircrew at 4.9 per cent;
aviation engineering officers make up
9.3 per cent; and aviation maintenance
personnel take up 7 per cent.
Navy has the largest participation rate
of women in the ADF at about 19 per
cent across the force. Navy women have
served in combat roles for more than 20
years (including flying combat missions
in Helmand province in Afghanistan)
and regularly command combat ships.
I am very proud of the efforts and
achievements of our women.
Navy will continue to focus its
recruiting efforts on those areas of its
workforce where participation of women
is under-represented, but, to imply that
the selection for the MH-60R training in
the US was discriminatory is simply at
odds with the facts.
Chief sets the
on gender stats
RECOGNITION: CN VADM Ray Griggs hopes recruits will be inspired by distinguished sailors LSA Noel Ervin
Shipp and LS Ronald Taylor whose names will now adorn recruit training school divisions.Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
PROUD: The CN says there are more women in the Fleet Air Arm than stated
in a media report.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
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