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September 27, 2012
THE first three AWD blocks fab-
ricated by Newcastle shipbuild-
er Forgacs Engineering started
their journey to Adelaide on
The blocks were transported
from Forgacs Tomago Shipyard by
barge and two tugs along the North
Arm of the Hunter River.
The barge was then transferred
to a single ocean-going tug, which
towed the blocks through Newcastle
Harbour and on to the Government
of South Australia's common user
facility at Techport.
Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare said Forgacs was construct-
ing 44 blocks for the AWD project,
including 14 blocks for the first
"Forgacs are building around
half the blocks for these ships," he
"They are doing outstanding
work on some of the most advanced
warships in the world."
The remaining Forgacs blocks
for the first AWD will arrive in
Adelaide during the next 12 months.
The AWD project directly
employs more than 2500 people,
with almost 700 based in Newcastle.
The AWD will have anti-air, anti-
submarine and anti-surface war-
fare capability and will be able to
embark a helicopter at sea.
The Hobart-class AWDs will
be named HMAS Hobart, HMAS
Brisbane and HMAS Sydney, ensur-
ing the three ships reflect a rich his-
tory of service.
LEUT Chris Harvey and
SBLT Jai Coppen
HMAS Sirius showed off her might
in Sail Morotai on September 15.
After a successful departure
from Exercise Kakadu, Sirius trans-
ited from Darwin to the small island
of Morotai in Indonesia.
Located in the North Maluku
Province, Morotai is Indonesia's
northernmost island and home to
a small population who, until now,
were isolated from the Indonesian
Now in its 12th year, Sail
Indonesia is an initiative started
by the Indonesian Government to
increase tourism, investment and
infrastructure construction through-
out the area.
Traditionally, Sail Indonesia's
yachts begin their voyage in Darwin
and navigate through the Indonesian
Archipelago to a chosen destination.
As part of Sail Morotai skippers
from Australia, New Zealand, US,
UK, Sweden, France, Germany,
Italy and Switzerland passed
through one of two routes, arriving
in Morotai on September 15.
Sirius was at anchor and staged
the backdrop to the main event,
opened by Indonesian President
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
About 5000 guests, includ-
ing foreign sailors, were expected
to attended the international sail-
ing event which began with the sail
past of warships from Indonesia,
Singapore and the US Navy.
After setting anchor, Sirius'
ship's company proceeded ashore
where they were greeted by locals
in a somewhat celebrity reception.
The Naval Attaché Jakarta,
supported by the ship's company,
donated education resources and
sporting equipment to local schools.
The crew of Sirius also raised
money to send two Morotai children
to school for one year.
OUTGOING Defence Secretary Duncan
Lewis has been nominated as the
Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg,
NATO and the European Union. Mr
Lewis will leave Defence on October
10 in preparation for his new appoint-
ment. Former ambassador to the US
and director general of ASIO, Dennis
Richardson, will take up the posi-
tion of Secretary on October 18. Mr
Richardson has been Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary
since December 2009 and will ser ve in
his new role with Defence for the next
THE Defence Organisation Blood
Challenge is well under way with dona-
tions flooding in from around the coun-
try. In the first three weeks of the chal-
lenge, which started on September 1,
Navy recorded 81 donations, Army 120,
Defence APS 78 and Air Force 68. The
challenge runs until November 30 and
is open to serving members and their
friends and families. Visit www.donate-
and register your intent to donate.
THE responsibility for ADF Garrison
health services transitioned from sin-
gle services to JHC in January. This
transition has led to the establishment
of joint health units that are responsi-
ble for health service delivery in the
Garrison space. JHC, in partnership
with Directorate of Strategic Personnel
Policy and Research, will undertake
a customer satisfaction survey until
November 16. Entitled ADF members
who access JHC health services might
receive an email inviting them to partici-
pate in the 10-minute survey. For further
information contact madeline.make-
ADF family survey
ADF families will have the opportunity
to provide feedback about their experi-
ences and views on ser vice life through
the ADF Families Sur vey throughout
September and October. CDF GEN
David Hurley said the survey gave
members the chance to have an open
and honest conversation with Defence
about the support they and their fami-
lies receive. The survey will cover top-
ics such as how separation, workload
and mobility impact on families, what
Defence support services families'
access, what they think about them, and
how they can be better communicated.
The survey will be open from September
3 to October 21. It can be accessed via
the following websites:
Defence Community Organisation:
Defence Families Australia: www.dfa.
sets the scene
SETTING THE SCENE: HMAS Sirius helps set the stage for celebrations on the Indonesian island of
Morotai at the 12th Sail Indonesia event.
A STRONG HISTORY
During WWII, Morotai was occupied by Allied and enemy
It was in Morotai that GEN MacArthur extended control for his
campaign in the Pacific.
HMA Ships Manoora, Kanimbla and Westralia, all former mer-
chant cruisers, were converted to landing ships infantry and
took part in the operations which brought the Allies closer to
Sail Morotai marked the 68th anniversary of the landings.
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