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September 27, 2012
Super surprise visit
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
NAVY'S premier training establish-
ment, HMAS Cerberus, played host
to a premier race team when Ford
Performance Racing's (FPR) V8
supercar development series driver
Chaz Mostert visited.
An unusual sight greeted personnel
of Cerberus on September 12 as Team
Navy fell in for inspection on the main
Expressions ranged from curious
to enthusiastic as the age-old debate of
Ford versus Holden began in earnest.
In his general address to personnel,
CN VADM Ray Griggs declined to
declare his hand in the debate but was
enthusiastic about the value of the alli-
ance between Navy and FPR.
"There are many similarities
between Navy and FPR," VADM
"Just as our ships rely on the skill
of our personnel and the ability to
work quickly and efficiently as a team
under intense pressure, so too does a
V8 supercar team.
"In each example, skill, teamwork
and the ability to think on your feet is
These thoughts were backed up
by FPR team principal Tim Edwards
who said the alliance was an excellent
opportunity for Navy.
"FPR is proud to be in partnership
with Navy and strongly supports the
ongoing marine technical out-place-
ment program," Mr Edwards said.
The Navy FPR alliance allows two
marine technical sailors to work as
members of the FPR maintenance sup-
port crew each year.
POMT Clint MacGregor, current-
ly out-posted to FPR, agreed that the
relationship between Navy and FPR
was a valuable experience for any
technical sailor and that the two shared
"Like we do in the Navy, if some-
thing breaks at FPR, we stay up all
night to get it fixed so we can get out
the next day and win," he said.
Friendships were tested when the
ship's company enjoyed the oppor-
tunity to race a V8 supercar around
Bathurst, albeit in the safety of a six-
seat V8 race experience simulator.
FPR is now preparing for the
Bathurst 1000 in October where Chaz
Mostert hopes to continue his win-
ning form in the V8 driver develop-
NEED FOR SPEED: FPR placement sailors POMT Clint MacGregor and
LSMT Ash Schmidt with Team Navy's car.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
TOP GEAR: Ford Performance Racing team principal Tim Edwards
shows Team Navy's V8 supercar to WO Clinton Hall.
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