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September 27, 2012
DURING a recent visit to HMAS
Choules, the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues
cricket team experienced Navy values
The SpeedBlitz Blues were invit-
ed on board to gain a better under-
standing of how teamwork and lead-
ership operate in Navy's biggest and
newest amphibious capability.
President of Navy Cricket WO
Gary Fuss said Navy and Cricket
NSW had a lot in common.
"Clearly teamwork is absolutely
paramount to both organisations,"
WO Fuss said.
"But there is also significant over-
lap with other Navy values such as
loyalty, honesty, courage and integ-
rity. The organisations have a lot to
learn from one another."
The crew of Choules performed a
firefighting exercise for the team, dem-
onstrating that every individual has a
critical role during an emergency.
XO Choules LCDR Scott
Houlihan said the outbreak of fire
was one of the biggest threats a ship
faced on deployment.
"In the event of a fire, each per-
son is responsible for a particular
task. It is vital that each individual
can be trusted to complete this task
and work in cooperation with oth-
ers to achieve a successful outcome,"
LCDR Houlihan said.
Respecting the contribution of
every individual resonated with the
cricketers, especially Blues captain
"It is something that we strongly
encourage as a side," Mr O'Keefe
"Whether you're the first per-
son in or the last person in, if you
see something going on out there
that you think can help the team be
accountable or improve, it's impor-
tant you step up and encourage
The NSW side was impressed by
Blues on Choules
the sailors' ability to apply their train-
ing and work together under pressure.
Blues' coach Anthony Stuart said
the experience was invaluable for the
young NSW squad.
"It was great to see the exercis-
es you guys do, the preparation that
goes into it and the intensity at which
you do it at. When that emergency
does occur everyone knows their role,
understands their responsibilities and
just goes ahead and does it," he said.
Mr Stuart said training, teamwork
and coordination were also vital on
the cricket ground.
"Come game day, it doesn't just
happen automatically. The intensi-
ty that you train at and the attitude
you turn up to training with really
counts," he said.
"You're pushing yourself so that
come game time, you've done it over
and over and you know exactly what
you're going to do."
Navy's display gained the respect
and admiration of the cricketers,
so much so that star bowler Doug
Bollinger even considered a career
"If I wasn't playing cricket,
this would be a great lifestyle," Mr
"Looking behind me, it's hard work,
but heck, it would be great fun and
you'd be working with great people."
For video footage of the players aboard
Choules, scan the QR code to go to the
NGN website and see the crew in action,
strengthening relationships across and
TEAM VALUES: Players from
the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues
cricket team behind the bridge of
HMAS Choules with LEUT Sarah
Mills and LEUT Michael St Clair.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
UNDERSTANDING the new
Australian Government Security
Classification System (AGSCS) has
just become easier thanks to a new
desktop reference tool.
The tool, in the form of a pen-
cil box, is designed to increase the
awareness of changes to the national
The head of Defence Security
Authority's Security Policy and
Plans, Pat Burke, said the tool would
assist staff to apply Defence's transi-
tional classification system, effective
from last month.
"While most government agen-
cies were required to implement
the AGSCS with a 2012 deadline,
Defence has been given an exten-
sion until August 2013. This is due
to the scale of Defence operations
and the considerable amount of work
required aligning Defence's ICT sys-
tems," Mr Burke said.
"However, to cater for these dif-
fering implementation timelines,
a transitional classification system
will operate until the department can
adopt the AGSCS in full."
The pencil box illustrates how the
protective markings for the transition-
al classification system map to both
the previous classification system and
the AGSCS, with each classification
system displayed on a separate panel.
The reference tool is now avail-
able at selected Customer Service
Centres, Defence Support Group
Regions, and through the DSA
regional offices. Copies can be
ordered online at http://intranet.
For more information including a fact
sheet, visit the Transition Management
Portal at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
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