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October 25, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
CMDR Brian Chase swapped his
DPNUs for civilian attire in September,
having spent his entire adult life in uni-
The weapons electrical engineer
officer (WEEO) was farewelled by
friends and colleagues at HMAS Stirling,
before crossing the gangway, bringing
his 40-year naval career to an end.
CMDR Chase joined the Royal Navy
in 1972, at the age of 16, as a radio elec-
trical mechanic who specialised in radar,
computers and communications.
"I had always wanted to join the
Navy, as I saw it as an exciting opportu-
nity to travel and see the world," he said.
He transferred to the RAN in 1978.
"Training at Cerberus was a memo-
rable experience for me. That was fol-
lowed by a posting to HMAS Swan,
which included a visit to China and nine
weeks in Hawaii testing the Mk48 heav-
yweight torpedo," he said.
In 1986, CMDR Chase accepted a
commission and headed to HMAS
Creswell for officer training. This
opened up new career opportunities for
the already experienced "greenie".
His postings over the next 26 years
were varied, and included being a mem-
ber of HMAS Stalwart's decommission-
ing crew in 1990, serving as DWEEO in
HMAS Brisbane in 1992, and as WEEO
of HMAS Newcastle from 1997.
In 1998, he was offered an overseas
posting to the Coastal Systems Station
in Panama City, Florida. His work in the
US involved trialling explosive under-
water systems, and he recalls the experi-
ence as "the best fun ever".
"Who doesn't like getting paid to
travel to exotic places to blow things
up!" he said.
horizons after a
lifetime at sea
He enjoyed more travel to the US
and Israel between 2002 and 2004 while
working for the FFG upgrade project.
"I have enjoyed so many highlights
throughout my career," CMDR Chase said.
"During my last sea posting on
HMAS Adelaide we were the first ship
to arrive in East Timor when the con-
flict started in 2006. We patrolled a few
hundred meters from the Dili coastline,
while the factions were firing at one
another on the beach," he said.
Forever a mariner, he has taken up
civilian employment with a Western
Australia-based maritime company that
designs and manufactures fast ferries
and luxury yachts.
"I'm leaving Navy with no regrets.
I've had an incredible career," he said.
LET'S CELEBRATE: Commander AMWC CAPT Peter Scott and ABCSO Aaron Cartwright celebrate the
AMWC's first birthday by cutting a cake.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
NO REGRETS: After a 40-year
career, CMDR Brian Chase has
retired from Navy.Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
ABCSO Aaron Cartwright got more
than he bargained for when the
Australian Maritime Warfare Centre
(AMWC) marked a milestone in the
regeneration of Navy's high-end
warfighting skills with a birthday
October 12 started like any other
work day for ABCSO Cartwright
before he was suddenly hauled
before 85 staff to be promoted from
seaman and to help cut the cake.
ABCSO Cartwright said he was
proud of his posting to the AMWC
at Fleet Base East. AMWC repre-
sents the institutionalisation of
Program Pelorus, Navy's high-end
warfighting remediation strategy.
Posted to Policy Division,
ABCSO Cartwright has been busy
trawling through archives dating back
to the 1960s to find missing docu-
ments and other hidden treasures.
While the promotion was a sur-
prise, cutting the cake was an hon-
our for ABCSO Cartwright.
"Our milestone birthday is
important because we have helped
the Fleet to achieve a lot since we
started last year," he said.
Commander AMWC CAPT Peter
Scott said the birthday celebration
gave staff a welcome opportunity
to down tools and reflect on their
achievements over the past year.
"We are the champions of mari-
time warfare development and the
AMWC is the hub around which
warfare development turns," he said.
"Our fundamental responsibility
is to seek out and exploit opportuni-
ties to develop the Fleet's ability to
execute its mission; to provide the
right forces at the right time, capa-
ble of fighting and winning at sea."
CAPT Scott said a recent exam-
ple of the AMWC's work to optimise
the war-fighting effectiveness of the
Fleet-in-Being was the realisation of
the Harpoon Block II capability.
"The Weapons Division led
preparations by HMAS Perth for
the conduct of the harpoon firings,
which proved Navy's new land
attack capability and also our littoral
firing capability," he said.
AMWC staff also made a sub-
stantial contribution during Rimpac,
particularly in regard to preparation
for and analysis of weapon firings.
The opening of the AMWC
by the Fleet Commander in 2011
marked the first step in bringing the
composite elements of COMWAR's
Group together in a focused environ-
ment under dedicated governance.
The AMWC allows the Fleet
to coordinate Navy's activities and
maximise combined interoperability.
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