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November 22, 2012
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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
SGT Dave Morley
SEVERAL Navy members enjoyed
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to speak with Prince Charles and
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at
Garden Island on November 9.
Members from all three services
and their families gathered at the Navy
Heritage Centre for a 'meet and greet'
with the Royal couple.
WO Tim Badger, of HMAS
Success, said Prince Charles asked him
where he had deployed.
"I told him I'd been to Afghanistan
twice, the Solomons three times and
East Timor," WO Badger said.
"He was interested when I told him
I was going to Slovakia to visit people
I'd worked with in Afghanistan."
LSMEDU Samone Black, of
AUSCDT-One, said Prince Charles was
interested in clearance diving operations.
"He had a history of working in
mine warfare from his own days as CO
in the minesweeper HMS Bronington,"
"He was also keen to hear about
what the team does over in Afghanistan.
"I thought it was great that he
had such an interest in what the dive
team does and he said he was really
proud of the IED/EOD guys that are
deployed on operations."
The Royal couple arrived at Garden
Island on the Admiral's barge, which
brought them across the harbour from
They were met by CDF GEN David
Hurley and CO HMAS Kuttabul CMDR
Prince Charles also inspected the
guard of honour from Australia's
Federation Guard, as well as the Navy
THE Naval Heritage Collection
(NHC) motorboat MB168 that served
during WWII re-entered the waters of
Sydney Harbour on October 31 after
an extensive and successful refit.
MB168 was designed as a district
naval officer's launch, built at Garden
Island in Sydney and launched in
Commodore Support CDRE
Andrew Smith praised the importance
of preserving Navy's heritage and
acknowledged the behind the scenes
work of curators.
"Their work is never ending given the
size of the collection, limited resources,
environmental and other challenges com-
bated on a daily basis," he said.
Restoration work carried out dur-
ing the refit included the replacement
of rotten timbers and corroded hull
fastenings to restore hull strength and
electrical and propulsion work.
Traditional shipwright tools and
techniques were used to shape and
bend hull planks and sponsons to fit.
These skills were appreciated by
Defence Maritime Services who man-
aged the contract on behalf of the NHC.
Director NHC CAPT David
Michael acknowledged the quality of
the refit and praised the meticulous
work by Cameron's Marina and volun-
teer David Glasson.
"It is terrific to see that MB168
will continue as a working boat and be
used for special events on the harbour,"
CAPT Michael said.
Before being retired to the NHC,
MB168 had a variety of roles in
Sydney as VIP transport, the General
Manager Garden Island's boat, a
survey launch, a miscellaneous motor-
boat based at HMAS Rushcutter
and also supported the RAN Sailing
Restored motorboat makes
a return to the harbour
BACK AT SEA: MB168 motors past Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour
after an extensive restoration.
Right royal opportunity
ROYAL ARRIVAL: Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with the Royal Equerry, CMDR Dominic MacNamara, on board the Admiral's barge in Sydney Harbour. Inset, Prince
Charles talks to ABCD Christopher Reichman and LSMEDU Samone Black at the Navy Heritage Centre. Below right, CDF GEN David Hurley salutes as Prince Charles and Camilla arrive
at Garden Island.
Photos: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth and ABIS Sarah Williams
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