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November 22, 2012
LEUT Karina Cvejic
THE ship's company of HMAS
Success enjoyed its final port visit
for the year in the scenic surrounds
The visit included tours of the
historic Port Arthur convict set-
tlement, visits to museums and
markets, picturesque photo oppor-
tunities and a four-day stay in the
beautiful seaside capital of Hobart,
marked by a Remembrance Day
ceremony at the Hobart Cenotaph.
The crew set sail on November 5
and arrived on November 9 after
a week of officer of the watch
manoeuvres, mariner drills, engi-
neering casualty control drills and
the traditional at-sea Melbourne
CO Success CMDR Ainsley
Morthorpe said the port visit was a
welcome relief after a heavy period
"We have been focused on
achieving an ambitious training pro-
gram in this final stage of the year,"
CMDR Morthorpe said.
"We are qualifying a number
of technical sailors and officers as
well as maritime warfare officers
so that the ship is well served into
the future by a cadre of experienced
crew who understand the art of
replenishing at sea."
He said conducting training
while sailing off the southern coast
of Tasmania was a wonderful bonus.
"This has been a great experi-
ence for us all, and we will remem-
ber the visit fondly," he said.
Success anchored off Port Arthur
the evening before the Hobart visit.
A large contingent of the crew
took the opportunity to go ashore
and join in a series of tours around
the old buildings.
"It was spooky to think so many
convicts had passed through these
buildings that we were walking
through," SBLT Mitchell Kerr said.
The tour was paid for from Fleet
Command's cultural and sporting
allocation fund, designed to encour-
age members to take part in team-
building and cultural experiences.
"This was a unique opportunity
for some of our officers and sailors,"
CMDR Morthorpe said.
"The photos I took of Success
departing the Port Arthur anchorage
at dawn on November 9 really show
off the stunning natural beauty of
Once in Hobart, the crew visited
the Salamanca Markets.
"It was a lot of fun walking
around and seeing what the locals
had to offer," CPOMED Patrick
Members also took the oppor-
tunity to visit the Museum of New
and Old Art.
"The art was really unusual and
it provoked a lot of thought and
discussion between my friends and
me," LSDEN Jessie Lantry said.
On November 11, a small con-
tingent of the crew represented the
ship at the Cenotaph in Hobart for a
Remembrance Day ceremony.
"It is always a memorable expe-
rience to wear your uniform proudly
on such an important day," CMDR
STUNNING: HMAS Success
departs its Port Arthur
anchorage at dawn.
Photo: CMDR Ainsley Morthorpe
EIGHT sailors from HMAS Waterhen
have been praised for their assistance
cleaning the $500,000 memorial that is
dedicated to the first Aboriginal com-
missioned into the ADF.
The sailors put duty before pleasure
when they sacrificed their weekend to
clean up before the unveiling of the new
war memorial at Bondi Beach.
North Bondi RSL President Fred
Alderman said the Waterhen sailors did
"They did a fantastic job and we are
very grateful for their assistance," he
said.PO David Henderson said the work
party, as part of a larger team, cleaned
the war memorial. "RSL staff and Navy
personnel worked cohesively in a team
environment, promoting Navy in the
wider community," PO Henderson said.
"RSL staff thanked us for our pres-
ence and effort in maintaining the stand-
ards of the war memorial."
The memorial is dedicated to the
first Aboriginal commissioned officer
in the Australian Army, CAPT Reg
Saunders, and features three black gran-
ite walls and a large S-shaped sculpture
made of glass, stainless steel and stone.
Sailors sweep in to
help with clean up
CLEAN-UP CREW: (L-R): AB Greg
Gigas, CPO Damien Maidens, AB
Shaun Flanagan, LS Tanya Ruddy and
POMT David Henderson. Front row:
SMN Alyssa Dowswell, LS Narelle
Cochrane and SMN Aaron Pink.
AS part of its Golden Anniversary,
HMAS Waterhen will step back in time
for a retro comeback with the 60s tak-
ing over the base for its 50th birthday
Celebrations will start with a
Freedom of Entry march through the
streets of North Sydney on December 6.
The home of the mine warfare capa-
bilities, as well as providing hydrograph-
ic and meteorology support, Waterhen
has been a unique yet vital facility for
Navy since her commissioning in 1962.
Waterhen will further mark the occa-
sion with a 'Prom Night 1962' themed
cocktail party on board. Dress for the
celebration will be 50s and 60s prom/
formal wear and pinball machines,
space invaders, classic cars and the lat-
est rock and roll music will be on hand.
All Waterhen affiliates, uniformed
and civilian, are invited to commemorate
For more information contact MIDN Kayla
Golden days for Waterhen
Emblazoned on one of these walls
are the words of CAPT Saunders, from
when he fought at Kapyong in the
Korean War on April 24, 1951.
"On Anzac eve we dug in among
friends," the memorial reads.
"At last I felt like an Anzac, and
imagine there were 600 others like me."
CAPT Saunders died in 1990.
De Britt and
Swinton pose in
front of a 1969
ahead of HMAS
ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
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