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December 6, 2012
CPO Nigel Leach
HMAS Dechaineux welcomed
aboard 20 honorary crew members
on November 9 when the submarine's
regular sailors and officers invited
their children to a unique sleepover.
Members of the "junior ship's com-
pany" arrived at 4.30pm for a safety
brief and were presented with person-
alised caps to mark the occasion.
After a tour of the Collins-class
submarine, they watched their parents
get to work demonstrating how they
would defend the vessel if under attack.
Food of a nature that is usu-
ally reserved for "midnighters" was
served for scran, much to the delight
of the young shipmates.
After the child-friendly fare was
eaten, the sailors-in-training reported
for piping practice and then took part
in a damage control exercise.
Once the day's work was done, it
was time to pipe down and the kids
retired to Dechaineux's messes to
watch some movies.
Popcorn was served and the
older kids enjoyed the film Down
Periscope, while the younger children
watched Gnomeo and Juliette. The
latter was soon interrupted when a
popcorn fight erupted in the senior
At 10.30pm it was time for bed
and the kids crawled into their racks,
underneath the torpedo bays.
RADM William Rourke (retd) was
farewelled with full military honours
during a ceremony at Garden Island
Chapel in Sydney on November 23.
RADM Rourke was born in 1928
in Pemberton, Western Australia.
He joined the Navy as a cadet
midshipman in January 1942 and
subsequently graduated from Naval
College in August 1945.
CN VADM Ray Griggs said he
remembered RADM Rourke as a
dedicated and accomplished member
held in extremely high esteem by all
who knew him, particularly the Navy
"RADM Rourke was an
exceptionally talented engineering
officer," VADM Griggs said.
"His contribution to the Navy
engineering profession was
unparalleled, and his legacy will
Known for his dedication to the
service, RADM Rourke was a member
of the Order of Australia.
During his 43-year career he served
in a number of Australian ships and
in a number of British ships during
exchange with the Royal Navy.
Following a stint as the Chief of
farewelled after a
Naval Materiel, RADM Rourke retired
in 1985 and went on to be appointed
as the CEO of the Institution of
RADM Rourke passed away at
St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney on
A beloved father and grandfather,
he is survived by sons Michael
and CMDR Andrew Rourke, and
grandchildren Georgia and Harry.
A traditional "wakey-wakey" pipe
at 6am got everyone up for breakfast,
which consisted of bacon, eggs, choc-
chip pancakes and ice-cream.
Before being granted leave, the
kids-cum-submariners were present-
ed with certificates to commemorate
their honorary crew member status.
CO Dechaineux CDRE James
Lybrand said the slumber party meant
a lot to his crew.
"Submariners spend a lot of
time at sea, so the crew planned the
sleepover to show their children what
they do when they're away," he said.
"We appreciate the support of
our families, which allows us to
stay focused on our mission. The
sleepover gave us a chance to give
something back to our littlest loved
ones whose mum or dad can't always
be at home."
SPECIAL VISIT: Crew members of HMAS Dechaineux and their
children on the gangway before the sleepover. Inset from left, LSCIS SM
Stuart Rolt and daughter Poppy, CPOET SM Nigel Leach and daughter
Makaidee and POMT SM Dale Powell and his kids. Photos: PO Dale Powell
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