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December 6, 2012
ONE of my favourite tasks as
CDF is spending time out
in the field with the men
and women of the ADF.
Whether I am speaking to our
Navy divers, visiting our troops in
Afghanistan or meeting our jun-
ior RAAF officers at the Officers'
Training School in Sale, I am always
impressed by our people's passion
I am proud of our people and the
work we do at home and abroad that
continues to build our reputation.
Over the past year the ADF
has conducted 16 operations in the
Middle East, Solomon Islands, East
Timor and in support of the Australian
Government's border protection tasks.
In addition to these operations,
the ADF has undertaken 65 search
and rescue missions and nine addi-
tional Defence Assistance to the Civil
Community tasks including flood
assistance in Victoria, NSW and
The ADF reached some sig-
nificant milestones in 2012. In
November the Australian-led
International Stabilisation Force
ceased its security operations in East
Timor and commenced its with-
Our contribution to the Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands
is drawing to an end after almost 10
years and this month Australian forces
in Afghanistan completed the hand
over of forward operating bases and
patrol bases in Uruzgan province to the
Afghan National Army.
In recognising our progress
throughout 2012 we also remem-
ber our fallen soldiers: SGT Blaine
Diddams, SPR James Martin, LCPL
Stjepan "Rick" Milosevic, PTE Robert
Poate, PTE Nathanael Galagher,
LCPL Mervyn McDonald and CPL
My thoughts are also with those
who have been wounded on operations
and I wish them a speedy recovery.
Our ability to sustain this work-
load and deliver results is a credit
to our deployed personnel and the
military members and civilians who
support these operations.
I thank you for your efforts over
the past year and extend my best wish-
es for a safe and happy festive season.
CN VADM RAY GRIGGS
WO-N MARTIN HOLZBERGER
THIS year has been a challenging year for all
of us and we have achieved a remarkable
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank you and your families for the dedication and
sacrifice you have made.
Over this Christmas period my thoughts will be
with those deployed on operations around the globe.
Your efforts are making a difference and I am
proud of each and every member of Navy and the
I wish everyone a very enjoyable Christmas.
Please remember to stay safe as you travel.
I look forward to seeing you in 2013.
CHIEF of the ADF I
extend my most sincere
season's greetings to all
sailors and officers of Navy.
This was another busy year of
operations and training and I con-
gratulate you all for your hard work.
Throughout 2012, at sea and
ashore, Navy continued to serve
Australia with professionalism,
integrity and courage.
You continue to exemplify the
finest traditions of service, which we
will celebrate during the International
Fleet Review next year -- marking
the 100th anniversary of Navy's first
entry into Sydney Harbour.
I look forward to joining you for
this historic occasion and the parading
of the Queen's Colours, which will
recognise your century of achieve-
ment and dedication to the highest
standards of maritime efficiency.
In November, I visited HMAS
Cairns and met the crews of HMA
Ships Shepparton and Bundaberg.
I am always inspired by the
devotion to duty and commitment to
service of our Navy personnel.
For those deployed or on duty
away from loved ones this Christmas,
I want to assure you that you are in
the thoughts of all Australians.
As a nation, we appreciate the
sacrifice that you and your loved
ones are making, and look forward
to your safe return home.
Michael and I express out deep
appreciation to all Navy servicemen
and women and to wives, husbands,
partners, friends and family members
who give them invaluable support.
We wish you a joyous Christmas
and New Year.
IT IS amazing how
tunes reach into
every aspect of our
The harmony of
music, with its variant
beats and associated lyr-
ics, gives us a sense of
direction, a sense of pur-
pose. We find that music
gives us a sense of famili-
arity, a sense of being in
control, a sense of joy.
Music in all its complexity touches the soul; it
ignites the inner being, and moves us to another place.
As we approach the end of another busy year,
and prepare to take a Christmas break, what multi-
plicity of musical tones surround your life?
What harmonies give you a sense of purpose?
What musical tunes enhance your resilience as
you face the various challenges in life?
Who are the people in your life who allow you
to sing to the beat of life and what sort of music do
you give to others?
The Christmas and New Year season provides
the opportunity to reflect and appreciate the various
"musical tones" that weave into our life.
The faces of family and friends, the challenges
of drama and peace, the situations that evoke cel-
ebratory joy, that contribute to our sense of wellbe-
ing; emotional, physical and spiritual.
In whatever capacity you celebrate Christmas,
may you take the opportunity to reflect and dis-
cover the various instruments of symphony that
arise within you.
May the musical harmony that beats through your
soul have the capability to unite people, and contribute
in sowing a dialogue of peace, hope and joy.
On behalf of Navy chaplains, I wish you a
blessed and peaceful Christmas and 2013.
DGCHAP-N STUART HALL
GOVERNOR-GENERAL QUENTIN BRYCE
IT HAS been another extreme-
ly busy year for Navy. We
have faced challenges in many
areas and I believe we have
done well grappling with them,
adapting and moving forward.
I thank you for the way in
which you have gone about this
in these constrained times.
Our focus this year, as it
should always be, is to meet, as
best we can, our contract with
Government and provide mis-
sion-ready forces for the tasks we
are assigned. We have done this.
Our operational performance
in Operations Resolute and
Slipper in particular has been
HMAS Anzac is the 53rd
individual ship deployment to
the MEAO since 1990 and is due
home early in the New Year.
Our patrol boats and hydro-
graphic ships have had a long
and difficult year on our borders.
Our people have been mag-
nificent in this mission and it
was very pleasing to see them
recognised, being the first to be
awarded the new Operational
We have also had a busy year
making tangible contributions
to our broader society through
many charitable fundraising
While many will be able to
take a well-earned break this
year, I would like us all to spare
a thought for those who are at
sea or deployed overseas at this
time of year and, of course, to
think of their families.
We must always remember
that our business is an unpredict-
able one, but what we do is criti-
cal to the security and prosperity
of this land.
Wherever you are, stay safe
and have a merry Christmas and
a happy New Year.
CDF GEN DAVID HURLEY
IHAVE had the great privilege this
year to meet and talk with Defence
personnel and their families, both
here and overseas.
As the year draws to a close, we are
able to reflect on our accomplishments
and the challenges we will continue to
We have continued to conduct
operations in Afghanistan, East Timor,
Solomon Islands, South Sudan, the
Middle East and support to border
security, as well as assisting Australians
affected by flooding earlier this year.
For most of us the festive season
is a time spent with family and loved
ones. At this time, please keep in your
thoughts those who are on duty abroad.
The Australian-led International
Stabilisation Force in East Timor started
its drawdown in November, with most
Australian forces to return home by
the end of 2012. ADF personnel who
served in Timor-Leste have shown great
courage and dedication, and built strong
personal relationships with Timor-Leste
that will last long after the withdrawal
of our security forces.
We have seen the start of independ-
ent operations by the 4th Brigade
Infantry Kandaks. This is a significant
step in the process of transition to
Afghan-led security responsibility in
Uruzgan. We take great pride in the men
and women who are working in difficult
conditions every day in a country that
needs the international community's con-
Christmas will, of course, be a very
difficult time for 39 families who will
be reminded that a father, husband, part-
ner, son or brother is not with them. For
seven families this will be a terrible time
because it will be the first Christmas
without their loved one.
We honour and remember those brave
Australians who have lost their lives serv-
ing their country.
On behalf of my ministerial and par-
liamentary colleagues and all Australians,
we wish all members of the ADF, their
families and friends a peaceful Christmas
and a safe and happy New Year.
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