Home' Navy News : December 6th 2012 Contents www.salt.asn.au/gifts.html
02 6123 2929
Gifts for all occasions
New range available
Farewells - Promotions - Christmas
*Co o l . e o o co e ADF MA e o . O e o l le o c e o e o e e
o N He l .
n o dfx s | 1300 306 289
Join b for
31 D b r 2012
nd w ' w i wo nd
six on w i s on x r s*
I c e e e efi o e l,
o, c o, l e e
l o e o 1 No e e !
He l co e l ole lo o e...
December 6, 2012
LEUT Steve Delo
NAVY's newest officers were put to
the test from November 12-16 as their
leadership and command skills were
assessed in Exercise Matapan.
Held at HMAS Creswell two weeks
before the passing out parade for New
Entry Officer Course 47, Matapan was a
five-day field and sea-going exercise and
was the final gauge of the officers' lead-
The format involved up to 20 serials a
day of fluid situations that required flex-
ible decision-making as well as commu-
nication, teamwork and endurance.
Conducted in combination with the
AFP, Defence Services Fire Brigade and
local Jervis Bay authorities, this year's
exercise represented a workup for aid to
a civil power.
A team of 25 role players was
sourced from HMA Ships Cerberus and
Albatross to increase the realism and
learning outcomes for the trainees.
During the week, the trainees assisted
emergency services responding to a sim-
ulated vehicle crash and were seconded
to a multiagency search and rescue exer-
cise around the Booderee National Park.
Practical leadership training coordi-
nator RANC CPO Anthony Blowfield
said the exercise was the culmination of
leadership and teamwork training for the
"The focus on leadership is what sep-
arates officers from sailors," he said.
"It is imperative that practical assess-
ments such as Matapan are part of the
challenges our trainees face here in order
to produce the best leaders we can for
Matapan is one of many exercises con-
ducted at Creswell that prepare officers
for specialised category training and is
part of ongoing professional development.
LCDR Richard Foster
AVIATION technicians have started
journal progression training at their
new home with Training Authority
At the start of the year the Navy
Reform Board endorsed TA-AVN to
oversee aviation technician training
up to qualified maintainer level two
(QM2), which had previously been
responsibility of 816SQN.
On November 12, TA-AVN was
allocated its own Seahawk, which
will be used exclusively for training
COMFAA CDRE Peter Laver
said moving training to TA-AVN
and using a dedicated aircraft would
mean a reduction in the time it took
to train a maintainer to QM2 level.
"The initiative will deliver an
increase in squadron maintenance
productivity, develop a dedicated
training continuum and decrease
average training time from 12-18
months to an expected 9-12
months," he said.
CDRE Laver said TA-AVN would
produce qualified maintainers who
could be effectively used in a matter
of weeks of taking up their positions
within the Seahawk community.
"It will put these motivated sail-
ors onto a squadron and employ
to the test
Technician's new home
for a modern capability
PUT TO THE TEST: MIDN Nicholas Provis and MIDN Benjamin Cleary
prepare for a leadership assessment on board Seahorse Horizon during
HMAS Creswell's Exercise Matapan.
Photo: Robert East
them earlier to do what they joined
up to do," he said.
A number of directorates coor-
dinated the move to ensure Navy
continues to develop highly trained
and motivated sailor maintainers for
the Fleet's increasing capability.
"The aircraft of today's Fleet Air
Arm are complex, extremely capa-
ble and have the flexibility to con-
duct a multitude of tasking includ-
ing air to surface/sub surface war-
fare, search and rescue and recon-
naissance," CDRE Laver said.
"This change to the AT training
continuum will prepare AT sailors to
meet the future demands of a modern
Fleet Air Arm."
MEETING DEMANDS: Aviation technician trainees and their
instructors with their newly-delivered Seahawk. Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
Links Archive November 22nd 2012 January 31st 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page