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February 14, 2013
THE Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance
has taken delivery of the first blocks
for the second AWD, Brisbane.
The two blocks, manufactured by
BAE Systems, arrived in Adelaide
by tug and barge from Williamstown
in Victoria late last month.
Former Defence Materiel
Minister Jason Clare said the blocks
would be located in the front third
of the ship and once consolidated
would house the 48 cell Mk41 verti-
cal launch system (VLS).
“The VLS can store and then
fire SM-2 or evolved sea sparrow
missiles in quick succession and is
an important element of the combat
system that will be installed into the
Hobart-class destroyers,” Mr Clare
The three guided-missile destroy-
ers are being constructed using a
modular method where blocks are
manufactured across four ship-
Blocks for second destroyer arrive
yards and consolidated at the South
Australian Government’s Common
User Facility at Techport Australia.
The first destroyer, Hobart, is
expected to be delivered to Navy in
Consolidation of second ship,
Brisbane, is due to start early next
year, while fabrication has begun on
the blocks for the third destroyer,
“BAE has significantly improved
the quality of their manufacturing
performance and delivered blocks
that are virtually defect free,” Mr
The AWD is based on a proven
Navantia design used by the Spanish
Navy and when complete will be
one of the most capable warships of
its size in the world.
The ships will be equipped with
the Aegis Weapon System, making
them capable of assuming a leading
command and control role within
the ADF as well as coalition forces.
BUILDING STONES: The first blocks for the second destroyer,
Brisbane, on the barge ready to be unloaded in Adelaide.
LEUT Sarah West
FIFTEEN Western Australia-based Navy
members received Operational Service
Medals (OSM) from CN VADM Ray
Griggs on January 29 to recognise their
service to Australian border protection
Personnel and family members filled
the cinema at HMAS Stirling to watch
the presentation ceremony, the first
opportunity for the new OSMs to be pre-
sented in Western Australia.
While presenting the awards, VADM
Griggs told the audience of his desire to
see personnel recognised for the work
they do to protect Australia’s maritime
“For a number of Navy personnel,
this has been the only operation they
have served in. Many have spent their
whole careers on border protection oper-
ations making a vital contribution to the
security of Australia,” CN said.
“It is appropriate that this dedication
and sacrifice is recognised.
“These are not standard every day
operations. This is challenging work,
from the freezing waters of the Southern
Ocean to the fishery and anti-people
smuggling in the north. Our people do
this job in an exceptional way.”
PONPC Lisa Fitzsimmons spent
five years on Operation Resolute as part
of the Armidale-class patrol boat crew
She said it was an honour to receive
the award directly from CN. “When
serving in patrol boats, border protection
is our life,” PONPC Fitzsimmons said.
“Every time we sail, it is to conduct
real-time operations with real-time risks.
“It is all work and no play, so this
recognition is a tribute to the sacrifices
sailors make every day on border protec-
During the presentation ceremony,
VADM Griggs also awarded a posthu-
mous OSM to the family of LSSTD
Geoff Cahill, whose wife and daughter
accepted the award.
“One of the things I have been very
keen to do is to ensure we acknowledge
those who’ve qualified for this award,
but who have sadly passed away in the
intervening period,” VADM Griggs said.
“LSSTD Cahill was the CO’s steward
when I was CO of HMAS Arunta.
“He was a terrific sailor, utterly pro-
fessional, a gentlemen and a true team
“He personified all that was inspiring
about our people. It means a lot to me to
be here today to be able to present this
medal personally to the Cahill family.”
VADM Griggs said full production of
the OSM was now under way and asked
eligible members to be patient while
they were produced and distributed.
“It’s great to see so many people
around the country being recognised for
the important work they have done to
preserve the security of Australia,” he
Recognised for a
HONOURED: CN VADM Ray Griggs and CO HMAS Stirling CAPT Angela
Bond with Ella Cahill and her daughter who received a posthumous OSM on
behalf of LSSTD Geoff Cahill.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
LEUT Karina Cvejic
IT HAS been a busy start to the year
for the crew of HMAS Tobruk, as
she sailed on January 21 from Fleet
Base East (FBE) to retrieve mili-
tary vehicles and equipment used
to re-establish a detention centre on
Manus Island, Papua New Guinea
Following a 1000 nautical mile
journey north, Tobruk anchored in
the harbour of Townsville to embark
the 25-person Army amphibious
beach team, two LCM8 landing
craft and two LARC amphibious
Tobruk then sailed 1270 nautical
miles north again for Manus Island.
Once anchored at Manus, there was
a huge effort from both ship’s com-
pany and the embarked beach team
to complete the tasking. The crews
worked into the night to successful-
ly load all vehicles and equipment,
only staying at Manus Island for a
total of 32 hours.
CO Tobruk CMDR Tim Watson
said the effort displayed by every-
one on board to complete the mis-
sion was outstanding.
“The men and women of Tobruk
are focused and dedicated to their
ship and this tasking just proved
that,” CMDR Watson said.
“The Army were well practiced
and skilled in their ability to coordi-
nate and get the job done and seeing
the Navy and Army working so well
together to achieve this mission has
been really satisfying.
“There was a lot of gear to load
on board and the fact we got it done
in such a short amount of time just
shows how professional and focused
the sailors and soldiers are.”
There was little time for fun
but some of the ship’s crew took
the chance to participate in some
friendly sport ashore with the PNG
Defence Force at the Tarangau
The PNG volleyball side proved
too strong, but the Navy salvaged
some pride and managed a one-try
victory in touch football.
“While it was a very busy and
short visit to Manus Island, find-
ing some time for sport with the
locals is always good fun and a
GOING UP: A LCM8
vessel is lifted onto
HMAS Tobruk in
Townsville on her
mission to retrieve
HEAVY LOAD: An
Army ABT loads a
LARC vehicle (right)
with equipment at
Photos by: LEUT Karina Cvejic
great opportunity to strengthen ties
with our closest neighbour” CMDR
Tobruk disembarked the amphib-
ious beach team and its vehicles
in Townsville before heading to
Brisbane to unload the equipment
from Manus Island which included
a number of trucks, a field ambu-
lance, trailers and earth-moving
When she returns to FBE,
Tobruk will enter a week of human-
itarian and disaster relief training
with Australian Defence Vessel
Ocean Shield in the East Australian
Exercise Area, along with providing
other support to the Fleet.
CMDR Watson said he was look-
ing forward to another challenging
and successful year for the crew.
“We have a very long and excit-
ing year ahead of us.
“The capability of this ship
remains unique and the fact we go
out there and do these things proves
that Tobruk is still a valued and
effective asset for the ADF.
“This crew is well trained and
ready for all the challenges 2013
will bring and we are very much
looking forward to continuing all
our great efforts that have carried on
from last year”.
Tobruk will enter an extended
maintenance period next month
and is programmed to take part in
Pacific Partnership later in 2013.
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