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THE new Defence Materiel Minister, Mike
Kelly, said during his swearing in on February
4, he would bring a personal imperative to
the role. The former colonel, who served 20
years in the Army before entering parliament
in 2007, said his appointment was a great
honour."I am intensely aware of how important
this job is, having seen first-hand during my
military career what can happen if you don't
get it right," Dr Kelly said. "You've got a soldier
out there depending on their equipment
for his or her survival. There can't be any
greater responsibility for a minister to remind
themselves every day that, at the end of the
chain, somebody's life is at stake." Dr Kelly
replaced Jason Clare, who has moved to the
roles of Cabinet Secretary and Minister for
Home Affairs and Justice.
Sale of Sea Kings
NAVY'S remaining Sea Kings will be sold to
Aerospace Logistics (ASL). Former Defence
Materiel Minister Jason Clare has advised
that ASL would use the Sea King inventory to
sustain and support capability of international
military and search and rescue fleets.
"Aerospace Logistics have more than 30 years
experience as an international specialist in the
supply, refurbishment, exchange, maintenance,
repair and overhaul of aircraft parts," Mr Clare
said. The Sea Kings were withdrawn from
service in December 2011 and are being
replaced by MRH-90 helicopters under Project
Air 9000 Phase 6. The contract is subject
to International Traffic in Arms Regulations
ADF vehicles up for grabs
UP TO 12,000 non-combat ADF vehicles and trail-
ers will be sold from March in the biggest disposal
of military equipment since World War II. The
vehicles include Land Rovers, Mack trucks,
Unimogs, motorbikes, all-terrain vehicles and
trailers, which are being replaced under Project
Land 121. The vehicles will be sold by contrac-
tor Australian National Disposals in Australian
and overseas markets. Individuals and organi-
sations can register their interest with the
Defence Disposals Agency at www.defence.
gov.au/dda or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A 25-YEAR reunion of TS Walrus personnel
will be held on April 13 at the Royal Hotel,
George Street, Beenleigh with a sausage sizzle
scheduled for April 14 at Ramu Street from
10am. Tickets are $40 subject to numbers.
For more information contact Tracey Hagan
at email@example.com or Carmel Hiscock at
ON THE front page of the Navy News of
January 31, decommissioned ships HMAS
Betano, Balikpapan and Wewak were described
as "long-serving patrol boats". They should have
been described as "long-serving LCHs".
THE 50-year relationship between
North Sydney and Navy's lead mine
warfare and clearance diving base,
HMAS Waterhen, was celebrated when
more than 200 members of the ship's
company exercised their right to march
through the city.
The Freedom of Entry march through
the North Sydney CBD was conducted
on December 6 to mark Waterhen's 50th
CO Waterhen CMDR David Jones
led the march which was reviewed by
CN VADM Ray Griggs.
In accordance with tradition, CPO
William Robinson presented the scroll
to Police Commissioner Superintendent
Allan Sicard for the ship's company of
Waterhen to exercise its right of entry
through North Sydney.
CMDR Jones said the long-standing
relationship between North Sydney and
Waterhen was a recurring theme of the
day with the crew enjoying a community
barbecue after the parade, where sailors
mingled with local schoolchildren and
ABCIS Megan Diver said she
enjoyed participating in such an impor-
tant community activity.
"The freedom of entry was fun and
was the first for me since the big one
by Fleet in the Sydney CBD in 2009,"
SMCCIS Ashley Young said the
event was a proud moment for her and
her shipmates because "it allowed the
local community to see who we are".
Waterhen was first commissioned
in 1962 as the parent establishment
for Australia's Mine Countermeasures
Force, Clearance Diving Team 1 and a
variety of support craft.
THE National Archives of Australia has imposed a dis-
posal freeze on records relating to claims of abuse and
related material in Defence.
CN VADM Ray Griggs said sailors must familiarise
themselves with the scope of the freeze to prevent the
accidental destruction of material and records that may
be needed to support Phase Two of the Review of alle-
gations of sexual and other abuse in Defence.
Records covered by the freeze must be protected
and available for future reference and accountability
purposes, and to protect the rights and entitlements of
individuals, including claimants, alleged perpetrators or
others involved in handling matters.
The disposal freeze will remain in place indefinitely
until lifted by the National Archives of Australia.
VADM Griggs has directed all Navy personnel,
including those at sea and in bases ashore, to observe
the disposal freeze on records relating to claims of
abuse in Defence.
He said all Navy personnel must exercise extreme
caution in concluding that a record is not relevant
to the disposal freeze and can therefore be lawfully
Failure to comply with the terms of the freeze can
result in a person being found guilty of an offence
under the Archives Act 1983.
The disposal freeze covers all records relating to
allegations, reporting, investigation and handling of
sexual and other abuse in Defence, including bullying.
This includes records that fall within the broad
categories of 'personnel' (including unit medical and
personnel records and administrative documents relat-
ing to relocations, leave and career management) and
'corporate' (including Defence policy, guidance and
instructions on the management of staff).
The freeze applies to records in all formats, includ-
ing but not limited to:
Audio and visual recordings
Documents created in Microsoft Office
Records stored in Objective or on other shared group
or personal work spaces.
For more information go to http://intranet.defence.gov.au/oscd-
fweb/sites/RMP or see Defgram 815/2012.
50 years for
HONOUR: The ship's company of
HMAS Waterhen salutes CDRE
Jonathan Mead during the Freedom
of Entry through North Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Sarah Ebsworth
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