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February 28, 2013
STUDENTS at the Combat
System Maintenance School
(CSMS) will benefit from a new
military off-the-shelf simulation
A train-the-trainer course on
the new Vista close-in weapon
system simulator started on
February 14 at HMAS Kuttabul.
OIC CSMS LCDR Wendy
Lissing said the course would help
staff provide a realistic, techni-
cally supported maintenance train-
“The program will enable
CSMS to provide maintenance
sailors to the Fleet with the appro-
priate knowledge, skills and atti-
tudes to maintain the operational
availability of close-in weapon
systems in ships at sea,” she said.
“The Vista integrated training
program will deliver greater effec-
tiveness and efficiencies in training.
“Navy must work hard to
embrace innovation in training in
order to nurture the skilled per-
sonnel necessary to operate the
platforms and systems for Force
LCDR Lissing said the CSMS
was originally designed to provide
electronic maintenance training
for Perth-class destroyers.
“Today, the highly skilled uni-
formed and civilian instructors at
the school provide a wide range of
technical maintenance and opera-
tor training,” she said.
CSMS trains about 600 sailors
annually in courses that cover sen-
sors, communications, weapons,
weapon systems, fire control, pro-
pulsion control and engineering
The sailors benefit from train-
ing with instructors before they
undertake valuable hands-on expe-
rience in Adelaide-class or Anzac-
class frigates where they can com-
plete important competency log
Appointed OIC CSMS in
November last year, LCDR
Lissing is the first female training
systems officer to fill the role.
Her Navy career started 10
years ago when recruiting offic-
ers visited a Navy cadet unit her
children attended, but instead of
snaring the kids they got her.
“The Navy said it had jobs for
everyone, which proved to be true
for me because of my experience
and skills as a qualified teacher
and education officer,” she said.
Her teaching experience gave
her the interpersonal skills and
management style to empower her
staff, which has created a posi-
tive workplace culture that has
enhanced morale and increased
productivity and team outcomes.
LCDR Lissing said the key to
success was encouraging people
to be actively involved in decision-
making around issues that impact
on their sections.
“My command and leadership
philosophy is based on respect. I
respect and value the knowledge
and experience of my team of sub-
ject-matter-experts,” she said.
“I trust them to perform their
duties and responsibilities in a
professional manner while uphold-
ing our Navy values. My job is
to know them; to support and
empower them to achieve.
“I believe my leadership style,
that includes leading by example,
builds a cohesive and responsible
New leader, new program
NEW LOOK: LCDR Wendy Lissing and PO Troy Stephenson work with the new Vista
simulation training package.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
– LCDR Wendy Lissing
Navy must work hard
to embrace innovation
in training in order
to nurture the skilled
to operate the
platforms and systems
for Force 2030.
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