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THE pain of enduring one of the ADF’s most physically
and mentally demanding courses was not evident among
the five sailors who graduated from Advanced Clearance
Divers Course 37.
LEUTCD Daniel Craig, LSCD Simon Scott, LSCD
Andrew Michelin, LSCD Keith Marning and LSCD
Joshua Drennan were all smiles at their graduation cer-
emony at HMAS Penguin on January 30.
They endured 45 weeks of instruction and assess-
ments, during which time they demonstrated the skills
necessary to operate as Navy clearance diving supervi-
The graduation was especially memorable for LSCD
Drennan who was awarded the Sean Moles Memorial
Shield for his achievement as the most outstanding stu-
dent on course.
LSCD Drennan said he was honoured to win the
award. “It’s a great day but it’s only the beginning in
what I hope will be a long and rewarding career in the
Navy,” he said.
LSCD Drennan said the hardest part of the course
was the explosive ordnance disposal phase because of its
duration and many challenges.
“I just love diving so it was a great outcome for me to
complete the course so strongly,” he said.
The ceremony was attended by Chief Staff Officer
Mine Warfare Clearance Diving CMDR Glenn Ker who
presented the graduates with their certificates.
CMDR Ker praised the graduates for their dedica-
tion and the staff at the dive school for their mentoring,
which enabled the students to reach such a high profes-
He urged the newest advanced clearance divers and
future senior sailors to step up and deliver the leadership
necessary to keep Navy world-class.
“Navy clearance divers are currently deployed on a
number of operations around the world where they are
successfully and safely getting the job done, no matter
how dirty and dangerous the challenge,” CMDR Ker
OIC RAN Diving School LCDR Russ Crawford said
the training the graduates received had equipped them
with the necessary knowledge to operate as supervisors.
“Through the course of their training, the graduates
have learnt and demonstrated competence in supervising
diving on a number of challenging diving sets,” he said.
“This has included 54m dives on surface supplied
breathing apparatus, conducting mine countermeasures
on Navy’s newest rebreather Shadow Excursion.”
The students were also instructed on personnel man-
agement, which will help them take on managerial roles
as they progress through their career.
Tough job to conquer
TOP AWARD: Bill Fitzgerald, a member of the first clearance diver course in 1955, presents
LSCD Josh Drennan (above) with the Sean Moles Memorial Shield. (Below L-R) LEUT Paul
Darcey, LSCD Andrew Michelin, LSCD Keith Marning, LSCD Simon Scott, LEUTCD Daniel
Craig, LSCD Drennan and LCDR Russ Crawford stand in front of the school with Mr Fitzgerald
and CMDR Glen Ker (seated).
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
A NEW initiative will bring togeth-
er current and ex-serving ADF
personnel in an effort to promote
good health, provide support and
services, and encourage social con-
Defence Sheds will create an
environment where people can get
together to chat and share skills and
Based on the concept of ‘Men’s
Sheds’, Defence Sheds will be
established in a number of locations
across Australia and will be open to
all serving and former Defence men
and women, regardless of whether
or not they have seen active service.
Set up by a group of veterans,
the initiative is in response to the
incidence of post traumatic stress
disorder and other conditions affect-
ing ADF members.
Defence Shed encourages men
and women to take an interest in
their health and overall wellbeing
and will provide a positive means
in helping to provide for members’
mental, physical and spiritual needs.
Defence Shed representative
Wayne Parsons said local sheds
would be set up in a number of
locations across Australia to ensure
they were accessible to as many
people as possible.
“Defence Shed will offer support
to returned servicemen and women,
as well as those currently serving,
by providing them with mateship,
various hands-on activities, projects
and social activities,” Mr Parsons
“As Defence Shed develops,
more support and backing by the
right people of goodwill in and
outside of the ADF will widen the
scope of the ability of Defence Shed
to help us help our mates.”
Mr Parsons said the sheds would
also offer health and welfare advice,
counselling though various profes-
sional networks, and connections to
others within the Defence network.
“It will be a meeting place
where people can discuss issues of
concern with like-minded mates,
work on projects together, get
involved in fundraising activities
with various charities and learn new
skills,” he said.
For more information about Defence Shed,
Shedding light on health
A major Fleet Unit
an open day in an
Australian port. The
visit was so popular,
that in no time at all the
queues were long. A
junior sailor using his
initiative, went wharf
side and started a nar-
rative on the ship, the
Navy, jobs on board, life
at sea and recruiting.
He kept this up for five
hours straight. The ship
and the Navy received
high praise from all who
attended the open day.
This selfless action by
the sailor exemplifies
the following signature
and beyond Navy’ and
‘Make Navy proud,
make Australia proud’.
The sailor’s effor ts
Navy’s reputation and
also showed the crowds
on the wharf that the
Navy was an employer
of choice. Parents and
children alike com-
mented that this sailor’s
efforts had made their
wait significantly more
A junior sailor was
found guilty by a
Magistrate of two
counts of obtaining a
The sailor had failed to
inform DHA of a change
in circumstances in
relation to his rental
after a friend moved
into his unit and contrib-
uted to rent and utilities.
The sailor continued to
receive full rental allow-
ance at the non-sharing
rate when he was not
entitled to it.
He was sentenced to
45 days detention (15
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