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March 14, 2013
LEUT Peter Croce
HMA Ships Parramatta and Albany
proved their collective seamanship and
life-saving skills in response to a ves-
sel in distress on Operation Resolute.
Parramatta was completing the
final stages of disembarking passen-
gers from a vessel in distress in dete-
riorating weather and sea conditions
when the boat rolled over and began
taking on water on February 20.
The rollover tipped passengers and
members of Parramatta's boarding
party into the water. Patrol boat Albany
was providing on-scene support.
Acting Commander Joint
Operations RADM Stephen Gilmore
praised both ships' companies for their
rapid response, which ensured they
acted safely and professionally when
faced with a dangerous situation.
"These personnel have called upon
their training and reacted swiftly and
safely to recover their mates and all
the people from the sea," RADM
"Navy personnel are highly trained
and regularly tested to respond to dif-
ficult situations and were appropriately
equipped to respond to these situations.
This training includes an unexpected
entry into the water, which occurred
on this occasion."
The disembarkation of the 91 pas-
sengers on board the vessel was pro-
gressing smoothly in the challenging
conditions until the vessel violently
It rolled again a short time later and
did not right itself, remaining semi-
submerged and on its side.
RADM Gilmore said three RHIBs
from both Parramatta and Albany pro-
vided immediate support in the diffi-
cult sea conditions.
"The sailors applied skills learned in
their regular training and inflated their
lifejackets, stayed together and were
quickly recovered by nearby RHIBs,
along with almost two dozen persons
from the stricken vessel," he said.
"At no time did Navy personnel
voluntarily enter the water to rescue
sailors or passengers as an appropri-
ate level of safety support was already
GREAT ER Western Sydney Giants
coach and AFL legend Kevin Sheedy
kicked off a recent visit to the
Shoalhaven in style when he arrived
at HMAS Albatross in a Bell 429.
Sheedy, accompanied by Giants
player Dom Tyson, was at Albatross
to deliver the keynote address for the
816SQN training day.
CO 816SQN CMDR Grant
O'Loughlan said it was invaluable
having a person of Sheedy's calibre
and experience address the squadron
and that his key messages were just
as relevant to those working on an
airfield as a football field.
"Personnel got to hear the view-
point of a well known and respected
individual who has been performing
at a top level over a long period,"
CMDR O'Loughlan said.
"The message that leadership is
fundamental to everything we do was
a very important one for us."
LCDR Simon Levy, who arranged
the visit after learning that the Giants
had planned a promotional visit to the
Shoalhaven, said his presence was a
great addition to the squadron's train-
"816 absolutely loved it. He chal-
lenged us all to think differently," he
"His insights on leadership were
invaluable and one important message
for me was the value of following
through on your ideas and not stop-
ping until you change what needs to
Flying visit boosts training
Giants coach Kevin Sheedy
addresses 816SQN personnel
at HMAS Albatross' Junior
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
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