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March 14, 2013
HMAS Huon started a two-month
deployment to the south-west Pacific
flushed with success after being pre-
sented with the Rushcutter Shield
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim
Barrett presented the shield to Huon’s
ship’s company at HMAS Waterhen
on February 28 on the eve of her
“Congratulations to all the crew
for a job well done,” he said.
RADM Barrett said the Rushcutter
Shield was awarded to the minehunter
or dive team that was foremost in all
aspects of mine countermeasure oper-
ations, safety, reliability and unit level
“ Huon, through the conscien-
tious efforts of the crew, produced
the highest standards throughout the
period, excelling in exercises, trials,
administration and personnel man-
agement,” he said.
“Huon was particularly outstand-
ing in both her work-up and unit
RADM Barrett said Huon oper-
ated at high tempo for the majori-
ty of the year, which enhanced the
reputation of the mine countermeas-
ure vessels in Exercises Mulgogger
and Kakadu, and performed well in
The presentation of the Rushcutter
Shield was a timely boost before
Huon’s deployment that will see her
make port calls to Cairns, Darwin,
Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
CO Huon LCDR Jace Hutchison
said Crew Two, aka ‘Snake Eyes’,
was honoured to accept the award in
recognition of the minehunter’s con-
tribution to Fleet operations, exercises
and community engagement activities
“The presentation of the
Rushcutter Shield by COMAUSFLT
in recognition of Huon’s achieve-
ments last year means a lot to me and
my crew,” he said.
Recognition of Huon’s achieve-
ments in regional engagement during
last year’s south-west Pacific deploy-
ment bodes well for the success of
this goodwill visit.
LCDR Hutchison said Huon had a
busy program this year, which would
include relic surveys for WWII air-
craft in Milne Bay, New Guinea.
RADM Barrett also conducted a
promotion ceremony and two medal
presentations to three excited crew
members who said they never expect-
ed such recognition from such a sen-
AB Justin Parrish was presented
with the new Australian Operational
Service Medal for his Op Resolute
deployment while AB Bethany
Manusu was promoted from seaman.
LCDR Hutchison was presented
with the Queen’s Commendation
for Valuable Service and the NATO
medal in recognition of his conduct
while posted to HMS Brocklesby as an
exchange officer with the Royal Navy.
See page 14 for more about LCDR Jace
Hutchison’s Queen’s Commendation.
Top award for Huon
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
HMAS Toowoomba supported Team
Australia at the International Defence
Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The ship docked in Abu Dhabi on
February 17 and CO Toowoomba CMDR
Brendon Zilko said he and his crew were
excited to be at IDEX.
“We are here to show off Australian
technology and naval capabilities,”
CMDR Zilko said.
“We also hosted a reception in con-
junction with the Team Australia defence
industry delegation visiting IDEX and
provided tours of the ship for visitors
from other nations during our six-day
Deputy Commander JTF633 CDRE
Martin Brooker also visited Toowoomba
on February 17.
“By Toowoomba being involved in
IDEX, it’s another way Navy can support
Australia’s national interests,” he said.
“At sea Toowoomba is contributing to
maritime security operations and in port
they can be a platform for international
Toowoomba is successfully operating
in its two roles – counter terrorism and
“The crew have performed very well
so far on their mission. They are enjoy-
ing the interesting and exotic places
we’ve visited and the professional oppor-
tunity the deployment provides,” CMDR
REWARDED: COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Barrett awards HMAS Huon and ship’s company the Rushcutter Shield alongside at HMAS Waterhen.
Photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
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