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THE stars and stripes of the US Navy and
RAN came together when USN Chief
of Naval Personnel VADM Scott Van
Buskirk, visited Canberra late last year
for the USN-RAN Strategic Workforce
and Personnel Steering Group.
VADM Van Buskirk is responsible
for the planning and programming of all
manpower, personnel, training and edu-
cation resources for the USN and was
accompanied by several of his staff.
The steering group is one of a num-
ber of working groups that conduct stra-
tegic discussions on workforce and per-
sonnel initiatives and challenges.
The busy program included a range
of presentations by representatives of
VADM Van Buskirk was particularly
interested in the RAN’s drug and alco-
hol policies, NGN and the findings from
the HMAS Warramunga workload and
The co-chair of SWPSG, RADM
Allan Du Toit, who hosted the visit, said
the meeting reinforced the cooperation
between the two navies.
“It was very successful with strong
interaction, good information exchange
and an affirmation to the commitment
for an ongoing dialogue,” RADM Du
A range of staff-level interactions
are planned over the coming months
ahead of the next steering group meeting
scheduled for November.
THE Navy is celebrating 100 years since the
creation of the first Naval College in Australia at
Osborne House in Geelong.
Defence Science and Personnel Minister
Warren Snowdon joined those marking the col-
lege’s centenary on March 2 and paid tribute to
those who have taught Australia’s naval officers
over the past 100 years.
“This centenary event recognises the opening
of the college, which was a significant milestone
for both the Australian Navy and in Geelong’s
Before March 1, 1913, Navy Cadets were sent
to England for officer training.
The Navy sought to have cadets trained at
home so as not to lose their “Australian-ness”,
but the facility at Jervis Bay in NSW was not due
for completion for another two years. Osborne
House was selected as a temporary facility to
become the first Royal Australian Naval College.
The ceremony was attended by CN VADM
Ray Griggs who inspected a guard contingent
from HMAS Cerberus, local Naval cadets and
the Navy Band. VADM Peter Jones also delivered
an address on the history of the Royal Australian
“Some of our most distinguished naval offic-
ers including ADMLs Collins and Farncomb, and
CAPT Waller, were first trained in this building,”
Mr Snowdon said.
“Osborne House is an incredibly important
link in Australian Navy history.”
The Naval College was based at Osborne
House until 1915, after that it served as a Naval
Convalescent Hospital, the home of Australia’s
first submarine fleet, a training base during WWII
and the headquarters for the Shire of Corio for
some 50 years.
March 14, 2013
JOINT MEETING: L-R: CAPT Brett Genoble, LEUT Watson, LCDR Mark
Koost, RADM Allan Du Toit, VADM Van Buskirk, CAPT Mike Smith, CDRE
Peter Laver and CDRE Peter Leavy meet to discuss issues of joint interest.
Century of learning
Strategic forces come
together to steer future
ADF members will have greater flex-
ibility when accessing paid parental
leave from February 28.
CDF GEN David Hurley said paid
parental leave, previously only available
at full-pay, would now also be available
at half pay or a combination of half and
“These changes allow us to support
our people and their families when they
need it most and will help in provide
greater flexibility to balance their family
and work commitments,” GEN Hurley
“These changes are consistent with
the cultural reform strategies outlined
in the Pathway to Change and reinforce
our commitment to being an employer
of choice across the three Services.”
Full details are available at: http://intranet.
Parents gain more flexibility
ON PARADE: The Navy band
Melbourne detachment leads
the honour guard from HMAS
Cerberus in the centenary of
Osborne House ceremony.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
SAILORS-in-training will soon have more
to aspire to, following news that the last two
Recruit School Divisions to bear the names
of former officers will now be renamed after
Getting and Moran Divisions will be
renamed immediately after the current two
classes training under those names graduate.
The former will be named after LS Francis
Bassett ‘Richard’ Emms, who died in action
on board HMAS Kara Kara I , defending his
ship, the city of Darwin and Australia against
enemy air attacks on February 19, 1942.
Moran Division will be renamed after CPO
Jonathan Rogers, who died after helping a num-
ber of his shipmates escape HMAS Voyager II,
after the vessel collided with the carrier HMAS
Melbourne II on February 10, 1964.
The four Recruit School Division names,
reflecting decorated officers, will be adopted
by the Naval College, ensuring Waller,
Rankin, Moran and Getting will continue
to be honoured at a RAN training establish-
ment. The fifth RANC Division will take the
CN VADM Ray Griggs said it was impor-
tant trainees had appropriate heroes to be
“The conspicuous courage, loyalty, skill
and devotion to duty of these officers and
sailors, in peace and in war, exemplify the
best characteristics of our people and are in
the highest traditions of the Navy,” VADM
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