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March 28, 2013
LSIS Paul Berry
A UNIQUE industry outplacement ini-
tiative for electronics technicians has
proven a huge success following the
first 12-month placement.
LSET Justin Fisher spent 2012
working with CEA Technologies in
Canberra, gaining unprecedented
technical insight into CEA's Active
Phased Array Radar (PAR) technology
currently being installed on Anzac-
class frigates as part of the Anti-Ship
Missile Defence Upgrade Project.
Navy and CEA Technologies
entered into the outplacement agree-
ment in 2011, allowing an electron-
ics technician to work alongside CEA
engineers and technicians to enhance
skills and knowledge on CEA's PAR
"I have learnt about what's inside
the radar and how to change some of
those elements and gained a deeper
understanding than what was covered
in the Navy course," LS Fisher said.
"While I was there they manufac-
tured HMAS Arunta's PAR and we
powered them up for the first time,
installed the software, performed fault
finding and ran a heap of tests on them
to get them fit for service."
The outplacement was mutually
beneficial, with LS Fisher's skills as
a fire control operator and knowledge
of the Anzac-class combat systems,
weapons and sensors a valuable addi-
tion to CEA during testing.
During the outplacement, LS
Fisher travelled with CEA technicians
to Hawaii to work on HMAS Perth's
PAR, enabling successful sea spar-
row missile firings during Exercise
"It was brilliant working with the
CEA technicians," LS Fisher said.
"It was a great workplace, they
were very knowledgeable and good
guys to work with."
LS Fisher posted to Fleet Support
Unit Perth in January, leaving him
well placed to impart his knowledge
to other technicians and to assist with
Arunta's PAR instal later in the year.
He was replaced by LSET Justin
Bimrose who posted to HMAS
Harman for the CEA outplacement at
the start of this year.
LS Bimrose was selected by the
Navy People Career Management
Agency from a strong field in June
He has integrated into the CEA's
workshop well and brings his expe-
riences from the Anti-Ship Missile
Defence upgrade to Perth.
It is envisaged the career manage-
ment agency will call for nominations
for the 2014 CEA outplacement posi-
tion in May.
All interested ET sailors are strong-
ly encouraged to apply.
For more information visit http://intranet.
or email DNCM.Correspondence@defence.
gov.au, attention: DNCM Engineering.
Outplacement in style
MOTIVATED leaders of various ranks
are standing up as facilitators and pre-
senting Navy's Crucial Performance
Conversations Course (CPCC) to their
Through scheduled facilitator train-
ing sessions, CPCC is beginning to tran-
sition to local delivery.
CPCC facilitator POMED Jay
Michaels, of NHQ-TAS, said he found
the CPCC and facilitators' course inval-
uable from a leadership and manage-
"The course formalises the use of
emotional intelligence when dealing with
conflict and how to prepare and conduct
difficult conversations," he said.
"The skills gained from the CPCC, in
combination with Signature Behaviours,
are crucial in carrying out the ideal of
truth in reporting.
"I'm looking forward to facilitating
the first CPCC for ADF personnel in
The course gives participants tips
for having honest and constructive
performance discussions; not just at
performance review time, but during the
course of each day -- with superiors, sub-
ordinates and peers.
While the target demographic is lead-
ing seamen, petty officers and lieuten-
ants, 23 per cent of participants have
been from other ranks.
All personnel are encouraged to
undertake one of the courses.
Personnel interested in becoming
a course facilitator are encouraged to
undertake one of the CPCC and facilita-
tor training sessions.
To become involved, visit the NGN Resources
menu at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navy-
web/sites/ngn. The CPCC must be completed
before undertaking facilitator training.
SKILLED UP: LSET Justin Fisher will share the skills and knowledge he picked up on his outplacement with
CEA Technologies with Fleet Support Unit.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
LEUT Ryan Zerbe
ALTHOUGH Australia and France are far
removed geographically, shared interests in the
Pacific were a prime consideration as Australian
sailors trained in common skills with their
French counterparts in the seas off Darwin.
HMAS Bathurst steamed in company with
Floreal-class frigate FNS Vendémiaire as she
departed Darwin on March 4 after a five-day
visit to the port city.
The crews took the opportunity to conduct
a passage exercise, which included visual and
radio communications between ships as well as
CO Vendémiaire CMDR Joffrey Guerry said
the visit provided an opportunity for his crew
to develop interoperability with the RAN and
strengthen diplomacy between the two forces.
"One of our goals here is to explain to the
French people around the world and particularly
in Australia the importance of collaboration
between the two navies," he said.
"We need to have really strong training
when we're at sea and we want to share our own
experience and I'm sure the Australian Navy can
teach us some things too."
CO HMAS Coonawarra CMDR Ben Favelle
emphasised the importance of being able to
work effectively with a ship based close to
"Vendémiaire is based in Noumea, New
Caledonia, which makes them a neighbour and
also an ally," he said.
"Protocols at sea are very similar for navies
around the world and we're taking advantage of
training and development opportunities while
the French are here."
A detachment from Vendémiaire took on
personnel from Coonawarra in a sports carnival
during their visit, including rugby and volleyball
The ship also hosted a cocktail party for
guests from the RAN and the local French com-
munity while berthed at Fort Hill Wharf.
Vendémiaire has commenced a four-month
diplomatic deployment through South-East Asia.
FRIENDS VISIT: FNS Vendémiaire and HMAS Parramatta alongside Fort Hill Wharf in
Darwin. Inset, PO Andrea Murphy and AB Ruth Nairn get a tour of Vendémiaire by MIDN Paul
Photos: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
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