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Caters for ADF families in the ACT
April 11, 2013
FRANK and Carol Pradera,
now retired managers of Navy
Canteen’s premier holiday facility,
Amblin Holiday Park in Bus-
selton, Western Australia were
recently awarded a DCN Com-
mendation. CO HMAS Stirling
CAPT Angela Bond presented
the commendation, which recog-
nised more than 20 years ser vice
and exemplary performance in
managing and developing Amblin
Raffle for Pozières
THE Pozières Remembrance
Association is running a raffle to
raise money for a memorial park
at Pozières. Details of the Raffle
are at www.pozieresremem-
bered.com.au and all monies
raised will go to the building of
the Memorial Park. The Raffle
will be drawn on Anzac Day at
the Melbourne Storm/Warriors
Match in Melbourne by Molly
A REUNION of Somali veterans
will be held in Adelaide from
April 24-25. This year is the
20th anniversary of the first ADF
deployment to Somalia. Reunion
activities will include a barbecue
at Keswick Barracks on April
24 and participation in the City
of Adelaide Dawn Service and
Anzac Day March. Go to www.
au for more details.
Message to troops
THE ADF and Telstra have joined
forces to promote this year’s
Message to the Troops for Anzac
Day, with the hope of receiving
more than 10,000 messages.
As an incentive, for every mes-
sage sent to the troops, Telstra
will donate $1 to Legacy. CDF
GEN David Hurley encouraged
ADF members to support the
worthwhile project. Anyone wish-
ing to send a message can send
it via mobile on 044-SUPPORT
(7877678) or online at Telstra.
Help your mates
THE first off-base Family Re-
covery Centre for wounded ADF
personnel operated by Mates-
4Mates, a non-profit initiative of
RSL Queensland, has opened in
Brisbane. VC recipient CPL Ben
Roberts-Smith and former-CDF
GEN Peter Cosgrove opened the
centre on March 15, which caters
to those who have been wound-
ed in service post-1990. “This
centre will play a vital role in
helping wounded soldiers make a
productive and fulfilling transition
out of Defence service back into
the general community,” CPL
HMAS Penguin joined the Mosman
community on March 17 to support
the Balmoral Ocean Swim, a charity
fundraiser event raising money for the
Children’s Cancer Institute.
CO Penguin CMDR Paul Doble led
the support, donning his swimsuit and
taking part in the 1km harbour swim.
“It was a terrific day and all the
Penguin members were very pleased to
give up their Sunday in support of such
a worthwhile cause,” CMDR Doble said.
“This year our Naval hydrographers
set the course, dropping and collect-
ing the marker buoys, the Navy Diving
School manned a safety boat and a Navy
band contingent provided entertainment
while a few of us braved the swell to
complete the swim.”
Penguin has supported the Balmoral
Ocean Swim since 2011 and instituted
the Penguin Shield, a relay event for
“I was pleased to award the
Penguin Shield to four members of the
Normanhurst Aquaburn Swim Club.
They put in a terrific effort,” CMDR
LEUT Samantha Dudley
FAMIlIeS from Make-A -Wish
Foundation had a fun time visiting
Fleet Base West during ‘Wish Day’ on
The children and their families
were able to experience and gain an
insight into Navy life by visiting a
number of units, watching demonstra-
tions and talking to personnel.
Make-A-Wish Foundation ambas-
sador Karleigh Barbour said seeing
a variety of Navy units and spending
time on board HMAS Sirius were the
highlights of the day.
“Visiting the Navy base and a ship
were tremendous activities to do on
Wish Day,” Ms Barbour said.
“It helped to take the children’s
minds off doctors and specialist
appointments as well as their normal
While on board Sirius, the children
were guided through the bridge, the
galley, damage control repair bases,
the gym and onto the flight deck.
leUT Chris Harvey acted as a tour
guide and found the visit inspirational.
“I really enjoyed showing the chil-
dren and their families around,” he
“It was a very humbling experience
and certainly one that I would volun-
teer to do again.”
Helping wishes come true
HMAS Penguin takes to
the water for charity
TEAM EFFORT: LSHSO Hannah Lee, ABHSO Mardi Pritchard and ABHSO
Leigha Golding relax after completing the 1km swim. Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
FRIENDS: SBLT Bianca Wise lends Fae her Navy jacket while
sitting in the Helmsman’s chair on the bridge of HMAS Sirius.
Photo: LSIS James Whittle
“BeING in the right place at the right time
helps get that once in a lifetime image” is how
ABIS Alan lancaster describes the role and
advantage of an imagery specialist in Navy.
AB lancaster has been awarded the 2012
Rosemary Rodwell Memorial Prize, an annual
competition open to all ADF photographers.
His winning image was taken off the coast
of Western Australia during exercise Triton
Storm and shows HMA Ships Newcastle and
Warramunga pulling up to stations one and
two for a replenishment at sea from HMAS
Sirius, as HMNZS Te Kaha takes up lifeguard
station to the rear of the evolution.
AB lancaster said it was “a little damp
on the forecastle from the spray”, which pre-
sented the main challenge in getting the shot.
He also said he was humbled by the win
given ADF imagery specialists had access to
a diverse and exciting range of opportunities
and the works submitted every year are of a
“I was going up against some fantastic
images from some of the ADF’s best photog-
raphers, so it really is a great honour to have
one of my photographs win this prize,” he
The award is named after POWTR
Rosemary Rodwell who joined WRAN ser-
vice in 1963.
Her distinguished career spanned more
than 20 years during which she was awarded
the British empire medal.
She died in a car accident in 1987 and her
family established the prize, which is awarded
annually to an imagery specialist who best
demonstrates the pursuit of excellence.
TOP SHOT: ABIS Alan Lancaster with his award-winning photograph.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
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