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A NEW $107 million contract has
been signed to provide aviation tech-
nical training services for the ADF.
Defence Materiel Minister Mike
Kelly announced the signing of the
five-year contract with BAE Systems
Australia on April 5.
“This contract means that BAE
Systems Australia will train about
900 students annually at the RAAF
School of Technical Training at
RAAF Base Wagga, NSW,” Dr Kelly
“The contract is for initial training
for technicians and maintainers for all
aviation-related trades, and a range of
postgraduate courses, for aircraft and
helicopters operated by Army, Navy
and Air Force.
“The design of the new contract
provides BAE with a high level of
autonomy and responsibility for the
delivery of the training.
“BAE will be introducing a con-
temporary training environment
supported by modern training sys-
BAE Systems Australia Ltd has
sub-contracted the Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology and Pennant
Pty Ltd in support of the services
THE Living Navy Behaviours
Program (LNB) has been integrat-
ed into all entry courses at Recruit
School and HMAS Creswell to
ensure consistent, up-front educa-
tion for all personnel joining Navy,
including initial and lateral entries,
The program, officially launched
earlier this year, is an amalgamation
of the Making the Change (MTC)
and Navigating the Change (NTC)
Developed under New
Generation Navy, the LNB program
is now an integral part of Navy’s
cultural reform journey; one in
which everyone in Navy is expected
It provides all personnel with an
understanding of the Navy Signature
Behaviours and the impact of unac-
LNB is a mandatory learning
requirement for all Navy personnel,
and is a requirement for promotion,
honours and awards and selection
for contestable roles. Personnel who
have completed MTC and NTC but
feel they need a refresher may also
undertake the new course.
To be awarded the LNB profi-
ciency, members must have com-
pleted all MTC and NTC engage-
ments and been awarded all eight
All personnel found to be MTC
and NTC compliant will automati-
cally be awarded the LNB proficien-
cy over the coming months.
Personnel who do not yet meet
the proficiency can ask their divi-
sional officer or a willing MTC/
NTC facilitator to deliver the two-
hour face-to-face LNB engagement.
For more information visit the NGN web-
A REVOLUTIONARY development
in junior maritime warfare officer
training is enhancing the prepared-
ness of officers of the watch (OOW).
The new simulation-based train-
ing package provides trainee OOWs
with increased exposure to bridge
evolutions and war-fighting, which
had previously been limited by plat-
It has been developed in close
consultation with key warfare and
navigation stakeholders as well as in
partnership with national and inter-
national leaders in simulation train-
ing and education.
Head of Command, Navigation
and Littoral Warfare within Training
Authority – Maritime Warfare (TA-
MW), CMDR Michael Letts, said
the training package was designed
to “grow” an OOW, rather than the
immersion approach of previous
JWAC warfare training.
“As a result, enhanced staff-
ing at the Bridge Training Faculty
at HMAS Watson, including highly
experienced PWOs, navigators and
warfare sailors, is providing high-
quality tailored instruction,” CMDR
Over 17 weeks of training, stu-
dents undertake a total of 24 simula-
tion periods of varying lengths per-
forming the duties of the OOW.
Activities vary from ship
manoeuvring scenarios, such as
replenishment at sea and officer of
Program recruits acceptable behaviour
Aviation contract announced
Students hone skills
the watch manoeuvres, to complex
multi-threat warfare scenarios in a
Students who successfully dem-
onstrate OOW warfare skills will be
awarded a surface Bridge Warfare
Certificate by TA-MW.
“On leaving Watson the success-
ful JWACs will enter the Fleet with a
common standard of skills and war-
fare exposure,” CMDR Letts said.
“They will post to sea to gain
an MFU Harbour Watchkeeping
Certificate and Platform Endorsement
from their CO, at which time they
will attain their primary qualification
as a maritime warfare officer.”
Recent graduate SBLT James
Hill said the course was valuable.
“The opportunity to gain experience
in a simulated environment allowing
us to hone our core mariner skills is
fantastic,” SBLT Hill said. He is now
at sea in HMAS Huon achieving his
With this additional training it
is forecast that the time taken to be
awarded a platform endorsement will
be considerably reduced from the
current average of about 450 hours.
CO Watson and TA-MW CAPT
Will Martin said TA-MW had confi-
dence in the new package.
“Aside from the significant sav-
ing in time, the highlight of this new
package is the tremendous level of
consistency we can now achieve,” he
ENHANCED TRAINING: SBLT James Hill and SBLT Liam Catterson
on the main bridge at the Bridge Training Faculty at HMAS Watson.
Photo: POCIS Simon Bagnall
POPT Andrew Corbett
with LSPT Kristian
Weldon at the Navy-
run Military Self
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
THE first Military Self Defence (MSD)
course run by Navy for Navy has fin-
ished in Darwin.
Navy physical trainers, with assis-
tance from Army, ran the course
for patrol boat crews at Defence
Establishment Berrimah from
March 5-9 .
Course manager POPT Andrew
Corbett said although the course had
been traditionally run by Army, Navy
had identified the course as teaching
crucial skills to boarding party crews
who may encounter non-compliant
people in the course of their work.
“Transit Security Element had been
undertaking the course for a while,
which has been supported by both
RAAF and Army,” he said.
PO Corbett said skills learnt on the
course helped to increase the safety of
boarding party crews while undertaking
MSD is an integrated program
that incorporates the applicable use of
force, physical self-defence concepts
and techniques, with current weapon
systems, combat equipment and indi-
vidual and team tactics employed by
sailors, soldiers and airmen in the oper-
PO Corbett said the course was
challenging for participants, but the
feedback was encouraging.
“All reported a high sense of
achievement in successfully completing
what they described as one of the most
physically and mentally demanding
courses they’ve ever participated in,”
Since the first course, a second has
been conducted from April 2-6 with
further courses set to run each month.
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