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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS June 6, 2013
LSIS Helen Frank
IN KEEPING with the mission of trans-
forming FSU into a high-performing
maintenance and overhaul service pro-
vider, several FSU staff received a spe-
cial mention from DMO for their help
installing critical components of the GPS
Enhancement System on board HMAS
Working with DMO's Navigation
Warfare Systems Program Office and
Ship's Programing Office staff, the FSU
team installed and tested the upgrade to
the GPS system.
This work included the manufacture
of brackets and mountings, the replace-
ment of cables on the bridge and modifi-
cations to an antenna mast.
The Director General Surveillance
and Control of DMO, AIRCDRE Michael
Walkington, said the outcome achieved by
the FSU-SE team was a credit to them and
reflected the best traditions of the ADF.
"The FSU-SE leadership team
was key to the successful outcome,"
AIRCDRE Walkington said.
"Their technical teams provided
enthusiastic assistance and advice while
demonstrating high levels of skill and
PO Don McConachie, who lead the
installation team, said it was interesting
"It was a nice quick job and differ-
ent to work on systems that I wouldn't
normally be directly involved with," PO
"Working with the guys from DMO
was great. When a decision needed to
be made there was someone there, not
just with the authority to make a deci-
sion, but also with the ability to make it
ABET Joel Docker also enjoyed
working with the DMO team, so much
so that he volunteered for a second pro-
ject with them.
"After working on Sydney, I went on
to help with the same project on board
HMAS Melbourne," AB Joel Docker
said."It's great to be able to assist and
save the Fleet some money."
The successful design, manufacture,
installation and testing of the upgraded
system was all completed in less than
three weeks and AIRCDRE Walkington
attributed this to the willingness and
enthusiastic assistance of the FSU team.
He made particular mention of petty
officers McConachie, Kevin Shadforth,
Eric McGregor and Gene Borkowski,
leading seamen Jack Gordon, Steuart
Bonser and Luke Pertovt, able seamen
David Mexted and Docker and SMN
"Without the help of the team from
FSU I don't think the upgrade could
have been achieved in the timeframe,"
AIRCDRE Walkington said.
CPL Nick Wiseman
A MOTHER of four has placed
third in a Biggest Loser-type com-
petition modelled on the television
LCDR Christina Ween took part
in the 13-week competition to try to
shed some of the weight she had put
on after having her last child.
She said her confidence had
improved and fitness had increased.
"I took part with the goal of
increasing my fitness for my annual
test and to lose some weight after
having children," she said.
"I didn't expect to gain a top three
placing, I was just focused on losing
some more weight each week."
Returning to an office environ-
ment after maternity leave, LCDR
Ween found it difficult to stay moti-
vated when it came to exercise.
"Having the mentoring from the
PTIs helped," she said.
"I found consistency was the
key and also having realistic goals."
The competition started on
February 18 with a weigh-in for
competitors across all three services
and was designed to attract those
who rarely visited the gym and
were prone to being stuck behind
It also aimed to increase fitness
levels and promote healthy eating,
while losing a few kilos on the side.
Russell Offices PTI SGT Emma
Adamson said the competition was a
"The invitation went out to uni-
formed personnel from all services
across Canberra," she said.
"We had a number of competi-
tors start but due to work commit-
ments not all finished the event."
Each contestant was required
to weigh in weekly and complete a
food and exercise diary.
PTIs would assess the diary and
give advice to assist them to meet
their own goals.
Information was provided weekly
to encourage contestants to continue
in the competition and provide nutri-
tional information and other tips.
The end of the competition was
held on May 17 with a final weigh-
in and the competitors who had the
greatest weight loss percentage were
named as the winners for 2013.
LCDR Ween said she lost 6.2kg
while on the program, which helped
her focus on specific goals and
allowed her to achieve her desired
"A quote I look at every day is:
'Every accomplishment starts with
the decision to try'," she said.
"The only reason I accomplished
this was because I decided to try."
Although the competition has
finished, LCDR Ween has lost an
additional 3.5kg by continuing her
regime, including regular gym vis-
its, and aims to lose a further 2.5kg.
LCDR Ween is happy to offer advice
to those wishing to do the same and
can be contacted at Christina.ween@
for a job well done
TEAMWORK: (L-R) POET Don McConachie, POMT Kevin Shadforth, SMN
Jonathan Walter, POET Gene Borkowski and ABMT Joel Docker, of FSU, in
front of HMAS Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
FIGHTING FIT: PTI SGT
Emma Adamson encourages
LCDR Christina Ween in her
Photo: CPL Nick Wiseman
THREE tenderers have been
shortlisted to progress Project
Air 9000 Phase 7, which will
provide a new helicopter aircrew
training system to meet the
future rotary-wing training needs
of the ADF. AIR 9000 Phase 7
will deliver a new joint helicopter
aircrew training system for Army
and Navy to be based at Nowra.
The three short-listed tenderers
are the teams led by Australian
Aerospace Ltd, Boeing Defence
Australia Ltd and Raytheon Aus-
tralia Pty Ltd. A decision on the
successful tenderer is expected
by mid-2014, with training on the
new choppers expected to begin
DEFENCE, Qantas and Virgin
Australia have discussed a range
of issues including alternative
fuels and national capacity in
aviation skills during the inau-
gural Strategic Aviation Forum
in Canberra. The forum, held on
May 27, focused on future na-
tional aviation developments, in
particular emerging technologies,
and crisis planning and security.
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
said the forum was an opportu-
nity for high-level discussion on
many areas where Defence and
the airlines could work together
in the national interest. "We
agreed to explore the estab-
lishment of an alternative fuels
information exchange program.
Defence and the airlines operate
some common aircraft such as
the A330 and B737," AIRMSHL
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