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WHEN SMNCSO Cassandra Burns
graduated from Basic Combat Systems
Operator Course (A) 307 she not only
came of age as a member of the warfare
community but also proved that she and
her siblings are three of a kind.
On receiving her CSO rate badge and
certificate at HMAS Watson on May 24,
SMN Burns was congratulated by her
elder brother and sister, who are also in
SMN Burns said her brother, ABEW
Robert Burns, and her sister, POMED
Racheal Kratzmann, were trail-blazers
who inspired her to follow in their foot-
“My brother and sister told me about
their adventures at sea and the fun times
they had, so I was always very keen to
join the Navy too,” she said.
Ironically, nobody in the Burns fam-
ily had ever served in the Navy until PO
Kratzmann joined in 2004, in pursuit of
exciting career opportunities, challenges
“I joined the Navy because of the
exciting career in the medical profession
that they offered to me after a careers
day session,” PO Kratzmann said.
PO Kratzmann said the Navy had
proved infectious among her siblings.
“I never thought that my brother and
sister would follow in my footsteps, but I
am glad that they have,” she said.
“The Navy is a great career and they
have found that out for themselves, with-
out too much prompting from me.”
AB Burns, of HMAS Ballarat, joined
Navy in 2008 and said he thought about
joining the Air Force, but decided to fol-
low his sister because of all the great
things she said about the senior service.
“My elder sister’s experience sug-
gested the Navy was a really good career
to get myself into and I have no regrets,”
The graduation was also memorable
for SMNCSO Sam Greenland who was
awarded the dux prize and the warfare
BCSO (A) 307 graduates were SMNCSO Burns,
SMNCSO Greenland, SMNCSO Mandy Collie,
SMNCSO Thomas Randall, SMNCSO Vincent
Roberts and SMNCSO Miranda Walker.
LEUT Michael Dunstan
RANKIN Division general entry
intake 312 (GE 312) recruits will
make Navy history on June 28 when
they become the last recruits to
fall in on the RAN Recruit School
Parade Ground under the Rankin
Rankin Division was established
more than 50 years ago in honour
of LCDR Robert William Rankin
for courage displayed against the
LCDR Rankin went down with
his ship, yet his legacy lives on with
the naming of the Collins-class sub-
marine HMAS Rankin.
LCDR Rankin enlisted in 1921
and served Navy honourably until
his death in 1942 while in command
of HMAS Yarra II.
On March 2, 1942, Yarra II
escorted a convoy of the merchant
ships Anking, Francol and the
small sweeper MMS51 bound for
She picked up two boatloads of
survivors from the Dutch ship Parigi
on March 3 and the following day
at 6.30am a Japanese squadron of
three cruisers and two destroyers
LCDR Rankin reported the
enemy sighting and ordered the con-
voy to scatter.
He laid smoke to screen the
defenceless ships and placed Yarra
II between her charges and the
enemy before pitting her 4-inch gun
against the twenty-four 8-inch guns
of the Japanese.
Tragically, the convoy was picked
off and sunk, yet LCDR Rankin
closed in until the enemy guns were
firing at point-blank range.
By 8am, Yarra II was the last
survivor, a smoking wreck, but her
guns were still firing. LCDR Rankin
was lost with his ship’s crew in this
CO RAN Recruit School CMDR
Aaron Nye said the recruits would
continue this legacy.
“Ninety-five recruits started their
naval careers here on April 15 and
are proud to have undertaken their
initial training under the banner of
Rankin Division,” he said.
“During my command, I’ve
watched countless new recruits
strive to emulate Navy’s values and
signature behaviours, continuing
our finest traditions. The sailors of
GE 312 Rankin Division honour the
memory of LCDR Rankin.”
Rankin Division will be succeed-
ed by Taylor Division in honour of
LS Ron Taylor who served under
LCDR Rankin on board Yarra II
during its final conflict.
LS Taylor ignored the order to
abandon ship, choosing to stay at his
gun alone still firing, until he was
killed shortly before the ship went
To commemorate the significant
history of Rankin Division, CMDR
Nye is extending an invitation to all
former Rankin graduates and staff to
attend the final Rankin Division GE
312 parade on June 28.
CN VADM Ray Griggs will be
the reviewing officer for Rankin’s
For further information contact LEUT
Michael Dunstan on (03) 5931 5807 or
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
Waller Division entered a new
page in australian Naval history
when the final class of Waller
recruits proudly graduated from
recruit School at HMaS Cerberus
on May 24.
Waller Division was established
in 1961 and named in honour of
CaPT Hector MacDonald laws
Waller who went down with his
ship, HMaS Perth, on March 1,
1942, while battling a large Japa-
nese force in the Sunda Strait.
CN VaDM ray Griggs attended
the parade as reviewing officer
along with David Waller, grandson
of CaPT Waller.
“It’s important to give the
stories of some of our sailors the
same prominence as the stories
many of our officers have had over
the years,” VaDM Griggs said.
“The Navy has a proud history,
forged by the dedication and ac-
tions of both our sailors and our
“The raN has provided over
112 years of local service to this
country. Today, Waller Division
becomes a part of that history.”
Waller Division will be renamed
Shipp Division in honour of lSa
Noel ervin Shipp.
lS Shipp served in Vietnam
with the second contingent of the
raN Helicopter Flight in Septem-
lS Shipp is remembered for
determinedly engaging the enemy
under heavy fire while hanging out
the door of his aircraft with his
M60 machine gun.
exposed to heavy automatic
fire, the helicopter crash landed
and lS Shipp was seen to con-
tinue firing at the enemy right until
the moment of impact.
it in the family
THREE OF A KIND: SMNCSO Cassandra Burns, centre, with her brother
ABEW Robert Burns and sister POMED Racheal Kratzmann after her BCSO
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
STAND PROUD: The last Rankin Division intake or recruits stand with staff in front of the division’s
building at HMAS Cerberus.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
LAST PARADE: CN VADM Ray Griggs watches the recruits march onto the parade ground.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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