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June 20, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
CDF condemns unacceptable conduct
to the rescue
HMAS Newcastle provided medical
treatment and evacuated two badly
burned Filipino merchant seamen
from a stricken oil tanker in the
The seamen, from the Liberian
registered merchant tanker Perla,
were severely burned during a
machinery fire that left the tanker
powerless, adrift and vulnerable to
pirate attack on June 7.
Newcastle’s embarked Seahawk
winched a three-person medical
team to Perla to treat and recover the
seriously injured men shortly after
dawn on June 8.
CO Newcastle CMDR Paul
O’Grady said sea conditions pre-
vented immediate transfer of the
“After steaming 100 nau-
tical miles at best speed to reach
the Perla, the sea state prevented
us from rendering immediate assis-
tance,” CMDR O’Grady said.
“By radio, our medical officer,
LEUT Natalie Boulton, established
the casualties were stable enough
to remain on board until conditions
improved. Being in a known pirate
area we took up a security position
Medical team member ABML-S
John Baguio, a Filipino speaker,
reassured the casualties.
“I was humbled that I could help
merchant seamen from my old coun-
try as a member of my new coun-
try’s Navy,” AB Baguio said.
“Before leaving the Philippines, I
had trained to be a merchant seaman
myself, so this whole situation was
surreal. It was a fantastic opportu-
POIS Paul Berry
THE Young Endeavour Youth Scheme
has marked 25 years of youth develop-
ment voyages aboard the national sail
training ship Young Endeavour.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon hosted a
breakfast at Parliament House to cel-
ebrate the milestone on June 6.
CN VADM Ray Griggs and
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Barrett
joined 15 Youth Scheme alumni and
invited guests at the event.
Mr Snowdon said 25 years of contin-
uous service was a great accomplishment
worthy of celebration.
“Since 1988 more than 11,000 young
Australians have joined 472 challenging
training voyages in Young Endeavour,
and a further 10,000 guests from organi-
sations supporting youth with special
needs have joined a community day
sail,” Mr Snowdon said.
“During each voyage, youth who join
Young Endeavour live and work with a
diverse range of people, adapting to a
challenging and unfamiliar environment
as they learn to sail a square-rigged tall
“In doing so they develop a broad
range of personal skills and attributes –
becoming more effective team members,
leaders and communicators.”
Representing the alumni, Arjun Bisen
said his experience on board Young
Endeavour gave him confidence and
greater self-awareness, teamwork and
“There’s nothing like swinging from
a mast, 20 metres in the air in the midst
spective on things,” Mr Bisen said.
“I remember coming down from that
and realising I had overcome two of the
biggest barriers to achievement: self
doubt and fear. No challenge has felt
quite as intimidating since.
“I look back at those 10 days as a real
turning point in my life. It was a spark
that triggered a chain of positive events.”
Mr Snowdon thanked the scheme and
Navy for 25 years of service.
“Young people reap enormous ben-
efit from the Young Endeavour Youth
Development Program and, in turn, the
Australian people also benefit as partici-
pants go on to make valuable contribu-
tions to their family, their employer,
their community and their country,” Mr
“I congratulate the Young Endeavour
Youth Scheme and the members of Navy
who crew the ship and deliver this inter-
nationally recognised program. It is a
wonderful example of the contribution
our people make in the Australian com-
nity and I was glad I could help out
in my small way.
“It made me feel very proud of
being in the RAN.”
Once aboard the vessel, the spe-
cially trained Navy medics assessed
two men as seriously injured with
second and third degree burns to
their face, head, shoulder and hands.
A third man had a second degree
burn to his arm and was given first
The two serious casualties were
transferred to Newcastle for treat-
ment and stabilisation.
The men were given medical
care overnight until the arrival of
ESPS Numancia, which arranged
the evacuation of the injured men
to a hospital at Port Victoria in the
Newcastle is conducting mari-
time security operations in the
region as part of the Combined
Newcastle’s mission is to pro-
mote a secure maritime environment
for the benefit of legitimate mari-
ners and this rescue operation is an
example of multinational collabora-
tion between French, Spanish and
Australian naval assets.
success of youth
HAPPY OCCASION: Defence Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon speaks with Young Endeavour alumni at an event at Parliament
House in Canberra.
Photo: POIS Paul Berry
SGT Dave Morley
THREE ADF members have been
suspended from duty pending the
outcome of investigations into the
misuse of the Defence computer
In an announcement on June 13,
CA LTGEN David Morrison said
it was alleged the men exchanged
emails and other material that
degraded others and referred to
The suspension of a number of
other ADF members who appear to
be closely involved in these activi-
ties is also being considered.
CDF GEN David Hurley said he
was disturbed by the nature of the
evidence collected and angered by
the actions of those associated with
“Their behaviour does not accord
with the ADF’s values and I fully
support the CA’s decisions to date,”
“Our actions in publicly discuss-
ing these allegations and announc-
ing the decision to suspend these
members should send a clear mes-
sage to all Defence personnel; there
is no place for illegal, offensive
or discriminatory behaviour in the
GEN Hurley said the behaviour
of the individuals concerned reflect-
ed poorly on all ADF members.
“As members of the ADF we
have a duty to protect our col-
leagues,” he said.
“Every person in the ADF
deserves the right to serve without
any kind of physical, mental or
sexual abuse and I will defend their
right to do so in a fair, just and
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
said he supported the strong and
decisive action taken by LTGEN
Morrison in this matter.
“The CA briefed me when he
became aware of these despicable
allegations and I had absolute con-
fidence in his proposed handling of
the matter,” he said.
HELP AT HAND: HMAS
Newcastle’s Seahawk ‘Gremlin’
lowers onto MT Perla to
provide assistance to the
injured crew members.
TEAM EFFORT: PO Paul Mayer and ABML-S John Baguio were part
of the medical team involved with the rescue.
Photos: POEW Ben White
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