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After nine months of intensive train-
ing, the latest aircrew graduates were
presented with their wings by COMfAA
CDre Vince Di Pietro in a ceremony at
Nowra’s fleet Air Arm Museum.
CDre Di Pietro welcomed guests on
May 23 to what he described as “a very
special day” for ABs richard Clark and
Damien Walsh who were also being pro-
moted to the rank of leading seaman.
“the business of rank and what it
means cannot be underestimated,” CDre
Di Pietro told the graduates.
“As an aircrewman you will have
the privilege and responsibility of fly-
ing with all ranks and having a special
relationship of equality and parity in the
responsibility of the operation of naval
“You are also in the lucky position of
being able to tell an officer where to go –
in the nicest possible way.”
this is not the first time the leading
seamen have shared a graduation podium.
In 2005 they both completed Year 12 at
Sacred Heart College in South Australia.
LS Clark said it was great to meet up
with his former classmate.
“We lost touch after school so to see
he had also joined the Navy was a sur-
prise and here we were about to study
together again,” he said.
LS Walsh said they weren’t given
long before they had to put their skills
“We deployed to townsville just days
after graduating to participate in a squad-
ron training exercise, which included
conducting operations with townsville-
based Army landing craft,” he said.
After a period of consolidation at
723SQN, LS Clark and LS Walsh will
complete an operational conversion on
either the MrH-90 or Seahawk and will
also be eligible to apply for a conversion
to the new MH-60r.
A 816SQN Seahawk and a 808SQN
MrH-90 taipan practised infrared
countermeasures in a joint campaign at
Woomera for two weeks during May.
Campaign Surfrider is undertaken
every two years to ensure optimal sur-
vivability of ADf aircraft equipped
with electronic warfare self protection
Surfrider is conducted far from
prying eyes at the Woomera test
range in South Australia with sup-
port from the Joint electronic
Warfare Operational Support Unit
LeUt Ian Parrott, of 816SQN, said
a Wedgetail from rAAf’s 2SQN, a
Hercules from rAAf’s 37SQN and
a Chinook from 5 Avn regt worked
alongside the Seahawk and MrH-90
during the campaign.
“the main aim of the exercise was
to evaluate ADf aircraft against threats
like man-portable air defence sys-
tems,” LeUt Parrott said.
“By working in a joint environ-
ment with Air force and Army,
JeWOSU are then able to take infor-
mation gleaned from Campaign
Surfrider and ensure that our coun-
termeasures and tactics remain effec-
Campaign Surfrider also gave the
squadrons an opportunity to host stu-
dents and parents from the Woomera
LeUt ryan Cross, of 808SQN,
fOUr junior pilots from 723SQN
are participating in the Kiowa
Pilot transition Course at the
Army Helicopter School in Oakey,
Pilot training at HMAS
Albatross focuses on sea elements,
so the land-based course has been a
change of scenery for all involved.
the Army course gives students
an exposure to Army aviation with
the main feature being night flying
with night-vision-goggles where
students conduct low-level naviga-
tion, confined-area approaches and
At the end of the course, the
pilots will remain at the Army
Helicopter School for about six
months to consolidate their new
skills before returning to Albatross
to undertake operational conver-
sions to the Seahawk and MrH-90.
the Army Helicopter School
trains qualified flying instructors
and qualified aircrewman instruc-
tors for Navy through the Instructor
training Wing. Joint courses pro-
vide a great opportunity for Navy
members to diversify their skill sets.
Under the Helicopter Aircrew
training System, all initial rotary
wing training for Army and Navy
will be consolidated at the Joint
Helicopter School at Albatross.
Flying outback visit
VISITORS: 816SQN personnel and Woomera Area School students and teachers in front of Seahawk ‘Tiger 77’
at Woomera Airfield in South Australia.
Duo get their wings
said personnel enjoyed the campaign.
“Our squadrons got a lot out of the
exercise because it combined training
with a visit to a school that may not
get many visitors given its location,”
he said. “the school is a small outback
school with 25 students ranging from
kindergarten through to Year 12.”
the students were given the oppor-
tunity to get up close to each aircraft
and see how Navy aircrew and main-
tainers perform their missions.
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