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SGT Dave Morley
A FORMER Royal Military College (RMC) gradu-
ate who left Duntroon as a Royal Australian Corp
Transport lieutenant in 1976 recently returned to
Duntroon to be commissioned as the new Anglican
Bishop of the ADF.
Bishop Ian Lambert received the appointment at
the Anzac Memorial Chapel of St Paul on July 5, after
two decades in the Army and two with the Anglican
He said he was excited about the appointment.
"I can see, with 20/20 hindsight, how God has been
moving in and through my life and I can see how this is
the right time and the right appointment for me," he said.
"I trust I can serve the Defence community well."
Bishop Lambert said while he came into the job with
enthusiasm, he also came in with a lack of knowledge.
"Things have changed so much since I left the
Army," he said. "I understand the culture but not the
mechanisms within, so I've got a fairly steep learning
"I did Exercise Long Look with the British Army of
the Rhine. But I think the highlight of my career was
the posting to Puckapunyal. I became a Christian there
and had the pleasure of integrating my faith with my
life and my work."
Bishop Lambert said he became an authorised lay
minister at Puckapunyal.
"We ran a youth group ministry there for all the teen-
age kids," he said. "We called it TOPS -- Teenagers of
Pucka -- and worked on the basis these kids had nothing.
"We provided them with entertainment and fun and
shared the gospel with them."
Bishop Lambert said he was putting together a
visits schedule to all the bases and chaplains around
As the new chief minister and pastor within the
Full circle for new bishop
Defence community, his role is to guard the faith, pro-
mote unity, discipline and the mission of the church
in all Defence units and communities, at home and
Bishop Lambert was previously the regional bishop
for the South Coast, Southern Monaro and Snowy as well
as being rector of the Anglican parish of Batemans Bay.
NEW JOB: Bishop Ian Lambert is commissioned
as the Anglican Bishop to the ADF.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
PAST and present sailors who have served in
warships bearing the name Sydney marked the
100th anniversary of HMAS Sydney I, which
wrote the first chapter in the legend of Anzac
by sinking the German raider SMS Emden in
More than 100 current and former Navy
personnel gathered at the Mosman RSL on June
26 to mark the centenary of the commission-
ing of the light-cruiser Sydney I in Portsmouth,
The commemoration service was attended
by Navy personnel who had served in Sydney
III during the Korean and Vietnam wars, and
Sydney IV, which is embedded with the US
Navy Seventh Fleet.
Special guests included Director Navy
Continuous Improvement CAPT Luke Charles-
Jones who represented the Commander
Australian Fleet, RADM Tim Barrett, and John
Glossop, the son of the Commissioning CO
Sydney I, CAPT John Glossop.
CAPT Charles-Jones said Sydney was the
most famous name in the Navy, because of the
achievements and sacrifices of the four genera-
tions of people who have crewed the four name-
sake ships in WWI, WWII, the cold war, and
recent peace support operations.
CAPT Charles-Jones, who commanded
Sydney IV during 2011-12, said there would
always "be an HMAS Sydney" in the RAN, with
the Hobart-class DDG Sydney V to be commis-
sioned into service in the next few years.
The event included a presentation by Mr
Glossop about Sydney I's victory over the
German raider Emden in 1914, which generated
a lot of national pride early in WWI.
HMAS Sydney Association president John
Byrne said a major feature of the event was the
presence of so many current and ex-Navy per-
sonnel who had served in a ship named Sydney.
"They all share with us the beginning and
continuation of the 'line' of HMA Ships named
Sydney that have served the RAN and Australia
with great distinction throughout the past 100
years and will into the future," he said.
The event concluded with the announcement
that the HMAS Sydney Association had secured
a NSW Government Grant of $100,000 to assist
with the cost of the total refurbishment of the
Sydney I mast at Bradley's Head.
A century of Sydneys
FITTING TRIBUTE: Navy
personnel spell out "Sydney
1913-2013" on the flight
deck (above) of HMAS
Sydney IV to commemorate
the 100th anniversary of the
commissioning of Sydney I.
CAKE TIME: LSCIS
Roger Dalby and CO
HMAS Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann slice a cake
as part of the celebrations
(left). Photos: LS Peter Thompson
CO HMAS Sydney IV CAPT
Luke Charles-Jones (right)
addresses the memorial
service at Mosman RSL
Club in Sydney.
Photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
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