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THE bravery and heroism of the
sailors who crewed the "Chook" was
recalled when HMAS Waterhen com-
memorated the 72nd anniversary of the
loss of the first Navy warship sunk in
combat in WWII.
The sinking of Waterhen I in June
1941 was marked by personnel as well
as two dozen members of the Scrap
Iron Flotilla Association and the Rats
of Tobruk Association in a ceremony
on June 28.
Participants reflected on the loss
of the destroyer, which as a member
of the Scrap Iron Flotilla, kept the
besieged soldiers at Tobruk resupplied.
CO Waterhen CMDR David Jones
said Waterhen's final battle against
Nazi dive-bombers spoke volumes
about the courage and values of the
brave sailors who served in the Chook
and the Scrap Iron Flotilla.
"Australia and our Navy owe an
enormous amount to the men of the
first Waterhen, the Scrap Iron Flotilla
and indeed the veterans of all our past
conflicts," he said.
"They personify the values of
Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity
and Loyalty that are our Navy's values
CMDR Jones said the fighting
spirit of the men who
once proudly served in
her was alive and well
in the men and women
who serve at Waterhen.
of this link, CMDR
Jones presented this
year's John Hammond
Award to LSMT Brett
Bishop, of FSU, for
his outstanding service
attitude and the promo-
tion of Navy signature
behaviours while serv-
ing at Waterhen.
The award was
implemented to com-
memorate the courage
of John Hammond, an
ex-Waterhen sailor who
gave his life on Anzac
Day 1999 while defend-
ing a robbery victim.
The clear lower deck
also provided an oppor-
tunity to present other
sailors with medals and certificates.
WOET Roderick Robertson was
presented with a clock to mark his
retirement discharge from the Navy
after 40 years of service, to add to the
Federation Star he received last year
from CN VADM Ray Griggs.
SBLT Adrian Cooper received his
Commission Certificate, while LSBM
Robert O'Grady and ABCSOMW
Matthew O'Brien received the
Operational Service Medal and clasp.
Australian Defence Medals were pre-
sented to ABBM Benjamin Donhardt
and ABCSOMW Januario Callos.
Wave of energy
to hit Stirling
devotion to duty
LEUT Grant McDuling
HMAS Sydney joined forces with
the United States Navy (USN) and
the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense
Force (JMSDF) to participate in a
tri-lateral exercise, Pacific Bond
from June 22-26.
CO Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann said Pacific Bond
was a multinational naval exercise
designed to advance participating
nations' military-to-military coor-
dination and capacity to plan and
execute tactical operations in an
advanced warfare environment.
"Pacific Bond is about conduct-
ing quality multinational mari-
time warfare manoeuvres, with
this year's exercise having a heavy
focus on anti-submarine warfare,"
CMDR Brinckmann said.
"One of the consistent high-
lights of the Pacific Bond series of
HMAS Sydney joins forces for exercise
exercises is the exchange of person-
nel between navies, and this year
was no exception with personnel
exchanges between Sydney, JS
Murasame and USS Preble.
"It doesn't get much better than
operating with modern warships
from two extremely professional
Pacific Bond events include anti-
submarine warfare exercises, anti-
air warfare exercises, helicopter vis-
its, a board, search and seizure exer-
cise and liaison officer exchanges.
WORKING TOGETHER: HMAS Sydney, USS Preble, USS Chung-
Hoon and JS Murasame manoeuvre in close formation for a
photographic exercise at the completion of Exercise Pacific Bond.
Photo: LS Peter Thompson
TIME TO REMEMBER: Members of HMAS Waterhen, the Scrap Iron Flotilla Association and the Rats of
Tobruk Association attend the commemoration service for the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of Waterhen.
Photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
AWARD WINNER: LSMT Brett Bishop displays
the John Hammond Memorial Award he received
with John Hammond's daughter, Brodie.
LEUT Samantha Dudley
THE onshore site for the Perth Wave
Energy Project, located at Garden
Island, HMAS Stirling, was offi-
cially handed over from Defence to
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited on
Carnegie has been working
with Defence since the signing of a
Memorandum of Understanding in
In July last year Carnegie signed
power supply and grid connec-
tion agreements with Defence and
Western Power respectively for elec-
trical power from the project to be
supplied exclusively to Stirling.
The project will be the first grid-
connection wave energy project to
use Carnegie's CETO wave energy
technology to produce power and
fresh water and will also be the first
commercial scale wave power unit
deployed in Australia.
Carnegie Project Development
Manager Tim Sawyer said CETO,
named after a Greek sea goddess,
offered the potential to revolutionise
power and water production globally.
"It will involve the installation
and operation of submerged CETO
units attached to the sea floor," he
"These are connected to two small
diameter pipelines, laid on the sea-
bed, that run back to a shore-based
power and water generation facility
located on Garden Island.
"CETO harnesses the enormous
renewable energy or our ocean's
waves and converts it into two of the
most valuable commodities underpin-
ning the sustainable growth of the
planet; zero-emission electricity and
zero-emission desalinated water."
Unlike other wave energy systems
under development around the world,
the CETO wave power converter is
the first unit to be fully-submerged
and to produce high pressure water
from the power of waves.
Completion of the construc-
tion phase is anticipated to occur in
September with commissioning of
the project forecasted for the first
quarter of 2014.
WAVE ENERGY: A
computer generated image
of a CETO unit as it will
appear off Garden Island.
Image courtesy of Carnegie Energy
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