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LCDR Chloe Wootten
LEADERSHIP training at the Royal
Australian Naval College has been given
an overhaul in the past year -- deliver-
ing scenario-based training that reflects a
work-up in the Fleet.
LCDR Steve Delo is the lead instruc-
tor for leadership at the college and coor-
dinates exercises across a number of
courses, which provide fluid situations
requiring flexible decision-making as
well as communication, teamwork and
"We now provide realistic scenarios
to complement the theoretical leadership
lessons provided at the college," LCDR
"Naval officers are leaders, first and
foremost, and it is vital that their training
prepares them for life in the Fleet."
Members of the New Entry Officers'
Course (NEOC) now undertake four lead-
ership and teamwork assessments during
their 20 weeks, starting with Exercise
Dardanelles in week two, Exercise Sunda
Strait in week four, Exercise Coral Sea
at the mid-point of the course and finally
Exercise Matapan just before they gradu-
ate.Each exercise builds on the previous
assessment, moving from team-based
activities through to individual leader-
ship under stress and fatigue. Exercise
Matapan has seen the largest changes.
The five-day field and sea-going
exercise provides the final assessment
of the officers' leadership potential and
was most recently held a week before
the passing out parade for NEOC 48 last
Up to 10 serials run concurrently
with aircraft and ship support, a complex
undertaking, but junior officers now have
a better understanding of the role Navy
delivers in peace-time.
The trainees are embedded in a disas-
ter-relief scenario, providing a work-up
environment similar to what happens in
the broader Navy.
There are up to 20 serials each day
involving role plays across shore-based
activities and operations in Jervis Bay on
board MV Seahorse Horizon.
NEOC 48 graduate SBLT Paul
Coughlan was awarded the ES
Cunningham prize for leadership and said
he liked the revised format.
"It was a great experience in that we
were able to take positive control of a
group," he said.
The recent iteration was conducted
with the assistance of the RAN School
of Ship Survivability and Sea Safety and
a team of dedicated role players sourced
The exercise operated day and night
to increase the realism and learning out-
comes for the trainees.
During the week, the trainees respond-
ed to a simulated vehicle crash, a "crash
on deck" requiring fire-fighting and ship-
damage repair, retrieval of stores from
helicopter drops all while maintaining
security of allocated areas and personnel.
Practical Leadership Training
Coordinator CPO Anthony Blowfield
said the exercise was a significant step
towards training Navy's future leaders.
"The focus on leadership here at the
college is what separates officer training
from recruit school," he said.
"Life in the Fleet has many challeng-
es, but it is how our leaders make consist-
ent calm and considered decisions under
pressure that is the distinction between
success and failure.
"Our training is part of the ongoing
professional development provided by
HMAS Creswell on behalf of Navy."
LCDR Delo said the focus in the past
had been on discrete leadership challeng-
es and the progression to scenario-based
training had not been without challenges.
"The specifics of each exercise are
dependent on the availability of both Fleet
assets and external agencies," LCDR
"This means that delivery of training
is now more dynamic, but that change-
ability is reflective of what the trainees
will encounter later on.
"Recently we have had role play-
ers come in from HMAS Cerberus
and we have had the support of the
Australian Federal Police, the Jervis Bay
Administration and Serco-Sodexo Fire
Service. Without this assistance and more
from across Navy we cannot provide the
variety and depth of challenges required."
Anyone interested in taking part in exercises
such as Matapan or a full-time position at the
college should contact the Head Officers' Initial
Training Faculty on (02) 4429 7865 or email
Dynamic course changes
SBLT Katherine Mulheron
PROUD family and friends gathered to
watch Navy's latest communications and
information systems (CIS) sailors gradu-
ate their initial CIS training at HMAS
Cerberus on June 27.
The Initial CIS course runs over 28
weeks and is an intensive training program
incorporating a range of communications
and information systems using a variety of
XO Cerberus CMDR Michael Oborn
reviewed the graduating class and present-
ed certificates to the 14 graduates.
"The job here of the staff at Cerberus
is to create good sailors to serve in our
Fleet, to ultimately fight and win at sea,"
"Clearly the staff and your instructors
have worked hard to mould you into the
sailors you now are.
"From here on it is your actions and
your ability to live out the Navy Values
that will ensure you stand out from the
crowd and define you as sailors of the
CIS sailors fill the primary roles of tel-
Proud day for the
newest CIS sailors
IMPORTANT DAY: Reviewing officer of Initial CIS Course 306 and XO HMAS Cerberus CMDR Michael
Oborn stops to speak to SMN David Trudgeon during the graduation parade at Cerberus, above, and
presents SMN Jessica Tansey with the Warfare Community Medallion, inset.
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
SHOWING SKILLS: MIDN Eliza Josey attends to a role-player
during a leadership evolution as part of Exercise Matapan.
Photos: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
TEAMWORK: NEOC 48
trainees row back from
Cox, far left,
her team, left.
ecommunications, information technology
service and support, visual communica-
tions, information and operational security
and information management.
CIS sailors perform visual communi-
cations using flashing light and flags and
operate and administer a number of IT
networks used in the Fleet.
The graduates were: Seamen Drew Baber, Sam
De La Mare, Aaron Johnson, Murray Milne,
Daniel Murphy, Michael Pinney, Rylan Painter,
Anthony Smigielski, Peter Tal, Jessica Tansey,
David Taylor, Liam Thomas, David Trudgeon and
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