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Desk to deck
LEUT Andrew Herring
WHILE HMAS Perth protected troops
aboard the Talisman Saber amphibious
ships, her crew was also busy protecting
the pristine environment of the Coral
Sea and Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
A small floating community of 182
people creates plenty of daily waste,
but Perth's sailors and officers worked
together to manage this and protect the
All recyclables were cleaned and
sorted into six categories, before being
shredded for space-efficient storage until
disposal during the ship's next port visit.
When Perth was outside the Great
Barrier Reef Marine Park and well
out to sea, the ship's state-of-the art
sewerage system treated waste water to
ensure all solids or bacteria that could
damage the environment were removed.
Food scraps were processed in a
macerator affectionately known as
"Egor", which chopped them into small
pieces and mixed them with water
before disposal in the ocean, much
like berley from a commercial fishing
When Perth was closer to shore or
within the marine park, treated water
was held in storage tanks on board.
There was also added vigilance on
the bridge while inside this area.
When piloting through the marine
park, additional lookouts were posted
and all sightings of marine mammals
were reported to exercise control and
other ships in the vicinity.
CO Perth CAPT Lee Goddard
oversaw the transit from the bridge and
said environmental protection measures
were well established in Navy's operat-
"Navy understands the importance
of protecting the marine environment
and all ships in the Talisman Saber fleet
are doing whatever needs to be done to
achieve our desired training outcomes
without damaging the environment,"
CAPT Goddard said.
Preparations for Talisman Saber
included a public consultation period
and preparation of an environmental
report by a specialist consultancy.
The environmental report is available at
Talisman protects the seas
RECYCLING: ABML-SC Veronica Bromfield removes shredded and
compressed cardboard from HMAS Perth's waste processing unit.
MIGHT AT SEA:
GOOD MIX: LSML-P Simon Von-Limont works in his office, inset, and
drives a jet RHIB with LSBM Glynn Parry during Talisman Saber.
Photos: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
below decks, responsible for the ship's
garbage room and the accommodation
space he shares with his crewmates. All
the skills were well tested during TS13.
"In the Navy, I get to have a mix
of both the office work and outdoor
tasks," he said. "It's a nice mix."
In his spare time, he is also study-
ing Higher School Certificate-level
maths and physics as a precursor to
university studies in engineering.
"I like to keep busy, I enjoy the
challenge and it will open up future
opportunities for me in the Navy," LS
LEUT Andrew Herring
DRIVING jet-powered speed boats,
diving into the ocean and giving
emergency first-aid aren't in the job
descriptions of most office workers,
but for one Navy administrator aboard
HMAS Perth, it's all in a day's work.
LSML-P Simon Von-Limont
spends most of his days work look-
ing after personnel administration,
accounts payable, correspondence and
record keeping -- much like any other
But for LS Von-Limont, getting out
of the office doesn't mean grabbing a
Instead it can involve getting
behind the wheel of a 7.24m jet pow-
ered RHIB, capable of speeds over
"It is good fun and a good change
after being in an office for hours," LS
"I've always been into fishing and
liked the water before I joined the
Navy but I could never afford a boat
of my own.
"These jet boats are so fast and
manoeuvrable -- they can do a 360 in
the water. You don't get to do that in a
normal admin job."
When the opportunity arose to
learn how to be boat coxswain, LS
Von-Limont jumped at the chance.
After completing an initial course
at HMAS Cerberus to become quali-
fied to operate conventional propeller-
driven RHIBs, LS Von-Limont did fur-
ther training to learn to drive the faster,
more powerful jet RHIBs.
He joined Perth early this year
and received his endorsement before
Talisman Saber, which means he can
now be called on to operate one of
Perth's two jet RHIBs when required
to transport passengers, conduct board-
ings or save lives.
Not that saving lives is anything
new for this 26-year-old, who is also
part of the ship's medical emergen-
cy team, which provides first aid and
assists the ship's full-time medical
team in an emergency.
As if that wasn't enough, he is also
a member of Perth's flight deck team,
responsible for guiding the ship's
Seahawk onto the moving deck, and
Perth's team of qualified scuba divers
who dive under the ship to do hull
inspections or repairs.
LS Von-Limont also gets involved in
other seamanship tasks including replen-
ishments at sea as well as keeping busy
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