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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS August 29, 2013
Sydney Heritage Fleet invites you to apply to join the crew of the 1874 barque
James Craig for a "Sail of the Century" voyage! Be amongst the fl otilla of Ta ll Ships
from around the world as they sail into Sydney Harbour on Thursday 3rd October,
marking the start of International Fleet Review celebrations.
Sailing from Sydney on September 26th, James Craig will rendezvous with
Warships and Tall Ships along the New South Wales south coast, spending a
planned 8 days at sea.
As voyage crew, you will participate in the ships's routine under the careful guidance
of Fleet volunteers who have many years square-rig sailing ship experience. To
join us you will need an adventurous spirit, physical fi tness, be at least 18 years
of age and have an ability and willingness to live & work like a 19th century sailor.
No previous sailing experience will be needed. $2,400 will fund meals, training
and the ocean adventure of a lifetime!
Please lodge your Expressions of Interest (EOI) at firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will email you an application form.
For information ring 02 9298 3888 or 0419 691 084
Sydney Heritage Fleet is a not-for-profit charitable organisation
MEET THE FLEET
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SEE HISTORY IN ACTION
www.shf.org.au or (02) 9298 3888
THE announcement that the Bell
429 helicopters operated under
Navy's Retention and Motivation
Initiative 2 (RMI 2) have had a capa-
bility upgrade has been welcomed by
RMI OIC LCDR Steve Hancock said
the upgrade allowed the Bell 429 to oper-
ate with a 500lb increase in internal gross
weight which would enhance capability
as it would enable the aircraft to fly fur-
ther and for longer while carrying more
"Having an extra 500lbs weight
capacity is the equivalent of an extra hour
of fuel or two people for the same time,"
LCDR Hancock said.
"The extra fuel gives us the capacity
to more efficiently achieve RMI training
LCDR Hancock said the flexibility
to take on extra fuel in poor weather and
still achieve training outcomes was one
of the biggest benefits of the upgrade, but
he was anticipating others.
"The RMI has been a very success-
ful initiative enabling young aircrew to
maintain currency and build their skills
on a twin-engined modern glass cockpit
"This increase in the aircraft's capa-
bility has seen its utility increase con-
siderably and will be very valuable for
tasking, especially during the upcoming
The RMI 429s' avionics have also
been upgraded with the addition of a
SGT Dave Morley
A HOLIDAY back "home" in
Scotland and getting his golf handi-
cap down are what one officer has
planned for his retirement after
more than 40 years of service.
LEUT Evan "Jock"
Cunningham, former OIC RAN
School of Survivability and Ship
Safety, retired on August 5, after
joining the Navy aged 16, on April
He said he followed in the foot-
steps of an uncle who served in the
Royal Navy for many years.
"Probably my most eventful
time in the Navy was on board
HMAS Torrens, a steam ship, when
she was involved as the escort ship
for the Royal Yacht Britannia," he
"A select few of us were invited
on board for a tour of the yacht and
were privileged to be introduced to
"Torrens conducted several tours
of duty as the escort ship for the
RY Britannia during my term on
LEUT Cunningham said another
highlight of his career was his
involvement in the Damage Control
Schools in HMAS Cerberus and
HMAS Creswell where he held the
training facility manager's position
as a warrant officer.
"I then progressed through the
ranks to the Deputy OIC's position
of the RAN School of Survivability
and Ships Safety and then to my
current position as the OIC of the
School," he said.
"I was also given the oppor-
tunity to attend the International
Damage Control Assistant Officers'
Course held in Rhode Island, USA,
for three months in September
"But the biggest highlights of
my life were marrying my wife
Margaret and the birth of my two
children Elissa and Luke."
LEUT Cunningham said it
would be hard to go past HMAS
Torrens as his best ship during his
"But my other past ships, being
HMA Ships Swan, Parramatta,
Labuan and Manoora were also
exciting," he said.
"The main reason would be the
camaraderie that was formed while
serving on board."
A highlights-packed career
EVENTFUL TIMES: LEUT Evan "Jock" Cunningham, a former OIC RAN School of Survivability and
Ship Safety, has retired after 40 years of service.
helicopter terrain awareness and warning
The primary focus of 723SQN is on
training pilots, observers and aircrew and
undertaking conversion training from
fixed wing to rotary aircraft.
The RMI program enables junior qual-
ified aircrew to consolidate and enhance
their skills while awaiting operational fly-
ENHANCED: Bell 429 helicopter pilot
LEUT Sash Zorin conducts a pre-
Photo: ABIS Sarah Williams
THE Military Christian Fellow-
ship of Australia will hold its
annual seminar on September 7
at Russell Offices in Canberra.
This year's theme is "Strength
and Courage". The seminar is
open to anyone associated with
Defence. For more information
contact Lisa Thomas on (02)
6266 4950 or email mcf.office@
defence.gov.au, visit www.
mcf-a.org.au or see DEFGRAM
A NEW indigenous network group
is now hosted on the Defence
Alumni Network. For further
information email indigenous.
email@example.com or see
Paging crew members
CURRENT HMAS Hobart crew
members, as well as former and
potential crew are invited to join a
new Facebook group. Interested
social networkers can find the
group by searching for "HMAS
Hobart DDG 39" on Facebook.
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