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LEUT Kelli Lunt
EIGHT personnel from ESPS
Cantabria joined 110 Navy ski-
ers and snowboarders to compete
in the Navy Alpine Snowsports
(NAS) 2013 Championships
from August 4-10 at Perisher
The Spanish Navy Supply
Officer and seven sailors, some
of whom had never seen snow,
attended lessons and competed in
the competitions including skier
and boardercross, slope style, sla-
lom and giant slalom races.
CAPT Hector Pineiro Lopez
said he and his colleagues had a
great week training in their chosen
disciplines and enjoyed getting to
know RAN officers and sailors in a
"It has been a great experience
to live together with people from
another navy during a sporting
competition and the RAN person-
nel have a great relationship across
ranks so I have learned a lot about
working together," CAPT Pineiro
"I have been so impressed with
the values, the friendship and the
hit the snow
Remember I CARE for PFADS
HMAS Darwin is
IN SHIP SHAPE: HMAS Darwin is back in the water after more than 140,000
hours of maintenance and repairs.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
LEUT Andrew Serchen
HMAS Darwin is again 'resurgent'
after completing a major docking
maintenance and repairs, which took
more than 140,000 hours of contracted
Darwin CO CMDR Brian Schlegel
said she emerged from the dry dock in
mid-May and her crew then began the
tireless work of transforming an industri-
al work site into an operational warship.
"Darwin's crew is excited to be com-
pleting a long external maintenance
phase and returning the ship to sea, to do
what she was designed to do," he said.
Three weeks after finishing the main-
tenance and repair activities, Darwin
completed an external fleet technical
audit, mariner skills evaluation, aviation
air sea safety assessment (ASSA) and
commenced sea qualification trials.
Commander Sea Training Major Fleet
Unit CMDR Jonathan Ley said the crew
worked tirelessly to breathe life back
into the platform.
"Darwin was particularly well pre-
sented," he said
"A positive attitude and significant
drive by the crew on board has led to
Darwin truly living up to her motto --
During her first week of sea qualifica-
tion trials, Darwin's aviation capability
was proven, with her embarked Seahawk
flight conducting a successful ASSA.
Tiger 78 completed evolutions includ-
ing vertical replenishment, transfers, air-
craft recovery system operations as well
as normal and emergency recoveries.
Achieving the ASSA in such quick
time after returning to sea is a significant
achievement that the crew are proud of,
CMDR Schlegel said.
The milestone will enable Darwin
to proceed onto her next challenge as
she prepares for her operational rotation
FAR FROM HOME: ESPS Cantabria personnel, from left, SMN Abelardo Díaz, SMN Alejandro
González, SMN Raquel Soto, SMN Pablo Álvarez, CAPT Héctor Piñeiro, AB Manuel Cochón at the Navy
Alpine Snowsports 2013 Championships after the parallel giant slalom race for snow boarders.
of civilian APS personnel
are reminded to take into
consideration the recently
revised APS Values and
new APS Employment
Principles when writing
this year's Performance
APS employees must
uphold the Defence Values
and comply with the APS
Code of Conduct as well.
The new Employment
Principles and Values came
into effect on July 1 and
can be remembered easily
by the I CARE acronym.
First- and second-level
supervisors are to conduct
with each of their APS
employees by August 31
and record the decision on
PMkeyS Self Service by no
later than September 20.
For further information, visit
the PeopleConnect site at
au/peopleconnect and read
DEFGRAMs 355/2013 and
412/2013, released mid-May
I CARE EXPLAINED
Impartial -- The APS is apolitical and provides
the Government with advice that is frank, honest,
timely and based on the best available evidence.
Committed to Service -- The APS is profession-
al, objective, innovative and efficient, and works
collaboratively to achieve the best results for the
Australian community and the Government.
Accountable -- The APS is open and accounta-
ble to the Australian community under the law and
within the framework of Ministerial responsibility.
Respectful -- The APS respects all people,
including their rights and their heritage.
Ethical -- The APS demonstrates leadership, is
trustworthy, and acts with integrity, in all that it
It was just like
being a kid,
playing in the
snow. This was an
experience I will
-- SMN Alejandro Pages,
way boarders and skiers come
together, push and support each
other to succeed through the chal-
"Although we have been away
from our homes for seven months
now, Navy Snowsports made us
feel at home again, and we will
carry you in our hearts for that."
SMN Alejandro Pages was
one of the Cantabria sailors who
attended the NAS Championships
and said it was the first time he had
"This was the first time for me to
try snowboarding and I competed in
two races, the parallel giant slalom
and slope style," SMN Pages said.
"It has been great. It was just
like being a kid, playing in the
snow. This was an experience I will
NAS Vice President LCDR Paul
Kirk said it had been a privilege
for Navy Snowsports to welcome a
small group of their Spanish coun-
terparts to the championships.
"NAS personnel embraced the
opportunity to learn a little about
the Spanish culture and highlight
the teamwork and strong esprit de
corps that exists within Navy," he
"For the Cantabria personnel,
it was an opportunity to experi-
ence a different side to the RAN
and develop their interest in Alpine
Snowsports -- for Navy Snowsports
members, it was the chance
to extend friendships across
-- Cantabria at TS13 -- page 21
-- More snowsports -- pp27-28
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