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September 12, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
LSIS Helen Frank
THE crew of a Sea King were recog-
nised for their brave actions in res-
cuing a man from the Queensland
floods in 2011 when they were
awarded a Group Bravery Citation
at the Australian Bravery Awards on
CMDR Scott Palmer, LEUT Simon
Driessen, CPOA Kerwyn Ballico and
POA Nicholas Anderson crewed Shark
21 during Operation Queensland Flood
They worked closely together dur-
ing their time at 817SQN and have
considerable experience in helicopter
The aircraft captain, CMDR
Palmer, was XO of the squadron and
CPO Ballico was involved in the res-
cue of sailors in the 1997/98 Sydney to
Hobart yacht race.
On the evening of January 11,
2011, Shark 21 was conducting evac-
uation operations in response to the
flash flooding at Laidley when CMDR
Palmer saw a man being swept along
"It was towards the end of a very
long busy day," PO Anderson said
"We started at 3am that day and
the rescue took place around 6.30 that
There were numerous aviation
hazards in the vicinity such as wires,
poles, trees and structures. These haz-
ards delayed the rescue.
"We were forced to hold off and
match the aircraft speed with the speed
of the water," PO Anderson said.
As soon as it was safe, the crew
attempted a winch rescue as the man
continued to be swept along the swol-
PO Anderson was lowered in a dou-
ble-lift harness to the stranded man but
was unable to grab hold of him.
"The conditions were horrendous
and very dynamic, changing every
moment," he said.
The man in the water then collided
with a partially submerged tree.
Brave actions honoured
"I was winched into the tree and
was able to recover the survivor," PO
"There was an awful lot of noise,
from the raging river and from the Sea
King hovering just metres above us, so
talking to the man was difficult.
"I got quite close to him and sig-
nalled to him to let me put the rescue
strop over him and to let go of the tree.
"This took a bit of convincing and
eventually I got him in the strop.
"I looked up to CPO Ballico in the
aircraft and I signalled to him to lift us
clear of the tree and the raging river."
PO Anderson said the rescued man
was very grateful and thanked the crew
many times during the short flight to
"While in the aircraft he was trying
to take off the life jacket he was wear-
ing," PO Anderson said.
"I said 'You keep it on mate, it
pretty much saved your life'."
PO Anderson said the award rec-
ognised and was a reflection of the
dedication, professionalism and skill
that 817SQN personnel had provided
over many years.
"I am proud and honoured to have
been part of the 817SQN Sea King
fraternity," PO Anderson said.
"I'll always remember January 11,
2011, Shark 21 and her crew for their
extraordinary skill, competence, tenac-
ity and clarity of mind and the abil-
ity to get the job done while under
CMDR Palmer said he was proud
of his crew's actions on that day but
the award reminded him of the tragedy
of the floods.
"While we were able to rescue one
man, there were many that lost their
lives in those floodwaters and receiv-
ing this award will always be tempered
by that," CMDR Palmer said.
STRONG MEMORIES: A Sea King hovers above flood waters during Operation Queensland Flood Assist in 2011. Inset, CPOA Kerwyn Ballico and
POA Nick Anderson in front of a Sea King at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Nowra.
Photos: CPOIS Damien Pawlenko and ABIS Sarah Williams
MORE than 100 Defence members
from around Australia attended
the annual Defence Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Network
(DATSIN) conference at HMAS
Harman from August 19-21.
Indigenous ADF and APS mem-
bers, and indigenous liaison and
recruiting staff met to discuss cur-
rent issues and challenges facing
The conference was also a
celebration and recognition of the
valuable contribution Aboriginal
and Islander people make within the
Navy was represented for the
first time at the conference by
regional indigenous liaison officers.
They have recently completed
cultural competency training and are
working for the commands in their
These members are both indig-
enous and non-indigenous personnel
and have a number of tasks includ-
ing providing advice to their com-
mands on indigenous cultural issues,
coordinating indigenous community
engagement and being a point of
contact for all indigenous serving
members in their region.
Each region will be hosting
recruiting and training activities for
indigenous recruit candidates.
Volunteers from across the Navy
are helping with these programs
that vary from day visits to the five-
month residential courses run at
HMAS Cairns. CMDR Chris Curtis
told the conference Navy had turned
a corner with its indigenous engage-
"The appointment of CPO
Ray Rosendale as Navy Strategic
Adviser to the CN has been fol-
lowed up with the appointment of
regional advisers," he said.
"In 2014, Navy will be sup-
porting two Defence Indigenous
Development Program (DIDP)
courses and also four of the six-
week Indigenous Pre-Recruitment
"The Navy indigenous network
is growing strongly and many indig-
enous serving members are stepping
forward to lend a hand and involve
themselves with some of the excit-
ing activities that are being run."
He said the International Fleet
Review would have an indigenous-
crewed tall ship with current Navy
graduates of DIDP sailing the
Queensland Sail Training Ship
South Passage from Brisbane to
"These DIDP graduates will be
joined by other indigenous serving
members to conduct several sails on
Sydney Harbour during the week-
long celebration," CMDR Curtis said.
"They will also be joined by
indigenous sporting and entertain-
ment stars, community leaders and
indigenous Navy veterans."
Serving indigenous members who want
to join in for a sail on the harbour, help
with community engagement, recruiting
programs or connect with the indig-
enous network should contact CPO Ray
Rosendale at ray.rosendale@defence.
Conference marks change
ATTENDEES: (L-R) AB Lateika Smith, PO Sam Shepard, LS Daniel
Cunningham, LS Erol Williams, CPO Ray Rosendale, PO Glen
Hall, CPO Jerry Savage and CMDR Chris Curtis at the DATSIN
conference at HMAS Harman.
Photo: LCDR Ian Lumsden
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