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LEUT Melissa Cowling
FAMILY members of Noel Shipp, the
namesake of the newest division at
Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus,
were guests of honour at the first grad-
uation on August 30.
The leading aircrewman's widow
Gloria, along with their son Darren
and more than 20 members of the
Shipp family, joined family and
friends of the Shipp Division gradu-
ates during the ceremony reviewed by
COMAUSFLT RADM Tim Barrett.
Mrs Shipp said she was honoured
to attend the first graduation that com-
memorated her late husband's service
in the Navy.
"I feel honoured to be a part of
the very first graduation of the new
Division, and very proud to see these
recruits represent all that Noel aspired
to be when he joined the Navy," Mrs
"It's a momentous occasion also
for our son Darren, and Eryn, the
granddaughter he never got to meet.
"I am very pleased, too, to be shar-
ing it with Noel's family who travelled
from Queensland, as well as my own
family from Sydney.
"To have so many people join us
who knew and loved Noel makes this
day even more special."
She said she hoped the division
would remember her husband and
other brave members who had lost
"The renaming of the division
means that every recruit that passes
through the school will be reminded of
Noel's bravery and the unselfishness
of other Navy men who gave their
lives in the service of their country,"
Mrs Shipp said.
"Just as we, Noel's family and
friends, remember him as a good
man, mate, husband and father, future
recruits will learn about Noel and
I hope that they will be inspired to
always reach for higher achievements
in their lives and especially their Navy
LSA Noel Ervin Shipp served in
Vietnam with the second contingent of
the Royal Australian Helicopter Flight
from September 1968.
He will be remembered for deter-
minedly engaging the enemy under
heavy fire while hanging out the door
of his aircraft with a M60 machine
gun. Exposed to heavy automatic
fire, the aircraft crash landed and LS
Shipp was seen to continue firing at
the enemy right until the moment of
In September 2012, CN VADM
Ray Griggs announced that RAN
Recruit School divisions would be
renamed in honour of sailors who had
distinguished themselves through acts
of great courage and bravery in the
service of their county.
Shipp Division entered a new page
in Australian Naval history when the
first class of Shipp recruits joined
Recruit School at Cerberus in Victoria
on June 17.
RADM Barrett said that honour-
ing the significant contribution of LS
Shipp would begin with this first round
of 80 graduates from the division.
"It is fitting to recognise a sail-
or who conducted himself with the
values we honour in Navy," RADM
"For these new graduates, begin-
ning their career inspired by the story
of LS Shipp will ensure that Navy
continues to move into the future
while remembering a prominent mem-
ber of the past.
"I am pleased to have had the
opportunity to attend and review this
inaugural Shipp Division graduation
and congratulate all our new sailors
on their hard work in completing ini-
tial training here at Recruit School. I
encourage all graduates to embrace
their Naval careers with the integrity
and courage that was exemplified by
LS Noel Shipp."
www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS September 12, 2013
to carry name
The recruits of Shipp
Division leave the
parade ground after
their graduation parade.
IN MEMORY: Left, recruit
of the intake RCT Sari
Wimpenny is presented with
the Recruit School Cup by
RADM Tim Barrett and LSA
Shipp's widow Gloria and
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
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