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"They may go to war for their country, they may go to war for the
cause of freedom, for Australia, for their families. But when they're
there, when they're fighting, it's all about their mates".
Chaplain Rob Sutherland, veteran of three tours to Afghanistan
Photographer: Gary Ramage
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FLTLT Michael Moroney
HMAS Choules' communications
and information systems (CIS)
team has shown off its instructional
skills, conducting visual Morse code
training with Papua New Guinea
Defence Force (PNGDF) personnel
from Tarangau Naval Base on Manus
In the lead up to their trip to
Sydney for the International Fleet
Review, PNGDF sailors posted to
patrol boats received classroom theo-
ry training and performed a practical
exercise using flashing light signals
to communicate with Choules.
PO Kyle Binstead said the train-
ing was a good lead-up activity for
the PNGDF members before the IFR
as it gave them a refresher on what
to expect when they got to Sydney
"The signals that were exercised
with the crew were indicative of the
close-in formation manoeuvring that
would occur within ships company,"
PO Binstead said.
"This should give them a better
understanding of how the RAN sets
up and conducts evolutions."
LS Jackson Wolfe said the train-
ing involved all members of the CIS
team, which gave some of the junior
sailors a rare opportunity to provide
instruction to senior sailors of anoth-
"I think the team found it quite
enjoyable," LS Wolfe said.
"A lot of them, being able sea-
man, haven't had the chance to
FLTLT Michael Moroney
MEMBERS of the Papua New Guinea
Defence Force (PNGDF) are getting the
chance to explore their spiritual fitness,
participating in the ADF's Faith Under
Fire course being offered by HMAS
Choules' padre, CHAP Ian Lindsay.
While Choules is anchored at
Manus Island, the crew has been taking
the opportunity to participate in some
Defence Cooperation Program (DCP)
initiatives at HMPNGS Tarangau, and
CHAP Lindsay has been impressed with
the response to the program.
"We had 20 people come to the ship
from the base, and 14 of those were
PNGDF members," he said.
The course was run over three days
and gave attendees a chance to explore
the role that faith plays while serving in a
modern defence force.
"The course has certainly prompted
a lot of good feedback and questions
among the participants," CHAP Lindsay
"It should give them some under-
standing of faith within service life and
how that faith can help them in times of
CHAP Lindsay has also been par-
ticipating regularly in the Sunday service
offered at Tarangau with regular interac-
tion with some of the families living on
"It's been a privilege to be part of the
chapel community here," he said.
"I've been invited to preach on a cou-
ple of occasions and we're now looking
at ways to develop a partnership between
the chaplains of both defence forces for
future cooperation activities."
Faith Under Fire is a six-session DVD
course that is offered to all ADF mem-
bers and encourages open discussion and
Anybody interested in participating
in the course should contact their local
Course explores role faith
plays within service life
ALL ABOUT FAITH: CHAP Ian Lindsay introduces the Faith Under Fire DVD
package to members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on board
instruct very often so this was a good
opportunity for all involved."
The activity was arranged as
part of Choules contribution to the
Defence Cooperation Program,
which is aimed at strengthening ties
and understanding between the two
Similar initiatives will be con-
ducted over the next couple of
months in areas such as medical, div-
ing and engineering.
takes notes while
Heron (left) talks
with members of the
Papua New Defence
Force during an
Morse code lesson.
SHOW OF RESPECT: CPO Benjamin Macqueen salutes during the Manus
Provincial Government Day ceremony.
LARGE TURN-OUT: Locals crowd to watch the ceremony and parade.
Photos: LAC Oliver Carter
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