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LCDR Mick Gallagher
The HS Red Crew, embarked
in HMAS Melville, returned to
the ship's home port in Cairns on
August 16 after four weeks on
Operation Resolute in Australia's
Aboard was engineer officer
LCDR Damien Goodbun, who kept
the ship running efficiently with his
Before being force assigned to
Resolute, Melville conducted a rig-
orous four-week work-up period.
During the work-ups, some
defects were identified and recti-
fied quickly with support from
the Hydrographic Meteorological
Group, Hydrographic System
Program Office and Defence
LCDR Goodbun said the engi-
neering team worked well under
pressure and around the clock to
rectify the defects, which allowed
Melville to be deployed on time.
"This was testament to the abili-
ties of the charge, CPOMT James
Spiro, and regulator POMT Michael
McDonald in ensuring that the team
had sufficient leave time, as well as
performing the out-of-hours work-
load," he said.
"It was a successful deployment
and I thank my technical sailors and
the rest of the crew for their dedica-
tion to duty."
During her force assignment,
Melville intercepted several suspect-
ed illegal entry vessels and rescued
CO Melville CMDR Michael
Gulyas was impressed with his engi-
neering team and how they managed
"It gives command confidence
that the ship is well maintained
and can deliver the capability that
I require when I need it," CMDR
Melville has now handed over
her Resolute duties to HMAS
Officer proud of his team
ENGINEERING SUCCESS: LCDR Damien Goodbun in the ship's
machinery control room.
Photo: LCDR Mick Gallagher
A LIEUTENANT has been recog-
nised for his tireless work implement-
ing a computer software system into
Fleet Air Arm service.
LEUT Evan Burton, of HQ Fleet
Air Arm, received the commendation
on August 23 for his work on the sys-
tem, which manages aircrew and fly-
ing operations for Navy and Army.
The Patriot Excalibur (PEX) soft-
ware was developed by the US Air
Force where it is now in place with
almost every flying unit.
It has been modified for ADF use
and is known locally as AusPEX.
LEUT Burton was sent to the US
in early 2008 to evaluate the software
for Navy and Army and it has become
an increasingly important part of his
duties ever since.
He said there had been a few chal-
lenges along the way.
"First has been to try and keep
pace with the system," LEUT Burton
"It has proven incredibly useful
to command and we are constantly
upgrading it with new features and
"These new capabilities have had
to be defined, developed and tested,
training packages have been compiled
and then the upgrades rolled out.
"The other challenge has been to
envisage and coordinate the current
and future needs of our various users,
and then deliver the required capabil-
ity in a timely manner. Each helicop-
ter squadron has different needs and
operates their aircraft in a different
LEUT Burton's commendation,
presented by COMFAA CDRE Vince
Di Pietro, described him as an "officer
of unique dedication".
"LEUT Burton is an information
technology-savvy officer whose dedi-
cation to his responsibilities promote
Navy values, culture and signature
behaviours," it read.
"As such, he is recognised as a
critical member of the Fleet Air Arm
who has continually displayed excel-
lent achievement in the application
of specialist skills and devotion to
"The success in the Navy
AusPEX introduction and ongo-
ing use can be attributed to LEUT
Burton's singular efforts and out-
standing competence, judgment and
LEUT Burton said he was hum-
bled and surprised to receive the com-
"I believe that the effort involved
and time I put in is just part of serving
our country," he said.
PROUD MOMENT: COMFAA CDRE Vince Di Pietro presents LEUT Evan Burton with a commendation for
his work on implementing a computer software system into Fleet Air Arm service.
Photo: Jeff Chartier
Job program for vets
CLUBS NSW, the RSL and
Services Clubs Association and
the NSW Government have joined
forces to create a new program
that connects veterans to suitable
job opportunities with clubs
registered with the program. The
program "Securing Our Veterans'
Future" is only running in NSW
and is focused on reducing
the challenges that come with
transitioning from military to
civilian life for modern-era veterans
through employment opportunities.
The program is open to veterans
and their spouses, as well as the
spouses of serving members.
For more information visit www.
Medal colours in bloom
RUNNING until October 13,
Canberra's iconic flower festival,
Floriade, recognises the Australian
experience of war and its enduring
impact on Australian society
with garden beds inspired by the
Victoria Cross and the diverse
colours used in campaign medal
ribbons. To coincide with Floriade,
the Australian War Memorial will
offer a variety of public programs.
'Innovation talks' at the memorial will
be held at 1.45pm every Tuesday
and Thursday. Visitors will also
have the opportunity to experience
areas usually closed to the public
on a 'Behind the Scenes Flowers'
tour on October 9. Held in the
Research Centre's archive, visitors
will discover some of the memorial's
rare and unique collections featuring
flowers. For bookings email public.
THE dates for changeover to
summer uniform are: WA (south
of Tropic of Capricorn) September
30, SA October 14, ACT, NSW and
Victoria October 21 and Tasmania
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