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THE air department of NUSHIP
Canberra has taken another step towards
achieving operational capability after
spending time with the Royal Navy
developing multispot helicopter operat-
Commander Air CMDR Paul
Moggach, LCDR Paul Hannigan, LEUT
Matt Schroder and senior air traffic con-
trol officer SQNLDR Mark Rowe visited
the RN twice to bring Canberra another
step closer to next year's first-of-class
The first visit involved a week at RN
Air Station Yeovilton where the teams
examined the theory and course material
used to qualify flying control (FLYCO)
personnel to control multiple aircraft to
Navy's Training Authority --Aviation's
training developer LCDR Lucito Irlandez
accompanied the group to help develop
the RAN's first LHD FLYCO training
program, which will be used to train the
FLYCO team in Navy's second LHD,
The team then embarked HMS
Illustrious for 10 days as part of the
UK's Response Force Task Group's
Cougar 13 deployment to the
The timing of the trip coincided with
amphibious operations during Exercise
Albanian Lion -- a two-week major exer-
cise conducted around Albania's Vlorë
Bay.The exercise involved seven ships,
3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines,
Royal Artillery and aircraft from the RN,
Army Air Corps and Royal Air Force.
CMDR Moggach said it was a highly
"The embarkation of both army and
navy helicopters gave us a great view of
the challenges of conducting amphibi-
ous aviation, particularly when overlaid
against the movement of landing craft
in a dynamic operating environment,"
"As the Canberra-class LHDs
air operations and procedures will be
adapted for the RAN based on the RN
NUSHIP Canberra formed its first
rugby team for a charity match
against the ACT Veterans' Rugby
Club at RMC on September 15.
HMAS Darwin has fielded a
team each year since 2005 when
Canberra II decommissioned.
The annual game is played in
good fun with three halves of 20
minutes each and final scores are
A local business donated $2000,
which was shared equally between
Paediatrics at the Canberra Hospital
Foundation and the George Gregan
CO Canberra CAPT Jonathan
Sadleir said the game was played in
support of worthy causes.
"This event was a great oppor-
tunity for our ship's company to
come together and field an official
sporting team for the first time,"
"To provide an avenue for a local
company to give so generously to
these local charities which make
such a difference to sick children
and their families was an honour.
"The entire Canberra team of
players and supporters had a great
day and we were all impressed with
the sportsmanship and spirit with
which the game was played.
"I commend the ACT Veterans
for putting on this game every year
and we are looking forward to con-
tinuing a long association with them
through this event."
The founder and president of the
PERSONNEL from NUSHIP
Canberra are well versed on the
importance of donating blood.
This year's Defence Blood
Challenge ambassador for Navy is
PO Cartrena Skinner who is part
of Canberra's ship's company.
One month into the challenge,
241 donations have been recorded
for Navy. Thirty of those have
come from Canberra personnel
and the drive is on to get many
more before the challenge ends on
LSML-S Alister Harrison
donated blood for the first time
"I have to admit it was really
easy," he said.
"I would encourage everyone
to donate. People in the ADF often
work in difficult and dangerous
situations so giving blood helps
not only the sick but also those
who become injured or wounded
serving their country.
"When I finished donating I
was offered biscuits and a milk-
shake -- it doesn't get better than
SMNBM Dylan Carew is a
regular donor but had not donated
"The challenge motivated me
to donate again," SMN Carew said.
"Sometimes finding time in
working hours and between duties
is difficult and so it's easy to put
off. But I would encourage eve-
ryone to make the time to donate.
If you are medically able, why
Navy is aiming to outdo Air
Force and Army this year, but a
late run is needed if Navy is to be
PO Skinner said it would take
an effort from everyone across the
Navy community to ensure Navy
got good results this year.
"To make sure your donation
counts the most important thing to
remember is to register as part of
Club Red before you donate, oth-
erwise it won't count towards the
Navy tally," she said.
ACT Veterans' Rugby Club, John
Hillier, said he hoped the relation-
ship would continue for the life of
the ship and beyond.
"The spirit of the day was abso-
lutely marvellous -- the fact that the
young Canberra guys didn't pum-
mel us was terrific, and the predeter-
mined score of nine all always makes
the match interesting," he said.
"We look forward to this rela-
tionship continuing for many years
DCN RADM Michael Van Balen
attended the match and presented
76mm mounted shell trophies to
each of the teams.
Former Wallaby and Brumby
captain George Gregan attended the
match to receive his foundation's
donation and Tim McDonald, a pae-
diatrician at the Canberra Hospital
and former ACT Veterans player,
received the other donation.
ACT Brumbies forwards coach
Laurie Fisher presented a signed
2013 ACT Brumbies jersey to CAPT
Sadleir, who presented a Canberra
plaque to the Brumbies -- one of the
first plaques to be given from the ship.
framework, the opportunity to witness a
variety of aircraft operations including
launch, recovery, deck movements and
emergency procedures greatly aided the
development of Canberra's own proce-
LCDR Hannigan said the work
would be the baseline for the next 30
"Our air department faces the com-
plex task of developing and testing the
operating procedures that will be the
standard for aviation operations for the
life of the RAN's two LHDs," he said.
"Canberra is now well placed to
meet all airworthiness and operation-
al training requirements that will lead
to aviation operations commencing in
The two LHDs will provide the ADF
with one of the most capable and sophis-
ticated air-land-sea amphibious deploy-
ment systems in the world.
These 27,000-tonne ships will be
able to land a force of more than 2000
personnel by helicopter and water craft,
along with all their weapons, ammuni-
tion, vehicles and stores.
NUSHIP Canberra is due to com-
mission in the first quarter of next year
while NUSHIP Adelaide is scheduled to
commission in 2015.
First of a kind for charity
FRIENDLY GAME: NUSHIP Canberra's rugby union team brings the
ball up against stiff defence from the ACT Veterans.
Photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey
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from September 1
to November 30. To
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Ship's company works
to boost donations
Photo: ABIS Jesse
AT SEA: SQNLDR
Mark Rowe, CMDR
Paul Moggach, LEUT
Matt Schroder and
LCDR Paul Hannigan
(right) embarked in
HMS Illustrious to
with the RN (above).
Photos: CMDR Paul Moggach
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