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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
THE success of the International Fleet
Review (IFR) has been reflected in the
pride Navy's officers and sailors dis-
played during and after the event, and
none more so than IFR Director CAPT
CAPT Bramwell said the event
was conducted on a massive scale and
achieved a number of important out-
comes, including replicating the origi-
nal RAN Fleet Entry of 1913.
"One of our key aims was to rep-
licate that significance in 2013, and
we certainly achieved that as the IFR
received extensive local, national and
international media coverage and gen-
eral exposure," he said.
"The various IFR events also gener-
ated a huge amount of pride in all of our
officers and sailors who participated in
or witnessed the events."
CAPT Bramwell said the media
helped carry Navy's message about the
Fleet's maturity and achievements over
the past 100 years to millions of people
around the globe.
"The live ABC telecast of the IFR
pyrotechnics and lightshow attracted
a national television audience of more
than 1.6 million people," he said.
"This represented 43 per cent of
viewers watching TV throughout the
country at the time. In addition, the IFR
live YouTube stream attracted more than
2.85 million hits in 79 countries."
CAPT Bramwell said these numbers
were in addition to the estimated one
million plus people who lined the har-
bour on the Saturday night.
"These statistics should make every-
one proud of their Navy," he said.
Navy will be quantifying the overall
success of the IFR for some time to
"I have received positive feedback
via letters, email and telephone calls
from all over the country and through-
out the world," CAPT Bramwell said.
The IFR was a complex and chal-
lenging activity to plan and execute as
it involved 37 RAN and international
warships, 16 tall ships, more than 50
military aircraft and 8000 sailors.
CAPT Bramwell said the media
interest in the final few weeks leading
up to the event was unprecedented.
"This extensive amount of nation-
al and international media interest
required a significant amount of man-
agement and coordination by a very
small team of Navy public relations per-
sonnel," he said.
CAPT Bramwell said the IFR team
worked hard to make the event such a
"I must pay tribute to the core IFR
planning team who worked tirelessly
over the past two years to bring the IFR
to life," he said.
He said their passion and commit-
ment to deliver a world-class event paid
"I would also like to congratulate all
personnel who participated in IFR activ-
ities both in Sydney and Jervis Bay,"
CAPT Bramwell said.
"The overwhelmingly positive pub-
lic response to the IFR is in no small
part due to the professionalism and
enthusiasm of our own people."
CAPT Bramwell also paid tribute to
a number of external stakeholders.
"The IFR involved numerous agen-
cies working in close collaboration,
including 35 city, state and other com-
mercial organisations," he said.
"As CN VADM Ray Griggs said
during the IFR, the RAN could not have
executed such a hugely successful event
without the close cooperation and sup-
port of the NSW State Government and
the City of Sydney Council in particu-
lar."Navy also worked closely with the
19 other navies who sent ships or air-
"While we are used to working with
many of these navies, this was the first
time the Nigerian Navy had ever vis-
ited Australia and others, such as the
Royal Navy, are infrequent visitors to
Sydney," he said.
Like everyone involved, CAPT
Bramwell has taken away some special
memories from the celebrations.
"I have a number of fond and
extremely professionally satisfying
memories," he said.
"But being at Bradley's Head on
October 4 to witness a superbly execut-
ed Fleet Entry by our magnificent seven
ships exactly 100 years after the first
RAN entry was especially rewarding."
SGT Dave Morley
A POPULAR and well-known CPO was
tragically killed in a cycling accident near
Canberra on October 11.
CPO Kane Vandenberg, 46, was tak-
ing part in the Australian Defence Cycling
Club's 2013 Carnival at the time of his
death. He crashed during registration for an
unrelated event, the weekend's World Solo
24-hour Mountain Bike Championships.
Project Director Air 9000 Phase 8
CAPT Scott Lockey, speaking at CPO
Vandenberg's funeral on October 18 in
Nowra, said CPO Vandenberg became an
aircraft administration instructor in January
2000 and was well known and liked.
"It's fair to say that if you joined the
Fleet Air Arm any time between the late
90s and the mid-2000s, Kane would prob-
ably have taught you," he said.
"Many of today's kellicks, POs, chiefs
and engineering officers would have had
their early careers influenced by Kane.
"He was considered an excellent
instructor who displayed a strong work
ethic, and even during his short-term
reserve postings, he focused on provid-
ing leadership and mentoring for any new
members to his team."
CPO Vandenberg's wife Margaret said
her husband was very much a family man.
"He was so very involved in our chil-
dren's schooling and sporting activities,"
she said. "He was involved in coaching
both the older boys in soccer and when
Lachlan started playing AFL he was there
for that, too.
"You would always find him out the
front of the house throwing a ball, kicking
a ball or wrestling with the kids."
Mrs Vandenberg said while her husband
would have laughed about being dubbed
"one of Navy's finest" in media reports and
would have liked to add "cricketer" after
it, she realised he was actually one of the
best, because he lived by the Navy values.
"He had honour, he was honest, he had
courage, he had loyalty and most of all he
had integrity," she said.
CPO Vandenberg's son Hayden said his
father always said, "If you see something
that needs doing, do it."
"Thinking back on what he said it
wasn't just a random phrase, it was how he
lived his life," he said.
"When he saw something that needed
doing he did it, even if half the time he
ended up with the jobs no one else want-
ed to do, he still did them with a smile
and a laugh."
CPO Vandenberg is survived by his wife
Margaret and three sons Hayden, Lachlan
The ADCC carnival was cancelled after
Dazzling display delights
CPO remembered as a popular family man
AMAZING SIGHT: HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, and Perth sail past Bradley's Head to enter Sydney Harbour on October 4 for the International Fleet Review 2013. Photo: LSIS James Whittle
CPOATA Kane Vandenberg
joined the RAN on January
4, 1985. He was a member
of apprentice intake 1/85
at HMAS Nirimba. He was
promoted to SMNATA in 1986,
AB in 1987, LS in 1996, PO
in 2000, and to CPO in 2005.
He served in the permanent
force until August 4, 2008,
at which time he transferred
to the Navy Reserve where
he was employed on CFTS
with the Navy People Career
Management Agency. He was
awarded the Defence Long
Service Medal in 2000, the
First Clasp to the Defence
Long Service Medal on in
2006, and the Australian
Defence Medal in 2006.
LIFE HOBBY: CPO Kane
Vandenberg doing what he
loved, riding his bike.
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