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-- CDRE Paul Kinghorne, Director
General Defence Learning
The IFR was the most wonderful thing to happen in my career.
It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the harbour at its
best. All the navies came together and everyone had a great time.
THE Navy's Indigenous
Performance Group performed at a
variety of concerts as part of the IFR
The group of 20 indigenous sail-
ors, a mix of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islanders, performed at the
Town Hall, the CN's reception at
the Opera House on October 5, and
at the ship open days at Garden
Island and Barangaroo.
They staged traditional welcome,
lyrebird and black cockatoo dances,
which they had perfected during two
weeks of intense rehearsal at HMAS
Performer ABBM Jorde Lenoy
said he enjoyed being a member of
"It was quite a privilege to be
dancing in front of so many foreign
navies at the IFR," he said.
ABBM Kaleb Cohen, of HMAS
Cairns, was proud to perform at the
"It has been very exciting to per-
form our traditional dances in front
of so many people from around the
world," he said.
"It is something I will remember
for a very long time.
"We got a very warm and posi-
tive response from the audiences
everywhere we performed, because
they enjoyed it just as much as we
did performing for them."
Indigenous affairs adviser CPO
Ray Rosendale said the dance troupe
was leading the charge to celebrate
and recognise the valuable contribu-
tion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people within Defence.
"It is the first time that the ADF
has had an indigenous performance
group entirely made up of currently
serving full-time members," he said.
The performers came from vari-
ous platforms including HMA Ships
Tobruk, Darwin and Parramatta.
MORE than 1000 officers and sail-
ors got a peek at future naval tech-
nologies and insights into future
security challenges at the 2013 Sea
Power Conference and Pacific 2013
International Exhibition at Sydney's
Darling Harbour from October 7-9.
The sailors surveyed models of
new equipment and listened to prod-
uct briefings by company executives.
The exhibition was espe-
cially interesting for ABMED
Leisa Mexted and ABMED Fiona
McGregor, of HMAS Tobruk, who
visited the Navantia stand to look
at the models of the Canberra-Class
LHD and the Hobart-Class DDG.
They said the exhibition enabled
them to gain an insight into some of
the new technologies Navy would
absorb in the coming decade.
AB Mexted said she would like to
serve in a destroyer when NUSHIP
Hobart came online around 2016-17.
"I have seen a few pictures but
haven't really seen what they look
like until now," AB Mexted said.
"It's a sleek and hi-tech platform
with real game-changing capabilities."
AB McGregor said it was pos-
sible she could be posted to either a
DDG or LHD in the near future.
"It is a very exciting future for the
RAN with a lot of new technologies
coming into service," she said.
Tobruk's medics roamed around
with naval personnel from around
the world, who flooded into the exhi-
bition hall after participating in the
Combined Navies Parade through the
Sydney CBD on October 9.
Many sailors also attended the
Sea Power Conference, which was
conducted on the sidelines of the
IFR.This year's theme for the con-
ference was Naval Diplomacy and
Maritime Power Projection: The
Utility of Navies in the Maritime
In his keynote address, CN
VADM Ray Griggs said the theme
examined the contemporary utility
of navies as tools of statecraft, from
hard and soft power perspectives.
"The 21st Century has been
described as a maritime century as
much as it is an Asian Century, due
to the pervasive nature of global sea
trade and the predominantly mari-
time environment of the Indo-Pacific
region," he said.
VADM Griggs said Australia's
acquisition of new platforms would
allow the ADF to develop its mari-
time strategy to meet future security
He said although Australia faced
no immediate conventional threat, "it
is imperative the ADF develops its
maritime capacity to respond effec-
tively to a broad range of possible
tasks from the government."
He also said the conference
theme capitalised on the presence of
many foreign navies in Sydney for
A distinguished group of speak-
ers presented their views at the con-
ference, including the ADF service
chiefs who outlined the progress of
Australia's evolving maritime strat-
egy.Other topics discussed by aca-
demics and military leaders included
Smart Power and Global Security,
Navies and Foreign Policy, Regional
Engagement and Power Projection,
Naval Diplomacy and Maritime
Power Projection, and a Maritime
School of Strategic Thought.
All the Navy's a stage
Peering into the future
SPECIAL EVENTS: Navy's Indigenous Performance Group performs at the CN's
reception at Sydney Opera House (above) and for 800 guests at the Town Hall
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett and LSIS Andrew Dakin
EXCITING EXPO: ABMED Leisa Mexted, left, and ABMED Fiona McGregor,
of HMAS Tobruk, enjoy the Sea Power Conference. Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
TEAM EFFORT: The group gathers after a performance on Barangaroo Wharf.
Photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey
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