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INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW 2013
IN ADDITION to the warships and
tall ships, Navy and ADF agencies
also opened their gangways to the
public during the open days.
At the Defence Force Recruiting
stall at Fleet Base East, LSCIS Lateika
Smith told hundreds of potential
recruits why she joined the Navy and
the great career opportunities the ADF
"I didn't stop talking during the open
days because we had so many people
wanting to know about careers in the
ADF, particularly the Navy," she said.
"There are so many different
opportunities in Defence for people
of all ages, even those looking for a
career change later in life."
LS Smith joined the RAN in 2004
after working in Nambucca Heads at
a local movie theatre, selling popcorn
and ushering people to their seats.
"There are not many job opportuni-
ties for kids up there so I decided to
follow in family footsteps and join the
ADF," she said.
"I have seen how well my brothers
and cousins have gone in the ADF and
the opportunities they have been given,
so I thought I would also join."
She said she had greater respon-
sibilities since becoming an ADF
recruiter two years ago.
"The great enjoyment and chal-
MORE than 8000 officers and sailors
from 20 RAN and foreign warships
found themselves on the frontline of
community engagement during the
IFR open days at Fleet Base East and
Darling Harbour from October 6-7.
It was long hours and hard work
for the sailors who had spent the night
cleaning their warships after their
starring roles in the sensational IFR
fireworks, but they were still smiling
when the public made its way through
At Garden Island, warships from
Africa, China, Europe, New Zealand,
Asia and Australia lowered their gang-
These included NNS Thunder,
PLAN Qingdao, FNS Vendemaire,
SPS Cantabria, HMNZS Te Mana,
INS Sahyradi, RMS KD Jebat, KBD
Darulaman, RSS Endeavour, HTMS
Krabi, KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda and
HMA Ships Darwin, Tobruk, Stuart,
Success and Sydney.
At Barangaroo, warships from
Japan, the UK, the US and Australia
were open to visitors. These ships
included JDS Makinami, HMS
Daring, USS Chosin and HMA Ships
Parramatta and Perth.
Navy bands from Australia, New
Zealand and the British Royal Marines
performed, while the Navy indige-
nous dance performers entertained the
Demonstrations were also conduct-
ed by RAN clearance divers in the dive
tank, while helicopters, weapons sys-
tems, fire fighting and physical train-
ing were also on display.
CO HMAS Kuttabul CMDR Todd
Willson praised the Navy and interna-
tional sailors involved in the IFR open
days for their conduct and dedication.
"It was a truly remarkable effort by
all involved," he said.
"The overwhelming feedback was
that the days were very slick and well
organised and that all our people were
friendly and engaging and that we
looked after everyone very well."
The open days enabled the proud
sailors to tell the public about the work
they do, across a range of trades.
One of these sailors was LSMT
David Gouge, of HMAS Darwin.
"The IFR was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity," he said.
"The IFR celebrated all the
hard work that many generations of
Australian sailors have recorded over
the past 100 years, which has helped
to make this country what it is today."
LS Gouge said the crew worked
hard to clean up Darwin in time for the
"There was a lot of hard work done
behind the scenes by all Darwin's
ship's company to have her ship-shape
for the IFR," he said.
lenge is that no day is ever the same,
and that some days I'm on my own
when I go to schools and tell hundreds
of students about the benefits and
rewards of being in the ADF and the
Navy," she said.
MIDN Emily Batista, of HMAS
Albatross, also spoke to visitors about
her career path.
"I helped out at the Navy helicopter
emulator booth, which was really inter-
esting because we had a lot of con-
tact with young people who expressed
interest in becoming Navy aviators or
aerospace engineers," she said.
MIDN Batista helped visitors find
their way around seven helicopter and
fixed-wing simulators, during which
time she explained her own reasons for
joining the Navy.
"I was planning to join the Air
Force, because of the Super Hornet
program, but got shanghaied by the
Navy instead," she said.
"During the enlistment process I
decided the Navy was probably a bet-
ter fit for me as an aviator or engineer."
After the IFR, she will move to
ADFA to commence training and stud-
ies to be an aerospace engineer.
Sailors share stories
COMMUNITY: LSCIS Lateika Smith, of DFR, hands out merchandise to
members of the public at Barangaroo Wharf.
Photo: POIS Kelvin Hockey
GREAT DAY: Masses of people
enjoy the open day at Barangaroo
Wharf (above) as LSMT David
Gouge conducts crowd control on
board HMAS Darwin (left).
Photos: POIS Kelvin Hockey
and LSIS James Whittle
ON THE JOB: ABCSO Kaytlyn
Fay mans the forecastle of HMAS
Sydney (left) as MIDN Emily
Batista, of HMAS Albatross,
operates a 723SQN Squirrel
Photos: LSIS James Whittle
SGT Dave Morley
WHILE there were dozens of
large warships in and around
Garden Island during the IFR,
there was also a sizable fleet of
1:72 scale models on display.
Jim Warren from Adelaide,
who served in the Navy from
1967-87, had his model of the
Daring-class destroyer HMAS
Vampire on display (pictured).
Mr Warren, the state repre-
sentative for Task Force 72, so
named because of the scale of its
ships, said the association's dis-
play tent was very well attended
by IFR visitors.
"We have about 160 members
nationally with some being ex-
Navy but quite a few civvies also,"
It took Mr Warren three years
to complete his Vampire model.
"They're all scratch-built, there
are no kits used," he said.
"They are basically an exact
replica of the actual vessel.
"And what often blows people
away is they are all fully-opera-
tional radio-controlled models."
The association's motto is:
"He who dies with the most toys,
For more information on Task Force 72,
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
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