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www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS November 7, 2013
DEPUTY maritime logistics officer
LEUT Chris Clarke, of HMAS Tobruk,
was awarded the memorial CAPT Chris
Percival Award for 2012.
The award recognises the best per-
formance from the two DMLO designate
courses in each calendar year in the areas
of academic achievement, teamwork, loy-
alty and contribution to the course, in addi-
tion to displaying officer-like qualities.
OIC Maritime Logisitics School LCDR
Kerry Casson said the award was estab-
lished by the Percival family and the Head
of the Supply Community in 2007 to hon-
our the achievements of CAPT Percival.
"LEUT Clarke's work ethic, leadership
and personal qualities were outstanding
throughout the course," LCDR Casson said.
"He consistently performed to an
exceptional level in his academics and
showed great character and commitment
to supporting his fellow students.
"This award is one future maritime
logistics officers should aspire to receive,
it is a tangible recognition of the entire
officer-like qualities that the late CAPT
Chris Percival held in abundance."
Presented by CAPT Neville Teague,
of Fleet headquarters, the ceremony was
also attended by CAPT Percival's wife
Sharon and their children, Ashlie and
Scott, a midshipman at ADFA.
CAPT Percival was an inspiration-
al leader who oversaw and encouraged
personnel and professional develop-
ment of maritime logistics officers, none
more so than in his role as the Officers'
Instructor and Deputy Training Authority
(Logistics) at HMAS Cerberus.
JOB WELL DONE: CAPT Neville Teague, left, presents LEUT Chris Clarke with a certificate as part of
the CAPT Chris Percival Award as LEUT Clarke's wife Tori and daughter Maggie look on.
Photo: LSIS Peter Thompson
A SEVERE cyclone struck the
nation of 'Middleland' in the
Loyalty Islands province of New
Caledonia. It exacerbated economic
and political tensions that had
been brewing for some time and
the ADF was called in to evacuate
citizens and provide humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief.
This was the scenario ADF
personnel were given when they
took part in a biennial multilateral
command-post exercise in New
Caledonia in October.
Exercise Equateur involved nine
nations -- France, UK, Australia,
New Zealand, Tonga, Papua New
Guinea, Vanuatu, Canada and Japan.
Australian contingent leader
MAJ Graeme Toms said eight ADF
personnel filled operations, plan-
ning, logistics, communications and
legal roles within the CJFHQ.
"It was a chance to enhance our
professional linkages between the
ADF and partner nations both in
the Pacific and NATO," MAJ Toms
"Maintaining a positive defence
relationship with New Caledonia
and other regional partners is
important to Australia."
Phase one included virtual force
integration training before deploy-
ing from the mainland to the outer
island of Lifou.
Phase two involved the evacu-
ation of citizens and provision of
disaster relief for up to 48 hours
before handing over to non-govern-
ment organisations to continue to
support the local populations.
During phase three personnel
coordinated an evacuation of citi-
zens from the outer island of Tiga
concurrent with a virtual airdrop
insertion, amphibious lodgments
and counterinsurgency operations
back on the mainland's east and
Forces then withdrew back
to Noumea in the fictitious
'Southland', as part of phase four.
Royal Marine exchange officer
MAJ Richard Bowyer, of HMAS
Kuttabul, was Joint Operations
He was coordinating the cell
and gave daily briefings to the Joint
"Our battle rhythm was a morn-
ing meeting with all heads of area
followed by brief planning phase
before issuing the briefings.
"I would coordinate current
ops and give the J3 current opera-
tions brief to the General at 4.30pm
In Australia, MAJ Bowyer
heads the Ship to Objective
Manoeuvre Cell within the
Amphibious Task Group and works
in Fleet HQ.
He said the exercise was a great
experience to collaborate with other
defence personnel from around the
"There were issues with equip-
ment compatibility which we
needed to resolve and differences in
doctrine but all nations were using
similar standard operating proce-
dures so operationally this was not
a big issue," he said.
"Ultimately everyone was there
to make it work and it went well."
MAJ Bowyer also enjoyed some
of the international customs while
"The French like to take a long
four-course lunch, which was a
welcome break," he said.
"We also got the middle Sunday
off and the French Armed Forces
New Caledonia arranged for us to
go on a boat trip to an island with
local dancers and a great buffet
"Snorkelling was great, too,
with lots of turtles."
MAJ Bowyer said Equateur was
a useful and necessary lead-in to
Exercise Croix Du Sud, an impor-
tant amphibious exercise for the
ADF in New Caledonia next April.
"The RAN's new LHD ships
are coming online later next year,
so we need to have a well-trained
amphibious force, preferably in a
multinational setting," he said.
Ex Croix Du Sud 14 will cul-
minate with an Anzac Day service
involving all participating nations
on April 25.
Nations partner for Equateur
CAPT Chris Percival
CAPT Percival joined the Navy as a
supply officer in 1977 serving aboard
HMA Ships Supply, Swan, Westralia
and Anzac as well as being the RAN
Liaison Officer (RANLO) in Singapore
from 1997-2000. He also saw active
duty in the MEAO three times and was
appointed a Member of the Order of
Australia after a successful appoint-
ment as the Commander Logistic
Support Element in Bahrain in 2002.
LEUT Clarke said the DMLO des-
ignate course was a great way to learn
the most up-to-date logistics information
required to work as a DMLO at sea.
"I enjoyed learning not only the tech-
nical knowledge of the course, but also
direction on acting as a deputy head of
department, leadership of sailors at sea
and divisional officer work," he said.
"The course provided an excellent
opportunity to form good relationships
with fellow MLOs, and I was able to fre-
quently call on these personnel for assis-
tance," LEUT Clarke said.
"Noting the excellent reputation of
CAPT Percival as a logistics officer and
person, it was an honour to win the award
in his name. It was great to meet Sharon
during the presentation and it was a day I
have fond memories of."
After completing his appointment
in Tobruk, LEUT Clarke will deploy to
Bahrain with the next rotation of person-
nel for CTF-150.
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