Home' Navy News : November 21st 2013 Contents A health fund
that's di erent
+ Unlimited general dental
+ 98% member satisfaction
+92% member retention
1300 306 289
November 21, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
LSIS Helen Frank
FROM able seaman to captain, women
have shared their stories of life in the
Navy in a new book celebrating a jour-
ney spanning more than three decades.
Bryce launched the book Winning
at Sea at Bradley's Head during the
International Fleet Review. She said
the event was an ideal time to mark the
service of women in the Navy.
"As we mark the centenary of the
RAN's fleet arrival in Sydney Harbour,
we should register with pride, and if
not a little excitement, the advance-
ment of women in this significant
aspect of our national life," she said.
CN VADM Ray Griggs com-
missioned the book. He believes the
steady integration of women into the
Navy over the past three decades has
brought with it significant challeng-
es, however, some of these have left a
skewed public perception of what life is
actually like for a woman in the Navy.
In the book, Navy women describe
their experiences of life at sea in their
"I think in their accounts there is a
more balanced and comprehensive pic-
ture of women's careers in the Navy,"
VADM Griggs said.
"While Navy must always have
the integrity to acknowledge and learn
from mistakes, we must not shy away
from describing the Navy's now long-
standing and positive approach to
Stories from ship to shore
The book details the history of
women in the service since 1985 when
changes to the law removed discrimi-
nation against women that prevented
them from serving at sea.
"The book also highlights the range
of operational roles our women have
contributed to over the last 23 or so
years. Women in combat roles is not
a new issue for Navy," VADM Griggs
said.He said there had been quite a few
men and women who had inspired him
through his career. Some older and
more senior, some peers and many
younger and junior to him.
"The best PWO I have ever worked
with at sea was a woman, totally capa-
ble and professional, who had my total
trust in a very challenging operational
deployment," he said.
The book will be circulated wide-
ly within Navy and will be sent to
recruiting offices and schools.
VADM Griggs said by having some
of Navy's women tell their own sto-
ries, he hoped everyone in the Navy
would be able to have a sense of pride
in that achievement.
"I also hope it will provide an
objective, unvarnished view of life
in the Navy for young women who
are considering joining -- I believe
we have a good story to tell and that
our people are the best ones to tell
it," he said.
IN CELEBRATION: Governor-General Quentin Bryce flicks through the pages of the book Winning at Sea with Navy women after the launch at
Bradley's Head during the International Fleet Review.
Photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo
Visit with friends
comes to an end
NEW Zealand CN RADM Jack Steer
thanked RAN personnel for their contri-
bution to the Royal New Zealand Navy
(RNZN) in various operations while on
board HMNZS Wellington in the past
RADM Steer spoke to the
Australians before they left for Exercise
Southern Katipo in Wellington in late
PO Khan Kershaw, LEUT Adrian
Cooper, PO Nathan Harris and LS
Matthew Tymrackiewicz have been
serving in Wellington for the past
two months and will return home in
A fifth sailor, LS Bradley Cochrane,
who recently returned to Australia, has
spent the most amount of time working
with the RNZN -- a total of eight months
over two separate deployments.
He said all RAN personnel held real,
core billet positions on board the ship.
"We are taking the lead in many
areas in our respective departments," LS
"We worked very closely with our
New Zealand counterparts on numerous
RNZN operations including Operations
Zodiac, Kauwae, Multus and Southern
The first activity the group did was
with Australia, the US and New Zealand,
working with dive teams conducting
explosive ordnance disposal in Solomon
"After that, we conducted a number
of fishery patrols," LS Cochrane said.
"It was an interesting and reward-
ing experience; we were really happy to
assist our RNZN friends and to have the
opportunity to learn from each other.
"Everyone got along really well. We
were fully embedded in the ship's com-
pany and it was a really great experi-
Wellington is one of the RNZN's two
offshore patrol vessels and is designed
to undertake surveillance, supply and
support capability over long distances
around NZ, the Southern Ocean and into
Wellington operates with a core crew
of 35, plus 10 flight crew.
WORKING CLOSELY: PO Khan Kershaw, LEUT Adrian Cooper, RNZN CN
RADM Jack Steer, PO Nathan Harris and LS Matthew Tymrackiewicz on
board HMNZS Wellington.
Links Archive November 7th 2013 December 5th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page