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Medal for Korea receives
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support,
the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly has announced that Her
Majesty the Queen approved the official regulations
and design for the award of the Australian General
Service Medal for Korea.
“The Australian General Service Medal for Korea
is being struck to recognise former Defence Force
personnel who completed 30 days participating in
operations in South Korea. This includes any location
within 161 kilometres seaward from the coast of
South Korea during the post-armistice period from
28 July 1953 to 19 April 1956,” Dr Kelly said.
It is expected the medal will be available for dispatch
to some eligible recipients before ANZAC Day 2010.
Former Defence Force personnel who served in
South Korea during the post-armistice period are
encouraged to submit their application to the
Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence
PO Box 7952
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
People who have previously applied for the award
do not need to reapply but should contact the
Directorate of Honours and Awards if their address
details have changed since applying.
Further information is available from the Directorate
of Honours and Awards on 1800 111 321 (toll free
within Australia) or +612 6266 1050 (from outside
Australia), or visit http://www.defence.gov.au/
Defence capability plan
An electronic update of the 2009 Public Defence
Capability Plan (DCP) has been released by the
Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science, Greg Combet.
Mr Combet said the updated Public Defence
Capability Plan 2009 contains significant
opportunities for Australian industry.
“Last financial year we expended around $6 billion
on acquisition and sustainment in the domestic
economy. Between 2009/10 and 2013/14, the DMO
predicts that approximately $30 billion will be spent
in the domestic economy,” Mr Combet said.
“A key addition to this update is the project summary
page that shows all the project changes that have
been made since the original publication of the
Defence Capability Plan in July 2009, up to
31 December 2009.
The Government intends to update the public
version of the Defence Capability Plan about every
six months. Specific changes to the Public Defence
Capability Plan can be found at www.defence.gov.
Jones (left) explains
the role of YMCA in
Canberra to Susan
Jones from the
office of Ministerial
at the Defence
DMO’s Command and Intelligence Systems Support
Office and Thales team – but only after a tie-break
question had been posed to find a winner.
Presenting the BAE/HSPO team with their award,
Head of the DMO’s Maritime Systems Division
RADM Peter Marshall, said it was great to see
a regional team successfully competing with
teams from all over Australia. Each of the other
two contenders for the sustainment team of the
year award were presented with an outstanding
achievement award, in recognition of the fierce
challenge they had mounted.
Hawker Pacific and the Training Airlift Systems
Program Office were named the 2009 minor
acquisition team of the year for their outstanding
collaborative efforts in delivering an interim
lightweight transport capability for the Royal
Australian Air Force within a very short timeframe.
The honour of 2009 rapid acquisition team of
the year was awarded to the Australian Super
Hornet Project Office and Logistic Engineering
Services Pty Ltd. This team was also presented
with the perpetual Essington Lewis Trophy for
the most outstanding DMO / small-to-medium
enterprise team of 2009. Congratulating the team
on its success, DMO’s Head Aerospace Systems
Division AVM Colin Thorne, said it had forged an
extraordinary partnership based on mutual trust
and an unswerving commitment to achieving
Raytheon and the DMO’s Combat Support Systems
Program Office received the major acquisition team
of the year award for their collaborative efforts in
delivering the Weapon Locating Radar Life of Type
Extension under Land 58 Phase 3. They were also
awarded a perpetual Essington Lewis Trophy as the
most outstanding DMO / major company team of
2009 for capitalising on their extremely open and
honest relationship to deliver a better solution to
the Australian Army than had been contracted for.
A high commendation was presented to the very
new and very small team of Rohde and Schwarz
and the DMO’s Ground Telecommunications and
Equipment Systems Program Office, for overcoming
significant challenges through effective
collaboration and thereby ensuring that their
project remained on schedule and within budget.
The Navy Women’s Mentoring Program
was launched on 12 March as part of
Defence’s recognition of International
Women’s Day, at the Australian Defence
Force Academy in Canberra.
“In the maritime combat space, Navy has more
women in combat roles. The ADF has a proud
history, and continues to display its commitment
to its female members, current and future, with
initiatives such as this,” Head of Navy People and
The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has
completed a successful personnel
transfer from the submarine HMAS
Waller, while it sat on the seabed off the
West Australian coast.
The exercise of submarine escape and rescue
is a requirement of the RAN’s submarine safety
system and demonstrates that the procedures and
equipment are in place to rescue personnel in the
event of a submarine incident.
The method of submarine escape exercised as
part of Exercise Black Carillon involves personnel
transferring from a bottomed submarine into the
James Fisher Submarine Rescue Vehicle, LR5, for
transportation to the surface.
Upon surfacing, personnel were tended to
onboard the Australian rescue ship, Seahorse
Standard, with specialised RAN medical teams and
“Black Carillon is an extraordinarily valuable
opportunity to exercise our submarine escape and
rescue capability,” Commander Submarine Force,
Captain Brett Sampson said.
“The successful completion of the submarine
escape as part of Exercise Black Carillon has
demonstrated that the RAN is well equipped to
take action to rescue submariners in the unlikely
event of a submarine incident.”
Black Carillon is the 12th in a series of RAN
submarine escape and rescue exercises designed
to demonstrate RAN submarine rescue capability.
The RAN uses annual Black Carillon exercises to
train and demonstrate this ability.
BeLOW: Commander Submarine Force Captain Brett Sampson occupies the decompression transfer chamber as the
penultimate stage of the personnel transfer of Exercise Black Carillon.
Reputation Rear Admiral Trevor Jones said.
The highly-regarded program has been
implemented in many corporate and public sector
organisations around Australia, as part of gender
diversity strategies to help women achieve their
career potential and counter the gender imbalance
in the workforce.
The launch of the Navy Women’s Mentoring
Program was attended by female Navy members
participating in the program, ranging in rank from
Able Seaman to Captain. Guest speaker Professor
Kerryn Phelps said the presence of female
members wanting to enhance their leadership
prospects was encouraging.
“The world is changing and I am pleased to see
that traditionally male areas such as the military
are changing with it,” Professor Phelps said.
Navy Captains Elizabeth Rushbrook and Siobhan
Bacon feature in the program’s DVD, along
with many highly-regarded senior women from
corporate and public sectors.
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