Scribbler #85

THE SCRIBBLER # 85

E NEWS – December 2021

President’s Update

This time last year we all hoped 2021 was going to be a better year, instead, many people are still doing it tough. So, what can you do to ease the pressures, or, if you are one of the fortunate people who finds them self in a good position, how did you make the most of these challenging times?

It appears we are emerging from the chrysalis of lock downs and restrictions and gaining our wings again. So onward and upward from here, we hope.

I reflect on the past two years and the trying and uncertain situation we all experienced. As we rise from this and realise the freedoms of travel and mass gathering we are gaining back in our lives, we can contemplate the visits to family and friends again. To this end, dear friends, we can rekindle our deliberations on the next RAN Writers Association reunion with a more predictable set of parameters and some certainty.

Since the last Scribbler the Committee has not been idle and has pressed on with collecting and collating Association files, membership details and documentation, updating the webpage, awards, and Facebook and looking at the way forward.  The way forward has certainly given fodder for debate and we have had some interesting discussions, I truly appreciate the respectful way that the Committee has raised these pertinent points. One of the basic points that is raised is the engagement with members and as such I invite all members to contribute something of interest for future Scribblers.  What does being a ‘Scribe’ mean to you? What are you doing now? What skills were transferrable to the Big Ship? What stories do you have? This will also enable the Association to create a picture of what a ‘Scribe’ is and was and where we fit.

On behalf of our Patron and the Association Committee I wish each and every one of you a safe and festive season. Looking forward to engaging with you in 2022.

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President’s Update 1

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 4

New Webpage 4

Maritime Personnel Community Update 5

Reunion 2022 – Advice 7

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 7

Maritime Personnel Training Update 8

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ??? 13

Request for Information 14

Farewells 16

Vale 19

Flashback Corner…! 20

Sponsors 24

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Association’s AGM was held on 07 October 2021 via Zoom due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts. Despite a small turn out the prerequisites to conduct an AGM were met which allowed our Association to meet the requirements of the ACT Association’s Act which necessitates an AGM and submission of documentation by 31 December each year.

The following Committee appointments were confirmed:

Role

Member Appointed

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Ordinary Committee Member

Steve Friend

Ordinary Committee Member

Matt Regan

Minutes of the AGM are attached.

New Webpage

Matt Regan has been busy developing a new Association webpage. The initial webpage has gone live – https://ranwriters.com

Watch this page in the new year for the next phase of the redevelopment which will improve useability and access to membership information. Don’t forget that the Association also has a social media presence on Facebook…

 

Maritime Personnel Community Update

By CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN Scribes,

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this edition of The Scribbler and let me say how much I enjoy reading each edition. It is great to see the sense of community embodied in your newsletter.

As you may be aware, the Maritime Personnel Community (MPC) was established in early 2021 initially comprising Maritime Human Resource Officers (MHRO) and Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Sailors. In Aug 21 the MPC was expanded to include Training Systems Officers (TS), Chaplain & Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officers (CHAP & MSWO), Management Executive Niche Officers (MX), Band Officers and Musicians (BAND & MUSN) and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs). Since then we have also added Navy Military Public Affairs Officers (PREL and MX Navy Information Effects).

Our Mission is to ‘Deliver personnel capability to prepare Naval Power in order to enable the joint force in Peace and War’. We work to achieve this through professional development, regular engagements to strengthen networking across our Community, and targeted activities such as the MPC Mentoring Program. My priority is to ensure full adoption of the Navy Mastery Model across our Community, and that Mastery becomes the language of Navy.

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Description automatically generated We have worked with an industry partner to develop a contemporary, inclusive identity for our diverse Community. I think it is distinct, nautical and bold. We are in the process of remodelling our web pages and material to incorporate this. We convened a planning workshop in Canberra during November with the Heads of Professional Requirements (HoPR) for the respective MPC workgroups to build momentum in developing a ‘Community of Practice’. I would like you to continue to be a part of that.

It fair to say that 2021 presented plenty of professional and personal challenges for many Australians. Whilst working from home became the norm, we adapted to embrace this and remain effective and highly productive. Our many IET students demonstrated great resilience in managing a quick transition to online learning, and we continued to progress nearly all continuum requirements virtually. As Head of Maritime Personnel Community I have been very impressed with the talent in our workforce and amongst those seeking to join us. It is a great sign for the future.

The third Maritime Human Resources Officer (MHRO) Application Course recently graduated with SBLT Jordan Fernance as Dux of the course. Additionally the Initial Maritime Personnel Operator course recently graduated with SMN Casey McBride as Dux of the course.

I expect 2022 to be a busier year again, focussed on Community growth, renewal of the MX workgroup and a Review of Navy’s Military Public Affairs workforce. I aim to get out and about to meet our people, with the first MPC engagement in March at the Sydney Maritime Museum. We will launch the MPC Excellence Awards Scheme and focus on networking, mentoring and Navy Mastery.

I wish you Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2022.

Reunion 2022 – Advice

As advised in the last edition at the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

As advised in our last edition the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

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Maritime Personnel (MPERS) training has continued despite multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and the prolonged lockdown which impacted the latter half of this year. Despite all odds the training provided to our Maritime HR Officers, Maritime Personnel Sailors and Naval Police Coxswains (yes you read that correct!) was of a consistently high standard and a credit to the Maritime Personnel School (MPS) team.

The students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Session 027 & 028 graduated from the Maritime Personnel School in September and November respectively.

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21)

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 028 (16 Aug – 12 Nov 21)

 

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21) – Student of Merit – SMN Jack Foulstone

The Initial Maritime HR Officer (MHRO) course session 005 graduated on 01 December 2021 following 14 weeks of virtual online training as a result of COVID-19 impacts. As a result of NSW restrictions easing a graduation ceremony was held in the First Fleet Mess, HMAS Kuttabul. Head of Professional Requirements, Captain Sue Cunningham was the VIP and Reviewing Officer. A small Maritime HR & PERS Workforce morning tea and networking event followed the graduation.

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A number of students remained virtual right until the very end and were not able to travel to attend the graduation. Simultaneous graduation presentations were made for LEUT Sophie Watt (WA), MIDN Mary Booth (NT) and MIDN Joshua Jung (QLD).

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Maritime HR Officer Application Course Session 003 – Sydney Graduation Ceremony Attendees

Acting Sub Lieutenant Jordan Fernance (left) was awarded the ‘RAN Writers Student of Merit Award’. Lieutenant Stacey Butters (2nd from the left) was awarded the Navy Human Resources Competency Framework Peer award.

Well done to the newest cohort of Navy’s Maritime HR Officers, welcome to the Fleet and we look to your contribution supporting Navy people and to the Association.

MPS provided training to three courses of NPC sailors who have or are posting to Minor Warfare Vessels (MWVs) on the fine art of PERS support and how the MWV NPCs work together with the Establishment MPERS sailors to support the ‘boat’ CO and their crew.

Looking to the future…

There is much happening in MPS as we look forward to 2022. The Initial MPERS course is in the process of being completely overhauled and redesigned. The redevelopment is focussed on the policy, procedure and practice principle and will include increased practical learning and tasks to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding. The implementation of the updated PMKeyS/Defence One ‘sandpit’ and initiatives such as STIX, which is an information sharing product which will be used for registry/records management will also be used in the training environment. We will finally be able to retire the LEXI Manual and convert to one system across the Fleet!

As we close the ledger for 2021 it has been a busy year delivering training and meeting Government directed COVID-19 Assist tasking – all overlaid with multiple lockdowns.

We farewelled LEUT Sean Cryer (ex CPOMPM/ML-P/WTR) who posted to Fleet HQ into Fleet Personnel Section. We also farewelled POMPS Kieran Wagner who posted as the Snr MPERS sailor HMAS Brisbane and POMPS Aaron Wheeler posted to HMAS Stalwart as their Snr MPERS sailor. We wish the boys the very best for their time in Fleet.

We welcomed LEUT Kylie Faulks to the team who joined post MHROAC and POMPS Brendan Matchett. We will see more new faces in 2022 as we get back into training – our first students are due to arrive at HMAS Cerberus, COVID-19 willing on 31 January 2022. The redeveloped MPO Initial Course is due to start 07 February 2022… There is a lot to do. Looking forward to sharing with you our 2022 journey next year…

Many thanks again to the Association for sponsoring the ‘Student of Merit’ awards across the entire School; your support and attendance at graduations ensures our future Scribers and leaders are appropriately recognised. The full list of 2021 recipients is provided below.

Keep safe and a very merry, safe and festive Christmas to all members!

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Maritime Personnel School Students of Merit 2021

Maritime Human Resources Officer Course

MHRO Course Session 2 – LEUT Laura Kelly

MHRO Course Session 3 – SBLT Jordan Fernance

Initial MPO Course

IMPO Course Session 25 – SMNMPO Emily Poole

IMPO Course Session 27 – SMNMPO Jack Foulstone

IMPO Course Session 28 – SMNMPO Casey McBride

Senior MPO Course

Senior MPO Course Session 29 – LSMPO Mardi Longford

Senior MPO Course Session 30 – LSMPO Taryn Peters

Senior MPO Course Session 31 – LSMPO Daniel Williams

Senior MPO Course Session 32 – LSMPO Nathan Gray

Supervisors Course

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 26 – POMPS Gemma Stratton

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 27 – LSMPO Dominique Taylor

Catching up with Harry Bird (Ex CPOWTR)

Penned by Association Treasurer Marc Henderson

I recently had the privilege of catching up with Harry Bird for a chat. For those who are not aware, Harry Bird assisted WO Alf Calder in the establishment of the Supply School at HMAS Cerberus in 1947 before completing the first Writers course in the newly opened school. Harry served from 1947 to 1959. A copy of Harry’s bio is contained in Dave Rickard’s book ‘The Pen is Mightier’. Harry was also a key contributor in recording the history of the Writer category.

Harry and I had a great chat for 15-20 mins discussing all matters of the Writer category spanning both his and my own career. Harry wanted me to let everyone know he is well and still lives in Sydney. Due to his age, he doesn’t get out and about much these days but I can tell you he can still carry a good conversation.

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ???

Penned by Association Committee Member Steve Friend

Everyone has the perfect dream job. For some its what you are doing now, for others it’s the next chapter. For me, it was to own a motel. Looking at the real estate markets today, you would think it was nothing more than a pipe dream, but if this is what you think you want to do, it may be more achievable than you believe, if you think outside the box.

One Saturday over a few schooners, a mate of mine was telling me about Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) and how you can basically use your money in the super account now, to set yourself up for later in life. Sure, there are a heap of rules surrounding them, but in short, you can buy real estate or equipment with your SMSF money, but not a business.

So for us, a Motel was ideal. Our SMSF could buy the real estate component of the motel and we could buy the business component outside of the SMSF. Great, we can achieve the dream, but the next decision was where does the dream exist. 97% of the population live within 1hr of the coast, and water beats dust every day, or so I thought. We looked and looked at options and with the price people were asking, all we could afford was a coastal motel lease, and as this did not involve buying the real estate, this wasn’t an option.

All of a sudden, the bush was attractive. After almost 2 years of research, we found our dream in a little town of Warracknabeal in Western Victoria. By creating a SMSF and pooling the money Mrs F and I both had in our own accounts, coupled with the profit we received from our house sale, we were able to buy the freehold of a lovely 11 suite motel with 3 bed house and another parcel of residential land for less than the cost of a lease on the coast.

Now a motel might not be your dream, but something involving real estate or equipment might be. If so, maybe the creation of a SMSF is something you haven’t ever considered, but can actually be used to help you achieve your dreams. Sure there are heaps of hoops to jump through to set it up, but the ability to use your money now, not when your allowed to access it normally, was a huge leg up for us and made our pipe dream a reality, as we would never have been able to achieve it without the creation of our SMSF.

If you think this sounds right for you, contact your financial adviser.

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Request for Information

Boyd Trevithick recently reached out to the Association seeking some assistance for information on his Father’s, Jack Trevithick, service as a Scribe.

Boyd provided a number of documents and the below picture of Jack in the hope of jogging someone’s memory:

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Jack is the gentleman in the middle of this picture.

Marc Henderson found the following in our webpage archives:

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Served in Cerberus until 18/9/1951, then Penguin until 14/7/1953,

Kuttabul until 22/1/1954 then joined the Sydney until 20/10/1955

where he was posted to Penguin until DEE 17/1/1957.

If you knew of Jack or have information please contact Boyd directly via email boydtrevithick@gmail.com

 

Farewells

Recognition for a Long Serving Scribe

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CPO Daniel ‘Spike’ Jones had his farewell from Permanent Navy (SERCAT 7) on Friday 5 Nov 21 at HMAS Harman after nearly 41 years of Service in our Navy. He was presented with his Navy Gold Medallion by CO HMAS Harman, CMDR Danielle Radnidge who also invited some senior MPMs to speak on Spike’s behalf.

WOMPM Jay Stevenson represented the MPERS Sailor Workgroup and Maritime Personnel Community thanked Spike for all his service as a Scribe. WO Stevenson then presented a letter of appreciation from the Head of the Maritime Personnel Community, CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN which recognised his support to Navy and our people. WOMPM Dennis Bentley also thanked Spike for his dedication and his Service and presented a letter of appreciation from the President of the RAN Writers Association on behalf of the Association.

 

There were around 40 people present for Spike’s farewell including multiple people he had served with over the years and multiple MPERS Sailors alike. Spike shared some stories about his Service on Ships and how much the roles and responsibilities of Scribes had continued to change over the years. He is looking forward to a different pace and pursuing some hobbies, but he will still be providing some ongoing Reserve Service. Spike joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit on 07 Jan 81, transferring to SMNWTR* in September that year. He has had numerous postings throughout his career, including the full spectrum of employment in his category (past and present), from shore establishments, ships, headquarters and operations. CPO Jones’ operational deployments include Operations Relex II, Catalyst, Falconer, Resolute and Slipper. 

With just under 41 years’ service to his country, this is an outstanding achievement, representing dedication, loyalty and sacrifice over a full career as a Scribe.

BZ Spike; thank you for your service!

Taken from an email sent by CPO Mark Mobley on 22 Oct 21:

♫ Hint:  Most of the italicized bits are song lyrics.  You are nearly all too young to remember Digby Wolfe and his closing song for each Review 61 television show.

 

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon – and taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up – the masquerade
Just make your mind up – the piper must be paid 

Well my friends, colleagues and shipmates the time has arrived.  After 54 years 9 months and 12 days, my service as a member of the Royal Australian Navy is about to end.  It has been one hell of a ride and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.  Would I do more time – yes I would.  Would I do it all again (warts and all) – Yes I think I would.  You can’t change history, you can only learn from it.

The party’s over – the candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night – it seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end, take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

To all those who have helped and encouraged me to never stop learning, especially over the last 20 years I offer my most sincere thanks.  You are too many too note individually but be assured I could not have done it without you.  To those who, in the last 8 years or so have thwarted my attempts to get the job done – BLAH! (They’re not cc’d on this message anyway) – it is enough to say that I was correct in my assertions and the fact that the job isn’t yet finished is their fault.

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

The Navy I leave is not the Navy I joined – it is no better, nor worse – just different.  The Navy is dynamic.  Like a ship’s design changing due to evolving technology so too does the Navy culture; for it too is dynamic.  The Navy is a microcosm of society in general but it has pressures placed upon it by its very nature that a civilian would not understand, therefore it is unfair to judge sailors by community standards.  

“For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know”

Clancy of the Overflow – A.B. Paterson, 1889

And just who are these paragons of society that have set themselves up as ‘perfect’?

Hold on, I feel a dummy spit coming on (that’s a projectile pacifier expulsion for my Canadian and American friends)  Where’s my volume of Kipling.  Deep breath, hold it!  Breathe out – All is OK.

 

Anyhow, the end is nigh.  In closing my favourite line from Shakespeare:

“If we should meet again, then we will smile. If not, then perhaps this parting was well made.”

Fair winds and following seas

Mark                                 

 

Mark MOBLEY

BZ Mark; thank you for your service! Once a Scribe always a Scribe!

 

 

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Passing of LSWTR Tony Thredgold

Penned by Alan ‘Ajax’ Axford

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It is with great sadness & sorrow that I advise you all of the passing of Tony Thredgold, Ex Leading Writer, in early September. Tony was an active member of the “SA Scribes Contingent” & was on the committee of both the 2005 & 2018 Adelaide Reunions.

 

He was also a regular attendee at our midyear & Christmas get togethers. He would also attend any social gatherings that were organised at the spur of the moment for one reason or another.

Is health caused him problems in later life, but being confined to a wheelchair (due to a partial leg amputation), or having to use crutches, it didn’t prevent him from participating in our social functions.

 

He moved to the Swan Hill area of Central Victoria a couple of years ago to take up a more relaxing life in the country.

 

It was here that, due to ill health, he Crossed the Bar in September.

“Thredders”, as Tony was known to us is standing directly behind his wheelchair, looking at the picture, 4th person, left to right.

 

R.I.P. Tony

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WTR Bungy Williams HMAS Melbourne – Navy News 1 May 1970

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POWTR R. Muir – Tarangau – Navy News 15 May 1970

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POWTR Gent – Vung Tau – Navy News 29 May 1970

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John Counsel and Rick Symons 0- HMAS Swan – Navy News 3 Apr 1970

 

 

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Warrack Motel

“You’re staying with Friends”

 


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2 Lyle St, Warracknabeal VIC 3393

03 5398 1633

http://www.warrackmotel.com.au

The Warrack Motel is the perfect location for tourists and work crews alike which is located in lovely Warracknabeal, Victoria.  It is situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, allowing guests to go fishing a mere 20m from their room, or to just relax in the pure ambience of the creekside setting.  The main street is only 500m from the Warrack, so pubs, supermarkets, and food options are well within walking distance, whilst the recreation centre is only 2 blocks away.  The presence of an on-site camp kitchen allows guests the ability to cook their own dinner, anything from a simple BBQ to a full-scale roast dinner, rather than having to eat out if they choose.  Similarly, bacon and eggs on the BBQ is a great way to start the day.

The motel is owned and operated by Steve & Michelle, who are committed to providing you with the good old fashioned friendly service as our Motto is “You’re staying with Friends”.

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The President and Committee wish all members and their families a safe and festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

THE SCRIBBLER # 85

E NEWS – December 2021

President’s Update

This time last year we all hoped 2021 was going to be a better year, instead, many people are still doing it tough. So, what can you do to ease the pressures, or, if you are one of the fortunate people who finds them self in a good position, how did you make the most of these challenging times?

It appears we are emerging from the chrysalis of lock downs and restrictions and gaining our wings again. So onward and upward from here, we hope.

I reflect on the past two years and the trying and uncertain situation we all experienced. As we rise from this and realise the freedoms of travel and mass gathering we are gaining back in our lives, we can contemplate the visits to family and friends again. To this end, dear friends, we can rekindle our deliberations on the next RAN Writers Association reunion with a more predictable set of parameters and some certainty.

Since the last Scribbler the Committee has not been idle and has pressed on with collecting and collating Association files, membership details and documentation, updating the webpage, awards, and Facebook and looking at the way forward.  The way forward has certainly given fodder for debate and we have had some interesting discussions, I truly appreciate the respectful way that the Committee has raised these pertinent points. One of the basic points that is raised is the engagement with members and as such I invite all members to contribute something of interest for future Scribblers.  What does being a ‘Scribe’ mean to you? What are you doing now? What skills were transferrable to the Big Ship? What stories do you have? This will also enable the Association to create a picture of what a ‘Scribe’ is and was and where we fit.

On behalf of our Patron and the Association Committee I wish each and every one of you a safe and festive season. Looking forward to engaging with you in 2022.

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President’s Update 1

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 4

New Webpage 4

Maritime Personnel Community Update 5

Reunion 2022 – Advice 7

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 7

Maritime Personnel Training Update 8

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ??? 13

Request for Information 14

Farewells 16

Vale 19

Flashback Corner…! 20

Sponsors 24

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Association’s AGM was held on 07 October 2021 via Zoom due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts. Despite a small turn out the prerequisites to conduct an AGM were met which allowed our Association to meet the requirements of the ACT Association’s Act which necessitates an AGM and submission of documentation by 31 December each year.

The following Committee appointments were confirmed:

Role

Member Appointed

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Ordinary Committee Member

Steve Friend

Ordinary Committee Member

Matt Regan

Minutes of the AGM are attached.

New Webpage

Matt Regan has been busy developing a new Association webpage. The initial webpage has gone live – https://ranwriters.com

Watch this page in the new year for the next phase of the redevelopment which will improve useability and access to membership information. Don’t forget that the Association also has a social media presence on Facebook…

 

Maritime Personnel Community Update

By CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN Scribes,

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this edition of The Scribbler and let me say how much I enjoy reading each edition. It is great to see the sense of community embodied in your newsletter.

As you may be aware, the Maritime Personnel Community (MPC) was established in early 2021 initially comprising Maritime Human Resource Officers (MHRO) and Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Sailors. In Aug 21 the MPC was expanded to include Training Systems Officers (TS), Chaplain & Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officers (CHAP & MSWO), Management Executive Niche Officers (MX), Band Officers and Musicians (BAND & MUSN) and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs). Since then we have also added Navy Military Public Affairs Officers (PREL and MX Navy Information Effects).

Our Mission is to ‘Deliver personnel capability to prepare Naval Power in order to enable the joint force in Peace and War’. We work to achieve this through professional development, regular engagements to strengthen networking across our Community, and targeted activities such as the MPC Mentoring Program. My priority is to ensure full adoption of the Navy Mastery Model across our Community, and that Mastery becomes the language of Navy.

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We have worked with an industry partner to develop a contemporary, inclusive identity for our diverse Community. I think it is distinct, nautical and bold. We are in the process of remodelling our web pages and material to incorporate this. We convened a planning workshop in Canberra during November with the Heads of Professional Requirements (HoPR) for the respective MPC workgroups to build momentum in developing a ‘Community of Practice’. I would like you to continue to be a part of that.

It fair to say that 2021 presented plenty of professional and personal challenges for many Australians. Whilst working from home became the norm, we adapted to embrace this and remain effective and highly productive. Our many IET students demonstrated great resilience in managing a quick transition to online learning, and we continued to progress nearly all continuum requirements virtually. As Head of Maritime Personnel Community I have been very impressed with the talent in our workforce and amongst those seeking to join us. It is a great sign for the future.

The third Maritime Human Resources Officer (MHRO) Application Course recently graduated with SBLT Jordan Fernance as Dux of the course. Additionally the Initial Maritime Personnel Operator course recently graduated with SMN Casey McBride as Dux of the course.

I expect 2022 to be a busier year again, focussed on Community growth, renewal of the MX workgroup and a Review of Navy’s Military Public Affairs workforce. I aim to get out and about to meet our people, with the first MPC engagement in March at the Sydney Maritime Museum. We will launch the MPC Excellence Awards Scheme and focus on networking, mentoring and Navy Mastery.

I wish you Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2022.

Reunion 2022 – Advice

As advised in the last edition at the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

As advised in our last edition the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

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Maritime Personnel Training Update

Maritime Personnel (MPERS) training has continued despite multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and the prolonged lockdown which impacted the latter half of this year. Despite all odds the training provided to our Maritime HR Officers, Maritime Personnel Sailors and Naval Police Coxswains (yes you read that correct!) was of a consistently high standard and a credit to the Maritime Personnel School (MPS) team.

The students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Session 027 & 028 graduated from the Maritime Personnel School in September and November respectively.

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21)

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 028 (16 Aug – 12 Nov 21)

 

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21) – Student of Merit – SMN Jack Foulstone

The Initial Maritime HR Officer (MHRO) course session 005 graduated on 01 December 2021 following 14 weeks of virtual online training as a result of COVID-19 impacts. As a result of NSW restrictions easing a graduation ceremony was held in the First Fleet Mess, HMAS Kuttabul. Head of Professional Requirements, Captain Sue Cunningham was the VIP and Reviewing Officer. A small Maritime HR & PERS Workforce morning tea and networking event followed the graduation.

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A number of students remained virtual right until the very end and were not able to travel to attend the graduation. Simultaneous graduation presentations were made for LEUT Sophie Watt (WA), MIDN Mary Booth (NT) and MIDN Joshua Jung (QLD).

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Maritime HR Officer Application Course Session 003 – Sydney Graduation Ceremony Attendees

Acting Sub Lieutenant Jordan Fernance (left) was awarded the ‘RAN Writers Student of Merit Award’. Lieutenant Stacey Butters (2nd from the left) was awarded the Navy Human Resources Competency Framework Peer award.

Well done to the newest cohort of Navy’s Maritime HR Officers, welcome to the Fleet and we look to your contribution supporting Navy people and to the Association.

MPS provided training to three courses of NPC sailors who have or are posting to Minor Warfare Vessels (MWVs) on the fine art of PERS support and how the MWV NPCs work together with the Establishment MPERS sailors to support the ‘boat’ CO and their crew.

Looking to the future…

There is much happening in MPS as we look forward to 2022. The Initial MPERS course is in the process of being completely overhauled and redesigned. The redevelopment is focussed on the policy, procedure and practice principle and will include increased practical learning and tasks to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding. The implementation of the updated PMKeyS/Defence One ‘sandpit’ and initiatives such as STIX, which is an information sharing product which will be used for registry/records management will also be used in the training environment. We will finally be able to retire the LEXI Manual and convert to one system across the Fleet!

As we close the ledger for 2021 it has been a busy year delivering training and meeting Government directed COVID-19 Assist tasking – all overlaid with multiple lockdowns.

We farewelled LEUT Sean Cryer (ex CPOMPM/ML-P/WTR) who posted to Fleet HQ into Fleet Personnel Section. We also farewelled POMPS Kieran Wagner who posted as the Snr MPERS sailor HMAS Brisbane and POMPS Aaron Wheeler posted to HMAS Stalwart as their Snr MPERS sailor. We wish the boys the very best for their time in Fleet.

We welcomed LEUT Kylie Faulks to the team who joined post MHROAC and POMPS Brendan Matchett. We will see more new faces in 2022 as we get back into training – our first students are due to arrive at HMAS Cerberus, COVID-19 willing on 31 January 2022. The redeveloped MPO Initial Course is due to start 07 February 2022… There is a lot to do. Looking forward to sharing with you our 2022 journey next year…

Many thanks again to the Association for sponsoring the ‘Student of Merit’ awards across the entire School; your support and attendance at graduations ensures our future Scribers and leaders are appropriately recognised. The full list of 2021 recipients is provided below.

Keep safe and a very merry, safe and festive Christmas to all members!

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Maritime Personnel School Students of Merit 2021

Maritime Human Resources Officer Course

MHRO Course Session 2 – LEUT Laura Kelly

MHRO Course Session 3 – SBLT Jordan Fernance

Initial MPO Course

IMPO Course Session 25 – SMNMPO Emily Poole

IMPO Course Session 27 – SMNMPO Jack Foulstone

IMPO Course Session 28 – SMNMPO Casey McBride

Senior MPO Course

Senior MPO Course Session 29 – LSMPO Mardi Longford

Senior MPO Course Session 30 – LSMPO Taryn Peters

Senior MPO Course Session 31 – LSMPO Daniel Williams

Senior MPO Course Session 32 – LSMPO Nathan Gray

Supervisors Course

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 26 – POMPS Gemma Stratton

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 27 – LSMPO Dominique Taylor

Catching up with Harry Bird (Ex CPOWTR)

Penned by Association Treasurer Marc Henderson

I recently had the privilege of catching up with Harry Bird for a chat. For those who are not aware, Harry Bird assisted WO Alf Calder in the establishment of the Supply School at HMAS Cerberus in 1947 before completing the first Writers course in the newly opened school. Harry served from 1947 to 1959. A copy of Harry’s bio is contained in Dave Rickard’s book ‘The Pen is Mightier’. Harry was also a key contributor in recording the history of the Writer category.

Harry and I had a great chat for 15-20 mins discussing all matters of the Writer category spanning both his and my own career. Harry wanted me to let everyone know he is well and still lives in Sydney. Due to his age, he doesn’t get out and about much these days but I can tell you he can still carry a good conversation.

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ???

Penned by Association Committee Member Steve Friend

Everyone has the perfect dream job. For some its what you are doing now, for others it’s the next chapter. For me, it was to own a motel. Looking at the real estate markets today, you would think it was nothing more than a pipe dream, but if this is what you think you want to do, it may be more achievable than you believe, if you think outside the box.

One Saturday over a few schooners, a mate of mine was telling me about Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) and how you can basically use your money in the super account now, to set yourself up for later in life. Sure, there are a heap of rules surrounding them, but in short, you can buy real estate or equipment with your SMSF money, but not a business.

So for us, a Motel was ideal. Our SMSF could buy the real estate component of the motel and we could buy the business component outside of the SMSF. Great, we can achieve the dream, but the next decision was where does the dream exist. 97% of the population live within 1hr of the coast, and water beats dust every day, or so I thought. We looked and looked at options and with the price people were asking, all we could afford was a coastal motel lease, and as this did not involve buying the real estate, this wasn’t an option.

All of a sudden, the bush was attractive. After almost 2 years of research, we found our dream in a little town of Warracknabeal in Western Victoria. By creating a SMSF and pooling the money Mrs F and I both had in our own accounts, coupled with the profit we received from our house sale, we were able to buy the freehold of a lovely 11 suite motel with 3 bed house and another parcel of residential land for less than the cost of a lease on the coast.

Now a motel might not be your dream, but something involving real estate or equipment might be. If so, maybe the creation of a SMSF is something you haven’t ever considered, but can actually be used to help you achieve your dreams. Sure there are heaps of hoops to jump through to set it up, but the ability to use your money now, not when your allowed to access it normally, was a huge leg up for us and made our pipe dream a reality, as we would never have been able to achieve it without the creation of our SMSF.

If you think this sounds right for you, contact your financial adviser.

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Request for Information

Boyd Trevithick recently reached out to the Association seeking some assistance for information on his Father’s, Jack Trevithick, service as a Scribe.

Boyd provided a number of documents and the below picture of Jack in the hope of jogging someone’s memory:

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Jack is the gentleman in the middle of this picture.

Marc Henderson found the following in our webpage archives:

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Description automatically generated R44169. Joined 18th January 1951 and served 6 years.

Served in Cerberus until 18/9/1951, then Penguin until 14/7/1953,

Kuttabul until 22/1/1954 then joined the Sydney until 20/10/1955

where he was posted to Penguin until DEE 17/1/1957.

If you knew of Jack or have information please contact Boyd directly via email boydtrevithick@gmail.com

 

Farewells

Recognition for a Long Serving Scribe

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CPO Daniel ‘Spike’ Jones had his farewell from Permanent Navy (SERCAT 7) on Friday 5 Nov 21 at HMAS Harman after nearly 41 years of Service in our Navy. He was presented with his Navy Gold Medallion by CO HMAS Harman, CMDR Danielle Radnidge who also invited some senior MPMs to speak on Spike’s behalf.

WOMPM Jay Stevenson represented the MPERS Sailor Workgroup and Maritime Personnel Community thanked Spike for all his service as a Scribe. WO Stevenson then presented a letter of appreciation from the Head of the Maritime Personnel Community, CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN which recognised his support to Navy and our people. WOMPM Dennis Bentley also thanked Spike for his dedication and his Service and presented a letter of appreciation from the President of the RAN Writers Association on behalf of the Association.

 

There were around 40 people present for Spike’s farewell including multiple people he had served with over the years and multiple MPERS Sailors alike. Spike shared some stories about his Service on Ships and how much the roles and responsibilities of Scribes had continued to change over the years. He is looking forward to a different pace and pursuing some hobbies, but he will still be providing some ongoing Reserve Service. Spike joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit on 07 Jan 81, transferring to SMNWTR* in September that year. He has had numerous postings throughout his career, including the full spectrum of employment in his category (past and present), from shore establishments, ships, headquarters and operations. CPO Jones’ operational deployments include Operations Relex II, Catalyst, Falconer, Resolute and Slipper. 

With just under 41 years’ service to his country, this is an outstanding achievement, representing dedication, loyalty and sacrifice over a full career as a Scribe.

BZ Spike; thank you for your service!

Taken from an email sent by CPO Mark Mobley on 22 Oct 21:

♫ Hint:  Most of the italicized bits are song lyrics.  You are nearly all too young to remember Digby Wolfe and his closing song for each Review 61 television show.

 

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon – and taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up – the masquerade
Just make your mind up – the piper must be paid 

Well my friends, colleagues and shipmates the time has arrived.  After 54 years 9 months and 12 days, my service as a member of the Royal Australian Navy is about to end.  It has been one hell of a ride and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.  Would I do more time – yes I would.  Would I do it all again (warts and all) – Yes I think I would.  You can’t change history, you can only learn from it.

The party’s over – the candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night – it seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end, take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

To all those who have helped and encouraged me to never stop learning, especially over the last 20 years I offer my most sincere thanks.  You are too many too note individually but be assured I could not have done it without you.  To those who, in the last 8 years or so have thwarted my attempts to get the job done – BLAH! (They’re not cc’d on this message anyway) – it is enough to say that I was correct in my assertions and the fact that the job isn’t yet finished is their fault.

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

The Navy I leave is not the Navy I joined – it is no better, nor worse – just different.  The Navy is dynamic.  Like a ship’s design changing due to evolving technology so too does the Navy culture; for it too is dynamic.  The Navy is a microcosm of society in general but it has pressures placed upon it by its very nature that a civilian would not understand, therefore it is unfair to judge sailors by community standards.  

“For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know”

Clancy of the Overflow – A.B. Paterson, 1889

And just who are these paragons of society that have set themselves up as ‘perfect’?

Hold on, I feel a dummy spit coming on (that’s a projectile pacifier expulsion for my Canadian and American friends)  Where’s my volume of Kipling.  Deep breath, hold it!  Breathe out – All is OK.

 

Anyhow, the end is nigh.  In closing my favourite line from Shakespeare:

“If we should meet again, then we will smile. If not, then perhaps this parting was well made.”

Fair winds and following seas

Mark                                 

 

Mark MOBLEY

BZ Mark; thank you for your service! Once a Scribe always a Scribe!

 

Vale

Passing of LSWTR Tony Thredgold

Penned by Alan ‘Ajax’ Axford

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It is with great sadness & sorrow that I advise you all of the passing of Tony Thredgold, Ex Leading Writer, in early September. Tony was an active member of the “SA Scribes Contingent” & was on the committee of both the 2005 & 2018 Adelaide Reunions.

 

He was also a regular attendee at our midyear & Christmas get togethers. He would also attend any social gatherings that were organised at the spur of the moment for one reason or another.

Is health caused him problems in later life, but being confined to a wheelchair (due to a partial leg amputation), or having to use crutches, it didn’t prevent him from participating in our social functions.

 

He moved to the Swan Hill area of Central Victoria a couple of years ago to take up a more relaxing life in the country.

 

It was here that, due to ill health, he Crossed the Bar in September.

“Thredders”, as Tony was known to us is standing directly behind his wheelchair, looking at the picture, 4th person, left to right.

 

R.I.P. Tony

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Flashback Corner…!

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WTR Bungy Williams HMAS Melbourne – Navy News 1 May 1970

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POWTR R. Muir – Tarangau – Navy News 15 May 1970

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POWTR Gent – Vung Tau – Navy News 29 May 1970

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John Counsel and Rick Symons 0- HMAS Swan – Navy News 3 Apr 1970

 

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Warrack Motel

“You’re staying with Friends”

 

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2 Lyle St, Warracknabeal VIC 3393

03 5398 1633

http://www.warrackmotel.com.au

The Warrack Motel is the perfect location for tourists and work crews alike which is located in lovely Warracknabeal, Victoria.  It is situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, allowing guests to go fishing a mere 20m from their room, or to just relax in the pure ambience of the creekside setting.  The main street is only 500m from the Warrack, so pubs, supermarkets, and food options are well within walking distance, whilst the recreation centre is only 2 blocks away.  The presence of an on-site camp kitchen allows guests the ability to cook their own dinner, anything from a simple BBQ to a full-scale roast dinner, rather than having to eat out if they choose.  Similarly, bacon and eggs on the BBQ is a great way to start the day.

The motel is owned and operated by Steve & Michelle, who are committed to providing you with the good old fashioned friendly service as our Motto is “You’re staying with Friends”.

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The President and Committee wish all members and their families a safe and festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!