SCRIBBLER # 80.    June 2020



Welcome to Scribbler #80. What a year we have had thus far. I know there are some of our members and families going through tough times and our thoughts go out to them all.

Across Australia, and indeed internationally, we have had Bushfires, Floods, Hail Storms and now Covid-19 all causing wide-spread damage, asset losses, job losses, worst air pollution in the world, isolation and indeed sadly, loss of life. This has touched us all.

I have heard that many of you have battled the fires, were part of the clean-up teams and indeed assisted the community. For that we thank you dearly.

Obviously we are not through this yet but the national effort is showing positive results. We must continue to 



Scribe’s Reunion

It seems a long time ago now but the Scribe’s Reunion on the weekend of the 6th and 7th March 2020 was enjoyed by the wonderful people that attended.  The above natural disasters did not dampen the spirit of the attendees with last minute changes to the venues. One venue destroyed by the large and ferocious hail storm which left it without a roof, the next venue, the night before, was flooded during a freak rain storm that came through. But we got through it and a good time was had by all.   Thank you to all who made this weekend happen.


Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Community

The exciting evolution and growth of the MPERS Community is in full swing. On 09 Mar 2020, the ML-P workgroup officially transitioned to the Maritime Personnel Community and are now collectively referred to as Maritime Personnel (MPERS) sailors. 

A distinct rate badge is currently undergoing a trial to clearly identify the wearer as a member of the specialist personnel management workforce.  The rate badge consists of a wreath insignia, which represents victory/strength and people – reflective of people focussed capability.

This design is the culmination of extensive research and consultation and was created by a LSMPO, with the view it is both contemporary and reflective of the people-centred capability MPERS sailors provide. 


This will be a 100 person three month trial.



On a sad note, I have been made aware of the passing of three scribes;

WOWTR Alex Goodieson R47198. Alex joined the RAN on 17 March 1952. Serving on HMAShips Sydney, Vendetta, Melbourne and Vampire. As well as several shore postings including time as the Assistant to the Armed Services Attache in Manila and three stints in the Directorate of Sailors Postings. Vale Alex. 

Lindsay Malcolm Hawes. Lindsay started his Navy career as a Data Operator who transferred over to the Writer Category in the late 1960’s. Lindsay served for over 20 years within which time he made two trips to Vietnam. Vale Lindsay. 

CPOWTR Danny Estcourt. Danny joined the RAN Reserves in 1961 as a recruit Writer. He liked what he saw and transferred to the PNF. Serving on HMAShips  Parramatta, Melbourne, Derwent and Duchess.. Several shore postings including HMAS Melville, Huon, Tarangua and of course Harman Navy Office.  Danny discharged in 1983. Danny Crossed the Bar at approx. 2300 Wednesday 6th May 2020. 




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