SCRIBBLER # 81.    October 2020


Maritime Personnel


Welcome to Scribbler #81. I know in the previous newsletter we acknowledged the tough times (Bushfires, Floods, Storms, Covid-19, lockdowns and closed borders) that have affected many families in 2020. Sadly, this has not abated and now more than ever we need to rally and ensure all our fellow Scribes and families are safe and well.


I would like to thank CDRE Ottaviano for his patronage.

As Director General Logistics – Navy (DGLOG-N) CDRE Simon Ottaviano helped foster a mutually rewarding relationship between serving personnel and the Association.

With the changes to the ‘Scribe’ category, we no longer come under the logistics banner and CDRE Ottaviano suggested it be more appropriate for the Director General Future Navy Workforce (DGFNW) to be patron.

Thankfully, CDRE Klenthis, as the inaugural Head of the Maritime Personnel Community has accepted the offer and becomes our new Patron.

CDRE Anthony Klenthis wrote in reply:

Thank you for your kind invitation to become Patron of the Royal Australian Navy Writers Association.


I acknowledge the important role of the Association in bringing together current and ex-serving personnel to share their experiences. I support your intent to foster the Association’s ongoing relevance to our current and future maritime personnel sailors. Indeed, the ability for the Association to educate on its proud heritage while providing positive mentorship opportunities for the Navy’s future leaders will be a key focus of mine.


I am pleased to accept the role of Patron and look forward to working with you and your members in serving the interests of the Association and the Royal Australian Navy.



Kind Regards,


AM Klenthis, CSC

Commodore, RAN

Director General Future Navy Workforce

Head Maritime Personnel Community


Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Community

The exciting evolution and growth of the MPERS Community is in full swing.

The rate badge trial has completed with a final decision to be made.


It is with sadness that I advise the passing of Lewis (Lew) Horsfield. CPOWTR Horsfield served from 29 June 1959 to 28 Jun 1979. Serving on HMA Ships Queenborough, Melbourne, Vampire, Vendetta and Yarra (some more than once).On HMA Ships Vampire and Vendetta, Lew saw Vietnam War Service.

Lew was a founding member of the RAN Writers Association and the immediate past president. He was a stalwart of the Association and continued a close relationship with the Association and his many friends within it right until he passed.

We also note with sadness the passing of CPOWTR Roy Sly.

Fair winds and following seas.


Recognition of Service

On the 15 Dec 19, CPO Morris (Morrie) Jeppesen retired from active Navy service. Morrie joined the RAN in 1966 as a JR and completed the Basic Writer course in late 1968. Morrie provided a significant contribution to Navy in both a full and part time capacity during a career spanning 53 years. As you would expect with someone who has served an extensive period of time, there are far too many postings to list them all here. That said, it would be remiss not to mention a few which include: HMA Ships Sydney (III), Supply, Brisbane (II), Torrens (II), Sydney (IV) and Canberra (II). I would like to share this significant milestone with the wider Scribe community. I wish Morrie all the best in his retirement and thank him for his service


 The AGM

Given the impact of COVID-19 and the subsequent border closures, hot spots and other limits on travel On the 15 Dec 19, we are not sure how to conduct the AGM but all positions are vacant and volunteers are urgently requested.  I have added the Presidents report for your perusal.


Presidents Report 2019/2020 

2020 saw the establishment of the Maritime Personnel Community (MPERS), the Human Resource capability within Navy. This brings with it a nomenclature change to Maritime Personnel – Operator, Maritime Personnel – Supervisor and Maritime Personnel – Manager.

Mark Lansdell has also been a great support representing the Association at the relevant ML-P graduations and awarding the winning ML-Ps with the Writer association ‘coins’ and prizes. A decision will need to be made on the appropriate awards for the MP capability.

I would like to thank the committee, who have been brilliant in this turbulent year, JD Byrne, Leonard White, Christine Merrilees, Members Steve Friend, Mark Mobley, Mark Lansdell, Alan Axford, Jill Kelly and Mitch Mitchell for putting their hands up and committing to the Writers Association.  Please note all positions will be vacated and willing volunteers are required for volunteer for the position of Secretary is required and the position needs to be filled as soon as possible.

One person I would especially like to mention is my good friend, Leonard ‘Knocker’ White, Knocker has been a stalwart of the Committee holding the senior position of treasurer for the past 16 years. Knocker decided to step down last year but has kept going because a volunteer treasurer has not materialised. This is now desperate, as we need someone now. 

These are not the only ones to give up time and commit, Al Dummet, Jill Kelly and Lew Horsfield assisted the committee with organising the 2020 reunion. Especially with the many trials that came with that organising marathon. With hail storms, roof damage and flooded venues. Thanks all.

I attended Lew Horsfield’s funeral along with several other scribes and the wishes of many that couldn’t attend. The family appreciated the attendance of members of the Association.

I also attended the funeral of Dean Dowling (ex-CPOWTR) in Queanbeyan NSW

I was informed of the passing of WOWTR Alex Goodieson.

I was informed of the passing of Lindsay Hawes.

I was informed of the passing of CPOWTR Danny Estcourt, and

The passing of CPOWTR Roy Sly.

CDRE Klenthis took the reins as the Association patron from CDRE Ottaviano. CDRE Klenthis is the Navy’s inaugural head of the Maritime Personnel Community.

I thank you all for the opportunity to serve the RAN Writers Association and urge each one of you to look at being a volunteer on the Committee, especially as the Secretary and Treasurer, to keep this wonderful organisation going.







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