The Chief Stoker's Log, Sunday 26th March 2017
My bleat of the week involves ANZAC Day. Corrimal, a northern suburb of Wollongong, holds the march each year. The event, held on the Princes Highway, traditionally had the support of the local area command but this year was different. At a meeting with Wollongong police, the event organisers were confronted with a list of strict police, security and public safety measures costing around $20,000. Wollongong City Council have reportedly said security arrangements for ANZAC services have become more complex with heightened terror threats and that anyone wishing to hold a road march would need to submit a traffic management plan.
I understand the need to review security arrangements to ensure the safety of the public, but do unionists, religious protesters, left wing university students, Gay Lobby marchers and protesters get all these permits and comply with all the regulations when they crowd roads and block traffic, and sometimes commit acts of violence. And if the do not, are they arrested or fined. Of course not, too hard, target law abiding people like ex servicemen and women that fought for the right to demonstrate, much easier.
I managed to mow Bill and Jeans lawns yesterday (they have a double block, big area) and it was the first time I have been able to use the headlights on the John Deere. It was good fun, had the cane toads going in all directions, until I ran over the garden hose that was hiding in the long grass. Wrapped around the blades so my first job in the morning is to free the blades.
Niggs and Sheeba have been demanding attention all week so I have taken them to the river for a few swims, but I think I may need to rethink where I take them in future, there has been new reports of a croc near Tiaro boat ramp where we go. Only small apparently, but after Drape's tragic experience, I am not going to risk it. Sheeba is acting like a true Blue Heeler and has been nibbling at Niggs heels and so far Niggs is being very tolerant, but I can see her getting a severe talking too before long.
Well, it has been a long day so I think it is time to stop and cook dinner, the dogs are starting to nibble my toes, surely a sign of hunger. Till next week, take care and look after yourself and don't forget to ask "RUOK?"
Our thoughts and offers of comfort are offered to Graeme 'Drapes' Draper, whose beloved pet dog was taken by a 4.5m long crocodile in ankle deep water north of the Daintree River. Graeme was taking his elderly dog Jazzie for a swim at Cow Bay, north of the Daintree River at about 4pm, when the kelpie-cross was snatched up in a huge crocodile’s jaws, close to the beach. The family pet had lost a leg to cancer in December and it had only been the second time she had been taken to the beach for a swim since her operation.
Drapes, a Daintree resident, said the encounter with the large reptile scared the “bejesus out of him”. “I threw a stick out for (Jazzie), not very far, about 8-10ft (2-3m), she went and got it and was bringing it back for me. And as you do, when you’ve got a dog with a stick in its mouth, you bend over. “I’m telling her ‘good girl, good girl, bring it here and just as I went to grab the stick, this thing came out of the water."
“I saw a movement behind her, but it was sort of just like a bow wave, this thing came out, missed me by a couple of inches, and it took her. I could only watch as the croc calmly swam away with Jazzie in its mouth." The croc is estimated to be at least 4.5m long, only slightly smaller than his dinghy. “What actually frightens me about this, is it could have been someone’s child, this thing was waiting. It was submerged and waiting. It was that close to the beach.”
Around the Traps
The French's are on the move! Warren writes "Well, after 40 years in the same home we have now moved on from Miranda, which has been in Robyn's family since being built in the late 1940's. The home is old (like us all) and we think just a little too big - land size 1126 sq. mtrs. So we are moving to Kurnell - not far from two of children, Matthew and Kimberly, and the grand children (possibly it maybe too close). The new home is a little smaller in size and the land area is very manageable. Miranda is on the market to be sold and after nearly 4 months we still have no firm offers on the table - so much for house and land shortage in Sydney. I hope it sells soon not only because we are off overseas on the 11th April celebrating both of our 70th birthdays this year but also because we have a hefty bridging finance over us from buying the new house at Kurnell. We had no end of real estate agents telling us that they could sell our Miranda house in a matter of days or weeks once on the market." Estate agents are full of crap, they promise the world and give you nothing, just like Coxswain's did.
Lloyd Blake's health is improving according to a response I got from a 'RUOK?' "Pleased to report I am OK . Very healthy and feeling good at about 95%. Tingling/no feeling in my finger tips / soles of my feet. Still have Physio plus 3 days a week in a Gym to stretch muscles and help nervous system regrow. Good progress considering a year ago I was all but dead. Your issues are not resolved I gather? But I expect you have found we are in the right place for the right treatment."
Geoff Anderson reports "Whilst guiding at the ANMM a couple of weeks ago I noted the repairs being carried out on Onslow. The Snort Induction Mast looks like it needs replacement - anyone go a spare in their Lay-a-Part store? Plus the Midships DA Windows have been removed and under casing cable trays etc. are being removed to limit rust areas and work required." Maybe a midnight raid in Westerport Bay may be the answer?
Leslie Rawson wrote "Your posting of Possum's paper 'Otway Outcry' has had me scavenging through all my 'junk' as I had some copies of the paper. I relieved Possum on Otway in December 1981 when he got his jaw broken, so the paper must have been well prior to that. Geoff Anderson was the CO but we lost him for a few weeks and Peter Horobin was the CO for the NZ deployment. I seem to remember we were Orange forces and with the aid of some food dye and garbage bags an orange flag was produced with a Kangaroo rooting a Kiwi and the casing party had orange armbands. On entering Philomel with the flag flying and casing party attired in armbands I am sure the Maritime Commander was less than impressed as he was there with his NZ opposite number to meet the boat. Geoff Anderson returned for the Hawaii trip and MK48 certification and a torpedo compartment full of Aussie wine for a wine tasting at the home of the CO of the PMRF - a great social event, if somewhat inebriating!" This week's copy, Issue two, is available at the end of today's Log.
Tony Vine wrote "I think edition one of Possums page was in October 1981 not 82. On our way to K81 we ran out of water and hit the bottom in the Barrier Reef. Bob Middleton was OOW and Peter Hatcher the WEEO his assistant. Ian Bubbins was on the planes and I was on the panel with D Dick as my second panel. We hit the bottom about three times. The boat went to emergency stations. The next day we found out that the Torpedo Officer, your mate Leahcim Skeed of AE2 medallion fame (Michael Deeks), had slept through the grounding and emergency stations."
Tony added "It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve with Possum on two boats. Although when we ran the boiled lolly shop (canteen ) together on Otway we never turned a profit because kind hearted Possum kept giving away maccas at Action Stations. God bless him. I left the boat Jan 82 to start my Chief Tiffs Q course that's why I reckon it was 81."
From Jerry 'Jez'Lattin (a reminder from when we were both serving at NCS Harold E holt). “Great shot Bob, and you probably remember the very battered periscope head that was mounted on the wall of the office of our mutual boss Captain C O “Chuck” Paddock USN? Up till the early 1970s, COs at HEH were traditionally ex-diesel boat skippers, but Chuck was from a different league: He was an S2F Tracker pilot. On one occasion, flying on routine ASW exercises out of the NAS at Pearl, he was armed with inert-head (concrete) rockets for practice firings against a target submarine. In very calm conditions he saw the “feather” of the target’s search periscope, and initiated a live attack run. It was good; he could see it went very close. In fact it was better than close. The submarine concerned had to change the periscope head, and the polished-up remains of the old one were presented to Chuck without comment. You don’t find many trophies like that."
From Bob Trotter: “I can image the scene in Onslow’s Control Room. CO & OOW “Come on, come on; hear we are, look down for goodness sake and let’s get this Serial over. You might have been on task for an hour or two but we’ve been on task for several weeks now and would like to go home/watch the movie/play Scat/etc!”
From Sandy Freeleagus: Sandy’s comment is in relation to me saying that ONSLOW had been found: “I don't think so. Once on Otway we had to con the tracker onto us by the periscope then radio 'On top, now, now, now' when the aircraft was overhead. This didn't work, so we raised both periscopes. Again radioed "On top, now, now, now" and still no response. This went on until we had all masts raised. The Tracker still couldn't find us, so in desperation, we planed to the surface and stuck our fin out of the water. They flew over again. Then they finally saw us. Their excuse - "Oh no wonder we couldn't see you - we were looking for a periscope." ????
Sandy continued "But yes, aircraft were our biggest problem, although Orions were visible miles away from their dirty exhaust trail. You could see their exhaust long before you saw the aircraft. Surface ships were easy meat. And let's not mention Ikara or as we called it - "The There will be a short delay Weapon" as every time we were programmed to exercise a test firing with us as target, the system stuffed up. My intake of OAs were the first to do the Ikara course at WATSON. We did the course inside a vault???? We reckoned then that there were too many interlocks to let the system function properly. The only time it actually fired at us, the torpedo malfunctioned and instead of veering away, it hit us. (Put us alongside for a week. Great!!!"
Our Grey Nomad, Graham Blackman posted "21st March and just had a couple of days here at Crows Nest van park and it was a pleasure and a privilege to meet Kevin and Annette from our Nomad group. The 1st couple we have been lucky enough to meet face to face. and besides the company they were great and valuable sources of knowledge re:DVA stuff. I am just starting the convoluted journey down the DVA path. Safe travels to them and all our members who maybe on the road during these weather events."
Graham was heading to Opera in the Paddock at Delungra and on the 25th wrote "Another fabulous evening under the stars in the Opera in the Paddock. Absolutely brilliant music from classical to contemporary. Mozart Handel Bizet Wagner (Powerful & Gotterdamerung & Valkyrie) Verdi - Robbie Burns beautiful "Are fond kiss" Offenbach Straus Porter and many more. It had everything for every taste. Memorable to the last. Gazing skyward it gave me many deep contemplative moments. Grey nomads missing this event are deprived of a fabulous event and you can camp here for the night. Not to far to stagger home."
And then on the 23rd "We are in Wedderburn, it has a hard high free camp. Very hot water and clean dunnies. Must see the grocery store, it still has full tin of biscuits from 1969. At little gem of history. Great guides, very friendly town." It is a pity that so many old historic towns are dying.
Adam Addinall spent the 21st parked up in Tarcutta for the night. "Half way between Melbourne and Sydney, a camp at back of pub. Free camp on oval. Good food. Had a few beers and whiskys with owner of the Horse and Jockey hotel. Well worth the stop."
The ATO has returned the Tax Return to a man in WA after he apparently answered one of the questions. In response to the question, "Do you have anyone dependent on you?" The man wrote: "2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 450 idiots in Parliament, thousands of 'retired politicians' and an entire group that call themselves 'Senators'. The ATO stated that the response he gave was "unacceptable". David's response back to ATO was, "Who did I leave out?"
Pride of the Fleet
Chefs from local Restaurant, Rustico Tapas Bar, work with Navy Chef's in the food preparation area of the Gary Holland Community Centre in Rockingham for the 2017 Rockingham Long Table Lunch.
(Navy Chefs L-R) Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Miko Estares, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Submarines Laura Frayling, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Submarines Trent Duncan, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics-Chef Submarines Matthew Cole, and Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Chef Submarines Shayne Curby.
Commander Dan Sutherland
Dan Sutherland joined the Royal Australian Navy at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1998, graduating in 2000 and completing an Honours year in 2001.
He commenced the then Seaman Officers’ Application Course in 2002, serving in HMAS Ships Manoora, Gladstone and Adelaide on operations SLIPPER (Persian Gulf) and RESOLUTE (Australian border protection).
Whilst posted to Gladstone, Sub-Lieutenant Sutherland was selected to attend the 27th Naval Junior Officers’ Course in Singapore. Following award of his Bridge Warfare Certificate in Adelaide, Lieutenant Sutherland commenced submarine training in October 2004.
Having completed his Submarine Warfare Officer’s course in Canada, Sutherland returned to Australia in January 2009 and was posted as Operations Officer of HMAS Waller where he served until December 2010.
Following promotion to Lieutenant Commander in January 2011, Sutherland assumed duties as Operations Co-ordinator (N3/N5) at Submarine Operations (RAN SUBOPAUTH), located at the Headquarters Joint Operations Command in Bungendore.
He served as Executive Officer HMAS Dechaineux from July 2013 until December 2015, completing a South East Asian Deployment, the RAN International Fleet Review (while seconded to HMAS Farncomb), and the USN Submarine Command Course. Having successfully completed the Royal Netherlands Navy Submarine Command Course (Perisher) in April 2016, Sutherland was promoted to Commander and took Command of HMAS Dechaineux in January 2017.
LCDR Guy Burton has earned his sea going allowance and ventured onto one of the RAN's newest grey funnel liners. He reports "One phone call and a short 24 hours later I saw myself sitting in a MRH-90 helicopter on the way out to join HMAS Adelaide (LHD01) in the WAXA for 10 days at the beginning of the month"
"It appeared that the embarked CTG staff needed a submariner to provide "submarine liaison" during Exercise Ocean Explorer being conducted off the WA coast. One of the largest Task Groups in recent years had been formed to participate in serials of ASW, ASuW, AAW and then four days of Freeplay including amphibious ops and NGS with two ships from New Zealand and one each from Italy and Spain also joining the six RAN ships"
"Over the two weeks, submarine support was provided by two Collins boats at various times. An interesting few days at sea seeing how "the other side" operate and fight the war. Adelaide is an impressive ship - great facilities, accommodation and BIG; only took three days to be able to get around without taking a wrong turn or heading to the wrong deck...!!"
Health & Welfare
DVA's assurance program has found an area of concern, where some health providers are charging entitled persons co-payments (gap fees) for some of the services they provide. The charging of gap fees to Gold and White card holders clearly contravenes the DVA requirements in respect of the treatment of DVA entitled persons.
When a health provider agrees to treat a DVA client, they also agree to rules detailed in the Schedule of Fees and the Local Medical Officer (LMO) Notes (medical practitioners and specialists) and the Notes for Allied Health Providers (collectively 'the Notes'). The Notes stipulate that, by accepting an entitled person's Gold or White card and billing the Department of Human Services, the provider agrees to accept the DVA fee as full payment for health care services without making any additional charges to the entitled person. Should there need to be a claim for services in excess of the Schedule of Fees, the provider must seek prior approval from DVA.
Providers who have charged entitled persons a 'gap fee' should immediately refund that fee to the entitled person.
Keith Hatfield, like many others, have Health cover as a matter of necessity. He reports "Just went through the whole 'revise your health cover' thing. Navy Health came out on top of the rest. We've had great cover from them over the years and will now be staying with them." Just as important as the cost of cover is the need to look at what you are covered for. I, like most of the log readers, no longer need to be covered for pregnancy, venereal diseases, sporting accidents or visits to a natural therapist! But hip replacements, heart surgery, arthritis and dementia had better be on the list.
Although it is over for another year, it is not too late to contribute, just follow this link.
- 1 million Australians suffer depression, of which 1 in 6 are women and 1 in 8 are men
- 2 Million of us (Australians) suffer from anxiety again 1 in 3 are women and 1 in 5 are men.
- Every day 7 Australia's take their on life of which 5 are men. This is higher than the national road toll.
Remember, please talk to someone, there's help available you don't have to suffer alone."
Charlton 'Chad' Hardy latest update on his 'GofundMe' appeal for a van: Thanks to all the generous people who have supported me, my total now is $3,800 it is greatly appreciated but I still have a way to go so even if you can only afford five dollars it would be a great help thank you to everyone. Click here to support Second hand van for M.S sufferer by Charlton D Hardy.
ANZAC Day 2017
ANZAC biscuits and dawn services aren't the only tradition surrounding April 25. Have you ever wondered why rosemary is worn? Rosemary has long featured in Anzac Day ceremonies, pinned to the lapels and collars of servicemen and school children alike. The aromatic herb has become synonymous with the day.
The reason for wearing rosemary is two-fold: firstly, the smell of rosemary is thought to improve the memory, with reports of Greek scholars wearing rosemary in their hair to help them while they studied. Secondly, rosemary has a direct link with Gallipoli, where our troops fought in 1915 - rosemary can be found growing wild all over the peninsula. So now you know, tell your mates and pin a sprig to your jackets.
The Western Australia Submarines Association will assemble at Esplanade Park, Fremantle at 0945 and March Off at 1015. On completion of the Service at approximately 1130 you are invited to the Post March Up Spirits and Rum Raffle at the Fremantle Yacht Club from 1200 onwards. Submariners have a dedicated room with Kitchen and Bar access looking out across Fishing Boat Harbour.
The Club is 1.2 Km south of the Esplanade Hotel on Marine Terrace and may be accessed by the Blue CAT Bus Service (takes about 13 Minutes via the Railway Station. Family and Children are welcome and there is a Children's Playground. Parking before and after the March is available and Free, although if requiring a Car Park Pass for the City Carparks in proximity to the Esplanade Park please request one from President Terry on 0400842380
Secretary SAA WA
Queensland SAA advises members that this year’s NZAC Day is fast approaching and planning for the day’s four main events are well under way. The planning Committee ask that you check the information re times etc. available at this time listed on the webpage , if you could register your intentions for the day at the ANZAC DAY Page on our website. Link http://saaqld.weebly.com/anzac-day.html or if you prefer not to use the website to register, you can email Pete Sellars at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Mob 0439 442 819.
As noted on the ANZAC Day page we have reserved some buggies /Jeeps for the City/ March, we need to notify the City March Committee of Names & Carers names by Friday 24th March. Please let us know if you require this service asap (it is easy enough to cancel a booking should your circumstances change, but nigh on impossible to make one closer to the Day).
Secretary SAAQld Inc.
Sydney call for ex HMAS ANZAC and Tobruk crew members to march on ANZAC Day 2017
Our ranks are diminishing and to allow us to continue to march under the ANZAC / TOBRUK Association banner that displays both ships’ proud Battle Honours we need the support of all former or current servicemen who served on ANZAC or TOBRUK to participate in the 2017 ANZAC Day March in Sydney. The march will be followed by free drinks at a local pub.
If you are interested in attending the march or joining the association please contact:
Johnny Mansell jnr, NSW Delegate ANZAC / TOBRUK Association.
Phone: (02)42 96 4876 Mobile: 0408 297 806 Email: email@example.com
WA Maritime Museum - Fremantle's Secret Fleet
The Fremantle Secret Fleets are to be featured by the WA Maritime Museum during Fremantle Heritage Festival 18 April – June 2017. Join WA Museum Volunteers as they lead special floor talks discussing Fremantle’s secret submarine base.
During World War II Fremantle acted as an important international submarine base, hosting more than 170 Allied submarines. Whilst some of the submarines were Dutch and British, the majority were American. Due to the secrecy surrounding its operation, its existence was little known at the time.
Included is the opportunity to view fascinating photographs of the Allied submarines in Fremantle. The floor talks are free with Museum entry and run from 11am – 11.30am. Visitors are welcome to explore the rest of the Museum at the conclusion of the talk. Bookings are required and can be made by using this link.
Bob Trotter said "Members may be interested in the attached flyer. The Producer Peter Du Cane sent this to me when he provided me with the video file to edit as necessary for use in my presentations."
Surfers Paradise celebrates our passion for pyrotechnics with SeaFire, a night of hypnotic performance and thrilling fireworks above Surfers Paradise Beach. www.goldcoastpoint.com.au/events/seafire/Sea-Fire will take centre stage at Surfers Paradise Beach on Saturday 1 April, with a brilliant pyrotechnics and fireworks display. The program will start with a tribute to the Navy involving a preshow with a Navy helicopter, Navy displays and live band and activities from 2-4pm. A fantastic fireworks display will commence at 7pm. Full details at this link.
Other Interesting Stuff
The captain of the French bid for Australia’s $50 billion Future Submarines project has quit less than a year after winning the contract. Adelaide-based Sean Costello resigned on Friday, a move that will likely shock the French and the Australian defence communities.
Mr Costello was the executive general manager at ASC before he became chief of staff for then-Defence Minister David Johnston, who famously declared that the SA shipyards couldn’t be trusted to build a canoe. Mr Costello then took up the mantle at DCNS Australia, fighting for and ultimately winning the contract to build 12 submarines in South Australia.
While he is lauded for that win, there are also tales told in Parliament House of his temper while in Senator Johnston’s office. He was involved in a kerfuffle after receipts for lunches involving him, Senator Johnston, and defence industry heads were leaked, and two other staffers were booted from the office. Those leaks were interpreted as attempts to damage both Mr Costello and Senator Johnston.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said he had enjoyed working with him and wished him “all the best”. “Matters such as these have no impact on the submarine project or our arrangements with DCNS. I look forward to working with the new CEO when they are selected by DCNS,” he said.
Chief operating officer Brent Clark -- who was also integral to DCNS’s win -- will become the chief executive officer in the interim.
Mr Clark, a former submariner, has a long history of delivering programs at defence giants including BAE and Thales. He was also a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy for more than a decade.
DCNS said in a statement that there was nothing unusual in leadership changes. “Throughout the life of a program of this magnitude, there will be multiple changes of personalities and this is a normal process for any large program,” it said.
There have been whispers Mr Costello is aiming for federal politics, including speculation he could put his hand up for Mayo, which the Liberals lost to the Nick Xenophon Team; however, he has not shown any inclination to become a politician. On networking site LinkedIn he has listed himself as an “independent consultant”.
ADAM Bergius Born: March 25, 1925 - Died: March 3, 2017
ADAM Bergius, a Glaswegian who has died aged 91, was a wartime Royal Navy diver and submariner, but one with a difference. His submarine was a five-man midget sub - known as XE-4 - tasked with cutting vital underwater Japanese communications cables towards the end of the war. That forced the Japanese to turn to overland radio communication, which was more easily decoded by the allies and hastened the end of the war. In fact, Operation Sabre, as it was called, was one of the final and most successful allied actions of the conflict.
Mr Bergius's actions in enemy territory as a Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant were highly dangerous - capture could have meant execution by the Japanese - and earned him the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross). Merely being submerged at up to 300 feet for long periods of time also brought with it the threat of death by nitrogen narcosis.
After the war, he returned to a somewhat less dangerous life at his family whisky firm William Teacher & Sons Ltd, rising from junior clerk to chairman of Teacher's and being appointed as spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association. Later, he was a highly popular farmer at Glenbarr on the west of the Kintyre peninsula where he successfully increased the quality, and therefore value, of locally bred lamb and was a funding director of Kintyre Quality Livestock Limited, a producers' cooperative.
Adam Kennedy Bergius was born in Glasgow on March 25, 1925, the youngest of five children of William Manera Bergius, who was the son of Walter Bergius, a 19th century German immigrant to Scotland who married Agnes Teacher of the Scotch whisky family in the 1870s. Young Adam, whose mother was Agnes Hunter Bayne, was therefore born into the whisky business started in 1830 by 19-year-old mill worker William Teacher as a "dram shop" within a grocer's in Anderston, Glasgow. Adam was educated first at Kelvinside Academy in Glasgow and later at Glenalmond College outside Perth.
With the Second World War in full swing, Mr Bergius joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) aged 18 in December 1943 and began his training at HMS Ganges, a shoreside training establishment in Portsmouth. When the Navy asked for volunteers for "special and hazardous service," he stepped forward in early 1944. He did not really know what that would entail but was delighted to be sent for further training in his native Scotland - at HMS Varbel, another shore establishment, this time in the former luxury Kyles Hydro hotel (sadly now demolished) in Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute. Mr Bergius found himself training in midget submarines in nearby Loch Striven and later recalled that, although HMS Varbel was top secret and the local villagers and fishermen knew something extremely unusual was going on, their discretion ensured that the base remained secret until the war was over.
In his XE-4 midget submarine, which was 51ft long, Mr Bergius had to practise getting in and out through a small wet-and-dry chamber, shutting himself off from the rest of the crew before flooding the compartment and opening an external hatch, all of this in cold, black Loch Striven with zero visibility. He and his comrades would often come up from the loch bleeding from nose and ears.
In July 1945, with the war in Europe won, the allies focused on defeating Japan. Our American allies were initially unimpressed by the midget submarines - Admiral Chester Nimitz, commander-in-chief of the allied Pacific forces, described them as "suicide craft" - following problems with an earlier model, the X-Craft, which tried to sink the German battleship Tirpitz. In 1945, however, Washington realised the mini subs were the only way to cut two vital Japanese underwater telegraph cables off Japanese-occupied Saigon. The task was given to the XE-4 manned by (Australian) Lieutenant Max Shean, Sub-Lieutenant Bergius, Sub-Lieutenant Ken Briggs, Sub-Lieutenant Ben Kelly and Engine Room Artificer Vernon Coles.
Mr Bergius, his fellow divers and their midget subs arrived in Labuan, off Malaysia, in July 1945 on board their depot ship HMS Bonaventure, which had been built in Greenock as the Clan Campbell of the Clan Line but was requisitioned for the war effort.
On July 31, in the Mekong Delta, the XE-4 snagged on its targets, the Japanese communications cables. Sub-Lieutenant Briggs dived from the sub and returned with a snippet to prove he had cut it. An hour later, they located the second cable and Sub-Lieutenant Bergius dived from the sub to snap it after four attempts at a depth of 50 feet. He was hauled back into the mini-sub in complete exhaustion but brandishing a length of cable. Mission accomplished, the war was about to be over.
For the rest of his life, Mr Bergius kept that length of cable as a war souvenir. His wartime exploits in Operation Sabre are recorded in several books. Just after the war, in 1946, and while still in the Navy, Mr Bergius was given leave to race the classic 70ft yawl Latifa, built by William Fife at Fairlie in Ayrshire, from New York to Bermuda. The yawl had hibernated during the war had no chance but Mr Bergius loved every minute of it.
In retirement, Mr Bergius continued to sail - on the surface rather than underwater - often with his close friends Sir Ian Denholm, of the Denholm shipping and seafood group, and his wife Liz. They would cruise around Scottish waters or off northern France on the yacht they co-owned, the 1911 Bristol pilot cutter Hirta, moored in the summers off Shandon close to Faslane.
Adam Bergius died at his home in Achnaha, Glenbarr, on Kintyre. His wife Fiona (née Sillars), whom he married in 1951, died in 2011. He is survived by their children Charles, Cara, Peter, Johnny and Pol.
We hear so many cases of identity theft and computer interference lately and yet so many of us are complacent, especially at home. Remember, If it’s not physically secure, it’s not secure. You can have the best security software. You can be the greatest at identifying and avoiding phishing and other attempts to trick you into downloading malware. You can have the greatest, strongest passwords, doubly secured with two-factor authentication….… and it’s all for naught the moment someone else gets their hands on your machine. I suggest that everyone read this article titled 'Walking away from your computer' at this link, it gives you something to think about.
The art collector replied, "I've had an awful day. Give me the good news first."
The lawyer said, "Well, I met with your wife today, and she informed me that she just invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring a minimum of $15 million to $20 million, and I think she could be right."
"Great! You've just made my day. Now I know I can handle the bad news. What is it?" Saul replied enthusiastically
The lawyer replied, "The pictures are of you and your secretary."
I attended a mass wedding of 7Eleven and United garage staff in Tiaro last week. It was the first of its kind in Australia, although very common in their country. It was a very formal event and everyone stood out in their finery, I felt a bit out of place. I hope that they all managed to take the right wife home. The restaurant owner reported that several tablecloths were reported as missing after the event.
Kevin Farr wrote "I was thinking of Making an Esky that looks like a Russian Attack Submarine! And I will call it 'A Kula'."
Chris Whitworth sent out this warning "Warning there is an Email going around offering processed Pork, Gluten and Salt, Do NOT open it, it is spam!
However the Air Force told a different story. Complaints came from a total of 3,555 Air Force members. While this statistic is alarming in its own right, it becomes horrific when one considers that each complaint represents a sad story of abuse, mistreatment and neglect. Examples of the some of the more disturbing cases are shown below:
- One young pilot told of having to spend two nights in tented accommodations, despite the fact that there was an empty five-star hotel just one mile away.
- Another said that he had been forced to endure a gruelling fitness test every year since he joined in 1997.
- One airwoman alleged that she had been overlooked for promotion on numerous occasions, simply because she was fat, lazy and stupid.
- An aircraft maintenance technician stated he had been refused permission to wear civilian attire to work, despite the fact that his uniform clashed with his eye colour.
- Another had been forced to wear uncomfortable safety boots for periods of up to eight hours straight.
- A clerk could not understand why she had been sent to work in a Joint military headquarters, "I have been forced to work for horrible Army people who just don't comprehend what the military is all about. I feel the Air Force has victimized me by forcing me to do this...I will be seeking compensation..."
- Shockingly, Air Force senior ranks are also subject to mistreatment. One SNCO stated, "I was deeply upset when I was addressed as 'Sergeant' by an officer. He knew my name was Robert. It was just horrible - I have never been more humiliated in my life." A senior officer advised that "the officer in question has been moved on...".
- A number of personnel complained of having to attend courses that were not relevant to their jobs, such as rigorous ground combat courses and drawn-out lectures on occupational health and safety. To add insult to injury, a young corporal was even ordered to pack up chairs in the classroom after one such course.
Winter is coming and it is time to place orders for jackets. I will only be placing one order for winter jackets this year and in order to get a reasonable quote I need to determine requirements.
So I am asking you all to place an EOI before the end of month.No obligation to buy, confirmation of orders will not be required until costs are confirmed. This will depend on numbers ordered. Jackets will be embroidered with the Australian Submarines Logo. Register interest at the Slops Van.
The Chief Stoker's Log, Sunday 19th March 2017
Fortunately the days have been dry so I have been able to repair some more of the fence. Niggs is back home and he just walks through the chicken wire, replacing it with chainwire to see if it can do the job. It is not an easy task as the actual fence is a beautiful old Post and Rail and I have to get between it and a heap of palms and trees to get to the wire. Not easy with a useless left arm. Have arranged to hire a couple of young blokes to finish it next week.
Sheeba, the three legged Blue Heeler has established the yard as hers and neighbours and tradies have been bailed up and had to wait to be escorted in. Once in she is OK, it is the getting in that is a problem. Checking with the vet next week to see if anything can be done to calm her down.
I am in the market for a good second hand mobility scooter for a 70 year old ex WRAN who can no longer drive and unable to visit her friends in the village. She is unaware that I intend buying her one and I am sure that I will be in danger of losing my manhood when she gets it. I had suggested that she try the local service organisations, but she is one proud communicator. I have seen a few on Ebay and will start looking in earnest next week, there is a likely looking one in Bundaberg. If you know anyone that has one to sell please let me know.
After reading my comments about only allowing one hour for the AGM Brett Hinton wrote "I admit I have never been to an AGM but have watched with interest from the side. It appears to have devolved to its lowest level of 'drinky poos posh a thon'. Your right, one hour is not enough given the number of members/non members suffering out here. Is this why there are so many unpaid members or members with dues overdue?? I don't know I'll allow others to ponder that question." I have raised the issue of decreasing numbers for quite a while but it falls on deaf ears as they understand that today's submariners are not interested in joining us old bastards. However, new members are not the issue, the numbers that are not continuing their membership is the critical mass. Check out the numbers for recent years, they far outnumber those that joined. I ask what action is being taken develop a strategy to encourage lapsed members to re-engage or to recruit. Maybe it is a question you can ask of your Branch President as he is a member of the National Committee.
Well, been a long day so I think I will call it for now. Till next week, take care!
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Les Rawson, commenting on an item I posted on Facebook (it appears later in today's Log) about the Russian Navy, wrote "Read an interesting article a few days ago which puts a lot of doubt on the efficiency of the Russian military, equipment wise. It even suggests they may have returned to the bad old days of leaky ships, doubtful integrity of nuclear power plants and something which analysts believe is a return to the old USSR - ships with more weapon systems than could be operated - basically window dressing. Much of the article is based on the Russian economy which is under 'horrendous' pressure and is on a level with Canada - which apparently is ok for Canada, but not so hot for a country the size of Russia. The old USSR wasn't very thoughtful of its military personnel; some doubtful training of crews (Navy wise), poor safety and some very dangerous operating procedures designed to make thing look good....." That may be so Les but a hundred or so submarines in poor condition can still do a lot of damage. I understand that lack of spares are a major problem for the Americans too (all services) and they are relying on a lot of cannibalisation to keep equipment going. About time some world "leaders" took a chill pill!
I was looking up Google for the SAA NSW website to gather information on the proposed HMAS Platypus 50th when I discovered "Sex Addicts Anonymous, Sydney Intergroup of SAA. ... 52A Buckingham Street. Surry Hills. Sydney NSW 2010. Please go to the Meetings page for further details ..." At last the Association is doing something about attendance at meetings!
The SAA Victoria Branch will be marching in Melbourne for Anzac Day. Step off will be from Flinders Street West (Station side), just up from Elizabeth and Flinders St., at approx. 0910. Muster no later than 0830. Afterwards, bus from the Shrine to the Maori Chief, Cecil St., South Melbourne - members and member's family free. Look for the Dolphin Banner.
A date to put in your diary, Friday 18th August 2017 - 50th Anniversary of HMAS Platypus - Dedication SAA Commemorative Wall. Geoff Anderson said they intend holding ceremony late morning and drinks early evening at Kirribilli RSL. Be patient please. Information will be published soon, just watch this space.
Ron Jacobs wrote "I note Don Delosa is a member and we want to contact him. My wife has phoned Don's wife, a friend for 45 years, numerous times without success and now the number is disconnected. Are you able to assist or email Don and let him know Juliana and Ron want to contact him and Ince his wife." If you have Don's contact, mine is obviously out of date, could you pass his email or phone to me, or ask him to contact me.
John Goss requires assistance and he wrote "A task I accepted far too long ago was to write on the food service offerings by the Chefs of O Boats. The task was initiated by both the President of The Naval Historical Society of Australia and the Curator of the National Maritime Museum. I must pull my finger out and start gathering my thoughts. I’m not sure how many ex O Boat Cooks we re in contact with but I’d very much like those that are to contact me and assist me with this task. The story, as much as I’m aware, hasn’t been told. Some stories will be left untouched. I’m sure many crew members would also have some interesting stories to tell. They’re the one’s the Cooks have tried hard to forget. Contact me by email if you think that you could assist."
The RN Submariner's Association monthly newsletter 'Down Under' is available to download at link opposite.
Graham Blackman wrote "Ran into an old sailor mate (ex General service) who has been through some rough passages. And he and his wife have embraced and swear by the latest technology in the form of a free mobile app. 'Black Dog Snapshot' an Aussie based tool with local support. It maybe worth looking at it to see if it helps you."
Early this month we reported on Facebook and The Log that Dionette Sakova had her bike stolen while at sea. Good news, she has it back. Colin Prior posted "That's now the fourth time that I know of a bicycle of motor bike being found by police where getting the word out far and wide on social media has helped. So happy to have been able to help in a small way."
Ex Submariner sues AFP for $10 million dollars.
Bradley Turner, an ex submariner, was an experienced and committed Australian Federal Police officer when he was deployed to Papua New Guinea in 2013. Now he’s suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, has become a whistleblower and is claiming $10 million dollars in damages from the AFP in the Federal Court. Turner was part of an AFP contingent sent to Lae, a city with an unenviable reputation as a violent crime hotspot. They were not actively involved in policing and had no powers of arrest. Their mission was to act as advisers and mentors to the local PNG police. This meant the Australian police toured Lae’s crime ridden streets and shanty towns unarmed with no protective equipment and no powers of arrest.
Turner says he witnessed the aftermath of horrible crimes – shootings, murders, rape and the destruction of whole communities by the authorities. He also claims that violence was perpetrated by the local police, particularly the elite Taskforce units. Turner claims the police would frequently shoot unarmed suspects in the leg with high powered rifles in order to prevent them running away.
Turner claims that when he sought to report the violence to his superiors, it wasn’t reflected in the weekly reports sent by the Federal police in PNG to Canberra. He says his PTSD stems not from the violence he witnessed, but a sense of powerlessness and frustration that his reporting was being ignored. "It got to a point where we referred to the reporting coming out of the country as the 'nothing bad ever happens in PNG' reports,”says Turner. Read the full story at this link.
Australian Submarines - The Pride of the Fleet
Time marches on
Congratulations to POMEDSM Dennis Egan and LEUT Ninian Melville for being presented Certificates of Appreciation from Chief of Navy for 20 years Naval service. Both are highly respected members of the submarine community.
Gone are the days of having a Coxswain with little training to provide medical advice and care. One Coxswain, who shall remain nameless, while Ovens was on an overseas deployment, famously prescribed to a patient "2 two aspirins and knock the top off it" to resolve a medical complaint. The patient was later admitted to hospital for treatment. Dolly was a great victualler though!
Navy engineering has had some significant changes at the top in 2017, with an aviation specialist and a submariner now leading Navy's team of technical specialists.
Both Rear Admiral Lawrence and Warrant Officer Rowley believe that the future of the engineering community lies with those who embrace new methods as the future warships will be so dependent on advanced technology.
Read the full article in Navy Daily.
Items of interest
I used to be an avid reader but The Log takes up (more than) my spare days. However, I decided to allocate time to read and set a target of at least one book a month. This week I started reading "The Royal Australian Navy and MacArthur" by Ian Pfennigwerth, published in 2009. By 1945, General MacArthur's forces had advanced from Papua to the Philippines and to Borneo. The vast majority of the troops, supplies, and equipment for this campaign were transported by sea, and MacArthur's success was based on 22 amphibious assaults. Soldiers and Marines did the ground fighting and MacArthur's air forces eventually ruled the skies, but it was the ships of the United States and Australian navies that delivered them to the battlefronts and supported them. This book reveals facts of the Royal Australian Navy's crucial role in World War II.
Ian Pfennigwerth was awarded a PhD by the University of Newcastle in 2005. Previously he had spent 35 years in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in seagoing, staff and overseas postings, his last twelve years being spent primarily in the intelligence sphere. He commanded the guided missile destroyer HMAS Perth II, served as Director of Naval Intelligence for three years and was the Defence Attaché in Beijing for two. Resigning in 1992, he built a consultancy in Asian business development for the Australian ITC sector.
Since 2002, Ian has worked in his third career, researching Australia’s naval history. His eight published books have cemented his reputation in the field. He won the inaugural Tenix HMAS Perth Award for 2008-2010, resulting in a comparative study of the origins, construction and service of the RAN ships named Arunta and Warramunga. In August 2010 Ian was awarded the Australian Defence Force Academy History Fellowship to research and write the history of the Academy, and this was published in December 2012.
From 2006 to 2012 Ian edited the Naval Historical Society of Australia’s Journal of Australian Naval History, and he has contributed the naval chapters to the three books edited by Peter Dean of the Australian National University on Australia at war in 1942-45, published by the Cambridge University Press. Ian’s latest book is the first volume of two on honours and awards presented to Australian naval people since 1900. Titled Bravo Zulu (navalese for ‘Well done!’) it provides the background stories of the recipients and their awards.
Sebastien Roblin March 18, 2017 National Interest
With North Korea a topical subject at the moment this article, if true, really demonstrates the mentality of the the people and is scary. The National Interest reported:
At 4:30 p.m. on June 22, 1996, Capt. Kim In-yong noticed a curious site from the helm of his fishing boat as it sailed eleven miles east of the South Korean city of Sokcho: a small submarine, roughly sixty feet in length, caught in a driftnet used for mackerel fishing. Several crew members were visible on the submarine’s deck, trying to free their vessel. Upon noticing the fishing boat, they gave friendly waves of reassurance.
Captain Kim was suspicious. The entangled submarine was located twenty miles south of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Likely, he recalled an incident two years earlier when a North Korean spy submarine ground ashore further south near the city of Gangneung. Rather than surrendering, the heavily armed crew first turned on itself and then tried to fight its way back to the border, resulting in the death of thirty-seven Koreans from both nations. Perhaps he was aware that while Republic of Korea Navy operated three Dolgorae-class mini-submarines at the time, North Korea had roughly fifty small submarines of several classes. So the South Korean fisherman informed the Sokcho Fishery Bureau.
The submarine, meanwhile, freed itself from the nets and began sailing north, with Captain Kim following it at a distance. However, before long the submarine rolled on its belly, stalled and helpless in the water. By 5:20 p.m. the Republic of Korea dispatched antisubmarine helicopters, and the submarine’s location was confirmed nearly an hour later. The vessel was a Yugo-class mini-submarine, imported from Yugoslavia to North Korea during the Cold War. The boats in the class vary from sixteen to twenty-two meters long and seventy to 110 tons in weight, and can’t go much faster than ten knots (11.5 miles per hour), or four knots underwater. Though some carried two torpedo tubes, they were primarily used to deploy operatives on spying missions, with the five-man vessels able to accommodate up to seven additional passengers. Later inspection of the Yugo-class boat revealed it had a single rotating shaft driving its two propellers, which had skewed blades for noise reduction, and that the hull was made of plastic to lower visibility to Magnetic Anomaly Detectors.
ROK Navy surface ships surrounded the vessel and attempted to communicate with the stranded boat, first via signaling charges and low-frequency radio, then loudspeakers and even hammers tapped on the boat’s hull—without response. Unwilling to risk opening the submarine while at sea, the South Korean sailors ultimately hitched the mini-sub to a corvette at 7:30 that evening and began towing it for port of Donghae.
The timing was inauspicious. South and North Korea were about to hold their first major talks in years at Panmunjom. Recently elected South Korean president Kim Dae-jung was promoting his “Sunshine Policy,” attempting to promote reconciliation and openness between two nations that had been officially at war since 1950. On January 23, North Korea declared that a submarine had suffered a “training accident.” According to Pyongyang, the submarine’s last communication reported “trouble in nautical observation instruments, oil pressure systems, and submerging and surfacing machines.” South Korean officials told the New York Times they didn’t believe the Yugo-class boat had actually been involved in a spy mission.
There was of course something a bit comical about the South Korean Navy coming to the unwanted rescue of a submarine that was spying in its waters. However, as frequently happens in tales of North Korean espionage, the absurd becomes horrific.
South Korea had readied a special team to open the ship and negotiate with the North Korean crew, including defector and former submariner Lee Kwang-soo, one of only two North Korean survivors of the Gangneung incident. However, while still being towed on July 24, the submarine sank abruptly to the bottom of the ocean. South Korean officials were uncertain: had the boat succumbed to mechanical difficulties, or had it been scuttled by the crew?
On June 25, a South Korean salvage team recovered the boat from one hundred feet underwater and an elite team bored into the hull. They found a horrid tableau inside. The submarine’s interior had taken on only two and a half feet of water—but the five submariners had been gunned down, with bullet wounds visible across their bodies. Four elite North Korean Special Forces also lay dead, each shot in the head. North Korean military culture stresses that its soldiers should kill themselves rather than accept capture. It seemed likely that the more fanatical Special Forces had murdered the crew - perhaps after they had refused an order to commit suicide - then killed themselves. The nine dead men aboard the submarine were buried in South Korea’s Cemetery for North Korean and Chinese Soldiers, as Pyongyang has mostly refused to accept back the remains of its own spies and soldiers.
The more than two hundred items recovered from the submarine were also revealing. The crew had been packing AK-47s, machine guns, grenades, pistols, a rocket-propelled grenade and three sets of “American-made infiltration gear.” The presence of an empty South Korean pear juice container also suggested that the Special Forces personnel had made it ashore, as did a 1995 issue of Life magazine. If there was any doubt of the boat’s espionage activities, the ship’s log indicated the submarine had landed agents into South Korea on multiple occasions in the past.
Under the Ice
Russian combat submarines have returned to the Arctic region, where they will increase their presence in the near future, Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov.
In an interview Rear Admiral Kochemazov, the head of the combat training department of the Russian Navy, said that the next few years will see Russian battle submarines increasing their presence in the Arctic region.
Developing the Arctic Ocean basin is one of the main tasks set by the Russian Commander-in-Chief, a task that Kochemazov said will be resolved by stationing Russian submarines there on a permanent basis.
Kochemazov noted that after a long pause, the advanced Russian nuclear powered submarines have returned to the Arctic Ocean, including the Borey- and Yasen-class multipurpose ballistic missile submarines. "Along with the modernization and construction of the new submarines, work is underway to create sophisticated submarine-based weapon systems," Kochemazov said, referring to the Kalibr and Oniks missile systems capable of destroying both sea and ground targets. He recalled that the Kalibr missile systems were earlier successfully used against the terrorist group Daesh in Syria. This video shows a Russian Akula-class nuclear powered submarine surfacing through the ice in the Arctic Ocean.
Announcement of Chair of NSW RSL Board of Enquiry
Mr Ian Callinan AC QC, a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, has agreed to Chair the Board of Enquiry regarding the current issues involving RSL NSW State Branch. Mr Callinan has a distinguished legal career and since leaving the High Court Bench has been appointed to arbitrate and mediate many disputes including arbitrating claims by customers of the Commonwealth Bank arising out of the collapse of Storm Financial. A page has been set up on the RSL NSW website so that members will be able to follow developments as the Board of Enquiry progresses.
Raymond Kemp posted on the 18 March at 19:24 "PIM mouth of Fitzroy river, good spot. A few long termers close to river. $5 per night $30 per week." I looked up the acronym PIM and found too many to mention, just guess.
Des Scanlan wrote "Not sure how to take your comment on me being a tight arse. Thought when I was a chef I was quite generous in my servings - unlike a peer known as One Chop, or all SM COXN's trying to make the victuals go as far as they could. Any way as far as retirement goes, life is great. Unfortunately the weather has not been on ours side as Trish and I have spent the last week near Batemans Bay in this miserable wet weather. Although nice and dry in the van, I cannot say the same for our saturated, swampy grounds. Hope the rest of our grey nomadic voyage around Australia is a lot drier."
The manager said, 'You must make a sentence using the words Yellow, Pink, and Green.' Mujibar thought for a few minutes and said, 'Mister manager, I am ready.' The manager said, 'Go ahead.'
Mujibar said, 'The telephone goes green, green, And I pink it up, and say, Yellow, this is Brian.' Mujibar now works at the Telstra call center. No doubt you have spoken to him. I have.
Two Irishmen flew to Canada on a hunting trip. They chartered a small plane to take them into the Rockies for a week hunting moose. They managed to bag 6. As they were loading the plane to return, the pilot said the plane could take only 4 moose. The two lads objected strongly. “Last year we shot six. The pilot let us take them all and he had the same plane as yours.” Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded. The plane took off. However, while attempting to cross some mountains, even on full power, the little plane couldn’t handle the load and went down. Somehow, surrounded by the moose bodies, only Paddy and Mick survived the crash. After climbing out of the wreckage, Paddy asked Mick, “Any idea where we are?” Mick replied, “I think we’re pretty close to where we crashed last year.”
A left wing Labor/Green politician, a trendy lefty TV reporter and a SAS trooper were captured by ISIS. They were sentenced to death by beheading. The ISIS leader said they could have one last wish each before sentence was carried out. The politician ask to hear a rendering of the ALP's "It's Time".
The reporter asked that the beheading to be televised so that even when he was dead, his face would be on TV.
The SAS trooper asked to be kicked three times up the arse. This was carried out, as the last kick landed the trooper pulled a hidden 9mm pistol out of his smock shot three terrorists dead grabbed a fallen AK47 and killed the rest of the terrorists. The other two were amazed, and asked why he requested to be kicked three times before drawing the gun. Because, said the trooper, when we get back to Australia, I don't want you pair of warped arseholes saying it was an unprovoked attack !!
In the UK, some supermarkets have admitted that there is horse meat in their home cook burgers. Even places like Burger King have had to admit that there are "small amounts" of horse meat in their burgers. Within hours of the news that Tesco's 'all beef hamburgers' contained
30% horse meat, these quips hit the internet ...
- "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse..... I guess Tesco just listened!
- Anyone want a burger from Tesco? Yay or neigh?
- Not entirely sure how Tesco are going to get over this hurdle.
- Waitress in Tesco asked if I wanted anything on my Burger. So I had £5 each way
- Had some burgers from Tesco for my tea last night ..I still have a bit between my teeth.
- A woman has been taken into hospital after eating horse meat burgers from Tesco. Her condition is said to be stable.
- "I've just checked the Tesco burgers in my freezer ... AND THEY'RE OFF"
The Chief Stoker's Log, Sunday 12th March 2017
I think I may take myself to the country to see if I can lose as much weight as he has. He looks like a pup again and he has ribs, I intend maintaining his new diet (may even keep him on it too). The three legged Blue Heeler is settling in and they have allocated the left hand 18 inches of the bed to me, the remainder divided 60:40 between themselves.
Things getting tight on the pension front, my pension took another dive last month and having Niggs back doubles my food bill. I decided that I would go to Centrelink to sign up Niggs. The woman said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw benefits". I explained to her that Niggs is black, unemployed, idle, can't speak English and has no clue who his dad is. She looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify. Niggs gets his first check on Friday, damn this is a great country. Blame Mick Lynch for this, I am in enough trouble for other stuff!
Just been looking at the program for SUBCON 2017 and was surprised to see that only one hour has been allocated for the Association's AGM. No wonder very little is achieved at these meetings. A pity because the main reason for SUBCON is for it to be the venue for the AGM. The social aspect is a very welcome addition but the AGM should be allocated sufficient time to ensure all business has been dealt with adequately. Having to stop the meeting mid stream because buses are waiting, as has been the case in the past, is not a way to run the Association. This would not be a problem if communications within the Association was effective, members would be aware of what is going on, but we know that communications is not the National Committee's strong point.
Well, been a long day, thanks to Telstra. I will call it quits for this week. Remember to ring a mate this week, just to say "G'day"!
Graham Blackman wrote "Please one and all keep phoning, posting, emailing and supporting Jumbo Pearce (Richard if you please as his lovely wife Pat would opine) He has had a few bad days and any/all contact is a bonus. Thanks." His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his mobile 0421 573 763.
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Les continued "I can't write without commenting on you two article regarding suicide in the Log. My heart goes out to Sandy; I just don't know if I could manage in the same way. The second article was very, very poignant. Apparently the 8th March is International Women's Day and in view of much of the second article is now a moot event since it focuses on promotion of women and not domestic violence. However, contrary to the adulation given to Rose Batty, she has since achieving some worthy status has also added to the pressure on men and she has been accused of misandry more than once. What I am saying is, even when men seek help, there are only specialised organisations to deal with them and many are turned away due to capacity yet we are continually asked to support refuges for women - never for male victims who do exist. Unfortunately, many of those become victims of suicide and the only sympathy is for the spouse, rarely the victim. Sorry, vented off a little there but I get quite incensed that the general view is that women are the victims and men the perpetrators, not always the case."
There was a general outpouring of sympathy and praise for Sandy and Robin and it gave others the opportunity to share their tragedies with others. I was going to transcribe them from Facebook, but I think that it better if you accessed the Facebook page, you may want to add a message for them. Rick Steley, in offering his sympathy tells an extremely sad story that is impacting on his family and he still finds time to offer any assistance that he can to others in similar circumstances. The link is SAA Facebook Group.
Bruce 'Gus' Crane wrote "A couple of Saturdays ago I was rostered on as a Volunteer Guide for the Submarine Ovens at the Fremantle Maritime Museum and on my second tour of the day I was warned by the Customer Service Supervisor who was duty on the counter that I had a couple of American Submariners on my tour.
I normally start my tours by asking if there are any Submariners old or new on the tour and when told no as in most cases I then tell them that as a Submariner “I can tell you anything I want and you have to believe me!” Anyway the two relatively young Submariners appreciated a tour of a “Real” Submarine and the stories I told and when we got to the Engine Room I indicated that in my 5 years on Otway I spent a lot of time here as what we called the “Donk Shop Horse”, which I explained was Aussie Navy slang.
Having completed the tour while heading back to the Museum we got to talk a lot about service in Submarines and the good times with the mates we made, it was then I found out that they were the USN equivalent of a Tiffy but in the Reactor Room of their Boat, so while shaking hands I was presented with a gilt USS Oklahoma City Submarine Medallion from their Submarine which was alongside HMAS Stirling, and was given the title of ‘Honorary Reactor Horse’, now how about that for a promotion! Bruce was a CPOMTPSM and served on/in HMAS Otway 1969-1974
Rabaul New Guinea
Port Villa Vanuatu
Noumea New Caledonia
Roger said "I am taking my Child Bride on a Cruise to some of the places I have been. Denise is worried about you with your problems and she said be good." I am always good Denise, just ask Roger. Roger can be contacted by email for more details.
Scarpa Broomfield wrote "........................ As for living in a house with lizards and snakes - you have got to be joking! I would have had a 'for sale' sign up on an empty house if that was me!!!!! It's bad enough reading about beasties in the swimming pool, never mind about the bread bin!!!! It just goes to show you that I am a city slicker!!!!! Sad too hear about Sandy HiRob's devastating news - so sobering and tragic, if only the signs were there one could offer support, but you just don't know. Thanks Sandy for the words that you have provided, let's hope that the message will be passed on family wide by every member and visitor to the LOG. Our condolences."
Tex and Bundy lead another charity ride on Sunday 26 February 17. Tex wrote "This ride was for "Chasing Charlie's Cure" Fundraising for 19 month old Charlie to be able to send him to New York for potential lifesaving treatment. The poor little bugger has Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that normally affects some children under 6 years old. 363 bikes turned up and their riders and pillion passengers helped raise $11185.55 on the day. A young teen Beauty Queen entrant won the silent auction to go pillion with Tex & Bundy. The day was a huge success and had a super heroes theme, hence Bundy wearing a Cap't America cape over her leather jacket!😂"
Well done to you both! Donations are always welcomed by the 'Terrific Duo', go to this link.
To acknowledge the passing of esteemed SAA Victoria Life Member and founding member of the Victorian Branch, Pat Heffernan, we will be holding a service following the AGM on Sunday 19th March at the St Kilda RSL Acland Street. I encourage all members to attend to celebrate Pat's life.
The post received several "interesting" comments and is worth a read. SAA Honorary Historian and all round good chap Peter Smith solved the problem. "The outboard boat is HMS Thorough you can see what is left of the gun mounting forward of the conning tower. Her number by the way is 324, three is a very hard number to verify when the photo is taken at a bad angle. The inboard boat is a modified T class with no number sighted, so I can only assume it is either HMS/ms Tabard, Taciturn or Telemachus. There were no Oberons in Australia until HMAS Oxley arrived in 1967. I note that both boats are flying the white ensign, Thorough’s is partly hidden behind the other boat’s Union Jack and the in board boat’s is hidden by the gangway. I will do some more work on the in board boat and try and find which one she is." Thanks again Peter. Any Poms out there that can expand?
Tony's book is a RAAF history subject which may interest members who have interests outside of submarine history. The book is essentially the story of fifty young Australians who commenced flying training together in December 1941. Two of them are still alive., including the villain who sunk the U Boat!
The book is now available at this link for $36.99 + $13 P&P (paying by PayPal), or directly from Tony using email for $35.00 + $13.00 P&P paying by bank transfer. Essentially you save the PayPal fee.
Geoff Anderson wrote "Amazing what you find when you are clearing stuff out ready for a move. Forgot I had this. Names from the past in a great crew."
Ray Gissing, Bradley Freeman, Ian Hill, Craig Leal, Simon French, Paul Hartridge, Anthony Watson, David Gannon, Andre Major, Ken Norris, Stephen Booth, Martin Ketchener, Eric Doig, Edward Aitchison, Raymond Bowdin, Tudor Goode, David Schmid &Geoffrey Anderson
It was sauces not submarines that interested Katoomba-born, Indigenous man, Gary Oakley, whose dream was to be a pastry chef at the swish Medlow Bath hotel the Hydro Majestic in the 1970s. But when his parents moved to the central west where job opportunities were scarce, he turned his attentions to the Navy, hoping to become a cook. His story is told in Action Stations which opened late last year at the Maritime Museum. “There wasn’t much happening in Canowindra. After my 12 months [traineeship] with the navy, they said we don’t have bakers anymore and you’re too smart to be a cook, so I ended up an electrical mechanic.”
Mr Oakley said he was able to travel to places “you only read about” and be paid for it. Now those memories are recalled in the Australian National Maritime Museum’s latest high tech $12m attraction Action Stations.
Mr Oakley joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) as a junior recruit in 1969 and after twelve months with HMAS Leeuwin went on to serve on the Duchess, Sydney, Perth, Stewart, Stalwart and on the submarines Oxley and Ovens. His striking story includes the nearly fatal flooding of one of those subs. “I was trapped in a compartment that was flooding… We were coming to the surface. A piece of pipe had burst. If it had filled up anymore we would have gone backwards and I wouldn’t be here to talk about it.”
Being a submariner was mentally tough – “a very hard and dangerous occupation with a very high attrition rate,” he said. Early on he learnt “you must trust each other, if you are to survive”.
Now 62 and an Indigenous historian with the air force, Mr Oakley refers to the Australian Defence Force as the nation’s “first equal opportunity employer” because they ignored edicts in World War II not to hire Indigenous recruits. He was “really proud” to tell his story in the Sydney display to shine a light for Indigenous recruits, many of whom had a long tradition of service.
“Indigenous Australians don’t get much credit for it [their war efforts], even after the First World War they disappeared because they didn’t get to march, so people had a skewed perception of Indigenous service, same as the Second World War. We’ve been in the uniform for over 100 years for this country and it’s about time people took notice.”
Kevin Sumption, the museum’s CEO, said they were working hard to ensure that the museum remained “relevant”. For the touch-screen generation this meant bringing Australia’s maritime past to life through interactive exhibits. Visitors can walk onto three ex-Navy vessels and see what it is like to be on board a warship during operations.
Action Stations is the biggest public initiative the museum has undertaken at the Darling Harbour museum since it opened in 1991. Article from Blue Mountains Gazette.
Keith Hatfield wrote "How well I remember this cutting that Maria posted. We came back in on a Friday night back in ‘71, and being a married local, I was duty on the Friday night. There was conspicuous loading of the boat from Dave Taylor WEEO, with some peculiar machinery into the forends. Come Saturday morning, Bonnie – think it was Bonnie – told me I had two hours shore leave to go and tell the missus we were going on a ‘sneaky’ – that was life in boats, then.
Chasing Ruskies around, listening to the beat of propellers overhead for watch on watch – great. Ohhhh, that’s right, it never happened did it, so where did Maria get her cutting from? Would love to get hold of the article, but Google came up short. Don’t suppose you have a copy at all??"
Veterans' Matters, Health & Welfare
The NSW SAA are holding their quarterly meeting on Sunday 19 March at the City of Sydney RSL, George St at 1130. All submariners of any era or nation are invited to attend and join us for the meeting followed by social drink and lunch if you wish. This meeting is important for a number of reasons, namely:
- SUBCON 2018. Committee required to organise the event in NSW for the June long weekend. A number of locations are under consideration and will be discussed briefly.
- HMAS PLATYPUS 50th Anniversary. Activities planned for the day will be outlined and the design of the memorial presented.
President SAA NSW
The final costings for Subcon 2017 in Adelaide are now in. SAA South Australia President said "We have finalised costings and have kept the prices as low as possible to ensure Members can attend the Association's AGM without breaking the bank. Come and enjoy our hospitality, we are taking bookings now. For simplicity we are requesting payment in full.
Please go tho the SAA Events page for details.
Keith Hatfield, the SAA Victoria President wrote "Just spent a pleasant afternoon with the HMAS Sydney Assn and the new No. 1 of HMAS Cerberus, Matthew Hoffman and his lovely better half, Leeanne (sic). It was a very pleasant afternoon and my thanks go to ‘Speed’ Dwyer, the Committee and members of the HMAS Sydney Assn. we wish both Matthew and Leeanne a pleasant stay in sunny Victoria – although I did warn them about Cerberus’ winters and swimming in Westernport Bay. I think they may find Sorrento a much livelier place than Crib Point ! A cordial invite is extended to them, should they ever find time, to attend any of our social meets.
Apart from getting lost going down there – we ended up in Hastings thanks to the Navman !! – a good time was had by all. We actually had to ring ‘Coops’ to get some directions, and you know how that would have gone – I can hear him now !!
On other matters, on Saturday Hon. Sec Ian and myself went down to the Mission for Seamen on Flinders Street, the purpose was to assess suitability for a new home – but also to meet and discuss with the Naval Association matters of membership and growth – a full brief will be given to members at the AGM.
The SAA (Vic) AGM this year will be held at the St Kilda RSL from 12 noon onward. On completion of the AGM, there will be a Memorial Service for Pat Heffernan. It is requested as many as possible make the effort to attend either or both these events. Pat put in considerable effort to the SAA (Vic.) and deserves a fitting farewell.
To all and sundry, hope this finds you all fit and well – and don’t forget a call to a mate RUOK can often assist greatly."
Members will be aware that 1 March 2017 was the 50th anniversary of adopting the Australian White Ensign. To mark the occasion the Australian White Ensign was flown from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Navy video in this link covers that event.
We are advised the mural painted on a HMAS Sydney 3 bulkhead and referred to by Commander Cole towards the end of the video will be removed from the ship before it is disposed of and retained in the Naval Heritage Collection. We understand the phrase ‘These colours don’t run’ is attributed to Leading Seaman Jon Reid who added them to the mural in 2014.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs advises Australians planning to travel to Vietnam, and particularly the Long Tan Cross site, are aware of the current situation so they can manage their expectations and travel arrangements in advance of Anzac Day 2017. In August 2016, the Vietnamese Government did not permit the planned Long Tan 50th anniversary commemoration service to take place at the Long Tan Cross site.
The Australian Government is continuing discussions with the Vietnamese Government about future commemorations in support of Australian veterans. The Vietnamese Government had indicated previously that small groups of people may be granted access to the Long Tan Cross site for private visits, though this could change at short notice. It remains unclear if the Vietnamese authorities will permit official commemorations and a final formal Vietnamese Government decision is yet to be taken.
The Australian Government cannot commit to holding an official commemoration at the Long Tan site on Anzac Day 2017 until the Vietnamese Government provide official advice. The Australian Government respects Vietnam’s right as a sovereign nation to determine the nature of any foreign commemorations held in its country and appreciates Vietnam’s cooperation over many years in facilitating access to the Long Tan Cross site and allowing low-key official commemorative services to occur.
The Australian Government will continue to update veterans and the Australian public on developments. Further information will be available at smartraveller.gov.au and the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City website.
The tragic article from Sandy Freeleagus stirred me to pass on a bit more info about dealing with the “Black Dog”.
There are many organisations that are frequently quoted such as Lifeline to help people who are in trouble and yet the number of people committing suicide just seems to keep on rising. Recently I came across another group who take a different approach and are getting good results. The organisation is called “Grow”. There are around 250 Grow Groups around Australia and the concept has spread to other countries.
Grow aims to help people with mental health issues and operates in a similar way to Alcohol Anonymous helps people with problems with grog. The Grow Program has a number of important elements. Firstly, it is completely anonymous, so individuals can attend meetings without getting the stigma of “a mental health person” associated with the mainstream medical services. People with such a label have difficulty getting employment or other social contact, often leading to social isolation, depression etc.
The second feature of Grow is that it is not funded by or part of the mainstream medical system. The Grow program has been developed over many years (since 1957) and is based on developing peer support within a safe, caring and confidential environment. The Grow leaders are selected from individuals who have recovered from mental illness problems and are able to encourage “new” members to understand their issues, talk, rebuild social support networks and, in many cases return to a normal productive life. All this is achieved without the involvement of professionals such as psychiatrists or mental health personnel. And the Grow service is free. Funding comes from donations as far as I know.
I came across my local Grow Group through the regional leader, an ex-matelot called Dave McLoughlin (a stoker I think) who had been down the bottom of the well but had joined a Grow group and is now a fully recovered and strong member of the community. Dave was a guest speaker at my Rotary club and we have helped the local branch set up a Grow Cafe in Lismore. This cafe is providing a friendly space for people to gather and is working well.
Contact details are: Toll Free 1800 558 268 and www.grow.org.au.
Time marches on
July 1, 1956, 50 young men from around Australia met for the first time, the first intake of apprentices to serve with the Royal Australian Navy.
Exactly 60 years later a dozen of those men met in Bendigo to catch up and celebrate the lifelong friendships that began that day.
The occasion was celebrated over three days with drinks, a tour of the Thales facility, lunch, dinner and a barbecue. “We’re the first 50 and we never let anyone forget it,” Bendigo resident Colin Fowler said. Mr Fowler said the group met up about once every 10 years, but stayed in contact in the intervening years.
Back Row L-R: Bernie Clark (yellow jumper), Gerry (Woof) Patman, Charlie (Chazza) Bradbury, Colin (Chook) Fowler, Jimmy Blunt.
Middle Row L-R: Graham (Beatles) Bailey, Brian (Swanny) Swan, Bob Moores, Tom (Paddles) Shaw.
Front Row L-R: Peter Crook, Ron Vass, Bob (Stinger) Ray.
Submariners feature prominently and Jim Moon still looks young, he must have been pre-pubescent when he joined?
Did you know?
The Brennan torpedo was a torpedo patented by Irish-born Australian inventor Louis Brennan in 1877. The Brennan torpedo is often claimed as the world's first guided missile, but guided torpedoes invented by John Ericsson, John Louis Lay, and Victor von Scheliha all predate it; however, Brennan's torpedo was much simpler in its concept and worked over an acceptable range at a satisfactory speed so it might be more accurate to call it "the world's first practical guided missile". It was propelled by two contra-rotating propellors that were spun by rapidly pulling out wires from drums wound inside the torpedo. Differential speed on the wires connected to the shore station allowed the torpedo to be guided to its target, up to 2,000 yards (1,800 m) away, at speeds of up to 27 knots (31 mph). Brennan torpedo replica at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence; cut-out shows the two drums of wire used for propulsion and guidance. Reference Wikipedia.
The Submarine Institute believes the government's shipbuilding agency, ASC, is well qualified to be a prime contractor for the new fleet project. The federal government must heed lessons from the problem-plagued Collins class submarines before work starts on a new French-designed fleet. That's the key message from the Submarine Institute in its submission to a Senate inquiry looking at the future of Australia's naval shipbuilding industry.
French shipbuilder DCNS won the contract to design 12 new submarines which will be constructed in Adelaide. The first steel is expected to be cut by 2022, and the first sub will enter service in the early 2030s. As the design phase gets underway, the institute said key questions around contract arrangements were yet to be answered.
In 1987, Australia ordered six Collins submarines from a design by Swedish firm Kockums AB. Kockums had a corporate stake in the prime contractor - the Australian Submarine Corporation board. "While the Kockums members of the Australian Submarine Corporation board operated at arm's length from the design office, a potential conflict of interest existed," the institute wrote in its submission.
The institute argued a single entity should be the prime contractor, and it should be an Australian company. It recommended DCNS and Lockheed Martin, which is supplying the combat systems, should be subcontractors to the prime contractor. The institute said the government's shipbuilding agency, ASC, is well qualified to step up to the role of prime contractor, but it stopped short of offering a full endorsement.
The next step for Australia’s future submarines
Australia’s Future Submarine Programme is making good progress with construction set to begin in 2022. It is an ambitious project and calls for the concept design to take place between 2017 and 2018, followed by a preliminary design phase until 2021, with detailed work going on into 2024, overlapping the start of construction in 2022. The first sub is scheduled for completion in 2030, and after operational testing and evaluation, is expected to enter service around 2033.
This 17-year chronology, however, hides the fact that since that award in April 2016, things have already been moving on apace. In September, Lockheed Martin was selected as the combat system integrator for the future submarines and in November, DCNS Australia signed up to explore supply chain opportunities with the Indigenous Defence Consortium (IDC). These are both significant steps in their own right. Lockheed Martin getting the nod over Raytheon, which had done the work on the existing Collins class, means that Australia will be using the same system provider as the US Navy, boosting potential interoperability, and the IDC agreement was its first since its foundation in March 2016.
Read this interesting article in full at this link.
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Naval shipwrecks mean huge amounts of scrap metal, with huge potential re-sale value. The sheer quantity of scrap metal on a naval ship means that a single wreck can be worth up to $1 million. The bronze propellers alone are worth tens of thousands of dollars each.
The warship wrecks in the Java Sea and the Sunda Strait are the final resting place for thousands of Allied sailors. The sites are considered war graves by survivors and their descendants, following a long maritime tradition of respecting human remains on shipwrecks. So it was with shock and deep disappointment that an international team surveying the Java Sea wrecks in November 2016 found that at least four Dutch and British shipwrecks - and one American submarine whose entire crew was captured alive - had simply vanished from the seabed some 70 metres below.
The ships were enormous - HMS Exeter, for example, was a 175-metre heavy cruiser, longer than three Olympic-sized swimming pools. Other Allied ships in Indonesian waters have also been damaged.
It is unlikely that the salvage was conducted in complete secrecy. The Java Sea wrecks lay close to one of Indonesia's largest naval bases, and suspicious activity - not to mention visible environmental impacts such as oil spills — is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by passing marine craft. See full info at this link.
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If you really want to get a better understanding of Islam may I suggest you join one of their organisations, just glance over the list of the 453 Islamic organisations in Australia, it is growing by the day. If we all join these groups a better understanding will reduce friction and foster good relationships. Although the number of groups surprises me, if their interest is to form relationships with the local communities I think it is good news.
Org Islamic Society of Algester, Org Al Zahra Muslim Association, Org Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Org Gallipoli Health Services (NATICCI), Org The Islamic Da'wah Centre of Australia Org Turkish Welfare Association Org Islamic Society of Bald Hills Org Building Identity and Resisting Radicalisation Org Darulfatwa The Islamic High Council of Australia Org PCYC Bankstown Jummah Org Afgan Islamic Association Western Australia Inc Org Al-Hidayah Islamic Education Admin INC Org MEFF Multicultural Eid Fest., Org Islamic Society of Ipswich, Org QUT Muslim Students Assoc
Org Social Islamic Trust of Australia (SISTA) Org Turkish Islamic Association Org DAWA Centre Org Global Islamic Youth Centre Org Islamic Schools Association of Australia Org Human Appeal International Melbourne Org Centre for Muslim States and Societies (CMSS) Org University of WA Muslim Students Assoc., Org Australian Islamic Social Association Inc Org The Fiji Islamic & Cultural Society Of Victoria Org Islamic Society of Manly - Warringah Org Imam Husain Limited Org Australian Islamic House Org jafaria Islamic society of Adelaide Org Lockyer Valley Islamic Association (LVIA) Org Gippsland Australian Muslim Community Inc Org Islamic Society of Gladstone Org AL Tadhkeer Society Org Australian Arab Association Org Muslim Women's National Network of Australia Org Youth Association GYA Mosque Org Griffith Uni Muslim Students Association Org Islamic Cooloola Regional Association Org Islamic Association of Australia, The Org Islamic Trust Of Victoria Org Independent Islamic Sisterhood Inc Org Islamic Council of Qld Org Muslim Students Association of QUT Org Muhammadi Welfare assoc Org Islamic Egyption Society Org Aged Muslims Association Org Australian Muslim Electoral Taskforce (AustMet) Org Australian National Imams Council Limited Org Australian New Muslim Association Org Human Appeal International Australia Org Islamic Youth Centre in Lakemba Org Islamic Youth Association Org Nahda: Sydneys Dynamic Muslim Youth Movement Org Tripoli and Mean Association (TMA) Ltd Org United Muslim Women Association Inc Org Suburban Islamic Association Campbelltown Org Global Islamic Youth Centre Org Zakaat & Sadaqah Fund Inc Org United Muslims of Brisbane (UMB) Org Islamic Education Centre Org Peel Islamic Cultural Association Inc Org Muslim Association Sunshine Coast Org Centenary Khilafat Hall Org Muslim Business Index Org The Islamic Council of Victoria Org Islamic Information Centre of SA IICSA Org Imam Ali Islamic Foundation Limited Org Goulburn Valley Turkish Islamic & Cultural Society Org Charity Australia International Org Muslim Revert Network Org Western Sydney Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre Org Noor Al Houda Islamic College Pty. Ltd., Org Islamic Association of Australia, Org The Islamic Association of Australia Org Islamic Council of the Australian Capital Territor Org Queensland Charity & Welfare Association Inc., The Org Iranians Muslim Association of WA Org Islamic Council of Western Australia Org Australian Islamic Fund Org Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth Org Revesby Muslims Assoc Org Bosnian Islamic Society Org Islamic Society of Central Queensland Org Riverstone Islamic Society Org Islamic Welfare Centre Org Islamic Women's Association of Queensland Inc Org Austra Lanka Muslim Association Org Sydney Muslim Youth Org Centre for Islamic Dakwah & Education Org Islamic society of Toowoomba Inc Org Australia Light Foundation Org iQraa Islamic Centre Org Muslim Business Network Org Warrnambool Islamic Society Inc Org Islamic Council of South Australia Inc, The Org Islamic College of South Australia, The Org Islamic Society of West End Org Islamic Council of Tasmania Org Essence of Life Org Islamic Association of Logan Org Islamic Society of ACT Org Australian College of Arabic Org Newcastle Uni Faith Centre Org Hume Islamic Youth Centre Org Al-Faisal College Limited Org Al Mabarat Benevolent Society Org Australian Indonesian Ass of SA Org Al-Tawaheed Assoc of WA Inc Org Curtain Muslim Students Assoc CMSA Org The Bald Hills Islamic Edu Org Ltd Org Turkish Islamic Ass of Canning Inc Org New Muslim Care Brisbane Org The Trustee for Australian Islamic Education Trust Org Islamic & Information Services Network of Aust Org Southern Districts Islamic Inst. Building Foundati Org Jafaria Islamic Society of Adelaide Org Bosniak Islamic Centre of Qld Islamic Society of Org Centre for Islamic Law and Society Org Imam Ali Mosque and Islamic Centre of SA Org Belmont Islamic Youth Centre Org NSW Auburn Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre Inc Org Noble Road Org Australian Islamic Social Associantion Inc Org Afghan Islamic Centre And Omar-Farooq Mosque Inc Org Australian Turkish Islamic Federation & Foundation Org Bosnia Herzegovina Sandzak Islamic Support Group Org Global Islamic Youth Centre GIYC Mosque Org Australian Islamic Forum Ltd Org Belmore Islamic Centre Ltd Org Brisbane Islamic Centre Ltd Org Islamic Awe Foundation Ltd Org Islamic Business Union Pty Ltd Org Islamic Care Queensland PTY LTD Org Islamic Charitable Organisation Pty Ltd Org Jafaria Islamic Society Ltd Org Melbourne Islamic Centre Limited Org Moorooka Islamic Society Pty Ltd Org Saarban Islamic Centre Pty Ltd Org Islamic Education Consultants Pty Ltd Org Al-Furquan Charitable Islamic Pty Ltd Org El Ehsan Islamic Calendar Pty Ltd Org AYCC Australian Youth Community Centre Org Fatima Zahra Islamic Centre Limited Org International Islamic Halal Organisation Pty Ltd Org Islamic Museum of Australia Org Islamic Path Radio Australia Limited Org Islamic Radio and Communication Limited Org Sydney Islamic Cultural Centre Pty Ltd Org The Australian Islamic Education Board Org Toowoomba Islamic Charitable Organisation Pty Ltd Org Western Community Islamic Centre Ltd Org Queensland Islamic Marriage Service Pty Ltd Org Surfers Paradise Islamic Corporation Pty Ltd Org Australian Islamic Society of Dandenong Org Islamic Research and Educational Academy Ltd Org Islamic Society of Northwestern Sydney Limted Org Australian Sudanese Islamic Funeral Services LImit Org Islamic Society of New South Wales Trust Org Imam Hussain Islamic Centre of SA Ltd Org Noor Al Houda Islamic College Holdings Ltd Org Islamic Financial Services Council of Australia Li Org Islamic Community Milli Gorus Australia Foundation Org Luqman Centre for Islamic Education and Research P Org International Islamic Halal Org Australia & NZ Org Federation of Turkish Islamic and Cultural Centres Org Int. Islamic Relief Org Australia NZ & South Pacif Org Board of Imams Victoria Org Campbelltown Youth Centre Org Al Imaam Islamic Society Org Moorebank (GIYC) Org AIYC - Aust. Islamic Youth Centre Org Islamic Shia Council of Queensland Org Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights Org Al Zahra Islamic Council Org AL-ZAHRA MUSLIM WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION INC Org Al Zahraa Hall Inc Org Australian Islamic Cultural Centre Ltd., Org NORTH SHORE ISLAMIC SOCIETY INCORPORATED Org Dawat-e-Islami Australia Org Sydney University Muslim Students Assoc SUMSA Org Islamic Information & Support Centre of Australia Org Muslim Student Association of Launceston (MSAL) Org Islamic Centre Of Tasmania Trust Inc Org Islamic Institute Of Education - Act Inc Org Islamic Practice Association Canberra Incorporated Org Islamic Society Of Central Queensland Inc., Org Liverpool Islamic Association Of Australia Org NSW United Turkish Islamic Centre Inc., Org Queensland Islamic Education Charitable Trust Org Queensland Turkish Islamic Cultural Centre Org Somali Islamic Cultural Centre Org Supreme Islamic Council Of New South Wales Inc.
Org My Home Respite Centre, Org Griffith University Musallah, Org Australian Muslim Voice Inc (AMV), Org Nepean Islamic Association, Org Islamic Media, Org UMA CENTRE LIMITED, Org Zamzam Jaji Group, Org The Message Magazine, Org Islamic Media INternational, Org Muslim Welfare Centre, Org Lebanese Community Council, Org Islamic Mo, Org Bankstown Muslim Association
Org Islamic Cultural and Information Network Org Amal Charitable Association Org Islamic Society of Liverpool Org Moslem Alamy Society Org The Association of Bhanin Elminieh – The Australia Org Auburn Diversity Services Incorporated Org Auburn Youth Centre Inc Org Assyrian Australian Assoc Org Australian Afghan Hassanian Youth Association Inco Org ALJAWAD ISLAMIC SOCIETY INC Org Alsajjad Islamic Socieity Incorp Org Australian Islamic Foundation Inc Org Australian Islamic Services Org Alghadeer Islamic Association Inc Org Alrahman Islamic Centre Incorporated Org Australian Islamic Mission Incorporated Org Circles of Light Centre Org Time Tick Pty Ltd Org Australian Islamic Board Org Bendigo Islamic Association Inc Org Turkish Islamic Society of Victoria Org Council for Islamic Dialogue Inc Org El Zahra Islamic Community Limited Org Global Islamic Mission Org Hussaini Society of Victoria Org Islamic Association of Katanning Org Islamic Association of NW Org Islamic Burial Services Org ISLAMIC COMMUNITY SERVICES Org Islamic Foundation Australia Inc Org Islamic Institute of Australia Incorporated Org Islamic of Hidayah and Ihsan Assoc Incor.
Org Islamic Society of Chermside Inc, Org Islamic Trust of Algester, Org Victorian Muslim Community Information Service Inc Org Indonesian Islamic Association Incor Org Islamic Community of Nepean Ltd Org Islamic Council of Northern Territory Inc Org Islamic Intellectual Front Org Islamic Society of Palmerston Inc Org Islamic Youth Organisation INC Org Islamic Awakening Program Org Islamic awareness association Org Lakemba Islamic Association Incorporated Org Melbourne Islamic Initiative Incorporated Org Noorulhuda Islamic Association Org Supreme Islamic Council of Western Australia Org Halal Meat Board of Australia Org Future Movement WA Org Southwest Islamic Association Inc Org Australian Islamic House Incorporated, The Org Australian Islamic House Inliverpool area Inc, The Org Islamic Arabic Centre, The Org SHAHIN HOLDINGS PTY. LTD., Org Perth Ummah Centre, Org Islamic Elderly Group Inc, Org Islamic Trust Fund, The Org Islamic Association of South Australia, The Org Islamic Society of Whyalla Inc, The Org Progeny Islamic Publications Pty Ltd, The Org Trustee for Zainabya Islamic Centre, The Org Trustee for Toowoomba Islamic Centre, The Org VUT Islamic Society Org Wentworthville Islamic Centre Incorporated Org Werribee Islamic Centre Inc Org Woman's Islamic Association Incorporated Org Ahul Bait Islamic Association Inc Org Al Ghadeer Islamic Association Inc Org Al Khair Islamic Society Org Al-Ansaar Islamic Association (inc) Org Al-Iman Islamic Society Inc., Org Al-Madina Islamic Centre Incorporated Org Burmese Muslim Organisation Incorporated Org Alawi Islamic Association of Victoria Org Alawi Youth and Recreational Centre, The Org Alrissalah Islamic Association of Australia Org Al_Eslah Islamic Association Incorporated Org Annual Islamic Eid Show Incorporated Org Ashabul Kahfi Islamic Centre Incorporated Org Australian Institute of Islamic Culture Incorporat Org Australian Islamic College Perth Inc Building Fund Org Australian Multidimensional Islamic Centre Inc Org Australian School of Islamic Information Org Islamic Community Milli Gorus Adelaide Inc Org Adelaide Islamic Education Centre Org African Australian Islamic Association Org Al Huda Islamic Centre Org Ararat Islamic Welfare Association Inc Org Australian Kurdish Islamic Centre Incorporated Org Coffs Harbour Islamic Association Org Australian Halal Development and Accreditation Org Austraian Halal Authority and Advisers Org Global Halal Trade Centre Pty Ltd Org Trustee for Global Halal Trade Centre Unity Trust Org Halal Australia Pty Ltd Org Trustee for Halal Australia Trust Org Halal Certification Authority-Australia Org Halal Certification Council Pty Ltd Org Halal Meat Board of Western Australia Org Halal-Sadiq Services Org Halal Supervisory Board of SA for the Kingdom of Org Muslim Care Aust Org Muslim Care Australia Org Trustee for Muslim Outreach, The Org Australian Muslim Media Inc Org Australian Muslim Council Incorporated Org Australian Muslim Lobby Org Australian Islamic board Org Australian Muslim Youth Org Illawarra Muslim Aid Incorporated Org Australia Ahl Al Bait Islamic Centre AABIC Inc Org King Abdul Aziz College Building Fund Account Org Muslim Community Radio Org Muslim Foundation of Australia Org Muslim Funeral Services Inc Org Linking Hearts Org Felicity House Org Melton Muslim Community Inc Org Muslim Assistance Worldwide Inc Org Muslim Legal Network Inc Org Muslim Legal Network MLN Org Muslim Nation of Australia Incorporated Org Sufi Society of Australia, The Org Al-Ashraf Muslim Society of Australia Org Muslim Society of Liverpool Org Spears Sports Club Org Muslim Students Assocation Org Association of Islamic Da'wah in Australia (AIDA) Org Muslim Information Service Org Muslim Teachers' Association Pty Ltd Org Muslim Youth WA Org Muslim Youth of Truth Org Perth Muslim Association Org Tasmanian Muslim Association Org Association of Islamic Dakwah Australia (VIC) INC Org iDawah Australia Inc Org Trustee for iDAWAH Australia Inc, The Org Somali Dawah Centre Org Al-Jammaj Da'wah Centre Org Australian Community Dawah Centre Org Dahwa.Co Pty Ltd Org Street Dawa Australia Incorporated Org Islam Project Incorporated, The Org Australian Halal Development and Accreditation Org Al-Iman Islamic Society Inc., Org Islamic Association of Geraldton, The Org Turstee for Australian Islamic Youth Centre, The Org Madinah Welfare Inc Org Mercy Mission Org AlKauthar Institute Incorporated Org New Muslim Care Melbourne Org New Muslim Care Brisbane Org Sister's House Services Inc Org Mercy Mission Media Pty Ltd Org Muslim Council of NSW Inc, The Org Trustee for Muslim Sisters Aid Incorporation, The Org House of Sadaqa Org Young Muslim Association Inc Org Youth Muslim Club Inc Org Koori Muslim Association Inc Org Adelaide Muslim Youth League Inc Org Al Mahdy Muslim Association Incorporated Org Australian Muslim Advocacy Network Ltd Org Australian Muslim Doctors Association Org Australian Muslim Janaza Services Incorporated Org Australian Muslim Youth Network Limited (AMYN) Org Australian Muslim Youth Network Limited (AMYN) QLD Org Al sadiq Incorporated Org Al Sadiq Wal Amana Incorporated Org Al Sadiq Institute Pty Limited Org Al Sadaqah Fisabilillah Foundation Org Artarmon Muslim Community Association Org Austra-Egyptian Muslim Society Org Australian Indonesia Muslim Foundation Inc Org Australia Muslim Sports Federation Incorporated Org Burmese Muslim Sports Association Inc Org Burmese Muslim Youths Organisation Inc Org Burmese Muslim Youths Organisation Inc Org Burmese Muslim Humanitarian Organisation Inc. Org CANTERBURY BANKSTOWN MUSLIM ASSOC, Org Canberra Muslim Youth (CMY), Org Fremantle Muslim Commnity Association Org Gujarati Muslim Association of Australia Org Hume Muslim Womens Association Org Indonesian Muslim Centre of Queensland Ltd Org Indonesian Muslim Funeral Services Org Al Jannah Org Malay-Muslim Welfare Victoria Inc Org Merhamet Muslim Welfare Association Org Muslim Womens Welfare of australia Org Mbrace New Muslim Support Org Multicultural Muslim You Orginisation Inc Org Muslim Alawite Community Leaders Inc., Org Muslim Legal Network Inc (NSW) Inc, Org Muslim Legal Services Victoria Inc, Org Muslim Professional Network (MPN) Inc Org Muslim Students Association of Australia Inc Org MSA Career Expo Org MSA Katalyst Org MSA Unigoal Org Muslim Students' Association of New South Wales Org Muslim Welfare Trust of Victoria Org Muslim Women Revert Group Org Muslim Women's Business Association (MWBA) INC Org Perth Indonesian Muslim Society Inc Org Polynesian United muslim Association Org Queensland Muslim Welfare Association Incorporated Org Strathfield Muslim Welfare Association Incorporate Org Southern Metropolitan Muslim Association Inc.
David Mason is a Writer, a Professor,and a Poet Laureate of Colorado
There's a lot to admire about Australia, especially if you're a visiting American, says David Mason. More often than you might expect, Australian friends patiently listening to me enthuse about their country have said,''We need outsiders like you to remind us what we have.'' So here it is - a small presumptuous list of what one foreigner admires in Oz.
1.. Health care: I know the controversies, but basic national health care is a gift. In America medical expenses are a leading cause of bankruptcy. The drug companies dominate politics and advertising. Obama is being crucified for taking halting baby steps towards sanity. You can't turn on the telly without hours of drug advertisements - something I have never yet seen here. And your emphasis on prevention - making cigarettes less accessible, for one - is a model.
2.. Food: Yes, we have great food in America too, especially in the big cities. But your bread is less sweet, your lamb is cheaper, and your supermarket vegetables and fruits are fresher than ours. Too often in my country America, an apple is a ball of pulp as big as your face. The dainty Pink Lady apples of Oz are the juiciest I've had. And don't get me started on coffee. In American small towns it tastes like water flavoured with burnt dirt, but the smallest shop in the smallest town in Oz can make a first-rate latte. I love your ubiquitous bakeries, and your hot-cross buns. Shall I go on?
3. Language: How do you do it? The rhyming slang and Aboriginal place names are like magic spells. Words that seem vaguely English yet also resemble an argot from another planet. I love the way institutional names get turned into diminutives - Vinnie's and Salvos - and absolutely nothing's sacred. Everything is an opportunity for word games and everyone has a nickname. Lingo makes the world go round. It's the spontaneous wit of the people that tickles me most. Late one night at a barbie my new mate Suds remarked: ''Nothing's the same since 24-7.'' Amen to that.
4. Free-to-air TV: In Oz, you buy a TV, plug it in and watch some of the best programming I've ever seen - uncensored. In America , you can't get diddly-squat without paying a cable or satellite company heavy fees. In Oz a few channels make it hard to choose. In America, you've got 400 channels and nothing to watch.
5. Small shops: Outside the big cities in America corporations have nearly erased them. Identical malls with identical restaurants serving inferior food. Except for geography, it's hard to tell one American town from another. The ''take-away'' culture here in Australia is wonderful. The human encounters are real - people love to stir, and stories get told. The curries here are to die for. And you don't have to tip!
6. Free camping: We used to have this too, and I guess it's still free when you backpack miles away from the roads. But I love the fact that in Oz everyone owns the shoreline and in many places you can pull up a camper van and stare at the sea for weeks. I love the ''primitive'' and independent camp-grounds, the life out-of-doors. The few idiots who leave their stubbies and rubbish behind in these pristine places ought to be transported in chains to the penal colonies.
7: Religion: In America, it's everywhere - especially where it's not supposed to be, like politics. I imagine you have your Pharisees too, making a big public show of devotion, but I have yet to meet one here.
8: Roads: Peak hour aside, I've found travel on your roads pure heaven. My country's ''Freeways'' are crowded, crumbling, insanely knotted with looping overpasses - it's like racing homicidal maniacs on fraying spaghetti! I've driven the Hume Highway without stress, and I love the Princes Highway when it's two lanes. Ninety minutes south of Bateman's Bay I was sorry to see one billboard for a McDonald's. It's blocking a lovely paddock view. Someone should remove the MacDonald's Billboard.
9: Real multiculturalism: I know there are tensions, just like anywhere else, but I love the distinctiveness of your communities and the way you publicly acknowledge the Aboriginal past. Recently, too, I spent quality time with the Melbourne Greeks, and was gratified both by their devotion to their own great language and culture and their openness to an Afghan lunch.
10. Fewer guns: You had Port Arthur in 1996 and got real in response. America replicates such massacres several times a year and nothing changes. Why? Our religion of individual rights makes the good of the community an impossible dream. Instead of mateship we have ''It's mine and nobody else's''. We talk a great game about freedom, but too often live in fear. There's more to say - your kaleidoscopic birds, your perfumed bush in springtime, your vast beaches. These are just a few of the blessings that make Australia a rarity. Of course, it's not paradise - nowhere is - but I love it here. No need to wave flags like the Americans, and add to the world's windiness.
Just value in Australia what you have here and don't give it away.
The king called on the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The royal weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain for at least 4 days. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace! In just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area." The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "Thanks for your concern, but don't worry. It's not going to rain today. I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him."
So the king continued on his way. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition. Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to fire the professional. Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of royal forecaster. The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtained the information about rain today from my donkey. If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain very soon." So the king hired the donkey instead.
And thus began the practice of hiring dumb asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential positions. The practice is unbroken to this day!...
It is said.....
A Government survey has shown that 91% of illegal immigrants come to Australia so that they can get back to seeing their own doctor.
You can't stay young forever. But you can be immature for the rest of your life.
Alcohol and calculus don't mix, so don't drink and derive!
Brilliant in its simplicity....
Back off and let those men who want to marry men, marry men. Allow those women who want to marry women, marry women. In three generations, there will be no Greens.
Such an unfair world: When a man talks dirty to a woman it's considered sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man it's $10.50/min (charges may vary).
My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.
Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.
Wife to husband: You told me you'd spend your whole life trying to make me happy. Husband to wife: I didn't expect to live this long!
As I grow older... My mind doesn't just wander... Sometimes it buggers off completely.
As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everybody is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.
I'm not saying you're stupid. I'm just saying you've got bad luck when it comes to thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thought of the Day: "It's only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence".
Isn't it weird that in Australia our flag and culture offends so many people, yet our benefits don"t...............
Paddy thought his new girlfriend might be the one but after looking through her knickers draw and finding a nurse's outfit, a French maid's outfit, and a policewoman's uniform. He finally decided if she can't hold down a job, she's not for him.
A Mensa convention was being held in Sydney. . . . !!
Mensa, as you probably know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of 140 or higher. During the Convention some of the Mensa members decided to go out for lunch at one of the local cafe's. When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper .... and the pepper shaker was full of salt .... How could they swap the contents of the two containers without spilling any .... and using only the implements at hand .... Clearly, this was a job for Mensa minds.
After a group debated they presented their ideas and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving .... a napkin .... a straw .... and, an empty saucer. They called the waitress over .... ready to dazzle her with their solution."Ma'am" they said .... "we couldn't help but notice that the pepper shaker contains salt and the salt shaker has pepper in it.
But before they could finish, the waitress interrupted .... "Oh I'm so sorry about that .... " A submariner sitting at the next table leaned over and unscrewed the caps from containers and switched them. There was dead silence at the Mensa table.
Kind of reminds you of Canberra .... doesn't it . . . . !!
The Chief Stoker's Log, Sunday 5th March 2017
It has been a bad week all round, not a lot of good news and even less rain. Plenty all around us but not quite reaching Bauple. I feel for my neighbours that do not have a bore, they are all avid gardeners and it is a shame to see their plants dying. I have lost some, bore very salty, but no major loss (no complaints from the plants, they all know that a plot in my garden is usually terminal).
I have had a couple of encounters with wildlife this week. The other morning I went to the bread bin to get some bread and noticed that the loaf was hanging half out of the bin. I just assumed that the possums had been visiting and when I went to grab the loaf I noticed a snakes head peering over the top. I jumped like a sheila and stood my distance away. It didn’t take long to identify it as a python, it was only a half a metre long, a baby! The house is full of geckoes and he was probably chasing them or mice.
Enough is enough, Telstra has just pushed me to my breaking point, so no more Log today. With luck I will do better next week! Till next week, take care and remember to ask “RUOK?”
"Norm, Our youngest, Stephen, committed suicide last week (on my birthday). He was just short of his 45 birthday. The black dog got a good hold of him this time and wouldn't let go.
HiRob and I had supported him financially and emotionally for some time, but his problems mounted until they overflowed.
He had rung me for my birthday earlier that day and we were talking, laughing and bantering back and forward like fools, but that night it hit and that was it.
You can pass this on if you like, as if it helps anyone else to just talk and reach out for help, then that is good. Steve bottled things up and pretended things were all okay, because 'he was a feller and fellers are supposed to be strong and don't talk about things like that'. The black dog is stronger.
The Sergeant in the Toowoomba Coroner's Court told us he deals with at least 5 suicides a week. It is more common than is thought - or embarrassed parents sweep it under the carpet and pretend it didn't happen.
But the sun rose this morning and it will rise again tomorrow morning and the day after. We can accept what happened as Steve had an illness that was too embarrassing to talk about. We will talk about it if it will help someone else be aware that it IS okay to reach out to a mate and ask for help.
Cheers Bungy, Sandy"
What do you say when you receive an email like this? I am used to receiving emails advising of the death of old shipmates and they upset and sadden me, but Sandy's email really hit home, it devastated me. Yes, the number of people that commit suicide is like an iceberg, we only see the little bit on the surface. And yes, we tend to hide the fact for several reasons. I lost my nephew last year, the impact is still being felt in our family and I fully understand what Sandy and Robin are going through. May God help them through these sad times.
The importance of keeping in touch with mates was brought home to me today when I received this email, the Black Dog brings sadness to so many. Our focus is obviously on our ex shipmates, but this is a wide spread problem. I have family and friends in country towns smaller than Bauple and the impact of mental illness is a daily topic of conversation, too many victims of all ages take the so called 'easy option' thinking it will end the problem. For them maybe, but the hurt that is left behind is immeasurable.
The impact of mental disease, call it depression, PTSD, Paranoia or whatever, amongst the service community is a major cause for concern and we must support those affected as much as we can. We regularly read on Facebook members declaring that they were going deep for a sanity check and I am sure that it too is only the tip of the iceberg. But over the past few years we have had a win, at least now they are coming out in the open and admitting that they have a problem - a problem shared is part way to a problem being solved.
Sandy's email prompted Andrew Woods to post the following "Ok really need to get this off my chest.
In my current life I am a psychologist and work for the government. Not along ago I ran a men's group and we had people and information from a range of organisations like Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue and Men's Shed to name a few.
The purpose of this was in part to highlight what is now an issue that is reaching levels that demand a broader societal and political response. Men are three times more likely to suicide than women and you don't have to be in your 20s; men in middle age are the biggest cohort now just behind the elderly - another group that receive no real prominence. It is at plague proportions.
Women outnumber men in my workplace by about 8:1 and a lot of the time my bosses are women. Make no mistake the ladies are great but not perfect anymore than we are. The issue however is that the political narrative is dominated by things like Domestic Violence, breast cancer pay gaps and so on.
That isn't to say these matters shouldn't get air play but men have to start to get off the couch and start talking to their local members and community leaders about their own real issues. Letters need to go off to politicians and the media. Look at Rose Batty what a great example of a strong and authentic advocate. Rosie's sad story has galvanised us all on the obscenity that is domestic violence.
Absence of real role models is an issue for men. I recall the last Australian Of the Year General Nobody wasn't it. He wanted us to stop calling women guys. Really! Is that the best a so called male leaders could come up with. Oh and by the way I wanted him to come along to the group but we couldn't afford the speaking fee. So much for Australian of the Year - at a price
There is no simple answer to what is behind this. Certainly the changing industrial post profit world where manufacturing is going - both my grandfather and step father worked at Ford in Geelong - a case in point. Men's identities are being challenged and we need to keep up and adapt.
We therefore need to get the public narrative going around this. We cannot leave it to Jeff Kennet and a few others to get the message across. Men die alone and afraid and in their own communities. Every day.
RUOK is great as a triage mechanism but this matter must get more airplay and momentum in the wider community. Don't rely on politicians we have to do the writing to the media, community leaders and local members. The girls can do it so we need to follow their example."
OK Andrew where to next?
The News from Trap One
Andy Herringer has risked his life to pull a seriously burnt elderly man from a house fire at Largs Bay. Andy was driving along Victoria Rd when he spotted smoke from a single-storey home just before 4.15pm on Monday. He and a colleague in a car behind him stopped and went through the garage door to find the rear wall of the house fully alight. The incident was reported on facebook and Andy responded "Thanks for all your generous comments and support about the recent events. Unfortunately the gentleman passed away yesterday. It was his 80th birthday. He had horrific burns to 80% of his body and I instinctively knew he wouldn't make it when I was applying first aid. He was sedated at the scene and never regained consciousness so he didn't suffer too much in the end.
John Lennon sent this photo of a J class submarine that was dumped in Victoria and said "I just received this note from an old mate of mine, re J class subs, news to me! I’m sure the Victorian members know of it."
The area is a popular dive spot and it is surprising how few know of their existence. It was mentioned that Otama would make a great addition to the collection.
Lionel Royston said “After watching the Mardi-Gras and hearing a lot about the LGBTIQ stuff, did my research. Time for me to come out of the closet as I am clearly in the 'I' category; yes, I am In-To-Sex and me thinks there are a lot more of us out there. See you all at the Mardi-Gras next year!”
In an email that I received from Terry Parsons he mentioned a topic that I think is important and should be addressed by the National Committee. Our Health and Welfare advocates do a great job and without them there would be a greater reliance on other agencies that have little or no background in submarine matters. SAA H&W Officers get no financial support from the Association other than liability insurance. It is time that the National Committee realised that there IS a cost involved, be it telephone, internet, postal or fuel and the matter needs to be investigated to see what can be done to assist. I know that Branches can apply for grants from DVA but I am unaware of any grants being given in recent years. Others get assistance in admin support from other association/welfare groups that they are aligned with.
The number of SAA representatives has been stagnant for quite a while and the National Coordinator Ray Kemp has tried, with little success, in increasing their numbers. Offering some support to volunteers may help to improve the numbers filling these important roles.
As an interim measure I intend supporting Terry Parsons who wrote "My next goal is to see a Welfare Officers Fund set up and running. This is to assist the SAA Welfare Officers. It will be a fund available for buying printers, stationery needs, computer licences for Microsoft Office and so forth. Half of the National Committee would not know the costs involved for internet, internet security, hardware and software for these types of roles. Our National Committee have been less than supportive – I saw only one reply from a State Welfare Rep, saying he was OK, he uses the local ??? office and doesn’t need it !!
For any drive to increase the number of H&W Officers the Association needs to demonstrate a willingness to support them, both administratively and financially. Email your Branch or National Secretary, or raise at your next Meeting, and ask what is currently done to support their H&W Officers (maybe ask them who theirs is, don't be surprised if they don't know) and ask if they intend looking at improvements in this area.
Watch this space, Terry will be calling on your support to establish the Welfare Officers Fund if the National Executive do not address the issue.
Fred continued "What I am grateful for is that in the twilight of my years I am able, through Facebook, to stay in touch. To see what past shipmates have done with their lives and to sample a little bit of the comradeship that we each knew. The part of my life I spent in the mob gave me so much. It gave me values that I still try to live by, it gave me adventure, laughter and the chance to share many things with so many wonderful men. It gave me a transition from boyhood to manhood that would not go amiss for many in our countries today and it gave me a set of values that I was able to pass on to my own children."
"When it comes to be your turn to pass on try not to worry. As you pass over the bar take one last deep breath and smile because I hear they still have the tot up there. You will be met just inside the pearly gates by one of our own lovely Jenny Wrens. She will hand you your favourite tot glass and say similar to “Welcome Jack, you’ve got one in the barrel”. From one silly old sod and anchor faced git to all the others out there continue to have a great life for many years ahead but treasure the memories we all share."
If you have not visited the SAA Facebook Group why not give it a try, you may find some of it interesting!
Pride of the Fleet
01 March 2017 marked the 116th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the flying of the Australian White Ensign for the Royal Australian Navy
The order was gazetted that all Australian armed forces should be transferred from the jurisdiction of the State Governments to the Federal Government, which under the federal constitution, would be the sole Australian Defence authority.
The Commonwealth Naval Force came into existence and It's war equipment consisted of a motley collection of largely obsolescent warships, including, HMC Ships Cerberus and Protector, torpedo boats Childers, Countess of Hopetown, Lonsdale, Nepean, and Mosquito, gunboats Gayunday and Paluma, and a number of small naval auxiliaries. Naval personnel strength was 240 permanent members, and 1348 members of the Naval Brigade.
OCEAN EXPLORER 17
Exercise OCEAN EXPLORER 17 (OE17) is a major Fleet training activity led by the RAN and jointly-enabled by the RAAF and other nations’ forces. The maritime exercise will be one of the largest iterations of the exercise held in the West Australian Exercise Area. OE 17 will be conducted over the period 13 Feb – 10 Mar 17 with the primary aim of conducting high-end warfighting training.
COMSUB, CAPT Geoff Wadley, CSC, RAN, greeted USS Oklahoma City's (SSN-723) CO, CMDR Thomas O'Donnell, on the boats arrival at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.
It wont be all work and no play as there will be opportunities for the crew to stretch their legs and partake in a few friendly sporting challenges with host boat HMAS Farncomb.
SAA member Dionette Sakova, was recently at sea and her motor bike was stolen from around the Fremantle area. Details so far 2014 Mv Augusta Brutale 800cc. Colin prior said "I have yet to see another one like her in Perth. Number plate (if they haven't swapped it) is 1GQ716. It was nicked a week ago. PLEASE EVERYONE SHARE THIS AS FAR AN WIDE AS POSSIBLE!!! This is one of the few occasions where social media can be used for some good. I personally know of a motor bike and two bicycles that were recovered after tip offs from being seen on social media." More info at this link.
Norman Shaw was not only the first graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College to command a warship (HMS H27) but also until Bill Littlejohn commanded HMS Vox in 1945, he was the youngest Australia officer to command a submarine. He still holds the mantle of being the youngest to command an Australian Submarine - HMAS Otway in 1929 at the age of 28 and 228 days, making Rod Foale look as old as you.
I felt that Shaw was a little hard done by history. He really should have the accolade of being our first Perisher Graduate, he clearly beat Frank Getting on course in UK, but as Getting was 12 months senior to Shaw he was listed above him.
Anyway old mate, I am sending you a copy of the article: not sure which half of the website(s) it should rest, the SAA or the Grumpy old man's but I am sure you can forward it on to the webmaster.
All I ask is that whoever puts it up the acknowledges that it was first published in the Naval Historical Review, ie. First published in the Naval Historical Review Vol 37, No 4, December 2016.. - The email below is from Walter Burroughs who is the Editor of the NHR giving permission for it to be re-published."
Visit the Slops Van today.
I have decided to try a new feature on The Log. I am trialling a new service for members. It is aimed at those travellers that may wish to look up friends on their travels or for residents of towns/states that would be interested in meeting submariners passing through their area. You may wish to offer a coffee stop, a meal, an overnight stay or just offer advice on the area's facilities.
I am not happy with the map that is provided with the tool I am adapting and will try to find one with greater definition.
Please try it out and include your suggestions, the more input the better! If it has support I will put some effort into making it a worthwhile part of the site, but for now it is at the bottom of the "CONTACT' page. Just select the Submariners Guestmap button. Feedback requested.
Gordon Traill (0430144103) wrote "I am working as the photographer for the VC Sequence Australia Remembers (working title) and need your help in sending out my email to the veteran community. Michael C Madden is the author and a son of a Vietnam veteran, myself (Iraq Veteran) and in conjunction with TPI Association Vic will be publishing the book through Big Sky Publishing. Here are some images and the call out to all of Australia."
The VC Sequence Australia Remembers (working title)
The TPI Association (Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association of Victoria), together with the author, Michael C. Madden, are working on a book and video series called, The Victoria Cross Sequence (working title only). All profits from the sale of this full colour, coffee table book, will go to the TPI Association. Even the publisher, Big Sky Publishing, will be producing this book at cost to help the diggers. And now they need your help!
The book will focus, not so much on the extraordinary gallantry of these men, but rather on how the award affected them, their families and even their communities. The Victoria Cross Sequence will not be a list of battlefield actions and citations but will contain human stories about the men, the award itself and the legends that surround them, as told by the families.
The Victoria Cross Sequence team is currently travelling the world photographing all the medals, graves, monuments and statues dedicated to these men. Michael C. Madden has so far interviewed Keith Payne VC AM, Doug Baird (father of Cameron Baird VC MG) and many direct family members. This is a monumental task that will transverse at least 15 countries.
Australia is on something of a knife’s edge. Only 4 of these 100 men are still alive today and the number of direct family members who remember those 96 who have passed is dropping rapidly. The Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association of Victoria is calling for family members of these great men to come forward and take this once in a lifetime opportunity to help capture history.
If you are a relative of one of these men, or if you know someone who is, please contact the TPI Association through the information supplied and play a role in creating this crucial archive of Australian Remembrance.
You can follow the progress of this massive project through its website page, Facebook page and YouTube Channel, all of which are listed below. If you would like to support the project financially, all donations are welcome and are tax deductible. Please contact The TPI Association for all donations.
Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association of Victoria
23-47 Villiers St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
(03) 9329 8844 Email: MMadden@tpihqvic.org.au
Dear Colleagues, We are very pleased to share the attached invitation to join the NCCV Organising Committee at what will be a significant Defence related function at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, 21st October 2017.
There are very few formal events arranged for the purpose of Service and Ex-Service men and women, Mariners and others with a keen interest in Defence to gather together socially. This is such an event, the second in the last decade or more organised by the NCCV with specific support from the Royal Australian Navy. With you support, the 2017 Ball will match the 2015 experience which was a wonderful experience for all that attended.
If you have a noticeboard at your disposal, please print off a copy or ten and place them where others may learn of this opportunity.
NCCV Executive and the Organising Committee
Registration to attend overseas commemorations is now open and passes are provided at no cost. Details on how to register are available on DVA’s website at www.dva.gov.au. Passes are not required to attend domestic commemorations.
In Australia, commemorations will be held for 75th anniversaries of Second World War events, the Fall of Singapore, the Battle of the Coral Sea, Bomber Command operations, the Battle of Milne Bay, the Battle of El Alamein and the culmination of the North Africa campaigns, and Kokoda and the Beachheads. A commemoration will also be held to recognise the 70th anniversary of the contribution made by Australian peacekeepers and peacemakers around the world.
Overseas, Australia will commemorate the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of Bullecourt in France, the Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium and the Battle of Beersheba in Israel from the First World War.
The Australian Government will support Anzac Day Dawn Services in France, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Borneo in 2017.
On 25 April, the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt will be recognised in a service at the ‘Digger Memorial’ in the Australian Memorial Park in Bullecourt. More than 1,100 Australians were taken prisoner during the Battle of Bullecourt — the largest number captured in a single engagement during the First World War.
A commemoration to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood will be held at Buttes New British Cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium on 26 September 2017. Polygon Wood was one of five battles in which Australians were involved as part of the larger British and dominion offensive known as the Third Battle of Passchendaele. In eight weeks of fighting there were 38,000 Australian casualties.
On 31 October 2017, in Israel, a commemoration will recognise the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the famous charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. At sunset on 31 October 1917, the light horsemen charged the Turkish lines using their bayonets as swords; the momentum of the surprise attack carried them through the Turkish defences and more than 1,000 prisoners were taken.
“It is incredibly moving to stand on a foreign field where Australians have fought and died for our values and reflect on the enormous debt we owe to the men and women who serve in our military.
“Many Australians will be planning overseas trips this year to attend a commemoration service and pay their respects and I encourage them to register early.” A list of key domestic and international commemorations for 2017 is attached.
Interested in a Reunion of the Waller Division of September 1967? Reunion being planned for October or November 2017 subject to sufficient interest being shown. If interested please contact Laurie Pye at email@example.com or phone: 02 4384 3018.
Sydney's Garden Island is in line for a $213 million facelift, with the federal government spruiking it as a boost for national security. Defence has proposed upgrading the two existing wharves at the harbourside Navy facility to address "severe condition and capacity issues".
The cruiser and oil wharves will be demolished and rebuilt as one, while an adjoining wharf will be extended.
The cruiser wharf has deteriorated to the point that it is now fenced off to restrict pedestrian access and can't be used to carry out critical ship maintenance activities, or berth ships, except in low-wind conditions.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the upgrade will improve Defence operations, enhance national security and create about 300 jobs. Work on the project, which has been referred to a parliamentary committee for scrutiny, is expected to begin in mid-2017 for completion by late 2020.
Roger, a retired Coxswain sits around the house all day so one day his wife Denise says, "Roger, you could do something useful like vacuum the house once a week." Roger gives it a moment's thought and says "Sure why not. Where's the vacuum?"
Half an hour later, Roger walks into the kitchen to get some coffee. Denise says, "I didn't hear the vacuum running, I thought you were going to use it?" Exasperated, Roger answers, "The stupid thing is broken, it won't start. We need to buy a new one."
"Really," she says, "Show me - it worked fine the last time I used it."
So he showed her.
During a lull between the speeches at the recent presidential swearing-in ceremony, Melania Trump leaned over to chat with the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. "You know, I bought Donald a parrot for Christmas. That bird is so smart, Donald has already taught him to pronounce over two hundred words!"
"Wow, that's pretty impressive," said Tillerson, "but, you do realize that he just speaks the words, ...he doesn't really understand what they mean."
"Oh, I know," Melania replied, "Neither does the parrot."
Maybe Donald Trump should've been taken more seriously. Watch the video.
Downloads - Newsletters and Articles
NHSA - the sixth edition of Call The Hands. I hope you find it of value and pass it on to others with like interest. David Michael NHSA President.
Occasional Paper - RAN Ships Honour Roll
Prepared by the Directorate of Strategic and Historical Studies in the RAN’s Sea Power Centre, Canberra lists 31 vessels lost along with a total of 1,736 lives
Port Phillip Papers - Newsletter of the Port Phillip Bay Branch of the Royal Naval Association
Available now at this link