Views
5 years ago

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 106 – However, there

- 106 – However, there has been a cost associated with getting our people back to sea. Six months ago, no one was qualified for sea; by the completion of this financial year, almost 100 percent of the category will be readily to embark at short notice. Getting people requalified has resulted in a lot of disruption to each of the permanent detachments. This disruption, combined with the high training liability for the January / June period, has to be managed carefully and I am working closely with each of the Music Director’s to minimise any potential risk to our activities. In the Category Management Plan I identified a series of activities, which were to be resourced and funded to achieve nation best standards. These benchmark activities have included; the national tour to Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide; the ceremonial recording in Sydney; the ‘live to air’ broadcast on ABC Classic FM; Chief of Navy and Maritime Commander Ceremonial Sunset ceremonies; the Stuart commissioning; and various welcome home and farewell ceremonies. This initiative has been a resounding success, generating a high level of interest from potential recruits, and securing our position within Navy as an organisation able to present a world-class product. The retention situation has eased to a 10 percent annual exit rate and, notwithstanding a high failure rate during the enlistment medical process, I expect more than 95 percent of our positions to be filled by July. Our reserve detachments continue to achieve good outcomes towards our national marketing effort—despite significant pressure on reserve salaries, scrutiny by this office, and national structural reform for the Naval Reserves. There is little doubt that my next task is to address the growing concerns of our reserve people. However, I acknowledge that achieving a balance between organisational goals and the career aspirations of our reserve members is not going to be easy. Also, you should all be aware of the proposed transfer of control of the RAN Band from Maritime Command to Systems Command. I convened a number of category meetings last year with representatives across the category; the Systems Commander, Commodore Crane; and the Chief of the Combat Support Group, Commodore Robinson. I have been working with Commodore Robinson to ensure that our position of strength is not compromised as a result of the transfer, and to ensure that our level of reinvigoration to the Fleet continues. Commodore Robinson has been particularly helpful during this period of uncertainty. To quote Albert Einstein, ‘In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity’. Hopefully, we will be able to work together in the coming months to make opportunity out of the difficulties in reserve salaries and the forthcoming transfer of control to the Commander, Australian Navy Systems Command. BANDIES AT SEA HMAS Kanimbla: Article by Able Seaman Gordon Orr Early June 2002 the Musician Branch was asked for volunteers to board HMAS Kanimbla (Amphibious Class) for a twelve-week tour of duty somewhere to an unknown destination. With only 24 hours notice due to a decision on NBCD training, the following personnel were lucky enough to be chosen: Able Seaman Shannon Rankine Able Seaman Sonya Henderson Able Seaman Karen Collidge Able Seaman Brett Douglas Able Seaman Gordon Orr HMAS Kanimbla left Sydney, whilst Brett and I were flown to Darwin to meet the Ship. On joining the ship we had 15 minutes to stow our gear and get straight into NBCD training. We completed three days of theory on the ship and then spent a day of practical application of what we had learnt out at the fire training ground at HMAS Coonawarra. The practical component consisted of Fire fighting, entering a closed compartment with full fire fighting gear and extinguishing a real fire, entering a flooding compartment and stopping the leaks with shoring, plugs and pipe clamps. We also learnt how to operate a thermal cutter, which cuts through 12mm steel (invented by a bank safe robber) and learnt how to use a ramset tool (a nail gun used to nail steel sheets to bulkheads). Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 107 – Our mission was called “Operation Reflex II” and our goal was to patrol the waters around Christmas Island to stop any illegal fishing or immigrating refugee boats. Our task on the ship was to work as Spare Hands, and as such, we were assigned a program of working within other departments for a week at a time. The departments we worked with included: Bosun’s Mate: Rope/Boat work, armoury & ship repair. Naval Stores: Checking off inventories. Café Party: Setting up Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and cleaning duties. Aviation: Learning about Sea king helicopter operating procedures. Chiefs Mess: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner meal serving and cleaning. Medical/Dental: A day spent with Medical & Dental to observe their work. Photography: Two Days working with photographers. Our routine consisted of working with the above departments from 0800 to 1200hrs and then having music rehearsals from 1300 to 1600hrs before commencing Watch on Deck duties. The Watches are: First dog 1600 – 1800hrs Last dog 1800 – 2000hrs First 2000 – 2359hrs Middle 0001 – 0400hrs Morning 0400 – 0800hrs On Watch we would be expected to be on the Helm, Port/Starboard Lookout, or be the Quartermaster assistant, which included answering phones, making pipes, recording weather and sea state. We all had the opportunity of being on the helm during Officer of the Watch Manoeuvres and we all completed over 10 hrs on the helm thus received our Helmsman Certificate Qualification. The Commanding Ofiicer, Commander David McCourt, and the Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Edwards, were very pleased to have us bandies on board their ship and as such asked if we could provide some music for an upcoming wardroom dinner on the aft flight deck. We accepted the challenge and with the odd combination of instruments that we had, set about transposing some Clarinet, Trumpet and Saxophone quartets that I had brought along that also had taped rhythm backing. The music at the wardroom dinner worked well playing songs such as; Proud Mary, 25 or 6 to 4, Old time rock n Roll, New York New York, Theme from Ice Castles, Little Boy Lost, and Georgia. Duets (CD Backing) (Trom & Clary) Mood Indigo, Satin Doll and other Ellington favourites. Other musical highlights of the trip included, playing marches and incidentals on the Gun Direction Platform (GDP) Deck to HMAS Sydney, HMAS Adelaide and HMAS Melville during Replenishment at Sea (RAS), Entering and Leaving Darwin harbour, and various Church Services both on board and at Christmas Island. Another highlight was providing music for the Ships cocktail party and Ceremonial Sunset. With the help of Captain Lindsey Mee (OIC Army Band Darwin) I was able to secure the services of side drummer Musician Sheryl Wilson and with her help made the night a great success. All music provided was very successful due to the versatility and ability that is to be expected from today’s RAN Band musicians. As for refugee boats, none spotted, although one steel ship with 633 refugees that was due to leave Indonesia but was stopped by authorities before sailing. Some Type 3’s (Indonesian fishing boats) were spotted by Kanimbla and challenged by the Patrol boat HMAS Launceston that was shadowing us. Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

Royal Australian Navy Band Hands Across The Sea Music Program
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Sydney - Royal Australian Navy
Engineering - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Royal Australian Navy band All Hands on Deck Music Program
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
THE NAVY RESERVIST - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
ENGINEERING - Royal Australian Navy
ENGINE - Royal Australian Navy
The Trade by Rudyard Kipling - Royal Australian Navy
Navy Leadership Framework - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy
Download - Royal Australian Navy