Graduation Parade at HMAS CRESWELL

The New Entry Officer’s Course 55 (NEOC 55) passing out parade took place on the Quaterdeck of HMAS Creswell with Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN.

At the most recent graduation of New Entry Officers on 1 December at HMAS CRESWELL, the President of the Naval Officers Club, Captain Rick Bayley RAN Ret’d, presented the Naval Officer’s Club prize to LEUT Angus Thompson, RANR, of Reserve Entry Officers Course 2/15.  LEUT Thompson is a Nursing Officer who works at Wollongong Hospital in the Emergency Department.  He is keen to experience sea service and to contribute on a full time basis when called upon to do so.    The prize is awarded to the Reserve Officer “who is distinguished by course results, self-discipline, resolution, undeviating application and a good influence among peers.” 

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22nd November – THE HIVE at Curtin University

A group of 12 visited The Hive at Curtin University for an extremely interesting presentation by Dr Andrew Woods.

The “HIVE” (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch) at Curtin University offers “state of the art” visualisation systems for displaying data more effectively and imaginatively.  Dr Woods, from Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science & Technology (CMST) presented an overview CMST’s important research work included:

  • Using multibeam systems for mapping marine ecosystems;
  • Recent developments in ship hydrodynamics modelling and measurement at CMST;
  • Fishing and pinging: what role can echo-sounders play fisheries management? and Dr Woods main project,
  • Conducting a 3D Imaging Survey of HMAS Sydney (II) and HSK Kormoran

For the uninitiated, and that included me, 3D viewing is done through special glasses with different lenses for each eye.  That is true but what I did not expect was that in viewing the different programs that Andrew spoke to we had to wear a different set of glasses for each 3D presentation.  Don’t ask me any questions, I did not find the answer as to why!  The Sydney Kormoran presentation was on a large curved screen, so large in fact that all 12 of us were able to stand together in and on the diameter of the screen whilst the presentation ran.  As the selected 3D images of Sydney and Kormoran were showed we all had the feeling that we were there looking into and walking around the wrecks – quite unnerving to say the least.  In my letter of thanks to Dr Woods I noted: “The impact of seeing the wrecked portions of the SYDNEY and KORMORAN was a sobering reminder to us of the dangers we could have faced during our own service.”

The above ran for one and a half hours following which Andrew ventured into another area and provided some very riveting information and panoramas of the Cities of Perth and Fremantle from various periods from the mid to late 1800s to today.  Although, in the main, only in standard black and white photography, the presentation used the same curved screen as for the S & K presentation however, embedded in the panoramas were  points of interest which could be ‘clicked on’ to reveal the area / building / internals some of which were in colour.  The Historical Images are courtesy of the Western Australian State Library.  A similar presentation can be seen on the website “” but, be warned, you will have to play a little with the inbuilt controls to effectively see around the site.

8th December – Fremantle Sailing Club

NOCWA’s Christmas meeting and social dinner was held at the Fremantle Sailing Club (FSC).  This was a departure from the previous venue of the Swan Yacht Club (SYC), a facility we have been using since 2009.  The SYC is undergoing some significant renovations and was deemed unsuitable for our December requirement.  Nine members and four wives attended and a delightful evening followed.

Regular NOC WA Function Venues

As members will have noted from the last NOC Newsletter, the SYC and the Perth City RSL Club are both undergoing extensive changes, the RSL is a complete rebuild that necessitates the closure of that facility for an estimated two years.  Discussions with the FSC have been positive and, at least, for the next 12 months NOC WA will use the FSC for its regular bi-monthly lunches and alternate monthly dinners and meetings.  Full details will appear in the Division Social Functions of the NOC Newsletter.

Bob Mummery

Newsletter No 106 Sept 2016 – Now available online

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Old Navy News

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