Paluma's crew 'coasts' towards television debut

Published on LEUT Sarah West (author), Unknown (photographer)

Presenter Neil Oliver has a lesson on how to use a sextant onboard HMAS Paluma's forecastle by POHSM Russell Hinze - to the right of him is LSHSO Benjamin Whittaker. (photo: Unknown)
Presenter Neil Oliver has a lesson on how to use a sextant onboard HMAS Paluma's forecastle by POHSM Russell Hinze - to the right of him is LSHSO Benjamin Whittaker.

A BBC Television crew visited HMAS Paluma in April to film a segment for the series Coast Australia. The segment will air next Monday on Foxtel’s History Channel.
 
Throughout the day, the show’s production team filmed the crew of the Navy Survey Motor Launch while they conducted coastal survey operations – giving the sailors and officers a chance to showcase their modern capabilities, processes and equipment.  
 
Paluma’s crew demonstrated the use of the ship’s Moving Vessel Profiler and data recording systems while surveying a 50-year-old un-named barge wreck that was submerged in 35 meters of water off the coast of Green Island, near Cairns.
 
As Paluma entered into Mission Bay, her ship’s company also demonstrated the surveying techniques used in the days of the early European explorers, showing the program’s presenter, Neil Oliver, how to survey the position of the vessel using a sextant and the hand lead line.
 
Paluma’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Walker said his crew was looking forward to watching the episode on Monday.
 
“The opportunity to showcase our capability to a wider audience was a great experience,” he said.

“On a personal note, having been a long time fan of the BBC production of Coast, it was a highlight meeting Neil Oliver,” LCDR Walker said.
 
The Great Barrier Reef episode of Coast Australia which features the crew of HMAS Paluma will air at 7:30pm (EST) on Monday, 16 December, 2013.

Further information is available on the History Channel website at http://coastaustralia.historychannel.com.au/.

HMAS Paluma Commanding Officer, LCDR Geoffrey Walker welcomes the presenter of the program Coast Australia, Neil Oliver, along with the Great Southern Film and Television production crew.

HMAS Paluma Commanding Officer, LCDR Geoffrey Walker welcomes the presenter of the program Coast Australia, Neil Oliver, along with the Great Southern Film and Television production crew.