50th officer intake charts new course

Published on LCDR Chloe Wootten (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell, NSW

Topic(s): Naval College, HMAS Creswell

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; David Waller, Rob Waller, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Creswell Captain Steven Hussey, RAN, with the life ring of Waller Division. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN; David Waller, Rob Waller, and the Commanding Officer of HMAS Creswell Captain Steven Hussey, RAN, with the life ring of Waller Division.

The 50th New Entry Officers’ Course (NEOC) commenced on 3 February with a significant change in tradition - new names for the Divisions to which the officer trainees belong for the duration of their training.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral (VADM) Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, travelled to HMAS Creswell on 29 January to dedicate the new names, which replace those of ‘Cook’, ‘Flinders’, ‘Bass’, ‘Jervis’, ‘Hunter’ and ‘Phillip’ - men significant to Australia's history but not members of the Royal Australian Navy.

“With 113 years of service to Australia, through world wars, regional conflicts, peacekeeping and border protection operations, and all manner of humanitarian response, disaster relief and rescue actions, I believe there are many examples from the history of the Royal Australian Navy to which we can aspire,” VADM Griggs said.

The new Divisions at HMAS Creswell are:

  • Waller Division - named after Captain Hector MacDonald Laws Waller, in HMAS Stuart and HMAS Perth

  • Getting Division - named after Captain Frank Edmund Getting, a qualified Submariner and for his deeds in HMAS Canberra

  • Moran Division - named after Commander William Thomas Alldis Moran in HMAS Vampire

  • Rankin Division - named after Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin in HMAS Yarra

  • Clarkson Division - named after Vice Admiral Sir William Clarkson, an engineer who oversaw the formation of the Royal Australian Navy from its colonial beginnings

Referring to the naming of Clarkson Division, Admiral Griggs acknowledged that it takes more than a great seafaring Captain to enact the Navy’s mission to ‘fight and win at sea’.

“We need the engineers who ensure our ships and systems are working and we need the logisticians who make sure we are supplied for the activities a ship must undertake - these are war-fighting functions, just as surely as the war cries for the firing of a weapon”, he said.

A short dedication ceremony was held overlooking the Creswell quarterdeck whilst Ship’s Company and descendants of Captain Waller looked on.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20140138.