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Army November 24, 2011
THE first instalment of the ADF's new
era in amphibious capability is being
hailed by the Ship's Army Detachment
(SAD) as groundbreaking.
ADF Ship Choules is currently under-
way from the UK, where its Australian
crew, including 22 soldiers, has been in
training to take command of the ship.
It is expected to reach Fremantle on
December 7 and will be formally com-
missioned as HMAS Choules after
British and Australian Navy CPO Claude
Choules on December 13.
Op Movements Supervisor Sgt
Donovan Watson said Choules was bet-
ter for embarked forces than former ADF
"This practicality and habitability is
due to the layout and design of Choules,"
Sgt Watson said.
"The assault routes contain no nar-
row passageways or ladders and the
embarked forces are provided separate
storage and accommodation areas.
"The separation of storage and
accommodation areas means the
embarked forces can store their DP1 and
personal equipment, which they do not
require during the transit, in a large lock-
Sgt Watson said this ensured greater
space for embarked forces in 24-berth
Choules also provides embarked
forces with a secure store that can hold
medical equipment and valuable personal
items for the duration of travel.
"Choules has a dedicated embarked
forces magazine used for storing resup-
ply ammunition, as well as three armour-
"Choules offers increased habitability
with its large assembly/recreation area
and a dining area that can feed up to 190
personnel per sitting."
Army SAD personnel include
AAAvn, RASig and RACT personnel
whose roles are to provide administra-
tive and specialist stevedoring, aviation
and communication support to embarked
forces on board Choules.
After its formal commissioning,
HMAS Choules will sail to its home port
MP clerk this year's paymaster
Double dipping: Pay clerk LCpl Rich Vincent, 1 MP Bn, was recognised with the RAAPC Soldier/JNCO
of the year award after taking on pay responsibilities for two battalions this year. LCpl Vincent said
he was extremely surprised and honoured to have been nominated. "I felt humbled that my hierarchy
nominated me in the first place," he said. "I'm just doing my job as a pay clerk, but this shows recognition
for the work I've put in." Currently posted to 1 MP Bn, LCpl Vincent volunteered to help 5CSSB with their
workload a few days per week as well as managing pay at his own unit. With the recent upgrade to the
reserve pay system, there has been a lot of hard work put in and LCpl Vincent said working with it was
a rewarding challenge.
Amphibious capability: ADF Ship Choules is 176.6m long, has a crew of
158, including a 22-person Ship's Army Detachment, and can accommodate
up to 329 embarked personnel.
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