NSW STATE CHAPTER


NSW President

CDRE Russell (Russ) Baker AM, ret'd


Joined RAN 1973, qualified SDO in 1977 and MCDO in 1978

Career Highlights:

HMA Ships VENDETTA, LABUAN, MELBOURNE prior to MCDO
HMAS SNIPE as MHCO and later as XO in 1979
CIO EOD at RANDS in 1980
1981-1984 CDT3, OIC B Troop 1 SAS Sqn, SEAL TEAM 6 - an exciting time for the Branch and for the RAN
CO HMAS CURLEW 1985
Fleet MCDO 1987
CO HMAS GERALDTON 1989 - two years off the Kimberly Coast
Capability Development 1991-93, responsible for HUON Class MHC development and WATERHEN Modernisation
1993-95 inaugural COMAUSMINDIVFOR and CO HMAS WATERHEN
If you build it, they will come!
1996-2000 Director Naval Policy, Chief of Staff Navy Training Command, Director Naval Programs, Chief of Staff Navy HQ
2002 Commander Australian Amphibious Task Group
2003 Director General Navy Strategic Policy
2005 Director General ADF Education and Training, Chair of ADF Sports Council
2007 Transferred to Active Reserve - still do about 70 days a year
Organised Mountain Bike World Cup and World Championships in Canberra 2008 and 2009
President of Mountain Bike Australia - the national sporting body 2009 to the present

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NSW Vice President

Tedman
PETER TEDMAN


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NSW Secretary

Eric McKenzie
ERIC (MACCA) MCKENZIE


Career highlights:
Joined RAN July 1966.HMAS LEEUWIN. I had a great time
ORD CD March 1968. HMAS RUSHCUTTER. This is when I stopped visiting the Coxswains Office
ABCD 2. January 1969. Great personal satisfaction
Papua New Guinea 1969-70 Surveying. HMAS MADANG
HMAS PARRAMATTA 1971. FESR & VIETNAM
CDT 2 1972. Ship attacks in Jervis Bay. Introduction to the degaussing ranges
CDT 1 1973. Crown of thorns & Bootless Inlet & other familiar sights in PNG
RAN Diving school 1974-75. 2nd Instructor & Regulating office
Cyclone Tracey & salvage of HMAS ARROW
Seaking helicopter recovery.Kiama. I free ascended from 245 foot depth successfully

CDT 1 1976 & HMAS HOBART world tour
RAN Diving school 1978. Great satisfaction in teaching people in the skills of diving!
I also personally found out that I was good at teaching & loved the job
CDT 2. Deployment unit supervisor & no stranger to the deep degaussing range
HMAS CANBERRA commissioning crew. 1981. "Challenging"
RAN Diving school. 1982. Category instructor. "You can go a long way without sleep"
RAN Diving school 1984. Chief instructor. Wetsuits for all students except for PT & selected surface swims
CDT 2 1985. Chief of the team. Great gig
National Safety Council of Australia 1986. Diving instructor. Helicopter underwater escape trainer.Boat Coxswain
Maritime Services Board 1989. Enforced maritime laws
Newcastle Port Corporation 1992. Cutter master & Cowswain duties. I am still waiting to be called on to do a days work
Elected A fellow of the RAN CD Association by my peers
Awarded National Presidents high Achievement award
RAN CD Association. Since 2002 either NSW State Secretary or National Secretary or some times both
RAN CD Association NSW Secretary position has been vacant for two years
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QUEENSLAND STATE CHAPTER


QLD President


PETE ATKINSON
Career Highlights:
Joined the branch in 1977
1980 SPECWAREX Subic Bay Philipines
1985 Exchange to HMS Drake Plymouth UK (GUZ) CD Team as POCD, including short posting to SS Seaforth Clansman, Saturation Diving Support Vessel
1986 joined HMAS Hobart for deployment with USS New Jersey Battle Group in South China Sea Postings to CDT 1 & 2
Left the branch in 1989
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QLD Vice President


BRETT LEISS
Career Highlights:
Joined RAN 1987 - Passed out of Basic CD23 in 1990
Served on HMAS Tobruk and in Somalia for OP Solace Somalia 91/92
Passed out Advanced course for POCD in 1999
Made Chief in 2003
Posted to Team 1 and RAN Diving School a couple of times
Team 4 and HMAS YARRA as a Chief Diver and HMAS Brisbane as a diver
One of many career highlight's - RAN exchange programme to USN EOD Training and Evaluation Unit One, San Diego California for two years 1996 - 1998. My job was the senior enlisted instructor of IEDD, EOD diving and some other roles at an operationally demanding time for the US Navy EOD technicians with heavy operational involvement in both IRAQ and Afghanistan. Very proud of the job the mighty men and women of that unit did to get IED teams to a very advanced level of training and preparedness just prior to deploying to very active and hostile operational zones. Made many good mates through this posting and my entire career both in the diving branch and the NAVY
Retired from active duty 2009
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QLD Secretary


ADAM WOOD
Career Highlights:
Joint Australian Army 1996
Qualified Royal Australian Signals Corps
Posted to 139 Signals Sqn
1999/2000 Rifle Company Butterworth, Malaysia
Army Reserve (Royal Australian Infantry Corps) - Direct Fire Support Weapons, Mortar & Reconnaissance Platoons 5/6 RVR & 9 RQR
Operation Anode (Solomon Islands) 2006-2007
RAN Diving Team 8 2008 to present
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FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND STATE CHAPTER (sub branch)

GEORGE GRAHAM
Career Highlights:
Joined as Seaman Gunner (Control) in 1961
Qualified as Leading Seaman Physical Trainer in 1965
Changed to CD Branch in 1969
Payed off after 12 years of service as Petty Officer Clearance Diver in 1973.. Re entered RAN in 1975 after living in Darwin during Cyclone Tracey. Worked with CDT One as Reserve POCD in Darwin. Came back in as an ABCD
Went back up through the ranks, making CPOCD in 1980 while serving as Coxswain in HMAS SNIPE
Went to the Royal Navy in the UK to undergo Commissioning Training in 1982
Returned to Australia as SBLT MCDO as XO AUS CDT One in 1884
Promoted to LEUT and posted as OIC CDT Two in 1986
Served as CO of Auxiliary Minesweeper BROLGA and Mine Sweeping Development Officer of the Interim Minesweeping Project in 1989
Promoted to LCDR in 1992
Served as Resident Naval Officer Thursday Island for four years before retiring in 1998
Awarded Conspicuous Service Medal in 1999
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NORTHERN TERRITORY CHAPTER

NT President

MILTON(DUSTY) MILLER
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NT Secretary


GRAEME STEWART
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA STATE CHAPTER

WA President


MICK EDWARDS
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WA Vice President


CPOCD MICHAEL OAKLANDS
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WA Secretary


ADAM MCPHAIL
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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE CHAPTER


SA President


Don (Scotty) Allan

Career highlights:

Qualified on course 01/66

Postings to CDT1 1967 - PNG Carrying out EOD tasks in many locations

Oct 1967 posted to USA to collect HMAS Brisbane

1968 deployed on Brisbane to Gun Line Vietnam

Returned to Dive School as 2 OIC on MCDO course

After brief period of shore time in October 70, redeployed to Vietnam to join HMAS Perth in Vietnam replacing the injured CD - during this deployment had the opportunity to see VC up close when dispatched onto a fishing boat alone & unarmed (refer to story in Articles - No 7)

On return carried on 2 OIC to CABA courses - promoted to LSCD & joined EOD Section at Watson - then part of the team which relocated the Section to Penguin

Discharged PMUF in Nov 1975. Currently RANCDA Historian/researcher & President of SA Chapter

I find the challenge of both positions rewarding & I am proud to have served as a CD & been given the opportunity to assist in putting in place documents covering every aspect of the Branch since 1951

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SA Vice President


Vacant


SA Secretary


DAVE CREASER
Career highlights:
Served 20 years. Joined as JR - April 1979. Qualified ABCD 1980
Posted CDT2 80/81
Posted CDT1 81/83 (deployed Solomon Islands Apr/May 82 for Channel Blasting with Tony/Tom Dye, USN/Darcy/Ollie/Day/Quigley)
Posted CDT3/SDU 83/85 (Sniper)
Granted 12 month LWOP (travelled OS)
Posted RAN Diving School a/Instructor 86/87
Promoted LSCD 87
Made PMU and changed branch to Mine Warfare 88. Discharged as CPOCSMMW Oct 2000
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TASMANIAN STATE CHAPTER


Tasmanian President


CORRY VAN DEN BROEK
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Tasmanian Secretary


KARL PRICE
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VICTORIAN STATE CHAPTER


Victorian President


JOHN BRANCH
Career Highlights:
Representing Navy in Rugby and water polo
Participating in 'Febsport '70. A major sporting event held in Singapore between all ships in port at the time and the British Forces based in Singapore and Malaya. We, HMAS Yarra, came second to HMS Terror
Being selected for CDT3 and serving in Vietnam
Completing my POCD course with a great bunch of blokes.
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Victorian Secretary


KEN MONK
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