AIN Dinner - 13 July 2016
AIN Dinner Meeting - 8 June 2016
Intermediate Navigation Course Graduated at HMAS Watson - 20 May 2016
Kym Osley, Secretary of the AIN attended the Graduation and presented a Plaque to the DUX of the Course LT Daniel James.
Also in attendance from the AIN was Peter Martin.
AIN Annual General Meeting - 10 March 2016
HMAS Watson Graduation - 7 March 2016
AIN and Merchant Navy Dinner - 10 February 2016
Guest Speaker was Kendal Carter on ‘Marine Operations at Lord Howe Island’
Waubadebar Plaque Unveil - 26 January 2016
Waubadebar grave is Heritage listed as a place of Worship
Note: The red painted fishing boat seen in the background is named ‘Waubs Bay’
Waubadebar plaque description
Intermediate Navigation Course Graduation – 29 May 2015
The Vice-president of the AIN, Mr Bob Hall attended the Graduation of the RAN Intermediate Navigation Course on 29 May 2015. The Dux of the Course was LEUT Rebecca Wheldrake, RAN, who was presented with the AIN Dux award (a plaque and a book prize) by Mr Bob Hall. A total of 9 Officers graduated the Course and will post to a mixture of Patrol Boats and Minehunters. It was a challenging two weeks at sea (particularly having to steer around all of the Vivid Festival vessels)!
Seminar on Civil/Military Operations in a Satellite Navigation and Satellite Communications Denied Environment – 22 May 2015 at Canberra
All the speakers had highlighted the critical risk associated with a potential deliberate or unintentional GNSS outage and the significant impact it could have on the continuity of civilian and military operations. The next step is for the Agencies represented at the Seminar to develop an effective risk mitigation strategy. At a minimum this should include a more holistic Government and industry approach to continuity of civil and military operations in a space degraded environment. Much of the challenge is about the policy and human factors aspects of GNSS degradation, and not the technical aspects. Thus a key aspect will be determining and implementing appropriate policy, and creating a cross Government exercise and training regime to ensure Australia is as ready as it can be in the event of a serious degradation in space-based PNT.
The Seminar Key Outcomes/Actions that will be progressed jointly by the Australian Institute of Navigation and Defence are:
- Share Information. Further develop cross-Government GNSS-related forums to better share developments in dealing with GNSS degradation.
- Plan. Ensure that natural and human–induced GNSS degradation is adequately addressed in Government and Department contingency plans and risk registers.
- Education. Develop a program for better educating the public of the dangers of jamming or interfering with GNSS.
- Critical Infrastructure. Seek to have GNSS recognized as critical infrastructure in Australia.
- Training. Review cross-Government exercise programs and training courses to ensure that they adequately stresses staff and processes in preparation for responding to a serious degradation in space-based PNT.
- Detect. Create an Australian national system (equipment and processes) for detecting and geo-locating GNSS jamming.
- Ownership. Defence and the Australian Institute of Navigation to find the most suitable cross-Government group to accept and progress these key outcomes/actions.
AIN Dinner/ Technical Lecture – 13 May 2015
The speaker for the evening was Captain Lindsay Cavenagh, who is a Senior Pilot with Sydney Ports. Sydney Ports is responsible for the safe navigation of vessels into, and within, Sydney Harbour and Port Botany. CAPT Cavanagh provided an interesting update on piloting techniques, and the activities and challenges of piloting for Sydney Ports in Sydney Harbour. There were two key points that most people took away from the presentation. The first one was the massive increase in size of vessels that they were now manoeuvring in the Sydney Harbour basin. They have only a few metres clearance in all directions, and even less clearance off the Harbour floor, for some of the big cruise ships and tankers. The second point was the ‘e-navigation in a suitcase’ that the pilots carried on board each vessel. It included e-charts and a variety of other navigation aids. Certainly a far cry from doing it manually a few decades ago! But of course there is now less room for error!
Early 2015 - 26 and 27 Air Combat Officer Courses Graduate – Winners of AIN Excellence in Navigation Award
The 26 and 27 ACO Courses graduated in early 2015. The graduations of the Courses were low key affairs due to the low numbers. However, the graduates achieved very good results and a member on each course was selected for the AIN Award based on their performance during the applied phase (where air navigation principles are taught). AIN Plaques for Excellence in Navigation were awarded to OFFCDT Liam Ryan on 26 Air Combat Officer Course (ACO) and PLTOFF Timothy Sexton on 27 ACO. Liam has now been promoted to PLTOFF, and is well into his introductory fighter training at 76SQN at RAAF Williamtown. He will start his F-18F course later this year. Timothy was promoted to FLGOFF after his graduation and has recently arrived at RAAF Williamtown for his introductory fighter training before starting his F-18F conversion course. We wish them both all the best!