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Author:  Peter Ferris [ Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A Farewell to those with whom we served...

Hippy Chippy wrote:
:-k A farewell salute :salute1: to the man who's work inspired the name of our RAN Skilled Hands Forum Website... :type:

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Bob Mummery" <bandi@iinet.net.au>
Subject: VALE - CMDR SDSU(W) L. G. "TUG" WILSON OAM MBE RAN RTD.
Date: 18 July 2019 at 11:05:45 pm AEST
To: "Bob Mummery" <bandi@iinet.net.au>

Tug Wilson, a commanding Commander.

From AB Writer to Commander, Tug will be well remembered as the scribe who collated and wrote up “Skilled Hands at Sea”, the story of Australian Naval Apprentices. That work was done in his own time assisted by family and friends, and much of the work had to be undertaken by deciphering hand written records from NIRIMBA’s early days. A marvellous job well done and of which he was most proud. I was fortunate enough to have him present a signed copy to me not long before he retired from the RAN.

The remarkable “Wilson” work ethic transferred to his son David who became the Warrant Officer of the Navy 1999 – 2002, and Tug was one very proud father. Two remarkable men.

Thank you Tug

Bob Mummery

:salute1: Rest on your oars CMDR, your journey's done...
.........Thank you for recording ours... R.I.P. [-o<

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A great man,RIP Tug.

Author:  BC [ Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:18 pm ]
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I was at Nirimba at one stage when Tug was there, but I didn't have any direct dealings with him.

RIP Tug. :salute1:

Author:  Seejay [ Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:17 pm ]
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I still have my original signed copy from Tug, one of the first printed. A good bloke. Fair winds and a following sea Tug. :yes:

Author:  Hippy Chippy [ Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:16 pm ]
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=; Tonight's News we learned that Tim Fischer has crossed the bar, aged 73... [-o<

The following was recently published in the Townsville Bulletin

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Tim Fischer on course for his biggest victory

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FORMER national serviceman and deputy prime minister Tim Fischer has been reported as being “gravely ill” in Albury hospital.

Elected to the NSW parliament in 1971, aged 24 and soon after his return from Vietnam, he then served in Federal Parliament from 1984 until 2001.

He was trade minister then Nationals leader between 1990 and 1999.

Later he became the first resident ambassador to the Vatican.

Mr Fischer, who as a 1RAR platoon commander fought in the Battle of Coral in Vietnam in May 1968, has made no secret of his decade-long battle with various cancers.

His latest, possibly terminal battle is with acute myeloid leukaemia.

He has previously battled bladder and prostate cancers and melanoma.

He would not object to being described as a tough old coot, whose other passions included railways of the world and General Sir John Monash, who’s posthumous promotion to field marshal he has championed.

Tim Fischer claimed he was exposed in Vietnam to the defoliant Agent Orange, as were many of his mates.

Defoliation was a tactic first employed by British forces in the Malayan Emergency.

Agent Orange, used by the US and allies in Vietnam as a defoliant to deny cover and food to their enemy, was an equal mixture of the chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D in which dioxins were major components, mixed with diesel or kerosene to aid delivery.

Both chemicals were also commonly used in Australian agriculture.

But the long-term effects of their widespread use in Vietnam has led to claims of adverse consequences by exposed veterans.

Residual dioxin enters the food chain and is easily absorbed by humans through physical contact or ingestion.

Some estimates suggest 76 million litres of Agent Orange were sprayed over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. RAAF Iroquois helicopters were also equipped with boom sprays to deliver Agent Orange, so named for the orange band on the 210 litre drums in which it was delivered from the US.

Concerns about the use of chemical sprays and their effect on people soon emerged in Australia and elsewhere.

Veterans began reporting high incidences of various cancers, while abnormalities in their post-Vietnam offspring were also attributed to Agent Orange.

The Australian Government through DVA initially denied any links, despite a royal commission which, in a nine-volume report, admitted the existence of health problems, but found no causal link to the use of defoliants in Vietnam.

Instead it suggested exposure to a range of chemicals, which it claimed veterans generically described as “Agent Orange” may have contributed.

Last year Tim Fischer attributed his various cancers to his exposure to Agent Orange.

“At least one specialist suggested my immunity broke down a lot more quickly as a direct consequence,” he said.

He may have unsuccessfully argued similarly as a Vietnam veteran while holding senior government office.

However it would be now hard for heartless bureaucrats to argue he didn’t know what he was talking about, when his own personal health circumstances suggest otherwise.

It may result in his most successful posthumous victory.

Author:  BC [ Fri Aug 23, 2019 7:09 am ]
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I didn't always agree with some of his ideas, but he did stick to his guns.

He was committed to helping others and his country.

RIP Tim :salute1:

Author:  piquet [ Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:06 pm ]
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Incredibly sad. Some might say that Tim And I have two things in common. We both have Myloid Leukemia and we are both ARGGGS. All Round general Good Guys.!

Author:  BC [ Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:22 pm ]
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:ok: :happy: :thumbright: :yes:

Author:  Hippy Chippy [ Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:04 pm ]
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........................................ UNCLASSIFIED

From: CN AUSTRALIA ................................................ DTG: 210050Z JAN 2020
Releaser: SOCN/CN AUSTRALIA
Action RAN ALL SHORE AIG 3600 AIG 3602 Routine

VALE VICE ADMIRAL DAVID WILLOUGHBY LEACH AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (RETD)...WZA Z4P

1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS, THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF
FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF, VICE ADMIRAL DAVID LEACH. DURING HIS 43
YEAR CAREER HE EXEMPLIFIED NAVY VALUES IN PEACE AND WAR AND MADE
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MODERN NAVY THROUGH HIS COMMAND AND
LEADERSHIP AT SEA AND ASHORE. HE WAS THE LAST FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF TO HAVE SERVED IN THE RAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

2. CADET MIDSHIPMAN LEACH JOINED THE RAN COLLEGE IN 1942, AGED 13.
HE WAS AWARDED THE KINGS MEDAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONDUCT AND IN 1946
SERVED IN THE RN BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET, FOLLOWED BY SUB LIEUTENANT
TRAINING IN THE UK AND IN HMA SHIPS AUSTRALIA, MURCHISON AND ARUNTA.
WHILE TRAINING IN THE UK AS A GUNNERY SPECIALIST, HE OBTAINED A
PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE. AS A LIEUTENANT, HE PLAYED STATE
REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY FOR VICTORIA.

3. COMMANDER LEACH WAS FLEET GUNNERY OFFICER WHILE SERVING IN THE
FLAGSHIP HMAS MELBOURNE (1961-62). HE COMMANDED HMA SHIPS VENDETTA
(1964-66) AND PERTH (1968-69). UNDER CAPTAIN LEACHS COMMAND, ON
ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE GUNLINE OFF VIETNAM, PERTH PROVIDED ACCURATE
AND TIMELY BOMBARDMENT OF SHORE TARGETS AND AVOIDED 30 ROUNDS OF
COUNTER BATTERY FIRE FROM ENEMY SHORE EMPLACEMENTS. IN 1969, PERTH
WAS AWARDED THE US MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION FOR THIS
OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT.

4. CAPTAIN LEACH SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NAVAL PLANS (1969-70), AND
WAS THE RAN ATTACHE IN THE UK (1971-74). ON PROMOTION TO COMMODORE
IN 1975, HE WAS DIRECTOR GENERAL NAVAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(1975-76) AND SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED THE UK SENIOR STAFF COURSE AT
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES (1977).

5. ON PROMOTION TO REAR ADMIRAL, HE WAS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF – MATERIAL (1978-79), FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING THE AUSTRALIAN
FLEET (1979-80), AND ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF – PERSONNEL
(1980-81). ON PROMOTION TO VICE ADMIRAL IN APRIL 1982, HE BECAME
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF. HIS NAVAL CAREER CONCLUDED IN 1985 AFTER
THREE YEARS IN COMMAND OF THE RAN.

6. AFTER RETIREMENT, IN 1985 VICE ADMIRAL LEACH CONTINUED TO GIVE
SIGNIFICANT SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR
MEMORIAL AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL. HE
ALSO SERVED AS AN ALDERMAN AND THEN MAYOR OF WOOLHARA WHERE HE
LIVED.

7. IN 1969, CAPTAIN LEACH WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE
BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE) FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
ENEMY WHILE IN COMMAND OF PERTH. IN 1970, HE WAS MADE A LIEUTENANT
OF THE VICTORIAN ORDER (LVO) FOR HIS SERVICES AS LIAISON OFFICER
DURING THE ROYAL VISIT TO AUSTRALIA. IN 1981, HE WAS MADE AN OFFICER
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO), FOR HIS SERVICE AS COMMANDER OF THE
AUSTRALIAN FLEET AND IN 1984 HE WAS PROMOTED TO COMPANION OF THE
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AC), FOR SERVICES TO THE RAN, PARTICULARLY AS
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF.

8. VICE ADMIRAL LEACHS NAVAL FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE
GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL, HMAS KUTTABUL, AT 1100 ON FRIDAY 31 JAN. RIG
FOR NAVAL PERSONNEL ATTENDING WILL BE S2 WITH MOURNING BRASSARDS.

9. THROUGHOUT HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND LATER LIFE, VICE ADMIRAL
LEACH GAVE GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION AND THE NAVY. ON BEHALF OF
OUR NAVY FAMILY, I EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

10. CN SENDS.

.............................. UNCLASSIFIED
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Author:  ronton [ Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:09 am ]
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Hippy Chippy wrote:
........................................ UNCLASSIFIED

From: CN AUSTRALIA ................................................ DTG: 210050Z JAN 2020
Releaser: SOCN/CN AUSTRALIA
Action RAN ALL SHORE AIG 3600 AIG 3602 Routine

VALE VICE ADMIRAL DAVID WILLOUGHBY LEACH AC, CBE, LVO, RAN (RETD)...WZA Z4P

1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS, THAT I INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF
FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF, VICE ADMIRAL DAVID LEACH. DURING HIS 43
YEAR CAREER HE EXEMPLIFIED NAVY VALUES IN PEACE AND WAR AND MADE
MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MODERN NAVY THROUGH HIS COMMAND AND
LEADERSHIP AT SEA AND ASHORE. HE WAS THE LAST FORMER CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF TO HAVE SERVED IN THE RAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

2. CADET MIDSHIPMAN LEACH JOINED THE RAN COLLEGE IN 1942, AGED 13.
HE WAS AWARDED THE KINGS MEDAL FOR EXEMPLARY CONDUCT AND IN 1946
SERVED IN THE RN BRITISH PACIFIC FLEET, FOLLOWED BY SUB LIEUTENANT
TRAINING IN THE UK AND IN HMA SHIPS AUSTRALIA, MURCHISON AND ARUNTA.
WHILE TRAINING IN THE UK AS A GUNNERY SPECIALIST, HE OBTAINED A
PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE. AS A LIEUTENANT, HE PLAYED STATE
REPRESENTATIVE RUGBY FOR VICTORIA.

3. COMMANDER LEACH WAS FLEET GUNNERY OFFICER WHILE SERVING IN THE
FLAGSHIP HMAS MELBOURNE (1961-62). HE COMMANDED HMA SHIPS VENDETTA
(1964-66) AND PERTH (1968-69). UNDER CAPTAIN LEACHS COMMAND, ON
ACTIVE SERVICE ON THE GUNLINE OFF VIETNAM, PERTH PROVIDED ACCURATE
AND TIMELY BOMBARDMENT OF SHORE TARGETS AND AVOIDED 30 ROUNDS OF
COUNTER BATTERY FIRE FROM ENEMY SHORE EMPLACEMENTS. IN 1969, PERTH
WAS AWARDED THE US MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION FOR THIS
OPERATIONAL DEPLOYMENT.

4. CAPTAIN LEACH SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF NAVAL PLANS (1969-70), AND
WAS THE RAN ATTACHE IN THE UK (1971-74). ON PROMOTION TO COMMODORE
IN 1975, HE WAS DIRECTOR GENERAL NAVAL OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
(1975-76) AND SUBSEQUENTLY COMPLETED THE UK SENIOR STAFF COURSE AT
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF DEFENCE STUDIES (1977).

5. ON PROMOTION TO REAR ADMIRAL, HE WAS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL
STAFF – MATERIAL (1978-79), FLAG OFFICER COMMANDING THE AUSTRALIAN
FLEET (1979-80), AND ASSISTANT CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF – PERSONNEL
(1980-81). ON PROMOTION TO VICE ADMIRAL IN APRIL 1982, HE BECAME
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF. HIS NAVAL CAREER CONCLUDED IN 1985 AFTER
THREE YEARS IN COMMAND OF THE RAN.

6. AFTER RETIREMENT, IN 1985 VICE ADMIRAL LEACH CONTINUED TO GIVE
SIGNIFICANT SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE AUSTRALIAN WAR
MEMORIAL AND AS A MEMBER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS TRIBUNAL. HE
ALSO SERVED AS AN ALDERMAN AND THEN MAYOR OF WOOLHARA WHERE HE
LIVED.

7. IN 1969, CAPTAIN LEACH WAS MADE A COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE
BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE) FOR DEVOTION TO DUTY IN THE PRESENCE OF THE
ENEMY WHILE IN COMMAND OF PERTH. IN 1970, HE WAS MADE A LIEUTENANT
OF THE VICTORIAN ORDER (LVO) FOR HIS SERVICES AS LIAISON OFFICER
DURING THE ROYAL VISIT TO AUSTRALIA. IN 1981, HE WAS MADE AN OFFICER
OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO), FOR HIS SERVICE AS COMMANDER OF THE
AUSTRALIAN FLEET AND IN 1984 HE WAS PROMOTED TO COMPANION OF THE
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AC), FOR SERVICES TO THE RAN, PARTICULARLY AS
CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF.

8. VICE ADMIRAL LEACHS NAVAL FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE
GARDEN ISLAND CHAPEL, HMAS KUTTABUL, AT 1100 ON FRIDAY 31 JAN. RIG
FOR NAVAL PERSONNEL ATTENDING WILL BE S2 WITH MOURNING BRASSARDS.

9. THROUGHOUT HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER AND LATER LIFE, VICE ADMIRAL
LEACH GAVE GREAT SERVICE TO THE NATION AND THE NAVY. ON BEHALF OF
OUR NAVY FAMILY, I EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

10. CN SENDS.

.............................. UNCLASSIFIED
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Great skipper RIP :aust:

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