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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
24 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 Postcards from North East Asia HMAS Parramatta Charade and Karaoke Champions of North East Asia 2007 LOGISTICS HUDDLE LCDR COLEMAN, SO, LCDR WIDDISON ,MEO, AND LCDR SEICULITCH, WEEO Singapore 6-13 Sep 07 Hong Kong, China 18-22 Sep 07 Shanghai, China 24-29 Sep 07 Sasebo, Japan 1-2 Oct 07 vladivostok, Russia 4-7 Oct 07 Maizuru, Japan 9-12 Oct 07 Cebu, Phillipines 17-20 Oct 07 TRIvIA: • Deployed 27 Aug – 28 Oct 07 • Days deployed – 63 (9 weeks away from Australia) • Days at sea – 37 • Days in port – 26 • Port Visits – 7 • Miles steamed – 11687 nm • Litres of F76 used – 1375.98 CZ • Personnel crossing the line for the first time – 74 • Hours on Maritime Advanced Terrestrial Infrastructure Satellite (MASTIS) voice Over Internet Phone used (non work related calls) – 370 hrs • Number of Official Ushanka Hats (Furry Russian Hats) purchased – 178 (we cleared Russian Naval Stores of Ushankas with our purchases) • And last but most importantly 3 bottles of commissioning port! Singapore- ABCK Alison Sager Singapore is a beautiful country, probably one of the cleanest ever seen. This could have something to do with all the laws over there. Basically there is a law for everything from spitting to not flushing the toilet. You’re also not allowed to pick flowers, swear in public or be gay. violating these rules could get you any punishment from a small fine to a couple of public lashings, so straight up you know that’s going to make the port visit interesting. The ship spent seven days in Singapore, which was our longest port visit for the North East Asia Deployment (NEAD). During this time there was a lot to see and do. Shopping is always a great way for the crew to pass time, but considering the exchange rate is not considerably different, not much shopping was done compared to the other ports. Many people visited the Singapore Zoo, which is rated as one of the best in the world. Most of the crew also visited the Merlion. This is a statue at the Singapore river mouth, which is half lion, half fish. A lot of the crew, especially those who hadn’t travelled overseas before, experienced a ‘free economy’ for example, having a little fifty year old man on a pushbike, drive you across a six lane 80km/h highway, then after the 10 minute drive charge you $40 per person for the life threatening experience. Overall our visit to Singapore was a very enjoyable experience and definitely a country I would visit again.