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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
25 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 I survived Recruit School and then after a short break over the Christmas leave period, started the New Year in the Supply School, little thinking that at the end of that time I would receive a posting so soon in my career to such an exciting destination as Darwin. I must admit I was a little sceptical about my level of enjoyment of such a posting, being a basically cold climate person. However, since my arrival in Darwin on a balmy tropical evening nearly six months ago, I have not looked back. Darwin is a warm place from the weather to the people. This is a place of long summer days all year round and a unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. My working day begins at seven thirty when I attend to various tasks such as signal database, demands and general warehouse duties. Within weeks of my arrival I was booked into all the courses necessary to bring me up to speed with the realities of being a working stores person with the added bonus of obtaining a fork lift licence. The tasks required of us on a regular basis offer plenty of opportunities for competency log completion as I'm working in a refit warehouse. Duties are reasonable (on-call) with no requirement to stay onboard. As I write this we are gearing up to support KAKADU with all the challenges that has to offer, I personally will be liaising with HMAS ARUNTA, HMAS TOOWOOMBA, HMAS SIRIUS and HMAS WARRAMUNGA for all the stores requirements during their visit. Living up north we receive benefits such as the district allowance and the remote locality leave and travel allowance. Darwin is also a useful place from which to plan your sorties into nearby countries such as Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia and package holidays are reasonably priced. Darwin has a very rich and diverse cultural environment, most of which are displayed at the variety of markets held throughout the city including the famous Mindil beach Markets. Held every Thursday and Sunday night from April to October, these are Darwin's largest and most popular weekly markets. They feature a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. Darwin is also the location of many areas of historical interests such as the World War II oil storage tunnels or the more in-depth Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Down the track from Darwin are many impressive tourist destinations such as Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, so there is always something to see and do. If you don't want to leave the immediate environs then there is the Speedway, the Casino and many fine restaurants. Shopping is not an issue here as many of the major retail chains have outlets in Darwin. All in all a posting to Darwin is the next best to a posting in paradise, looking forward to the rest of my time here because not only do I have a enjoyable lifestyle but I'm contributing to the activities of the Navy in the north and the protection of our borders. A Storbies Posting to Darwin I joined the Navy in September 2009, looking forward to a career in Naval Stores which I saw, and am now convinced, has as a vital role in keeping our ships at sea in full preparedness for whatever tasks they have to carry out. BY SMNSN PETER BARNES