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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
52 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 ABCK Jay Wilkie 17 September 1982 -- 14 September 2010 It is with great sadness we reflect on the recent passing of ABCK Jay Wilkie. To his family, friends and extended family within Navy we pass on our heartfelt sympathy. Although Jay was only at FLSE-Cairns for a short period of time, he assimilated quickly into his role and left his mark on all who came into contact with him. Jay was an impressive young man, showing a keen interest in many subjects, including geology, mining and the outdoors. With his quirky, dry sense of humour and quick wit, Jay was always up for a joke. Jay's easy-going nature, positive attitude and can-do enthusiasm were infectious, quickly making him a circle of friends wherever he went. Jay was a fun person to be around. He was more than a colleague; he was a fine Sailor and a good shipmate who loved his Navy. He spread optimism and fun throughout the work-place Jay was upbeat, he was engaging, he was always ready to listen and his zest for life will be sorely missed. His untimely passing has come as a shock to all. May Jay's soul rest in perfect peace. LCDR Paul Anthony BREEN, RAN 4 June 1963 -- 27 August 2010 By LCDR P Beresford, RAN On 09 September 2010 members of the Supply Community had the opportunity to farewell Lieutenant Commander Paul Breen at St Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra. LCDR Breen joined the RAN in April 1979 as a Seaman Writer before commissioning as a Supply Officer in 1982. LCDR Breen served on various HMA Ships and establishments including Harman, Kuttabul, Stalwart, Stuart and ANZAC as the Supply Officer. In 1999 LCDR Breen transferred to the Active Naval Reserves and was employed by the Australian Protective Service in 1999 and then the Australian Federal Police in 2002. As a reserve officer LCDR Breen deployed to Iraq and most recently was the Indigenous Engagement Officer in North Queensland. In recognition of his service to the AFP and RAN LCDR Breen received the following awards: • United States Meritorious Service Medal 2010 • AFP Service Medal 2010 • AASM -- Iraq 2009 • Iraq Service Medal 2009 • Return Active Service Badge 2009 • Australian Defence Medal 2006 • Defence Force Service Medal and Clasp 1994 & 1999 • Chief of Defence Force Commendation 1996 Paul had achieved two distinguished careers and the one thing that made him outstanding from everyone else was his love for the service and care and loyalty to absolutely everyone he came into contact with. He is survived by his wife Gregry, son Matthew and daughter Shannon. CMDR Roy Christie, RAN 03 January 1942 -- 11 November 2010 Early on the morning of 11 November this year we lost a stalwart of our Supply Community, Roy Francis Christie. Roy was diagnosed with Mesothelioma in April and despite a courageous fight succumbed to its grip. Roy joined the RAN in March 1960 as an eighteen year old Sydney lad. He served at sea and ashore as a Steward including service aboard the Flagship HMAS Melbourne as the Chief Steward. He was promoted to Sub Lieutenant in 1973 and again served aboard HMAS MELBOURNE during her round the world trip to the Spithead review. Roy had many charge positions and is immortalised as the last Supply officer of HMAS VAMPIRE, where is preference for brews is displayed to museum visitors. Roy was promoted to Commander in 1987 and he is fondly remembered for his wise counsel and genuine respect for all sailors in his role as the Deputy Fleet Supply Officer. Roy completed his RAN service in 2005 after almost 45 years of service. Roy was a very good sportsman and represented the navy in Rugby. He was fond of a punt and enjoyed the company of his shipmates and friends. The high regard that Roy is held in was demonstrated by Admiral Scarce, Governor of South Australia, reading a lesson at Roy's final service. CPOMTP 'Dag' Williams and CMDR Tim French supported Roy's family in delivering his eulogy. Many current members of the supply community, supported by dozens of Roy's comrades witnessed the passing of Roy, a good friend and shipmate. We all wish Wife, daughter and grandchildren all the best. In Memoriam The Supply Community has been saddened with the recent passing of two of its members. We as a Community remember and pay tribute to CMDR Roy Christie, LCDR Paul Breen and ABCK Jay Wilkie.