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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2013
47 MARITIME LOGISTICS COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2012/AUTUMN 2013 Sten 'Barney' Karlsson was born at Bega, NSW on 18 May 1969 and grew up in the small coastal town of Tathra. He attended Tathra Public School and Bega High School before joining the RAN on 12 January 1987, aged 17, as a Recruit SN at HMAS Cerberus. After completing his Recruit and Naval Stores training, Barney was posted to HMAS Perth where he served for three years and was promoted to Able Seaman in May 1988. After leaving Perth in May 1990 he had postings to Naval Support Command and HMAS Coonawarra, before joining the patrol boat HMAS Geelong in January 1992. Barney served onboard Geelong for 12 months before joining HMAS Harman in February 1993. He was promoted to Leading Seaman in June 1994 and was then posted to HMAS Albatross. In late 1995 he joined HMAS Platypus as the Stores Assistant for the submarine HMAS Onslow. Barney returned to sea in late 1996 onboard HMAS Hobart where he served for two years. In 1998, Barney returned to Canberra when he was posted to Harman as the Stores Purchasing Supervisor. Barney married his wife Natalie in 2000 and together they had three children (Harry, Katie-Rose and Matilda). Barney also became a much loved father to Natalie's two older sons Kane and Tim. After three years in Canberra he joined HMAS Kanimbla in January 2001 in what was to be the first of his three postings to the ship. In October 2001, Barney was posted ashore to Maritime Systems Command and was promoted to Petty Officer in January 2002. During April/May 2002 he was an operational relief onboard HMAS Melville during an Operation Relex II patrol in northern Australian waters. In December 2002, Barney returned to Kanimbla as the POSN and within weeks the ship was deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations for service in the Persian Gulf and the subsequent war against Iraq. Barney was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal (clasps ICAT and Iraq 2003), the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Meritorious Unit Citation (HMAS Kanimbla -- Iraq 2003). Then in July 2004, he was posted ashore to Maritime Headquarters as a member of the logistics support staff. In January 2005 Barney was deployed to Penang in Malaysia, and later to Medan in northern Sumatra, in the wake of the Boxing Day Tsunami. He spent the next three months as part of the ADF Logistics team providing support to Operation Sumatra Assist. Barney was subsequently awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal with Clasp Indian Ocean. It was not long before Barney was back at sea again. In August 2006 he became the Stores Accounting Officer in HMAS Parramatta. The ship spent some time in refit in Newcastle as well as conducting an Operation Resolute patrol in May 2007. In March 2008 he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and then in May he was posted to RAAF Base Laverton to work as the AMPS PA help desk supervisor at the Defence Logistics Support Systems Cell. During June -- July 2010 he was briefly on loan to HQJTF 633 (Operation Slipper) at Al Minhad Air Base, in the United Arab Emirates, as part of a stores inspection team. CPOSN 'Barney' Karlsson joined Kanimbla again (his third posting to the ship) in September 2010 as the Stores Accounting Officer. In September 2011, Barney was preparing to deploy again to the Middle East, this time as the CPOSN in the RAN Logistics Support Element in Bahrain, when he became ill and was soon diagnosed with Leukemia. Despite treatment, and Barney's robust constitution, the disease took its toll and he passed away on 22 May 2012 surrounded by his family. Barney was a keen sportsman and was a very one eyed St George Rugby League Football supporter and was fortunate enough to see St George win the Grand Final in 2010. A service to commemorate Barney's life, and his service to the Navy, was held at HMAS Cerberus on 29 May and was attended by over 100 family, friends and old shipmates. Dozens more who could not attend, many of them serving overseas or in ships at sea, sent their condolences. Barney will always be remembered as one of the Gentlemen of the Supply Department and a very proud sailor in the RAN. He always worked hard, never shirked his sea going or operational duties and quietly got on with doing the job. Well done Barney. No more stores to order, stock takes to conduct or returns to process -- the ledger is closed. Obituary: CPOSN Sten (Barney) Karlsson The Maritime Logistics Branch recently lost one of its hard working quiet achievers when CPOSN Sten 'Barney' Karlsson passed away in May 2012 after a battle with Leukemia.