COMDESRON 31 welcomes Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician CPOET Alan Gillett of the Royal Australian Navy to Hawaii
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CPOET Gillett recently joined after completing the AEGIS Weapon System Baseline 7 course at the Aegis Training and Readiness Centre in Dahlgren, VA and will now undertake a two year exchange with Destroyer Squadron THREE ONE (CDS 31).

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Personnel Exchange Program with CDS 31 was established in 2011 and consists of two personnel, one LCDR Warfare Officer and one CPO (E8) Electronics Technician that are fully embedded into CDS 31 activities and operations with a focus on exchanging knowledge and best practices of the operation and maintenance of the AEGIS Weapons System.

The RAN has recently commissioned the second of their AEGIS fitted, Hobart Class Destroyers, and are in the process of designing the future Hunter Class AEGIS Frigate.

CAPT Joe Ring, Commander CDS 31 stated “Having two members of the RAN on staff adds significant value. They bring unique skillsets and perspectives to common problems faced by both navies. To have the Australian’s embedded within our Squadron demonstrates the strong bonds between our two great nations as we strive for another 100 years of Mateship.”

With the arrival of CPO Gillett CDS 31 bids farewell to CPOET Alex Gathercole who is returning to Canberra, Australia as a newly promoted Warrant Officer (E9).

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