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1975 Peter Mitchell prize

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30. 1976 .


NO. 72/76

An unusual combination of skills has helped Commander .

W.3.G. Bateman, of Farrer, ACT, to win the 1975 Peter Mitchell

essay prize competition. .

The competition, which was first held in 1971, is

open to personnel serving in all Commonwealth navies. It

carries annual prizes valued at $5,000.

The essay title set this year - "How are the social changes

expected in the next few years likely to affect the Navy" - was

"tailor made" for a man with Commander Bateman's experience in the Navy and interest in economics.

Commander Bateman, whose family comes from the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton, has always loved small boats, and this interest stayed with him in the Navy. In 1967 he cook command of the Attack class patrol boat. HMAS Aitape, and took her to Papua New Guinea as the first patrol boat to be deployed there.

About this time he also started taking an interest in

economics, and while in Papua New Guinea he studied for B.Ec. by correspondence from the University of Queensland.

When he was posted to Papua New Guinea a second time in 1971 as Director of Maritime Operations in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Headquarters he decided to undertake a Masters degree in economics. He completed his qualifying course in 1974 , and is now writing his thesis entitled "The economics

of defence in Papua New Guinea".

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This is Conunander Bateman's third success in the competition - in 1973, and 1974 he won second prize. His

prize as winner of the open section is a cheque for $1250, and $250 worth of books or instruments.

He is at present posted to the Naval Personnel Branch in the Department of Defence, Canberra.

Other prize winners are:

Officers' Section First Prize ($1,000) Commander J. Loring, Royal Navy, who is serving in HMS Antrim.

Second Prize ($500) Chaplain A.K. Batt, RAN, who is serving at the Apprentice Training Establishment, HMAS Nirimba, west

of Sydney.

Third Prize ($250) Commander J.P.W. Middleton, Royal Navy, Ministry of Defence, Bath, United Kingdom.

Sailors' Section First Prize ($1000) Fleet Chief Petty Officer C.L. Crutchley,

of the British Defence Liaison Staff in Canberra.

Second and third prizes were not awarded.

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