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April 25, 2013
AIR Force lost a distinguished and
dedicated gunnie on March 28 when
WGCDR Ray Forryan was tragically
hit by a car while travelling home from
work on his bicycle.
WGCDR Forryan, of Headquarters
Surveillance and Response Group
(HQSRG), was farewelled by family,
friends and colleagues in a private
funeral in Newcastle on April 9.
He was 39.
Originally from Victoria, WGCDR
Forryan began his Air Force career
at ADFA in 1991, graduating with a
Bachelor of Engineering and qualify-
ing as an armament officer.
His first posting as a flying
officer was to 492SQN at RAAF Base
Edinburgh, which is where he began
his long association with Air Force's
Maritime Patrol capability. As the
last gunnie to be posted into 492SQN
before the squadron's disbandment, he
was responsible for the maintenance
and loading of explosive ordnance for
the AP-3C Orion and the mentoring
and management of armament techni-
cians from 92WG.
After numerous weapons-related
courses, and postings to the Maritime
Patrol Logistics Management
Squadron and the Director General
Technical Airworthiness, WGCDR
Forryan's skills and experience as an
armament engineer led to him being
selected for the Advanced Systems
Engineering Course at RAF Cranwell
in the United Kingdom in 2003.
Graduating with a Master of
Science from the Loughborough
University of Technology, he was
awarded the internationally prestigious
Worshipful Company of Armourers
and Brasiers' Academic Prize for his
achievement on the course.
On return to Australia, WGCDR
Forryan (then a squadron leader)
served as the Senior Design
Engineer at the Joint Electronic
Warfare Operational Support Unit
at Edinburgh, followed by positions
where he supported and developed
acquisition and project development
proposals for standoff weapons for Air
Force's Maritime Patrol capability.
WGCDR Forryan was posted to
the US as the Deputy Project Manager
for the P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol
Aircraft Project in 2009, and after
attending the Australian Command and
Staff College in 2012, was posted on
promotion to HQSRG as the principal
officer for technical capability.
Chief of Staff HQSRG GPCAPT
Peter Davies said WGCDR Forryan
made an immediate impact in his new
role at HQSRG.
"Ray's personal style and dedica-
tion imbued a sense of purpose in his
team of engineers and technicians,"
GPCAPT Davies said.
"He developed an instant rapport
with his team and a positive mentor-
ing effect on his staff and peers was
"As with all of his pursuits, Ray's
endeavours as a gunnie were charac-
terised by his loyalty, integrity and
"These qualities ensure Ray will
be remembered as a much respected
member of both the engineering and
wider Air Force communities."
WGCDR Forryan is survived by
his wife Naomi and sons Lachlan and
As with all of his pursuits,
Ray's endeavours as a
gunnie were characterised
by his loyalty, integrity
-- GPCAPT Peter Davies,
Chief of Staff HQSRG
Forryan while serving
at RAAF Base
Edinburgh in 2007.
Photo: CPL Casey Smith
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