Developing greater leaders on deployment

Published on CPOCIS Lennie Marshall (author), MC2 Kevin Steinberg (photographer)

Location(s): Bahrain

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Arunta (F151)

(Front row from left) Able Seaman Marine Technician Raymond Pezzutti, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare David Newton, Able Seaman Renee Kennedy, Maritime Operational Support Group, Bahrain, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr. (photo: MC2 Kevin Steinberg)
(Front row from left) Able Seaman Marine Technician Raymond Pezzutti, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare David Newton, Able Seaman Renee Kennedy, Maritime Operational Support Group, Bahrain, and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Daniel Carr.

Four HMAS Arunta sailors deployed as part of Operation MANITOU have represented Australia at the second Enlisted Leadership Development Program at Naval Support Activity in Bahrain.
 
The program was hosted by the US Naval Forces Central Command and also included personnel from Australia’s Maritime Operational Support Group and enlisted Coalition personnel within the Middle Eastern region.
 
The program was designed to instil and improve upon six enlisted desired leader attributes: operate with commander's intent, make sound and ethical decisions, enable the force, anticipate, communicate and mitigate risk, operate jointly and think critically using the  a handbook published by the US National Defense University.
 
Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare David Newton said the course showed the effectiveness of next generation navy initiatives as the Royal Australian Navy members stood out amongst their peers.
 
“Our sailors held the floor during discussions and were able to share with our foreign counterparts an insight into how we empower our junior sailors to allow them to be better leaders of tomorrow,” Leading Seaman Newton said.
 
“The program provided additional leadership considerations, while building new friendships to improve international relations – it is always great to meet people from other navies as we all share common experiences and similar maritime philosophies.”
 
The four Australian attendees were divided into four discussion groups to allow maximum interaction and exposure to Coalition counterparts, including Canadian and Saudi Arabian members as well as US personnel from different services.
 
“This allowed for topics to be discussed from different cultural points of view," Leading Seaman Newton said. 
 
“The course also allowed for many new friendships and bonds to be developed, not just professionally but also personally.”
 
HMAS Arunta is deployed to Operation MANITOU conducting counter terrorism and maritime security operations in the Middle East as part of the Combined Maritime Forces.