Warrant Officer inspires new recruits

Published on LEUT Ben Willee and CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer), CPL Mark Dowling (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN, with Warrant Officer Jo Jordan OAM, after officially renaming the Sabroan Club at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School the 'Jordan Club'.  (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond, AM, RAN, with Warrant Officer Jo Jordan OAM, after officially renaming the Sabroan Club at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School the 'Jordan Club'.

One of Navy’s most respected senior sailors has been honoured with her own club, named after her in a ceremony at HMAS Cerberus.

Warrant Officer Jo Jordan joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1981 as a Writer.

She went on to serve in HMA Ships Harman, Kuttabul, Sydney, Albatross, Waterhen and Darwin as well as at Recruit School, the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and on operations in Baghdad.

Notably, she has served in a long list of roles that includes Staff Officer to the Commander of the Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Task Force, the Ships Warrant Officer of HMAS Darwin, the Ship’s Warrant Officer of the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School and the Command Warrant Officer Divisional System and of Training Force, prior to transferring to the Naval Reserve in 2017.

CPO Jo Jordan, the first Royal Australian Navy female to the border and frontline is welcomed with open arms by the locals in Maliana, East Timor in 1999.

CPO Jo Jordan, the first Royal Australian Navy female to the border and frontline is welcomed with open arms by the locals in Maliana, East Timor in 1999.

Warrant Officer Jordan has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp East Timor, the Iraq Medal, the United States Meritorious Service Medal, a COMNAVSYSCOM Commendation and in June 2017, she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for meritorious service in personnel management and training in the Royal Australian Navy.

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond joined Warrant Officer Jordan to officially open the Jordan Club (formally known as the Sobraon Club). 

The name change recognises Warrant Officer Jo Jordan’s outstanding service as well as the important contribution of women in the Royal Australian Navy.

“Warrant Officer Jordan is an outstanding role model to all of our recruits and sailors.

“This ceremony honours both her leadership and her dedication to Navy service and our values,” the Deputy Chief of Navy said.

The naming ceremony was a little overwhelming for Warrant Officer Jordan, who said the significance was still sinking in. 

“It’s such an honour to have my service story recognised, especially at Recruit School - one of the best jobs I’ve had in the Navy.

“All of the staff at Recruit School achieve so much, developing the newest members of the Navy, and I am very proud to be a small part of that. Who would have thought this could happen?” Warrant Officer Jordan said.