Naval aviator awarded Warfare Community Medal on journey home

This article has photo gallery Published on CHAP Colin Tett (author), LSIS Brenton Freind (photographer), ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercises

HMAS Success's embarked Seahawk helicopter 'Odin' winches down the refueling hose, completing a HIFR (Helicopter In Flight Refuel) evolution from the flight deck as the ship and crew of HMAS Success return to Sydney's Fleet Base East, after participating in Exercise RIMPAC (Exercise Rim of the Pacific) 2014. (photo: LSIS Brenton Freind)
HMAS Success's embarked Seahawk helicopter 'Odin' winches down the refueling hose, completing a HIFR (Helicopter In Flight Refuel) evolution from the flight deck as the ship and crew of HMAS Success return to Sydney's Fleet Base East, after participating in Exercise RIMPAC (Exercise Rim of the Pacific) 2014.

As HMAS Success approached the end of her RIMPAC deployment, Commanding Officer Captain Allison Norris took advantage of the reduced tempo to recognise the contributions and achievements of personnel.
 
One particular gathering was of Success’s embarked Seahawk Flight, which joined the ship shortly before leaving Fleet Base East for RIMPAC 2014.
 
Captain Norris began by recognising the contribution of the flight to both the exercise and the ship.
 
“You have integrated well. It has been a nearly seamless transition,” she told the members of the Flight.
 
“Now is the time to take a short break, and then come back and build on what we have achieved, taking it to the next level as we prepare for future deployments,” Captain Norris said.
 
Success’s Flight Operations Officer, Lieutenant Lauren Ruse, was singled out for special attention. Captain Norris presented her with the Warfare Community Medal, an award made to Royal Australian Navy aviators on completion of their comprehensive Operational Flying Training program.

Stock Image: Aviation Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Lauren Ruse from 816 Squadron with an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter on the flight line at HMAS Albatross.

Stock Image: Aviation Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Lauren Ruse from 816 Squadron with an S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter on the flight line at HMAS Albatross.


Afterwards, a surprised Lieutenant Ruse, who had no idea the medal was about to be presented, said she was looking forward to the future.
 
“The award marks the end of the long journey of my flying training and conversion onto the Seahawk. On the other hand, it also marks the beginning of my war-fighting career. It means I get to go to sea to do my job,” she said.
 
When asked about her recent RIMPAC experience, she replied, “I got to go up against the best submarines in the world and showed them what we can do.”
 
HMAS Success returned to Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, this week. Her flight will now conduct deep level maintenance at HMAS Albatross.