Captain Tim Standen has handed over command of HMAS Cerberus to Captain Michael Oborn during a Clear Lower Deck with the ship’s company.
In line with Chief of Navy’s focus on training, Captain Standen will now take on the sole role of Director Training Authority-Engineering; a position he has, until now, been fulfilling on top of the role of Commanding Officer Cerberus.
Although Captain Standen has found the role of Commanding Officer to be a rewarding challenge, he says he is looking forward to focusing his efforts on shaping Navy’s future engineering training.
“Command is a challenging duty, yet one that is rewarding and humbling,” Captain Standen said.
“I am certain the team at HMAS Cerberus will continue to achieve outstanding results in their commitment to training, developing Navy’s next generation of leaders and ensuring that the establishment continues to improve its ability to support Navy’s future.”
“I congratulate Captain Oborn and wish him every success as he takes charge of Navy’s premier training establishment.”
Captain Oborn was previously posted as Cerberus’ Executive Officer from 2012 to 2014, during which time he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for his meritorious service in the role.
In 2015 the then Commander Oborn deployed to Afghanistan as the Chief of International Engagements in the NATO Afghan National Army Trust Fund Office, within the Headquarters of the RESOLUTE Support Mission. Thereafter he served as Commanding Officer of replenishment ship HMAS Sirius.
Captain Oborn said he was extremely excited and honoured to assume Command of one of Navy’s most historic establishments.
“Our mission here at Cerberus is to produce skilled, competent and professional warriors – the best trained people,” Captain Oborn told the ship’s company.
“We must get the little things right, and then the big things will fall into place.”
“We must all feel valued at work, and as a result we will add value, and we must create a community at Cerberus of excellence.”
Captain Oborn takes over Cerberus at a key time of redevelopment and expansion as the base undergoes a much needed upgrade to training faculties and accommodation buildings.
In keeping with tradition, the change of command ceremony culminated with a novel mode of transport for the outgoing CO. Captain Standen was afforded a guard of honour from the entire Cerberus ship’s company as he made his way from the naval establishment for the final time in a classic 1962 Ford Galaxie.