Honouring 40 years of loyal service

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Federation Star, Submarine Force

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (left), presents Lieutenant Commander Guy Burton (centre) with his Federation Star for 40 years of naval service, with Chris Burton (right), during HMAS Stirling's 40th anniversary celebrations held at the Sir James Stirling Mess, Garden Island, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (left), presents Lieutenant Commander Guy Burton (centre) with his Federation Star for 40 years of naval service, with Chris Burton (right), during HMAS Stirling's 40th anniversary celebrations held at the Sir James Stirling Mess, Garden Island, Western Australia.

Receiving the highly coveted Federation Star is a milestone in anyone’s career, and on Friday 29 July, Lieutenant Commander Guy Burton, RAN was presented with his Federation Star by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN at HMAS Stirling, the home of the Submarine Force in Rockingham, Western Australia.

On 29 May 1978 Midshipman Guy Burton entered service with the Royal Australian Navy. Now, 40 years on, LCDR Burton continues to serve and deliver exceptional results.

Over this time, LCDR Burton has completed sea postings on HMAS Melbourne (the aircraft carrier), HMAS Tobruk, HMAS Onslow (gaining submarine qualification in 1982), HMAS Orion, HMAS Oxley and HMAS Protector (as the Commanding Officer). He saw operational service in 2009/10 through a deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations in support of Operation SLIPPER and the International Coalition Against Terrorism, receiving the Australian Active Service Medal (clasp ICAT) and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Importantly, he was awarded the Australian Service Medal (clasp Special Operations) in recognition of his Submarine Service through the ‘80s.

In recent years LCDR Burton has delivered exceptional outcomes in the Submarine Escape and Rescue realm. Of particular note, he has acted as the Lead Planner in five successful BLACK CARILLON Exercises, participated in the NATO Submarine Escape and Rescue Exercise Dynamic Monarch 14 and Pacific Reach 16. Additionally, his efforts were integral in the introduction of the new hyperbaric suite into service.

Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley, RAN, said “The Submarine Service values experience and LCDR Burton provides Navy with an extensive resume of varying service. The dedication displayed and knowledge attained over the last 40 years highlights what a valuable asset Guy is to Navy and the Submarine Force. Congratulations on attaining 40 Years of loyal and proud service to your country.”