Warrant Officer - Navy Christmas Message

Published on Warrant Officer - Navy WO Martin Holzberger (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

 (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
File image: Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger attends a Commemorative reading of 'A personal story from the Roll of Honour' at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

At this time of year, I always reflect on the year we’ve had and what Navy has achieved. Who would have thought this time last year, we would have had our ships off Western Australia searching for a lost aircraft, intercepted so many drug smugglers in the Middle East, provided assistance to the people of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan or that we would be tracking a Russian task force off our east coast?

Importantly, this year has reinforced the need for Navy to be agile and always prepared. In so many ways we have been able to demonstrate this exceptionally well under some challenging circumstances.

We have also started to see the future of the Navy with the arrival of the MH-60R, the continued upgrades to the Anzac frigates, the commissioning of HMAS Canberra and the arrival of NUSHIP Adelaide.

We have taken part in the first Centenary of Anzac commemorations in Sydney, Rabaul, Albany and the Cocos Keeling Islands as well as celebrating a century of Submarines.

Navy has become the largest organisation to get full White Ribbon accreditation and continues to strongly support the campaign to stop violence against women. We can be proud of this positive expression of Navy culture.

Despite everything we have achieved this year and the exceptional efforts of each and every one of you, none of it would have been possible without the continued support of our families and friends. I would like to thank you all for what you do to support us and our mission. We in Navy could not be as effective without your ongoing support and understanding. Thank you.

Again this year many of our shipmates will be deployed on operations and their families back home will celebrate Christmas without them. On behalf of all of us, I offer my thanks and best wishes to them and to their families as they remain on watch.

I ask you all to support one another over this festive season. Take a good break but, above all, please stay safe. I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous 2015.