Words from the Navy's most Senior Sailor

Published on Warrant Officer - Navy Gary Wight (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Topic(s): Culture, New Generation Navy (NGN), Navy Values & Signature Behaviours

Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight inspects members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight inspects members of General Entry 341 Shipp Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Warrant Officer of the Navy Gary Wight reflects on his first seven months in the job and the successes of Navy people in 2016.

“As the year quickly draws to a close, I reflect on what has been another highly successful year for our Navy.

In May this year I was given the honour to serve as Warrant Officer of the Navy, and in the short time I have been in this role I have taken every opportunity to visit many of our ships and establishments to engage with Navy people. I have enjoyed these opportunities and thank everyone for the constructive, respectful and honest way in which we have engaged. Respectful and regular communication is key to Navy's success.

One of my key points this year has been to acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of our sailors and officers proudly serve our nation professionally and with great honour. I see examples of this every day and it fills me with pride knowing that I serve with such outstanding people. It can be easy to focus on the negatives, but let's not lose sight of the fact that almost all of our people embrace our core values, live our signature behaviours and work incredibly hard. 

Navy has many challenges before us, but we also have unprecedented opportunities, there are so many examples of outstanding work that I could cite; far too many to list; but those who have served at sea, or in our dive teams, those who have trained our people, managed careers or categories, cared for our sick and injured, sustained capabilities, or worked in any other organisation that has enabled the Fleet’s ability to deliver, should all be very proud. Navy has once again demonstrated to Government and our nation, that we are trusted to defend, proven to deliver and respectful always.

As I look forward I see an even brighter future. With unprecedented capabilities coming online, improved workforce numbers, and more people in the trained force, I can’t help but be very optimistic. Notwithstanding the challenges we must overcome, I hope that people within Navy can see that we have a lot to be very proud of and much to look forward to.

I will conclude by acknowledging that we who serve, whether in uniform or as a member of our civilian workforce, could not do so without the love and support of our friends and families. I know from my own recent experiences that without my wife’s tireless support and children’s understanding, I simply could not do my job. I wish to publicly thank them and to also thank your families for everything they do for all of us.

My thoughts will be with all Navy members this holiday period, especially those on duty or deployed. Those who have the opportunity to down tools and relax, then please do so. If someone may be doing it a little tough then reach out to them and ensure they are ok. My hope is that we all return from the break safe and happy and ready to tackle 2017 head on.

Happy holidays."