Navy proud, Australia proud

Published on LCDR Helen Ward (author), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Toowoomba (F156)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Lyndon Ballard onboard HMAS Toowoomba during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 in Port Klang, Malaysia. (photo: )
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Lyndon Ballard onboard HMAS Toowoomba during Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017 in Port Klang, Malaysia.
Being professional and enhancing the reputation of his ship and that of the Royal Australian Navy, is the personal philosophy of Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operations Lyndon Ballard.
 
“I am so proud to wear the uniform that represents the Navy and Australia,” Able Seaman Ballard said.
 
“It’s such a privilege to be doing my bit to raise awareness of my country and my service in this region.”
 
Able Seaman Ballard was among more than 1,300 Navy and Australian Defence Force members who participated in the Indo-Pacific Endeavour deployment across the region from September to November.
 
The activity focussed on security cooperation and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercises, covering 12 nations.
 
He was onboard HMAS Toowoomba as one of six ships taking part, building on Australia’s regional relationships. 
 
Able Seaman Ballard’s role onboard Toowoomba included fulfilling hospitality duties in hotel and restaurant environments, operating the Ship’s Canteen through business and logistics processes including, sales of stock, inventory management and financial management and performing general medical, flight deck and seamanship support.
 
Always willing to volunteer himself for representative duties, Able Seaman Ballard took to heart the Navy ‘signature behaviour’ of Make Navy proud, make Australia proud.
 
“I find my role on the ship allows me to mix with a variety of people from the crew, senior officers, to invited guests allowing me portray the values of the Navy in my bearing and duties,” Able Seaman Ballard said.
 
“I know that I am on show every time we host an event onboard and pay particular attention to all the small details to ensure Toowoomba is shown in her best possible light.
 
“I take pride in every task I do, if I think there is a way to do it better I will speak up and make a recommendation up through my chain of command.”