Navy training for a brave new world

Published on LEUT John Cole (author), ABIS Chantell Brown (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Australia Day Honours

Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Paul Gall (left) presents Chief Petty Officer Benjamin White with an Australia Day Medallion at  HMAS Penguin.  (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)
Commanding Officer HMAS Penguin Commander Paul Gall (left) presents Chief Petty Officer Benjamin White with an Australia Day Medallion at HMAS Penguin.

The presentation of an Australia Day Medallion has recognised the energy and drive to transform training systems at the Navy's Hydrographic School.

Outgoing Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Paul Gall, presented an Australia Day Medallion to Chief Petty Officer Hydrographic Systems  Manager Ben White last week.

He said the presentation was a well-deserved recognition of CPO White's outstanding contribution to the Navy's Hydrographic School as well as for his support of Penguin.

CPO White said the entire team at the Hydrographic School had worked hard to ensure Navy's training and accreditation systems were world class, and able to meet the exacting requirements for a twenty-first century Navy.

"There has been a massive focus here over the past two years to provide new competency logs and ensure the qualifications of all personnel who come through these doors are up-to-date," he said.

"Our focus has not just been on Navy qualifications, but on ensuring we are able to meet the training requirements for equivalent civilian courses. Beyond that, our accreditation needs to also satisfy the training requirements for our international partners.

"It's been a massive job, and the focus at every stage has been to ensure Hydrographic School is delivering the exact training outcomes required for a modern Navy."

Each year, the National Australia Day Council invites the Department of Defence to participate in celebrating Australia Day through awarding Australia Day Medallions to Defence personnel.

The Australia Day Medallion is intended to recognise outstanding performance by individuals in the previous 12 months, or noteworthy service over a number of years.