Greg Sammut had a long held ambition to join the Royal Australian Navy straight out of high school in 1984.
Thirty-two years on, and now a Rear Admiral, he has had his ambition rewarded through the many opportunities offered by Navy since those early days.
From Commanding Officer on a number of Navy vessels including the Collins class submarine, HMAS Farncomb, and two Anzac frigates (HMA Ships Ballarat and Toowoomba) to more recent operational roles such as Commander Combined Task Force 150 during which he commanded operations of the maritime counter-terrorism task force of Combined Maritime Forces in the Middle East, Rear Admiral Sammut continues to enjoy a varied and challenging naval career.
In September 2013, he assumed duties as Head Future Submarine Program in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group following his tenure as Director General Submarine Capability in Navy.
His contribution to the Royal Australian Navy's submarine capability and the Future Submarine Program was recognised with his appointment a Member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia in last week's awards.
“I am honoured by this appointment while acknowledging that it truly reflects the achievements of the dedicated people I’ve been privileged to work with over the years,” he said.
“Through the collective achievements of a great team, we’ve seen a remarkable improvement in the capability of the Collins fleet in recent years.
"At the same time, a committed group of individuals – uniformed, public service, and industry – have devoted their unbridled efforts to the success of the Future Submarine Program.
“Having served many years at sea during my career, I’m passionate about supporting those who have taken my place, and who continue to do our Navy proud.”
As to his incessant smile, he said the grin is more than just the satisfaction of living another great Navy day. Rear Admiral Sammut boasts that he also has the joy of marrying his fiancée, Jodie later this year.