Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead has recognised outstanding Navy submariners during the Fleet Awards presentation ceremony at the Submarine Training and System Centre, HMAS Stirling.
Rear Admiral Mead took the opportunity to meet with Submarine Force members and brief the audience after the Fleet Award winners were announced in late 2017.
Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley said submarines had made a substantial appearance in the 2017 awards list.
“This result is a reflection of the hard work by all uniform, industry and Australian Public Service members who make up the enterprise.
“It emphasises that by working together we get the job done,” he said.
Awards presented to submariners on the day were the Submarine Silver Platter Award and the Electronic Warfare Proficiency Shield, both won by the crew of HMAS Rankin and the Combat System Proficiency Shield, which was awarded to the crew of HMAS Dechaineux.
Additionally, the Rushcutter Shield for Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving Proficiency was presented to Australian Clearance Diving Team Four and the Governor’s Cup for most efficient Navy Shore Establishment in 2017, was awarded to HMAS Stirling. Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics Christopher Randall and Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Glenn Askew received a Commander Australian Fleet Commendation and Commanding Officer Commendation respectively.
Each year, the Royal Australian Navy presents the Australian Fleet Awards to the highest performing Fleet units, establishments and squadrons across a variety of disciplines and skills.