A Royal Australian Navy sailor has been awarded Sailor of the Month while posted to Bahrain as part of the Combined Maritime Forces.
Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Matthew Read was recognised by Deputy Commander Combined Maritime Forces, Commodore Steve Dainton of the Royal Navy, and Senior Enlisted Leader Combined Maritime Forces Command Master Chief Lateef Compton of the United States Navy at a small ceremony recently.
Leading Seaman Read was selected as Sailor of the Month due to his outstanding effort and performance since arriving at Naval Support Activity Bahrain. He was instrumental in the initial set up and configuration of all Combined Task Force 150 information systems.
“I am really proud to have provided support to smooth Australia’s transition into command of the Task Force,” he said.
“Getting communications up and running right away meant that Combined Task Force 150 was able to quickly get to work and direct HMAS Warramunga’s early success in interdicting a significant amount of narcotics.
“I am definitely enjoying the operational tempo of the Combined Task Force 150 environment and being at the forefront of anti-smuggling operations in the Middle East”.
Leading Seaman Read was born in Christchurch, New Zealand but made Sydney his home before deploying to the Middle East Region.
“While my partner is 7,700 miles away in Sydney, enjoying some of the finest beaches in the world, with our team of Australians and Canadians here in Bahrain, it feels like a bit of home.
“It’s a great experience to be out here in Bahrain having a real impact on improving regional maritime security and helping to eliminate criminal activity at sea,” Leading Seaman Read said.
His work ethic and attention to detail ensured a seamless transition with minimal interruption to services so that the Combined Task Force 150 team was equipped to assume Command and immediately progress the mission goals.
In addition to accounts management, Leading Seaman Read has used his expert knowledge in network administration to streamline business practices associated with the Australian National systems deployed to support the Maritime Operations Support Group in Bahrain.
Combined Task Forces 150, currently under Australian command and supported by a combined Royal Australian Navy and Royal Canadian Navy staff, is one of three multinational naval task forces promoting security in the international waters of the Middle East under Combined Maritime Forces. The force is a 32-nation naval partnership that works together to disrupt the funding sources of terrorism by interrupting the flow of illicit cargo in some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.