Electronic Warfare sailors recognised as quiet achievers

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Mitchell Wenman (author), CPL David Cotton (photographer)

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies

Royal Australian Navy Electronic Warfare Systems Flight personnel from Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit, proudly exhibit the Litton Excellence in Electronic Warfare Cup for their exceptional efforts and contribution towards delivering capability to deployed major fleet units during 2017. Image has been digitally manipulated.  (photo: CPL David Cotton)
Royal Australian Navy Electronic Warfare Systems Flight personnel from Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit, proudly exhibit the Litton Excellence in Electronic Warfare Cup for their exceptional efforts and contribution towards delivering capability to deployed major fleet units during 2017. Image has been digitally manipulated.

Navy members of the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU) have been awarded multiple accolades at the unit’s recent end of year award ceremony.

The Flight’s Requirements and Surface Section, led by Lieutenant Aaron Logue and Chief Petty Officer Electronic Warfare Nicole Wilcox, took out the annual Litton Cup for “Exceptional Achievement in Electronic Warfare”, awarded to the best performing section across all the Navy, Airforce and Army sections in JEWOSU.

The sections made an outstanding contribution to the Royal Australian Navy’s Electronic Warfare capability, delivering Electronic Warfare Libraries for the Anzac and Adelaide class frigates, and the RAN’s brand new Air Warfare Destroyer.

According to Petty Officer Paul Winn from the JEWOSU Surface Section, the Navy section has performed admirably, overcoming a significant increase in workload from previous years.

"A combination of the quantity of Electronic Warfare libraries released, developers obtaining Engineering Authority and personnel conducting system problem investigations has all contributed to a very successful year.

"Receiving the Litton Cup was the icing on the cake. I am humbled that the extraordinary efforts of the entire section could be recognised through this prestigious award." 

The Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight combines a multi-disciplinary team of Electronic Warfare, Aircrew, Aviation Technician and engineering personnel, split into three sections. In their roles they create software libraries to detect, classify and respond to enemy radars, guns and missiles. These libraries are then loaded into the combat systems of RAN ships, submarines and helicopters to improve the platforms’ survivability and ability to achieve their mission.

Additional accolades for JEOWSU’s Navy team

Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Avionics Steve Kerswell from the Flight’s Rotary Section was awarded the JEWOSU Paul Arthur Award, given annually to the "most outstanding member of the unit".

Leading Seaman Kerswell single-handedly created a number of innovative tools to automate complex development processes, saving time and significantly improving the unit’s output. His experience has seen him emerge as the ‘go-to’ sailor for the Romeo’s Electronic Warfare capability.

Finally, Lieutenant Aaron Logue was awarded an Australia Day Medallion for his work in the Flight’s Surface Section. Lieutenant Logue developed a range of software tools to significantly reduce the time taken to build and deliver libraries to operational platforms, such as the Navy’s Anzac and Adelaide Class Frigates and the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer.