Australia Day 2015 Honours - Aviation training reaps rewards

Published on Ms Dallas McMaugh (author), ABIS Sarah Williams (photographer)

Topic(s): Australia Day Honours

HMAS Albatross' Deputy Engineering Manager, Lieutenant Commander Phillip Brown, RAN, in front of a S-70B-2 Seahawk which is undergoing maintenance. (photo: ABIS Sarah Williams)
HMAS Albatross' Deputy Engineering Manager, Lieutenant Commander Phillip Brown, RAN, in front of a S-70B-2 Seahawk which is undergoing maintenance.

Lieutenant Commander Phillip Brown, was one of five Navy personnel to receive the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2015 Australia Day Honours.

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)

Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)


Lieutenant Commander Brown was nominated for his outstanding achievement in the design and implementation of a Seahawk helicopter maintenance training system with Training Authority - Aviation from July 2012 until July 2014.

“This is the first time I have ever been formally recognised for my service and work and I have always considered the work conducted on the implementation and sustainment of the new maintenance training program as a team effort.

“I was very privileged to lead a group of  talented sailors who given the right tools and environment did an incredible job.

“Having said that, I am immensely proud and honoured to have my efforts recognised at this level," he said.

Lieutenant Commander Brown’s work on the maintenance training system required him to develop what was initially not much more than a broad plan on what the training system would look like and what it would deliver.

HMAS Albatross' Deputy Engineering Manager, Lieutenant Commander Phillip Brown, RAN, in front of a S-70B-2 Seahawk which is undergoing maintenance.

HMAS Albatross' Deputy Engineering Manager, Lieutenant Commander Phillip Brown, RAN, in front of a S-70B-2 Seahawk which is undergoing maintenance.

“As with any plan, the 'devil' was in the detail”, Lieutenant Commander Brown said.

“At that time, we didn't have a facility, approved courseware, appropriate training aids or the workforce required to execute the plan.

“Whilst I facilitated stakeholder support in supply of the necessary resources, I worked very closely with my senior instructors to create an environment that empowered them to be creative and innovative within the bounds of our regulatory framework. What unfolded was the rollout of a program that was inspiring.

“We delivered a maintenance training system that was much more efficient than the old system and designed to produce a trained workforce that is motivated and consistently trained to the highest standards.”

While there were definitely challenges Lieutenant Commander Brown said he considered his work on the project a career highlight. “What I particularly enjoyed was working with the talented sailors, in particular Chief Petty Officers Simon Carr and Chris Pickering whose enthusiasm and professionalism were, and remain, large contributing factors to the success of the program.”