With qualities like tireless professionalism and continual innovation, it is no surprise that Leading Seaman Marine Technician Mitchell Austin’s dedication to his role has earned him a place on the Australia Day Honours list.
Awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (or CSM) for meritorious achievement in the performance of duty as Leading Seaman Propulsion Systems Marine Technician in HMAS Arunta from March 2014 to March 2015, he was shocked to hear he had received the award.
“It was a huge surprise when they told me, but I was also extremely honoured,” he said.
“During that time, I was managing the propulsion work centre and I really had to step up as a new Leading Seaman.
"We didn’t have a Petty Officer but I did have the support of an excellent team.”
Leading Seaman Austin is a sailor of outstanding technical mastery, and his dedication was crucial to the productivity and efficiency of his ship's Marine Engineering department.
His contribution to the successful progression of the ship through a very challenging extended maintenance availability delivered a legacy of enhanced maintenance management in Arunta.
Leading Seaman Austin is this year’s most junior Navy member to receive an honour.
He said he was looking forward to spending Australia Day with his family celebrating his award.