Instructor honoured with Damage Control Shield

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Topic(s): Training, Establishments, Bases and Headquarters, Honours, Awards and Trophies, HMAS Cerberus, Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield

The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation' (photo: LAC Owen King)
The Bradley Meek Shield. The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation'

For the third consecutive year, an instructor from the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety Training Facility – South, at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, has been awarded the Bradley Meek Perpetual Shield.
 
The Shield is awarded each year in memory of Leading Seaman Marine Technician Bradley Meek who passed away during the main machinery fire onboard HMAS Westralia in May 1998.
 
The Shield is awarded to the 'Most Outstanding Combat Survivability Instructor in the Royal Australian Navy School of Survivability and Ship Safety organisation'.
 
This year the recipient was Leading Seaman Marine Technician Daniel Jakobson.
 
Leading Seaman Jakobson was awarded the shield for providing a highly positive attitude with a strong focus on safety for both instructors and trainees, a willingness to assist others and an unwavering enthusiasm towards his duties which promoted an extremely positive and safe learning environment.
 
“It was a very pleasant surprise to be awarded the Bradley Meek Shield and be recognised for the work I have done over the year, I have already had calls of congratulations from family and fellow sailors, and that is really rewarding,” Leading Seaman Jakobson said.
 
“To be awarded the shield named after a fellow Marine Technician is a real honour; Leading Seaman Meek went above and beyond to protect his fellow shipmates in the Westralia fire in 1998.
 
“The team here do their best to ensure we provide the training required so new members of a ships’ company can perform in a damage control situation when and if needed."
Manager of Training Facility – South, Warrant Officer Ian Waller said he was extremely proud that his faculty had produced a third consecutive award recipient.
 
Head - Maritime Warfare - South, Commander Matthew Ferguson, presented the Shield to Leading Seaman Jakobson in the presence of his peers at the School of Ship Safety and Survivability and acknowledged the work Jakobson had done in regards to improving fatigue management and safety for trainees and staff throughout the year.