Pursuit of excellence propels Chief into Honours List

Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author)

Topic(s): Australia Day Honours, HMAS Perth (F157)

Chief Petty Officer Gregory Fletcher was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious devotion to duty in the field of propulsion management in HMAS Perth (HMAS Ballarat pictured).
  (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Chief Petty Officer Gregory Fletcher was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for meritorious devotion to duty in the field of propulsion management in HMAS Perth (HMAS Ballarat pictured).

Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Greg Fletcher's devotion to duty and pursuit of engineering excellence has earned him a Conspicuous Service Medal in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

Chief Petty Officer Fletcher was recognised for his service in HMAS Perth, which last year returned from a Middle East patrol and won best Engineering Department at the Royal Australian Navy’s Annual Fleet Awards.

He said the Medal was an honour that he would share with his family and shipmates.

“It is always nice to be recognised for your efforts; however, there are plenty of other people that made my role of Propulsion Manager in Perth a lot easier,” Chief Petty Officer Fletcher said.

“The Engineering Department of Perth are an outstanding group of men and women.

“I must also recognise my family for the sacrifices they have made over the course of my career. They’ve earned this award as much as I have.”

Chief Petty Officer Fletcher “directly contributed to the readiness and availability of HMAS Perth throughout two major overseas deployments, two major maintenance cycles and a docking period. His professionalism and leadership in the operation, management and maintenance of the ship propulsion systems have been outstanding as is his commitment to the pursuit of engineering excellence through training and development of his sailors.”

His devotion to duty continues, now working in the Anzac Systems Program Office, responsible for sustaining the frigates ensuring they remain seaworthy and ready to fight.

Chief Petty Officer Fletcher said the recognition was just one of the many rewards a life in the Navy has given him.

“I enjoy the camaraderie of working within a team, and the lifelong friendships that you form over your career.

“I also enjoy the challenges of working in an ever-changing environment. While it may be hard work at the time, you can look back proudly afterward at how your team came together to achieve an objective. It is very rewarding both professionally and personally.”