Recognising the professionalism of our submariners

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Topic(s): Submarine Force, Submariner of the Year

Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley, Submarine Association Members Mr Terry Baker, President (WA); Commodore Bob Trotter, RAN (Rtd), National President, Submarines Association of Australia and Mr Allan Thomas, President Royal Navy Submarines Association (Australian Branch) present Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Submarines Lindsey Hinch with the Submariner of the Year Award. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley, Submarine Association Members Mr Terry Baker, President (WA); Commodore Bob Trotter, RAN (Rtd), National President, Submarines Association of Australia and Mr Allan Thomas, President Royal Navy Submarines Association (Australian Branch) present Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Submarines Lindsey Hinch with the Submariner of the Year Award.
Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Lindsay Hinch has won the highly coveted title of Submariner of the Year.
 
The award was presented recently at the annual SUBFORUM event, held at the Rockingham Naval Association, Western Australia.
 
Audience on the day enjoyed a fun atmosphere with the inclusion of video presentations by the boats and their support elements prior to the much anticipated awards presentation.
 
Deputy Commander Submarine Force, Commander Justin Cloney was master of ceremonies and presented awards to Navy’s outstanding submariners including Submariner of the Year.
 
This award is presented to the submarine qualified sailor or officer whose exceptional performance, dedication to duty and exemplary Navy and submarine values was outstanding.
 
Commander Submarine Force, Captain Geoff Wadley, CSC, RAN was pleased with the turnout and atmosphere of the event.
 
Captain Wadley said the success and safety of Navy’s submarine capability in 2017 can be attributed to the maintenance of high personal standards as well as positive attitudes, innovation and teamwork.
 
“Reflecting on the year that was, with members of the submarine community, as well as acknowledging individual and team efforts is always a pleasant activity,” he said.
 
“It was also pleasing to see submarines featuring prominently in the 2017 Fleet Awards; this further acknowledges the good work done by everyone.”
 
“This is definitely one of the more satisfying aspects of my job.”