CN awards Service Medallion to CO Stirling

Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Service Medallion

Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, (left) is joined by his family as he is farewelled by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, (right) at a clear lower deck during a visit to HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Commanding Officer HMAS Stirling, Captain Brian Delamont, RAN, (left) is joined by his family as he is farewelled by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, (right) at a clear lower deck during a visit to HMAS Stirling.

After 38 years of distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Stirling’s Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Delamont, is set to call it a day.

At a clear-lower-deck on Tuesday, Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, presented Captain Delamont with his Gold Service Medallion.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vice Admiral Noonan said Captain Delamont should be justifiably proud of his service.

“Captain Delamont has had a wide and varied career during his 38 years’ service, both at sea and ashore,” Vice Admiral Noonan said. 

“During this time, he has consistently proven himself a diligent and extremely capable naval officer, and one who sets and example for all those in uniform.”

“I take this opportunity to thank Brian for his service, and to wish him and his family all the very best in their future pursuits,” he said. 

After joining the Navy in 1981 from Bowral, Captain Delamont graduated from HMAS Creswell and proceeded to sea in HMAS Tobruk for navigation and seamanship training.

Following a number of sea postings, Captain Delamont was awarded his bridge watch-keeping certificate and then went on to specialise in communications.

A stint at the Headquarters Integrated Area Defence System at Butterworth, Malaysia, was followed by a posting to the United States, where he served as the Royal Australian Navy representative at the Coalition Interoperability Council.

In 2011, at the rank of Commander, he assumed command of HMAS Sirius. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2013.

Captain Delamont, who will be officially farewelled by Stirling’s Ship’s Company on 1 February, said he was thankful to Navy for such a long and enjoyable career.