Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence awarded to silent service officer

Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Waller (S75), Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence

Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, is presented the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, is presented the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling.

The former Operations Officer of HMAS Waller has been awarded the 2018 Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence for displaying qualities of outstanding seagoing leadership.

Based on his dedication to his duties in that role, Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms was presented the sword by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, honouring the traditions of the Royal Australian Navy.

Vice Admiral Noonan said Lieutenant Commander Timms had earned the award through his leadership while posted to Waller.

“His exemplary leadership, professional performance and commitment to his subordinates set him apart from all the officers in the Navy,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

Born in Charleville in Western Queensland, Lieutenant Commander Timms grew up in the North Brisbane area.

Having previously worked within the operations management field in the construction industry, he was inspired to join the Navy by his belief that people capable of providing service to their country should probably serve in some capacity and at some point. 

Several years later, having served in one of the most physically and mentally demanding work environments in the Navy, he has been award the Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence. 

Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, (Centre) with his wife Skye and children Josh, Eva and Alesia after being awarded the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling.

Lieutenant Commander Calvin Timms, RAN, (Centre) with his wife Skye and children Josh, Eva and Alesia after being awarded the Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, and Nelson Society of Australia Chairman, Mike Sargeant, during a lunch at the Sir James Stirling Mess at HMAS Stirling.

“I am humbled and honoured to be the recipient of this award,” Lieutenant Commander Timms said.

“When I review the names that have received this award previously, I wonder when someone will realise a mistake has been made and take it off me.

“This award is less to do with me and more to do with some of the amazing teams I have worked with.

“They have created an environment where it is a pleasure to work hard and enjoy it at the same time,” Lieutenant Commander Timms said. 

“I look forward to progressing in the submarine community with the view to one day taking command of my own submarine,” he added. 

Lieutenant Commander Timms enjoys spending quality time with his family, socialising and getting the most out of life.  

“My wife is amazing and her support makes my career possible. The country really owes her an award, not me,” said the husband and father of three.