Winners of the Queen’s Gold Medal and Chief of Navy’s Sword for 2012 were announced on 24 June as Lieutenant Michelle Rayner and Sub Lieutenant Brody Marris, respectively.
The Queen’s Gold Medal, one of the Royal Australian Navy's oldest and most prestigious awards was awarded to Lieutenant Rayner, a Maritime Logistics Officer now serving in Australian Clearance Diving Team One. Lieutenant Rayner was awarded the Medal for her exemplary conduct, performance of duty and level of achievement while undergoing Officer Initial Entry Training and her Supply Officer Application Course (now Maritime Logistics Application Course).
The Chief of Navy’s Sword, (previously known as the Flag Officer Naval Training Command Sword), has been awarded to Sub Lieutenant Brody Marris who is now serving in 723 Squadron, for his outstanding performance during the RAAF Advanced Pilot’s Course. The biennial award is presented to a Junior Officer for the best performer from an application course other than JWAC. In alternate years, the HMAS Leeuwin Trust Fund Sword is awarded.
Additional imagery of LEUT Michelle Rayner is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130623.
Additional imagery of SBLT Brody Marris is available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20130659.