Delivering capability through innovation

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Rilana Ostheim (author), LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Topic(s): Training, MH-60R Seahawk

Helicopter/Ship Integration Officer, Lieutenant Commander Garry Williams, from the ANZAC Systems Program Office, on HMAS Stuart at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Helicopter/Ship Integration Officer, Lieutenant Commander Garry Williams, from the ANZAC Systems Program Office, on HMAS Stuart at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

A passion for aircraft modelling and traditional values shaped a flight path into a career that influences the future horizon of Navy aviation.

Working on the integration of Navy’s MH60R Seahawk helicopters into Navy’s fleet, Lieutenant Commander Garry Williams knows just too well how important innovation and professionalism are for Navy’s future.

“My job is challenging, rewarding and I get to look at and implement some pretty interesting processes,” Lieutenant Commander Williams said. 

“I like to test myself physically and mentally, integrating my knowledge on management and leadership back to my Navy role when dealing with civilian partners.

“One of the obstacles I have to overcome is balancing stakeholder expectations while trying to implement the full operational potential of the helicopters as a lasting capability for the fleet,” he said.

Influenced and inspired by a number of senior sailors, the surf-loving Rockingham local learned to be true to the team and self during some testing times.

“As an Aviation Engineer Officer I was involved in the recovery of the Shark 902 helicopter following the Indonesian earthquake in 2005 and learned first-hand what it meant to build resilience within a team after such a sombre ordeal.

“During that event, I worked with inspirational people towards regaining full operational capability within our aviation family.

“I am a peoples’ person and a doer and don’t shy away from challenges.

“I believe in Navy’s strategic direction, as it’s well thought of and is putting us in a glowing position with the new Romeo helicopters, training programs and hardware and software going into the ships,” he said.

The transformational leader knows what’s required in an ever-changing Navy, having moved from his birdie roots, to submarines and then back to aviation.

“Future leaders must be on board, dynamic, accepting change and pursuing innovation,” he said.

Lieutenant Commander Williams said that future Navy leaders should inspire people to follow but more importantly work as a team towards a common goal.

“Leading by example, knowing your stuff, providing assurance, acknowledging your team and listening carefully are key elements to inspire people to follow.

His advice to future leaders is to keep their eyes wide open and to get to know everyone.

“Find out what makes your team tick, and most importantly, listen.”