Memorable shield for Sirius achiever

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

Topic(s): Training, Fleet Base West, Operation RESOLUTE, HMAS Sirius (A266), HMAS Westralia (II)

POMT Amanda Jackson holds the HMAS Westralia-POMT Shaun Damien Smith Perpetual Shield for 2016 alongside POMT Smith's father, Mr Brian Smith, Captain Timothy Standen, RAN, (right), and Lieutenant Commander Brett Legg. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
POMT Amanda Jackson holds the HMAS Westralia-POMT Shaun Damien Smith Perpetual Shield for 2016 alongside POMT Smith's father, Mr Brian Smith, Captain Timothy Standen, RAN, (right), and Lieutenant Commander Brett Legg.
One of Navy’s outstanding marine technicians was recognised for her excellence at a ceremony held at on HMAS Sirius, at Fleet Base West recently.
 
The HMAS Westralia-Petty Officer Marine Technician Shaun Damian Smith Perpetual Shield was awarded to Petty Officer Marine Technician Amanda Lee Jackson in front of an applauding crew held on the bridge of the ship.
 
Director Training Authority – Engineering Captain Timothy Standen presented the prestigious award that recognises the most outstanding technician to have completed the Senior Technicians’ Course in the past year.
 
“The course is a promotional prerequisite for all technical sailors identified for promotion to Petty Officer,” Captain Standen said.
 
“Few of you know that Petty Officer Jackson achieved an average score of 98.3 per cent across all disciplines throughout the course.
 
“It was a marvellous accomplishment and I hope that more achievements carry through to the future,” he said.
 
Petty Officer Jackson is no stranger to receiving accolades, having received a Commanding Officers’ Commendation for her work on the Anzac class Anti-Ship Missile Defence upgrade.
 
She has been deployed on Operation RESOLUTE, travelled throughout Southeast Asia and New Zealand and served at sea in HMA Ships Manoora, Kanimbla, Success and Sirius.
 
The Senior Electrical Supervisor said her overall career highlight has been the people in the Navy. 
 
“I’ve always had someone to learn from, someone who believed that I could do the job and someone to push me in every job,” Petty Officer Jackson said.
 
“I am looking forward to my time ashore, keeping my postings interesting and ensuring that I remain easily employable with my eye on pursuing project management opportunities,” she said.
 
The naming of the shield honours the memory of Petty Officer Shaun Smith, who, along with three other shipmates, paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation whilst aboard Westralia on the 5 May 1998.  
 
In attendance was Brian Smith, father of the late Petty Officer Smith, who said that that Petty Officer Jackson was a worthy recipient of the award and encouraged her to continue to excel in her chosen career path in the Navy.
 
“I believe it’s important that sailors realise the opportunities that Navy provides and hope that they strive to be the best and realise that they are recognised through awards like this one,” Mr Smith said.