Federation Star awarded to serving Navy Vietnam vet

Published on Royal Australian Navy (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Navy HQ, Canberra

Topic(s): Federation Star, Long Service Medal

Commander Robert Eames, OAM, RAN (centre left) and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre right) after receiving his second Federation Star, representing 45 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy, together with colleagues from Navy International Engagement, during a ceremony held in Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
Commander Robert Eames, OAM, RAN (centre left) and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN (centre right) after receiving his second Federation Star, representing 45 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy, together with colleagues from Navy International Engagement, during a ceremony held in Russell Offices, Canberra.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Mike Noonan presented Commander Bob Eames with the fifth clasp to his Defence Long Service Medal last week.

This clasp is presented in the form of a Federation Star, affixed to the Defence Long Service Medal ribbon for the exceptional achievement of 40 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Commander Eames joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Midshipman on 25 January 1965. He has since served in HMA Ships Supply, Duchess, Vendetta, Advance, Tobruk and Stuart, and at many shore establishments.

Commander Eames is a Maritime Warfare Officer who saw active service in Vietnam and non-warlike service in Papua New Guinea and the Far East Strategic Reserve.

His service was temporarily interrupted for 12 years when he worked in a key leadership role at Defence Housing Australia, before resuming his full-time commitment to Navy.

The committed Naval Officer is currently working for the Directorate of Navy International Engagement.

Director Navy International Engagement, Captain Andrew Willis said it was advantageous to have someone with so much experience working in his team.

“The extent of Bob’s experience is a rare treasure in the Royal Australian Navy and he brings significant knowledge to the job that he’s collected over forty years of service.

“He’s served in operations and exercises all around the world, so it serves to reason that he has an acute understanding of the Royal Australian Navy’s international footprint – which is particularly advantageous for someone working in International Engagement.

“I congratulate him on this outstanding achievement and on his continued contribution to his nation,” Captain Willis said.

Commander Eames was previously awarded a medal in the Order of Australia, Military Division in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Work colleagues and friends were present when Chief of Navy presented his federation star and congratulated him on his 40-year commitment to fighting and winning at sea in the Royal Australian Navy.