Double promotion highlight on Canberra

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Leo Baumgartner (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), Exercise TALISMAN SABRE

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, and Maritime Logistics Officer, Lieutenant Danica Thompson present Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Grace Morgan, centre, with Able Seaman rank slides, during a promotion ceremony onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019. (photo: ABIS Leo Baumgartner)
Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, and Maritime Logistics Officer, Lieutenant Danica Thompson present Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Grace Morgan, centre, with Able Seaman rank slides, during a promotion ceremony onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

Inside HMAS Canberra’s wardroom, there was a pause in the ship’s busy routine during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

Nearly 60 of the Maritime Logistics Department personnel gathered to acknowledge the promotion of two junior sailors, which provided an enjoyable break in the middle of their busy program.

The commanding officer of Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, was proud to lead the promotion ceremony.

For the two sailors being promoted it was a perfect occasion with all of their colleagues in attendance. Emma Walter and Grace Morgan, personnel operations sailors, were promoted to Able Seaman.

Able Seaman Morgan, from Hobart, Tasmania, joined Canberra in early 2019 as a writer in the ship’s office.

“This is so good, I can’t wait to wash my rank slides to make them look less new,” Able Seaman Morgan said.

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Genevieve Richardson present Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Emma Walter, centre, with Able Seaman rank slides, during a promotion ceremony onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

Commanding Officer HMAS Canberra, Captain Terry Morrison, DSM, RAN, and Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Genevieve Richardson present Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Emma Walter, centre, with Able Seaman rank slides, during a promotion ceremony onboard HMAS Canberra during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2019.

For Able Seaman Walter, from Perth, Western Australia, it was the culmination of a positive learning cycle on board the ship since she joined in late 2018.

“I am really happy today and looking forward to my next promotion,” she said.

Both sailors have complementary roles on Canberra, including being members of the ship’s medical emergency team and acting as ‘assault guides’ to escort embarked troops during amphibious operations.

Canberra’s Command Warrant Officer, Tim Badger, said it was important to be promoted to Able Seaman, and it came with the confidence of leadership and recognition of training achieved.

“This promotion isn’t automatic, it is achieved when a sailor successfully demonstrates the skills required for the next rank,” Command Warrant Officer Badger said.

Captain Morrison said it spoke to Navy’s values and behaviours.

“This promotion ceremony today also reflects Canberra’s CORE values; Collaboration, Openness, Respect, and Empowerment.”

TALISMAN SABRE 2019 imagery is available on the Defence Image Gallery:
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