Missile defence tactician driven to achieve

Published on Mr James McPherson (author), LSIS Jason Tuffrey (photographer)

Lieutenant Dylan White, RAN, Assistant Principle Warfare Officer, closed up on his console in the operations room on board HMAS Perth, in Cockburn Sound, WA.

   (photo: ABIS Jayson Tufrey)
Lieutenant Dylan White, RAN, Assistant Principle Warfare Officer, closed up on his console in the operations room on board HMAS Perth, in Cockburn Sound, WA.

Lieutenant Commander Dylan White has been awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for his superior work as the Above Water Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in HMAS Perth.
 
Lieutenant Commander White demonstrated his extraordinary commitment and professionalism to contribute to a highly proficient operations room, despite facing a number of personal challenges. He also invested a large amount of personal time in developing user instructions and tactical procedures for the Anti-Ship Missile Defence system in the Anzac class, which has laid the foundation for the future operation and employment of this new capability.
 
Facing illness and recovering from a car accident in which his best friend was killed, Lieutenant Commander White’s resilience and executive support has enabled him to continue to achieve at a high level.
 
“The award means a great deal and it’s nice to be singled out, but so many people helped me along the way and I think it is a good example of how the organisation supports its people,” he said.
 
“Commodore Lee Goddard in particular really looked after me and my family and helped me through my illness and during the recovery from the accident.”
 
Lieutenant Commander White is driven to achieve. He was dux of both his Junior Warfare Officers' Application Course in 2008 and the Principal Warfare Officer Course in 2012, but the encouragement of his command team has kept the motivation going.
 
“Captain Ivan Ingham, Commander Chris Leece and Lieutenant Commander Grant Coleman have been fantastic mentors and allowed me to apply my initiative to deliver the Anti-Ship Missile Defence instructions with the help of Lieutenant Commander Dave Smith,” he said.
 
“The whole ship's company of HMAS Perth have been incredible in providing exceptional support and advice throughout my posting.
 
“Above all, my wife, Fern, has made it all possible. She has always been so supportive of me and is probably more proud of the medal than I am.”