Commodore Greg Yorke has assumed the role Senior Naval Officer Victoria (SNO-VIC), accepting responsibilities from Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus Captain Tim Standen.
Captain Standen handed over a life ring signifying the transfer of responsibility of the position to Commodore Yorke in the Command Building at HMAS Cerberus.
The Senior Naval Officer Victoria is responsible for broad coordination with state government agencies and coordination with civilian bodies, furthering Navy’s interests across the state.
Commodore Yorke was eager to assume the role and embrace the challenges it brings.
“I’m looking forward to expanding the SNO-VIC role to one which engages with the State Government, as well as industry, academia and Victorian-based community groups associated with the delivery of Navy capability and the broader Maritime environment”, he said.
“The RAN has a very strong historical link with Victoria both as the origin of Navy Headquarters and as the cradle of Navy training at HMAS Cerberus.
“Now is the time to expand relationships to include greater Melbourne and regional Victoria.”
Captain Standen has balanced the responsibilities of SNO-VIC since assuming command of Cerberus in January 2017, including all executive, engagement and ceremonial duties.
“Without doubt, I will always remember ceremonies at Government House where I was privileged to witness Navy people receive awards for outstanding achievement, along with the many humble men and women from across the community bring recognised for years of selfless devotion”, he said.
“My main focus will now shift exclusively to commanding HMAS Cerberus and enhancing our engineering and technical training programs and I wish Commodore Yorke the best in his new role as SNO-VIC.”