A junior sailor of HMAS Dechaineux has been honoured with a new award to recognise excellence among submariners.
The innaugural Kevan Marengo Shield was presented to Able Seaman Marine Technician Submarines Brad Dormer during a small ceremony at the RAN School of Ship's Safety and Survivability, HMAS Stirling. To be presented annually, the shield will go to the Junior Sailor Marine Technician-Submarines, judged to be outstanding amongst his/her peers.
Submarine Force Staff Officer Engineering, Commander Daniel Leraye; Submarines Association Australia-Western Australia (SAA-WA) President, Mr Terry Baker; and Secretary SAA-WA, Mr Terry Rowell were on hand to present the award, which is named in memory of Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Submarines Kevan Marengo.
Command Warrant Officer-Submarine Force, Warrant Officer Justin Moore said the new award was well deserved.
“While it is always difficult to select an individual from such an outstanding pool of talent, Able Seaman Dormer was a clear choice.
“The professionalism he displayed while posted to HMAS Dechaineux captured the essence of what it means to be a submariner.
“I’m sure Chief Petty Officer Kevan Marengo would have approved,” Warrant Officer Moore said.
After joining the RAN in January 1958 Chief Petty Officer Marengo served on HMAS Queenborough and HMAS Sydney before transferring to submarines in 1963. As a submariner he served on HMS Oberon, HMS Artemis, HMS Tabard, HMS Trump, HMAS Oxley, HMAS Onslow and HMAS Ovens. He retired from the Navy in 1978 and passed away in 2014.
The award will be presented annually at the Submarine Force Forum, which recognises the outstanding efforts of members of the submarine community.