Engineeering excellence rewarded

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author), ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Stuart (F153), Navy Values & Signature Behaviours, Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence

Deputy Maritime Engineer Officer Lieutenant Dee Khanna, in a machinery space of HMAS Stuart, conducting rounds during Exercise KAKADU 2014. (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
Deputy Maritime Engineer Officer Lieutenant Dee Khanna, in a machinery space of HMAS Stuart, conducting rounds during Exercise KAKADU 2014.

Lieutenant Commander Aditi (Dee) Khanna's efforts as Acting Marine Engineering Officer in HMAS Stuart have been recognised with awarding of the Vice Admiral Viscount Nelson KB Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence for her commitment to Navy Values.

The Trafalgar Bicentennial Sword of Excellence (often called the ‘Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence’) seeks to recognise and encourage qualities of leadership excellence in officers of the Royal Australian Navy.

The award commemorates the life and achievements of Admiral Nelson, and honours the traditions of leadership to which he made such an exceptional contribution to international Navy culture.

Lieutenant Commander Khanna, who now works at Headquarters Defence Force Recruiting, was honoured to receive the sword which was first awarded in 2006.

“I was very fortunate to be part of a motivated team that valued many of the selection criteria including innovation, teamwork and high performance,” she said.

“We worked very hard to meet command aims and priorities and this included external stakeholders and contractors.

“This award is a reflection of the whole department and their commitment to the job.”

The Admiral Nelson Sword of Excellence is held in perpetuity at HMAS Stirling and is displayed in a glass cabinet in the Sir James Stirling Mess.

Recipients have their name engraved on the blade of the specially made sword and wear a Chief of Navy Gold Commendation as recognition of this award.