Exchange proves rewarding for warfare officer

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Adam Cooper (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Muscat, Oman

Topic(s): HMAS Perth (F157), Operation MANITOU

Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshall Tim Innes, presents Lieutenant Commander Oliver Nokes with a bronze commendation during an awards ceremony onboard HMAS Perth at Muscat, Oman. HMAS Perth is nearing the end of her Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshall Tim Innes, presents Lieutenant Commander Oliver Nokes with a bronze commendation during an awards ceremony onboard HMAS Perth at Muscat, Oman. HMAS Perth is nearing the end of her Operation MANITOU deployment to the Middle East Region.

HMAS Perth’s  Operations Officer, Principal Warfare Officer, Lieutenant Commander Oliver (Olly) Nokes has been commended by Commander Joint Task Force 633, Air Vice Marshall Tim Innes during the ship’s final hours alongside in Muscat, Oman.
 
Lieutenant Commander Nokes’ contribution and efforts were rewarded with a Bronze Commendation which highlighted his leadership and dedication in the lead up to and during the ship’s deployment to the Middle East region.  
 
“After a very busy and challenging year, I’m extremely pleased and proud to have been recognised in this way,” he said.
 
With only spent eight weeks alongside this year and having also spent more than half of the year underway, Lieutenant Commander Nokes said he was looking forward to returning from deployment and spending some well-earned time at home with his family.
 
On exchange from the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Commander Nokes has served across a wide range of vessels mainly in the role of Navigating Officer before he qualified as a Principal Warfare Officer in November 2015.
 
He was selected for a two year exchange posting to Australia and moved to Western Australia with his wife and two small sons.
 
“Spending two years on exchange service in Australia represented a rare professional opportunity for me and a remarkable life experience for my family – it was simply too good a chance to miss,” Lieutenant Commander Nokes said.
 
“I’m very much looking forward to the remainder of my time in Australia and excited about the prospect of exploring this great country that I’ve heard so much about.”
 
Lieutenant Commander Nokes underwent his combat system training for the upgraded anti-ship missile defence Anzac class frigates before joining HMAS Perth at short notice, just in time to start a work-up for the mission. 
 
He adjusted to a new Operations Room and Combat System and his role as a Principal Warfare Officer in a frigate and quickly moved up to the role of Operations Officer shortly after the ship arrived in theatre and immediately before the ship began its first operational patrol. 
 
“I was made to feel very welcome in Perth, and despite some minor differences in Royal Australian Navy methods, processes and procedures, I enjoyed the challenge, was able to adjust quickly and soon felt part of a high-functioning team.”
 
Following Perth’s return to Fleet Base West, Lieutenant Commander Nokes will move to be the Operations Officer in sister ship HMAS Stuart which will rejoin the fleet following upgrade in the first part of next year.