Chief of Navy presents Awards for Safety Excellence 2018

Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Navy HQ, Canberra

Topic(s): Navy Safety Awards

HMAS Success Commendation recipients Leading Seaman Stephanie Hourigan (left), Leading Seaman Joshua Allport (2nd right) and Lieutenant Matthew White (right) with Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, after the Chief of Navy Awards for Safety Excellence ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: LSIS James McDougall)
HMAS Success Commendation recipients Leading Seaman Stephanie Hourigan (left), Leading Seaman Joshua Allport (2nd right) and Lieutenant Matthew White (right) with Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, after the Chief of Navy Awards for Safety Excellence ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Vice Admiral Mike Noonan has presented The 2018 Chief of Navy Awards for Safety Excellence in a ceremony conducted in Canberra. Of the four Navy Safety Award categories for 2018, three entrants were recognised as finalists for their respective section.

The Chief of Navy spoke of the positive safety culture in the Navy and how that culture continues to develop over time.

“Safety is an integral part of a more effective and efficient warfighting Navy,” Vice Admiral Noonan said.

Award Winners for each category were:

Category 1. Prevention: Winner – Fleet Support Unit (FSU) Australia – The Work, Health and Safety project enhancing FSU’s entire safety management system.

Category 2. Early Intervention: Winner – HMAS Adelaide – A Fan of Safety, remediating impeller fans.

Category 4. The Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence: Winner – Lieutenant Lee Lawson of 816 Squadron for his individual efforts in improving and enhancing the safety management system, undertaking corrective actions and delivering training.

Commendations were also awarded in each category. Notable recognition included Sub Lieutenant Bradley of the Royal New Zealand Navy for work on safety action statements whilst on exchange to HMAS Stuart.

A team of technical staff from HMAS Success made the journey to Canberra to receive a Commendation from Chief of Navy for their skill developing a rescue device in the Aviation Fuel (AVCAT) Pump Room.

In addition to presenting the Safety Awards, the Chief of Navy recognised the achievement of Petty Officer Boatswain Cameron Symons, the 2018 winner of a Comcare Individual Contribution Award for introducing workplace heat stress management protocols to the RAN School of Survivability and Ships Safety.

The Annual Chief of Navy Awards for Safety Excellence were introduced in 2004. The awards were established as a prestigious way of recognising Navy personnel (which includes military and civilian) and/or organisations that have either made (or potentially made) a considerable contribution to Navy Safety. 

Further information on the awards and categories can be found via the DRN: http://drnet/navy/NSEPC/Awards/Pages/Safety.aspx