High flying promotion at Navy Headquarters South Queensland

Published on PONPC Sarah Joost (author and photographer), LCDR Mark Tandy (photographer)

Location(s): Navy Headquarters South Queensland

Leiutenant Seymour being promoted to Leiutenant Commander by Commander Tedman at Naval Headquarters South Queensland. (photo: LCDR Mark Tandy)
Leiutenant Seymour being promoted to Leiutenant Commander by Commander Tedman at Naval Headquarters South Queensland.

On August 21, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Seymour from RAAF Base Oakey arrived in style at Navy Headquarters South Queensland (NHQ-SQ) to be promoted by Commanding Officer, Commander Peter Tedman.
 
Piloting one of the Defence Force’s new MRH90’s from Oakey, Lieutenant Commander Seymour conducted a low fly over of NHQ-SQ and then landed to the warm welcome of his family and members of NHQ.

Leiutenant Seymour arrives for his promotion at Naval Headquarters South Queensland piloting a MRH-90 helicopter.

Leiutenant Seymour arrives for his promotion at Naval Headquarters South Queensland piloting a MRH-90 helicopter.


Navy Chaplain Cornelis Bosch remarked that it was “an impressive way to drop in and get promoted”.
 
The promotion represented a major milestone in Lieutenant Commander Seymour’s 13-year military career, which has taken him from being the Australian Defence Force’s youngest pilot at the age of 19, through three operational deployments as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot to his current role as an MRH-90 Flight Instructor at the School of Army Aviation, in Oakey, Queensland.