Kuttabul change of command

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Bonny Gassner (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): HMAS Kuttabul

(L-R) Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN hands over the weight of command of HMAS Kuttabul to Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN at a ceremony on HMAS Kuttabul quarterdeck. (photo: ABIS Bonny Gassner)
(L-R) Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN hands over the weight of command of HMAS Kuttabul to Commander Andrew Fraser, RAN at a ceremony on HMAS Kuttabul quarterdeck.

Twenty months after posting in, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat has handed over Command of Sydney base, HMAS Kuttabul, to Commander Andrew Fraser.

Commander Jeffcoat assumed command in late January 2015 and said her time in the top job had been rewarding. 

“HMAS Kuttabul now holds a very special place in my heart; she is complex with multi-personalities, she is old, and needs much care, but with such a great team working here each day she provides an incredible capability to the Navy. I am honoured to now form part of her history,” Commander Jeffcoat said. 

“It's been an incredible privilege to have had command of such a knowledgeable, professional, and impressive group of people." 

Commander Andrew Fraser brings a wealth of experience to the role both at sea and ashore.  He served as Executive Officer in HMAS Tobruk and has worked in New Generation Navy and Navy Continuous Improvement reform programs.

Most recently Commander Fraser has completed postings as Deputy Director Individual Training and Staff Officer Grade One Mine Clearance Diving Platforms.

In his address to Kuttabul ship’s company, Commander Fraser noted the work of his predecessor and the complexities of the Command.

Kuttabul is key to supporting the Fleet and that role cannot be understated. I was impressed by the changes around the base that have been ongoing for some time,” Commander Fraser said.

“I have received a positive vibe from all those that I have met this week. That reflects very well on Commander Jeffcoat and her Command team. I wish her the best for her new posting in Canberra and hope that she keeps Kuttabul close to her heart,” Commander Fraser said.

Kuttabul 
is a very busy establishment.  Not only does the base have almost 2,000 personnel, it has significant buildings and infrastructure on base.  It is also the historical heart and hub for the Navy in Sydney and frequently host significant visits as it is alongside Fleet Base East where a large part of the Australian Navy Fleet berths.