Navy Electronic Warfare team commended for ‘outstanding contribution’ to operations

Published on LCDR David White (author), Mr Michael Nicolai (photographer)

Location(s): RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies

Members of the Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight with the Litton Excellence in Electronic Warfare Cup.  (photo: Mr Michael Nicolai)
Members of the Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight with the Litton Excellence in Electronic Warfare Cup.

The Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight was awarded the annual Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit Litton Excellence in Electronic Warfare Cup last week, in recognition of its ‘outstanding contribution to the Australian Defence Force in Electronic Warfare’ in 2013.

The cup is one of the most significant internal unit awards presented in the electronic warfare community, and was presented to the Navy Flight by the Officer in Charge of the Information Warfare Wing, Group Captain Andrew ‘Jake’ Campbell.

The award citation reads:

“Throughout 2013, the members of Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight (NEWSF) have made an outstanding contribution to the ADF through their support to ongoing RAN airborne, surface and sub-surface operations and capability development activities.

NEWSF demonstrated outstanding professionalism, flexibility and foresight that achieved provision of uninterrupted Electronic Warfare Operational Support (EWOS) to Navy Force Element customers and platforms, whilst simultaneously introducing a substantial organisational and process reform. This NEWSF reform has enhanced the robustness and quality of EWOS to Navy and has achieved efficiency improvements that will allow a higher tempo of operational support within a constrained workforce environment. NEWSF coordinated closely with all key external stakeholders to ensure operational commitments were understood and could be supported, and that the rationale for the change was understood and endorsed.

NEWSF has also proactively engaged RAN Units and agencies to refine tasking and library delivery procedures. This has greatly improved the timeliness and relevance of the products delivered by JEWOSU, better meeting the needs of the Navy and other end users. In addition, NEWSF played a proactive role supporting ship based trials to clarify system performance limitations and to identify and resolve EW library anomalies that had here to fore been unknown due to laboratory test infrastructure limitations.

The members of NEWSF have brought great credit to themselves and to JEWOSU. In recognition of their exceptional performance, they are awarded the Litton Trophy for Excellence in Electronic Warfare Operational Support for 2013.”

The Flight’s Operations Manager, Chief Petty Officer Craig Ellis said the award took his team by surprise.

“The members of the Flight were very pleasantly surprised by the award, then elated and proud that their achievements were seen to be worthy of such recognition, particularly given that we are such a small single-service component working in a joint, and predominantly Air Force, environment,” CPO Ellis said.

The Navy Electronic Warfare Support Flight is based in the Defence Science and Technology precinct at RAAF Base Edinburgh, and forms part of the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit.