Members of the submarine community recently gathered in an informal environment to recognise the achievements of some of their personnel.
Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley presented the Australian Defence Medal, the Australian Operational Service Medal for both Border Protection and Special Operations, along with Clasps to the Defence Long Service Medal to deserving recipients.
Following this, several promotions took place including Able Seaman Marine Technician Submariner Trenton Neal to Leading Seaman, Petty Officer Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submariner Colin Glastonbury to Chief Petty Officer and Lieutenant Mark Lucking to Lieutenant Commander.
Final presentations were carried out by Mr Eric Gaschk representing Raytheon Western Australia, who presented the ‘Sword of Excellence’ to Lieutenant Michael Power who was awarded Dux of the 2014 Submarine Warfare Officers Course. This was closely watched by his future wife, Stephanie as well as his parents, Tom and June Power, both ex-serving Navy members.
The President of the Submarine Institute of Australia, Mr Andy Keough, then presented Lieutenant Commander Brendan Harris with the MacTaggart Scott Engineering Excellence Award in front of his wife, Lieutenant Commander Maritime Warfare Officer Submariner Susan Harris.
Captain Buckley highlighted the significance of these achievements, congratulating recipients on their individual performance.
“It's great for the community to witness the acknowledgment of the efforts and successes of our members, persistence and enduring dedication has paid of for these members,” he said.
This informal gathering at the Submarine Force Headquarters, HMAS Stirling, finished off with a relaxing BBQ and provided a good prelude to the forthcoming annual SUBFORUM.