In one of his final ceremonial tasks as Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen AO, RAN, presented Midshipman Dean Gilbert, with the Chief of Navy Prize at the Australian Defence Force Academy Graduation Parade on 10 December.
Midshipman Gilbert was one of 240 officer cadets and midshipmen who finalised their university studies and initial military training and graduated the Canberra institution prior to careers in the Defence Force.
This year's parade, was reviewed by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, who was joined by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC, and other distinguished guests and families.
Academy Commandant, Air Commodore Alan Clements said the staff were proud to have helped prepare the young men and women for their next challenges.
"It has been an honour and privilege to train the graduating class of 2015 and I wish them well for the next phase of their careers as junior leaders of the Australian Defence Force," Air Commodore Clements said.
Thousands of friends and families gathered at the Academy campus on a perfect Canberra day to congratulate the graduating students on their achievements so far.
During the parade, the academy’s most prestigious award, the Commander in Chief Medal, was awarded to Air Force Officer Cadet Brian Duane. The medal is awarded to the most outstanding graduate in the fields of military and academic achievement as well as leadership, personal example and performance of duty.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin presented the Chief of the Defence Force Sword of Honour for Leadership to Army Officer Cadet George Lynn, who displayed the highest standard of leadership and officer development among the graduating class. Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN, presented the RSL Sword of Honour to Army Officer Cadet Phoebe Sutherland.
In addition to Midshipman Gilbert, Officer Cadet Harry Wagner, and Officer Cadet Danielle Jorgensen were awarded the Chief of Army and Chief of Air Force prizes respectively.
"Over the past three years they have learned how to lead and excel," Air Commodore Clements said.
"The parade celebrated a very important milestone in their careers.
"It has been a pleasure watching them graduate and I expect that they will make fine officers, demonstrating high levels of courage, respect, integrity and professionalism," he said.
The officer cadets and midshipmen will begin the next phase of their careers as junior leaders, and will be posted to establishments around Australia, continue their training, or commence operational duties.
Imagery is available on the Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20153533.