Diamantina awards retention champions

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Kelli Lunt (author and photographer)

Location(s): Miyazaki, Japan

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, HMAS Diamantina (M86), Retention

Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize. (photo: LCDR Kelli Lunt)
Champion of Navy Retention award winners HMAS Diamantina's operations officer Lieutenant Justin Raward, and buffer Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott stand on the forecastle of HMAS Diamantina during a port visit to Japan with their prize.

Two of HMAS Diamantina’s ship’s company have been recognised for their leadership in the Huon class minehunter.

Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott and Lieutenant Justin Raward, Diamantina’s operations officer, received Champions of Navy Retention awards from HMAS Diamantina’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Darren McDevitt.

The awards were presented before the ship sailed for Exercise HYUGA NADA, a mine countermeasure exercise off the coast of Japan that involved the Royal Australian Navy, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and the United States Navy.

The recognition is one of the Navy People retention initiatives implemented as part of the focus on retaining skilled people in Navy’s workforce.

Under the initiative, units have been provided with iPads to award to personnel who exhibit strong leadership and encourage morale.

Petty Officer Combat Support Systems Mine Warfare Ashley Pincott, Diamantina’s ‘buffer’ (most senior sailor in the ship’s executive department), was selected due to his leadership, management and professional conduct, in particular for his leadership of a junior team.

“Petty Officer Pincott has challenged his team to take charge of evolutions not normally expected of them, to expand their mine warfare knowledge,” Lieutenant Commander McDevitt said.

“Additionally, his transformation of the Sweep Deck has built cohesion and mateship. Using his own funds, networking skills and working outside his own trade, he has brought to fruition a space that all the ship’s company can use.”

Petty Officer Pincott said he was quite surprised about receiving the recognition.

“With initiatives like this, I think Navy has come a long way,” Petty Officer Pincott said.

“It is especially going in the right direction to help families.

“I’ve been lucky. The Opso [operations officer] has helped me with my leadership style. So I think Navy’s Divisional System works,” he said.

The ‘Opso’, Lieutenant Justin Raward, was also selected because of his leadership, management and professional conduct, especially for his leadership of a junior team.

He was equally as surprised as Petty Officer Pincott.

“I’m feeling very humbled by the award. I always try to be an example and treat people with respect,” Lieutenant Raward said.

He said Navy’s retention initiatives and improvements to the quality of life at sea made for a better lifestyle for sailors.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20193057.