For the hundreds of Royal Australian Navy personnel posted around the world, updating Our Values and Behaviours has provided new focus to meet the ongoing challenges of serving Australia both at home and abroad.
Announced on 1 October 2020, our values are Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Excellence. They are a modern reflection of the core qualities of character that are desirable in all Navy people.
Excellence is the willingness of character to strive each day to be the best I can be, both professionally and personally.
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Supply Chain Henry Burns said that as the Chapter Lead of the Defence Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Network (DATSIN) Far North Queensland he sees excellence being achieved through people that value the contribution of others.
“DATSIN is a group where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who work for the Australian Defence Force and supporting industries can come together and connect on a cultural and personal level,” Able Seaman Burns said.
“Most Defence employees do get sent away from their country and may at some point feel disconnected from their families and their traditions.
“We are the keepers of our own cultures. Sharing that with others helps not only ourselves but others to have a better understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
“Excellence to me means to be the best you can be all hours of the day. Striving to do your best at home and at work no matter who is watching and doing that thing right.”
At Fleet Base West in Western Australia, Able Seaman Medic Underwater Nathan Griffiths strives to achieve excellence for Navy through innovation.
Identifying a need for treatment options within hyperbaric chambers, Able Seaman Griffiths developed a prototype portable medical kit designed to provide immediate and practical capability to medics within the chamber.
“I was working at the Submarine Underwater Medical Unit at HMAS Stirling during Exercise BLACK CARILLION 2019 and realised there was no way of taking stores into the hyperbaric chambers,” Able Seaman Griffiths said.
“Historically, medical equipment was passed through the medical lock on the chamber which takes time.
“And the largest complicating factor for anything that goes into a hyperbaric chamber is it needs to be made from certain materials to ensure it is not a fire risk.
“So I started with a basic layout on a cardboard box and included all the medical stores that, on consultation, would be required for a hyperbaric treatment.
“With the support of my Medical Officer I contacted the Navy Innovation Cell and had a draft created, before having the prototype made, and we are in the process of testing now.
“This kind of innovation is important because it will allow medics to get to work sooner.
“In regard to the value Excellence, I firmly believe that if you keep your head up, keep the momentum going and strive to do and be better, then the right people will get behind you. That’s how we grow.”