On 17 December Fleet Support Unit–West at HMAS Stirling said goodbye to a stalwart and welcomed a new face.
After an illustrious forty year career Lieutenant Commander Greg Church retired from the Permanent Naval Force which initiated the change in management.
Lieutenant Commander Church served on several HMA Ships including Westralia, Swan, Torrens, Stuart and Derwent. He also represented the Royal Australian Navy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for two years which was a hectic and challenging posting.
Lieutenant Commander Church said that he was up for the challenges of life after a naval career.
It will be sad to leave the camaraderie of the Navy; however, I am looking forward to spending more time with my family," he said.
The new Regional Manager of Fleet Support Unit–West is Lieutenant Commander Mark Janiszewski, who was most recently posted to the support organisation for the Anzac frigate fleet. Lieutenant Commander Janiszewski has also seen service in HMA Ships Warramunga, Manoora and Ballarat, which will hold in good stead for his role at Fleet Support Unit–West.
At the hand over of Command Lieutenant Commander Janiszewski spoke to the Fleet Support Unit–West sailors and said that he was looking forward to the new role.
"We still have a lot of hard work to do but is certain that the Fleet Support Unit–West sailors are up to the challenge," he said.
"I look forward to the challenges for finding was we can improve on the the services we provide to the ships and submarines at Fleet Base West."