Making it technical

Published on LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author)

Location(s): HMAS Cairns

Dayle Lovell (centre) is promoted to Warrant Office by Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN.


From left- Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, Warrant Officer Dayle Lovell and Warrant Officer Cooper.  (photo: Unknown)
Dayle Lovell (centre) is promoted to Warrant Office by Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN. From left- Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, RAN, Warrant Officer Dayle Lovell and Warrant Officer Cooper.

On 1 December at HMAS Cairns, Chief Petty Officer Dayle Lovell was promoted to Warrant Officer, making her the first female within the Marine Technician category to reach the rank.
 
Joining the Navy in 1996, Warrant Officer Lovell said she has found her career to be both challenging and rewarding.
 
“I have spent time in HMA Ships Success, Tobruk, Leeuwin and Melville and enjoyed them all,” she said.
 
“I may have experienced some tough times and difficult challenges over my 18 years, however being in the Marine Technician branch has been extremely rewarding.”
 
Commanding Officer HMAS Cairns, Commander Anthony Powell, reflected on his own experience in the early 1980s.
 
“A female ‘stoker’ (Marine Technician) was almost unthinkable, and it was not 1992 in HMAS Jervis Bay that the first female Marine Technicians went to sea,” he said.
 
“This is a historic milestone in the integration and acceptance of all people for regardless of gender, focusing on their abilities alone.”
 
Warrant Officer Lovell hopes that her promotion will inspire other women to see the category as a career.
 
“I believe that my promotion represents to the younger, junior females within the Marine Technician branch that anything is achievable. I am dedicated to showing the upcoming generation, that the Marine Technician branch has an enormous amount to offer to all sailors, especially the women coming through,” Warrant Officer Lovell said.
 
“Promotion is all about qualifications and skills and not gender,” she said.
 
Warrant Officer Lovell said she gave much of the credit to mentor, Lieutenant Danny Chouffot.
 
“I owe much of my professional inspiration to him,” she said.
 
“Working with people and providing advice, guidance and mentoring to sailors is my passion. I am looking forward to new challenges ahead as a Warrant Officer and want to thank everyone who has help and believed in me along the way to me achieving my goals,” she said.
 
In 2015, Warrant Officer Lovell will be working at the Fleet Support Unit - Garden Island, Sydney, this role will provide more challenges and allow her to continue with her passion.