Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer joined his fellow warfare officers as the Guest of Honour at the 2014 Naval Warfare Officers’ Association Annual Mess Dinner earlier this month.
A large number of the current Principal Warfare Officer course attendees as well as current and retired officers from the warfare community heard Rear Admiral Mayer outline his perspective on war-fighting culture.
“Navy has a proud and enduring war-fighting culture that has been developed during times of conflict and in peace. It is an enduring entity which sets an atmosphere that leads to principle based decisions.
“Culture is a motivating tool - it inspires people. Any organisation that achieves excellence has, at its base, people that believe in what the organisation stands for and who are willing to contribute more than the minimum to achieve the outcome,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
“Our war-fighting culture must be one which aspires to be innovative, adaptive, and synchronised. It is up to every Warfare Officer to ‘think bigger’ - to consider the strategic opportunities and implications of our new paradigm.
“Those of us that are currently serving owe a great debt to our forebears, who have given us a proud culture and heritage,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
Also at the dinner was Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths (Rtd). His distinguished career saw him serve on HMAS Shropshire during the Battle of the Philippines Sea where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry, skill and devotion to duty during successful assault operations in the Lingayen Gulf.
Rear Admiral Griffiths also saw service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and held a number of senior appointments.
“While Rear Admiral Griffiths has an impressive history, it is his ongoing personal commitment and pride in Navy warfighting culture which is an example to us all,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
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