Chief visits Brisbane base

Published on SBLT Erika Korn (author)

Location(s): HMAS Moreton

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Chief of Navy

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with members of HMAS Moreton. (photo: Unknown)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, with members of HMAS Moreton.

HMAS Moreton recently hosted a visit by the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, providing an opportunity for him to meet members of Moreton’s ships company and to liaise with groups that engage with Navy in South East Queensland.
The visit was a perfect Brisbane Winter’s day with members from Defence Force School of Signals – Electronic Warfare Wing, Defence Force School of Intelligence and Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane enjoying an outdoor barbeque lunch.
Representing the Queensland Police Service – Water Police, Inspector Greg Ringuet and Inspector Richard Gorey of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, engaged with Chief of Navy, discussing Moreton’s support to other government agencies through the use of the Bulimba site for training programs.
The continual presence of Police and Fire and Emergency staff at Moreton over recent years highlights the important liaison function that these agencies provide to the Royal Australian Navy in the region.
The Queensland Police Service in particular often conduct training exercises with their Explosive Detection Dogs and general policing units on Moreton grounds, and provide regular support to Brisbane port visits.
Commanding Officer Moreton Commander Mark McConnell said it was important to recognisethe vital support roles Police, Fire and Emergency Service personnel play in ensuring the security and safety of visiting Navy vessels.
“My team constantly coordinates with these agencies and it was only fitting the Police and Fire and Emergency Service officers meet with Chief of Navy during his visit to further strengthen their relationship with Navy,” he said.
The visit concluded with an award presentation by Chief of Navy to members of Moreton.
Lieutenant Commander Craig Flynn – Moreton’s Command Safety Advisor, was awarded the 20 year medallion, coinciding with his final week in uniform.
Lieutenant Commander Flynn shared his enjoyable naval career moments with Chief of Navy, reflecting on the periods he served on HMA Ships TorrensWewak and Anzac as well as a number of shore establishments during his tenure as a Maritime Warfare Officer.