The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), today announced 1214 awards in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List, including 26 members of the Royal Australian Navy.
“On behalf of all Australians I congratulate today’s recipients. They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated,” the Governor-General said.
“This is my last honours list as Governor-General. Over the last five years, it has been the greatest honour and privilege to recognise and celebrate over 80,000 recipients through the Honours and Awards System.
“These awards are our opportunity to say to fellow Australians, ‘thank you – without you and your tireless service we wouldn’t be the community or nation that we are’.
“Some names on today’s list are well known. Many more are known only to those they help and serve day-in-day-out. They are all wonderful people and are all worthy of recognition and celebration.
“This is the greatest part of our system; it doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from or whether you’re known to millions or just a few. If you have constantly put others ahead of yourself, served tirelessly and made a difference you can be nominated and recognised by a grateful nation.
“I encourage all Australians, if ever you see someone with an Order of Australia lapel badge, or see an Order of Australia post nominal after their name, to recognise that the person is extraordinary and has served their community and nation.
“And if, in doing so, you think of someone you know that is similar then consider nominating them for an award so that they too can be celebrated.”
“It is great that the overall number of nominations and upward trend of Australian women being acknowledged through the Honours system continues to grow. We would all welcome higher recognition of magnificent Australian women.”
The Royal Australian Navy wishes to congratulate all of our members, as well as those serving in the Army and Air Force, who have been recognised in today’s Honours List.
Officer (AO) in the Military Division (Officer of the Order of Australia)
Rear Admiral Gregory John SAMMUT AM CSC RAN, NSW
For distinguished service as the Head Future Submarine Program, and the General Manager Submarines.
Member (AM) in the Military Division (Member of the Order of Australia)
Commodore Darron John KAVANAGH CSC RAN, ACT
For exceptional performance of duty in the field of Navy Capability Management.
Rear Admiral the Honourable Justice Michael John SLATTERY RAN, NSW
For exceptional service in the field of military law, particularly as Judge Advocate General of the Australian Defence Force.
Warrant Officer Gary William WIGHT, ACT
For exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of Navy People leadership and management.
Commodore Malcolm Kenneth WISE OAM RAN, NSW
For exceptional service as the Commander Combined Task Force 150 while deployed on Operation MANITOU from November 2017 to May 2018.
Medal (OAM) in the Military Division (Medal of the Order of Australia)
Warrant Officer Dennis BENTLEY CSM, NSW
For meritorious performance of duty in the field of personnel management in the Royal Australian Navy.
Warrant Officer James Retif DEW, NSW
For meritorious service to the Navy during the development and introduction into service of the Canberra Class Amphibious Ship capability.
Commander Robert Douglas EAMES RAN, Qld
For meritorious service in the fields of international engagement and capability management.
Warrant Officer Arthur Charles MITCHERSON CSM, NT
For meritorious performance of duty in the fields of Marine Engineering and technician training.
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Commander Dugald Wallace CLELLAND RAN, USA
For outstanding achievement, leadership and tactical employment while in Command of HMAS Warramunga supporting Operation MANITOU, during the period November 2017 to June 2018.
Commander Jason John CUPPLES RAN, USA
For outstanding devotion to duty in the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Force.
Captain James Riley LYBRAND RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Director Submarine Operations and Commander Task Group 627.0 in the planning and execution of submarine operations from December 2014 to August 2018.
Commander Viktor PILICIC RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Commanding Officer HMAS Coonawarra and Senior Australian Defence Force Officer Larrakeyah Defence Precinct.
Captain John STAVRIDIS RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of HMAS Hobart.
Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)
Warrant Officer Johansel AVERY, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Catering Manager and Logistics Departmental Regulator in HMAS Adelaide.
Lieutenant Lachlan James BLAIR RAN, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Operational Intelligence Analyst whilst deployed in the Middle East for Combined Task Force 150 as part of Operation MANITOU from November 2017 to May 2018.
Petty Officer Lauren Rachel CARRUTHERS, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of aviation technician training.
Lieutenant Commander Laurence Earl CHOATE RAN, NT
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Regional Manager Fleet Support Unit - North East.
Commander Nicholas Robert FIELD RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of Navy Cyber.
Lieutenant Commander Belinda Ann FINLAY RAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the First Lieutenant, HMAS Albatross.
Commander Steven James McCRACKEN RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement as Deputy Director Maritime Commitments in Maritime Operations Branch.
Chief Petty Officer Lyndon Montgomery QUIRKE, Qld
For meritorious achievement as a senior technician and his efforts to prevent further significant damage to Australian Border Force Cutter Roebuck Bay in 2017.
Lieutenant Commander Sarah Susan RHYS-JONES RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement as a Principal Warfare Officer in HMAS Warramunga during Operation MANITOU Rotation 66 from October 2017 to July 2018.
Captain Damien Lyle SCULLY-O'SHEA RAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as Executive Officer of HMAS Canberra.
Chief Petty Officer Anthony John SHERBURD, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Navy Information Warfare.
Commander Samuel Robert WOOLRYCH RAN, ACT
For meritorious achievement as Deputy Director Maritime Plans in Maritime Operations Branch.
Full list available at: https://www.gg.gov.au/2019-queens-birthday-honours-list.