Navy announces instructor of the year

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Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Commander Training Force, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, presents Royal Australian Navy Instructor of the Year to Warrant Officer Anthony Booby of Sea Training Group, HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Chantell Brown)
Commander Training Force, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, presents Royal Australian Navy Instructor of the Year to Warrant Officer Anthony Booby of Sea Training Group, HMAS Kuttabul.

Fleet Damage Control Assistant, Warrant Officer Anthony Booby, has been named the Royal Australian Navy’s Instructor of the Year for 2015.
 
As a member of Navy’s in-house training and assessment team, Sea Training Group, he delivers combat survivability and damage control training to the fleet.  
 
Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, said Warrant Officer Booby’s passion and dedication to the role had significantly enhanced the capability of Navy’s warships.
 
“Your ability to mentor, train and pass on the wealth of your specialist knowledge has directly improved damage control skills in the fleet. Your adoption of focussed mentoring practices is particularly notable,” Commodore Rothwell said. 
 
“The operational capability of major fleet units, particularly those deployed on directed operations, has undoubtedly been elevated as a direct result of your efforts.”
 
Warrant Officer Booby was surprised by the award but said his role was especially important because it had the potential to save lives.
 
“My work ensures all of our women and men in the Navy understand what may be required to save themselves and their ship if needed,” he said.
 
“I enjoy my work. I’ve meet so many terrific people who serve in the fleet, who I am able to pass on my knowledge. 
 
“I also have the luck of being able to experience life at sea in a variety of platforms.”
 
Warrant Officer Booby grew up in Gundagai, New South Wales. He joined the Navy at age 18 as an apprentice marine technical propulsion sailor
 

He has served in HMA Ships Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra (II) and Melbourne.
  
Warrant Officer Booby was selected to join Sea Training group in 2009 as the Fleet Warrant Officer Marine Technician for the Guided Missile Frigates. He changed to Fleet Damage Control Assistant in 2014. 
 
The Royal Australian Navy Instructor of the Year award recognises the professional knowledge, instructional ability, involvement in training and the personal qualities of the winner in their role.