Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards

Published on LSIS Craig Walton (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Topic(s): Navy Safety Awards

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, with the winners of the 2020 Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards. From second left: Lieutenant Commander Jace Hutchison, RAN, on behalf of HMAS Adelaide (Early Intervention Award); Leading Seaman Brad Reynolds (Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence); Captain Jason Spears, RAN, on behalf of Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Project Office (Prevention Award); and Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, on behalf of Fleet Command (Environmental Management Award). (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, RAN, left, with the winners of the 2020 Chief of Navy Safety and Environment Awards. From second left: Lieutenant Commander Jace Hutchison, RAN, on behalf of HMAS Adelaide (Early Intervention Award); Leading Seaman Brad Reynolds (Commander Dave Allen Award for Safety Excellence); Captain Jason Spears, RAN, on behalf of Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Project Office (Prevention Award); and Commodore Braddon Wheeler, RAN, on behalf of Fleet Command (Environmental Management Award).

Rather than bringing in contractors, erecting scaffolding and waiting days for roof inspections at HMAS Penguin, Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate (LSBM) Bradley Reynolds had other ideas.

“I used the drone to fly from building to building rather quickly, identifying any roof tile defects across HMAS Penguin within 30 minutes,” Leading Seaman Reynolds said.

“In the past, this would have taken days or possibly weeks for scaffolding to be placed around every building.

“Having the drone to identify the defects has not only minimised the risk but also the time contractors spend on the rooftops.”

This idea landed LSBM Reynolds a Gold Commendation for his ingenuity at the 2020 Navy Safety Awards, held in Canberra on 4 November.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan said Navy should not just acknowledge the winners, but also the men and women of Navy do their job safely everyday.

“Being able to recognise the achievements of a number of our people across the enterprise is a great honour,” he said.

With around 15,500 officers and sailors operating complex platforms in challenging environments, VADM Noonan said they should be proud of how much safety was integrated every day.

“It is an excellent story of where we have come from and gotten to,” he said

“Not only in seaworthiness, engineering and our platforms, but in our culture and commitment to safety.”

Other winners included:

Prevention Award - Amphibious Combat Sealift Systems Program Office, CASG for COVID-19 outbreak prevention cleaning.

Early Intervention Award - HMAS Adelaide for ship’s company COVID-19 response.

Recovery At and Return to Work Award - Commander Chris Forward RAN and Warrant Officer Justin Moore - Submarine Force for Establishment of an Individual Readiness Review Board.

Excellence in Risk Management Award - HMAS Adelaide, HMAS Choules and A&P for risk management during external maintenance period.

Excellence in Environmental Management Award - Fleet Command for War on Waste committee.