The submarine community has a new Warrant Officer with the promotion of Chief Petty Officer Electronic Warfare Submarine Kylie Broughton.
In a small ceremony at Sea Training Unit - Submarines at Western Australian base HMAS Stirling, the 22 year Navy veteran was ‘made up’ by Commander Submarine Force, Captain Matt Buckley.
Warrant Officer Broughton qualified as a submariner in 2002, was promoted to Petty Officer four years later and became the first female chief of a boat in July 2011.
She is the first solely Collins class qualified submariner to attain the rank and said she was honoured to be recognised for her hard work.
Chief of the Boat for HMAS Sheean, Chief Petty Officer Lisa Turner, and Submarine Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Jodi Bonney, presented her new rank slides after being promoted by Captain Buckley.
“I served with Warrant Officer Broughton in HMAS Torrens when she was a Seaman and I was a Sub Lieutenant just prior to my transfer to the submarine arm so I am delighted to have the honour of performing her promotion ceremony to Warrant Officer,” Captain Buckley said.
“Warrant Officer Broughton is a highly capable and professional sailor with considerable operational experience in submarines.
“I am confident she will be a great leader to all of our sailors but especially to our Electronic Warfare personnel who will benefit greatly from her direction and guidance as the Submarine Force Warrant Officer Electronic Warfare Submarine,” Captain Buckley said.
Captain Buckley read out the Warrant certificate on behalf of the Chief of Navy, in front of Warrant Officer Broughton’s friends and colleagues.
Warrant Officer Broughton completes her tenure with Sea Training Unit - Submarines in October, and will take up a new position in Submarine Force Headquarters.