For the hundreds of Royal Australian Navy personnel posted around the world, updating Our Values and Behaviours has provided new focus to meet the ongoing challenges of serving Australia both at home and abroad.
Announced on 1 October 2020, Our Values are Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Excellence. They are a modern reflection of the core qualities of character that are desirable in all Navy people.
Service is the selflessness of character to place the security and interests of our nation and its people ahead of your own.
Representing the Royal Australian Navy in the USA as the AEGIS Combat Systems Engineer, Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer Lieutenant Jack Brodie said that working as an AEGIS instructor during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of what we as individuals can contribute to Navy.
“Honestly, I joined the Navy for a career. I liked the idea of serving my friends and family but being paid to see the world, well that was the enticing part,” Lieutenant Brodie said.
“I was fortunate to sail in HMAS Anzac to Gallipoli for the Centenary of ANZAC commemoration. Sailing past in the dawn, listening to the bugle call, that was the moment I realised I didn’t just have a career, but that I had joined a legacy.
“Then in March this year I welcomed the birth of my second child, the day before everything started locking down in the USA. Being in an essential role working remotely wasn’t an option,” Lieutenant Brodie said.
“Going to my workplace with all the uncertainty in the world was daunting. But the reality is that I still get up every morning and put on my uniform, for my family and for Navy.
“I think that regardless of the initial reason people join, their day to day work contributes to our legacy, to the honour of friends and family who have served before us,” he said.
Finding yourself in a career that is unlike the one you imagined is something widely experienced by Navy personnel, including those serving on the Australian Station.
Leading Seaman Medic Abbey-Rose Yeomans said that serving in HMAS Choules during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST was not an experience she thought she would have when she joined the Navy on her eighteenth birthday, hoping to travel the world.
“To have played a part in Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST is a feeling I cannot describe. I’ve never received as many ‘thank yous’ in my lifetime than what I received in the nearly 24 hour transit taking personnel to a safer area.
“Part of me always thought that what I do is just my job, but I was humbled and proud to have helped and made a slight difference, no matter how small,” Leading Seaman Yeomans said.
“We got the call that we were needed on New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Day we left behind our families and loved ones to assist elsewhere.
“I never thought I would participate in such a demanding yet satisfying role as the medic on ground during Operation BUSHFIRE ASSIST,” she said.
“Being part of ships’ company that served Australians in need is a proud, memorable feeling I will never forget.”