A very busy period for the Sea Training Unit - Minor War Vessels in Darwin concluded this month with the presentation of an award to one of their own, who was named Instructor of the Year.
Fleet Gunnery and Seamanship Assistant 4, Leading Seaman Christian Duncan was presented with his award by Commodore Warfare, CDRE Peter Leavy, who was the Senior Assessor for ATTACK ONE’s Mission Readiness Evaluation in HMAS Albany.
The Training Force recognises two personnel annually, one for Instructor of the Year ‘On the Job’ and one for Instructor of the Year ‘Off the Job’, to recognise trainers both at sea (on the job) or ashore (off the job).
CDRE Leavy said LS Duncan’s professionalism and subject matter expertise were of a very high calibre and he was therefore well deserving of the award for 2012.
“In the short time that I have known him, I have been very impressed by LS Duncan’s performance as a sea trainer. He has displayed versatility, professionalism and a willingness and enthusiasm for passing on his knowledge to others that has proven him a deserving winner of this award,” CDRE Leavy said.
LS Duncan has worked for STU-MWV for the past two years, and in that time has been part of collective training and force preparation for all units force assigned to Operation RESOLUTE. Units have included Armidale Class Patrol Boats, Frigates (FFH and FFG), Hydrographic Ships, and Mine Hunter Coastal platforms as well as training for the tri-service Transit Security Elements.
LS Duncan was instrumental in the setup and introduction of the boarding training vessel, MV Discovery III, which is now used for all RESOLUTE collective training in the north.
Of receiving his award, LS Duncan said he was humbled, but proud to have been recognised for his performance.
“This was very unexpected, as I really have just been doing my job. I am very proud of this award, and thankful for the support and recognition from my fellow sea trainers here in the team,” LS Duncan said.