Navy has been recognised for ‘intelligent security practices’ in the 2014 Defence Excellence in Security Awards, announced on 17 September.
The awards seek to highlight the contribution of individuals and teams who demonstrate exceptional security practice in their everyday work.
The achievements of Navy people this year were significant, with nine nominations resulting in three finalists, and two of the three categories being won. The third category was only open to Defence Industry.
Secretary, Dennis Richardson, and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, presented the awards in a ceremony in Canberra.
Vice Admiral Griggs referred to security being a “fundamental enabler” to the business of the Australian Defence Force, and that being “sophisticated” in security education was essential in connecting with a generation of people used to sharing information widely.
“Security must be at the forefront of our consciousness as we put people into harms way-but it is just as important to reinforce the basics of all aspects of security,” he said.
“New capabilities coming online require even greater vigilance across the Department so we can continue fight and win.”
Petty Officer Julie Fairchild of the Patrol Boat Group was the winner of the individual award, just ahead of Robert Brown of Submarine Force and Scott Harmer of the Air Warfare Destroyer Program Management Office in the Defence Materiel Organisation.
Petty Officer Fairchild was described as a ‘security champion’, who was dedicated to enhancing knowledge of those across Navy to foster a strong culture of security awareness.
“Being in an operational environment all the time, security is very important,” she said.
Petty Officer Fairchild thanked the team in Darwin for their support and guidance, suggesting that her award was only a reflection of the commitment of the team to security.
Robert Brown said he was humbled to be a finalist and that the nomination reflected on the entire submarine community.
“It is recognition not just for me but for everybody else, as part of the team, for all of their hard work,” he said.
The team award winners were the Command Security and Emergency Control Team from HMAS Stirling. Represented by Lieutenant Adrian Eddy and Petty Officer Beau Jose, their ‘contagious attitude’ and positive approach to security was what made them stand out.
“I think the reason we are here is that we always look to how we can achieve things, not why we shouldn’t do them,” Petty Officer Jose said.
They thanked the Stirling Command Team for their support to achieve improved processes and when dealing with incidents.
The Army SharePoint Team and Defence Intelligence Security and Network Operations Development Team were the other two finalists in the group category.
The most outstanding contribution to Defence Industry was made by the Single Information Environment Security Architecture Delivery Team.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142813.