Navies share people strategies

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), Mr David McClenaghan (photographer)

Location(s): Navy Headquarters, Canberra

Topic(s): Bungaree Indigenous Performance Group

The Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Performance Group, Bungaree, led by Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, welcome Chief of Navy Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke USN and senior United States Navy staff, in their traditional energetic style by performing a
The Royal Australian Navy Indigenous Performance Group, Bungaree, led by Chief Petty Officer Ray Rosendale, welcome Chief of Navy Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke USN and senior United States Navy staff, in their traditional energetic style by performing a "cultural challenge" at the Russell Offices in Canberra.

United States Navy Vice Admiral Robert Burke kicked off a week of cultural talks recently with a traditional "cultural challenge" from Navy's indigenous performance group in Canberra. 

The performance by Navy's Bungaree Indigenous Performance Group contained indigenous traditions that relate to instances where people from disparate groups, clans and tribal groups come together.
 
United States Chief of Navy Personnel, Vice Admiral Burke, and Royal Australian Navy counterparts including Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Mike Noonan held talks about the respective navies' cultural, diversity and inclusion strategies from 7 - 9 September.

Vice Admiral Burke said the diversity and inclusion discussions amplified the close working relationship between the two navies.
"The cultural challenge was very impressive and it was a privilege to be able to participate," Vice Admiral Burke said.

"The ceremony served as a great window into a part of Australian culture that demonstrates the benefits of an inclusive culture." 

Co-chaired by Rear Admiral Noonan and Vice Admiral Burke, the Strategic Workforce Personnel Steering Group thrashed-out their plans on culturally and linguistically diverse groups, Project Suakin (Total Workforce Model), ForceNet and other projects designed to improve workforce culture.

Rear Admiral Noonan and Vice Admiral Burke also travelled to the Australian War Memorial for a tour in the late afternoon.
The Admirals halted, paused and laid a wreath before the proceedings of the Last Post Ceremony and the reading of the story of Able Seaman Sydney Clarence Glossop. 

Able Seaman Glossop was one of the 375 men killed in action when the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston were sunk during the of Battle of Sunda Strait.