Depth of character and commitment recognised in Hobart

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Adam Grover (author), Mr Richard Catt (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

Topic(s): Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Federation Star

Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.  (photo: Mr Richard Catt)
Commander Lewis Gaha, OAM, ADC, RAN has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM.

Navy Headquartes – Tasmania’s Commanding Officer, Commander Lewis Gaha is an exemplar of personal character and professional commitment. 

In a formal ceremony in the exquisite setting of Tasmania’s Government House, Commander Gaha has been awarded the Federation Star by Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM. 

The Federation Star recognises Commander Gaha’s 40 years of service to the Navy and to the nation.  

Reflecting on his service Commander Gaha said, I have experienced many periods of rapid change in Navy.  When I joined in 1975 as a general entry recruit Navy was still recovering from the Vietnam War experience, had a comparatively old fleet, and had a strongly male dominated culture.

“Today Navy has a rich and diverse culture of inclusion, a growing, highly capable fleet and superb opportunities for its people, who are sophisticated, professional and focused.

“Given this, it is no coincidence that we are able to maintain our recruiting targets as we are an employer of choice,” Commander Gaha said.

Commander Gaha’s career has had a number of notable highlights including the role of Navy Reserve Career Manger, Director of Navy Ministerial Coordination and Director of Navy Reputation Management.  

His work in Baghdad, working as the Elections Liaison Officer embedded in the Multi-National Force Iraq is particularly memorable.  
“Working with, and learning from coalition partners in a demanding and complex environment and being able to deliver solutions in Iraq to help those on the ground was rewarding,”  Commander Gaha said. 

His personal and professional commitment to achieving the very best for Navy and its people is the defining characteristic of Commander’s Gaha’s service.  

“My approach has always been to deal with people with integrity and honesty. For me it’s always been about serving others, most particularity by ensuring that I understand their needs and by doing everything I reasonably can to assist in others reaching their goals,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to my remaining time as Senior Naval Officer Tasmania, Commander Gaha said. I work with a small group of talented, flexible and optimistic staff, with a real ‘can do’ attitude.

“I would like to think that this is, in part, a reflection of my leadership style,” Commander Gaha said. 

You would be hard pressed to find anyone who knows the man to disagree with the Commander on this point.