Sydney acknowledges awards and achievements

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), LSIS Nadav Harel (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, NSW

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, HMAS Sydney (D42)

L-R: Leading Seaman Marine Technician Brayden Matthews; Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Allan Rodway; Commander Edward Seymour and Lieutenant Zachary Smith, onboard HMAS Sydney. (photo: LSIS Nadav Harel)
L-R: Leading Seaman Marine Technician Brayden Matthews; Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Allan Rodway; Commander Edward Seymour and Lieutenant Zachary Smith, onboard HMAS Sydney.

Guided Missile Destroyer HMAS Sydney (V) has taken the time during her busy schedule to celebrate some significant achievements and present awards to crew members.

Four of the ship’s company were awarded their Australian Defence Medal for completing their first four years’ service in the Australian Defence Force - Leading Seaman Marine Technician Eric Mitchell; Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Chef Zachary Jones; Able Seaman Electrical Technician Samuel Hicken; and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Madeline Whatley.

Recognising more than 20 years of valuable service, Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Greig Murray was presented his First Clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal.

HMAS Sydney’s own award(s), the Shipmate of the Quarter trophies, were handed out to the crew members who have worked above and beyond during the year.

A ‘Shipmate of the Quarter’ award went to Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mitchell Rodway, who was recognised for his exceptional efforts as a Damage Control Instructor for HMAS Sydney’s Combat Survivability Certification and Damage Control Pre-Workup Training, and for his efforts towards the professional development of Combat Systems Operators, particularly in training for Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations.

Leading Seaman Rodway was also one of the first responders at a car crash that happened in front of Fleet Base East in Sydney, providing vital first aid support.

“I am stoked to receive the award and proud to be recognised for what we do on Sydney,” said Leading Seaman Rodway.

Lieutenant Zachary Smith was named ‘Shipmate of the Quarter’ for his outstanding leadership as the ship’s inaugural Diving and Demolitions Officer, and as the Combat Survivability Training Officer, successfully coordinating Damage Control Pre-Workup Training and Combat Survivability Certification for Sydney.

The most recent awardee for Quarter 2 of 2020 was Leading Seaman Marine Technician Brayden Matthews. He was named ‘Shipmate of the Quarter’ for his devotion and commitment towards working extended periods in his own time to overall improve the habitability, quality of life, fixtures and a number of upgrades onboard Sydney, and for his outstanding leadership towards training superiors and subordinates of what is required to bring a ship into service.

Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney Commander Edward Seymour was proud of the crew and the recipients’ achievements during the challenging times that 2020 has presented.

“The personnel being acknowledged here today are representative of the hard work and effort all those on Sydney have put in to prepare us for our work-ups and future deployment to the USA,” said Commander Seymour.

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Madeline Whatley, left, is presented her Australian Defence Medal from Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney Commander Edward Seymour, onboard HMAS Sydney.

Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Madeline Whatley, left, is presented her Australian Defence Medal from Commanding Officer HMAS Sydney Commander Edward Seymour, onboard HMAS Sydney.