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August 18, 2011
By LEUT Samantha Dudley
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray Griggs
set the standard for all sailors when
he completed his annual fitness test
at HMAS Cairns on July 20.
LSPT Corey Short was the tester
and said it was an inspiration to see
CN set the example in maintaining
individual readiness compliance.
"He proved that no matter how
busy your schedule is, there is always
time to stay fit," LSPT Short said.
VADM Griggs said it was good to
go back to Cairns and see the fruits of
the base redevelopment.
"I continue to be impressed with
the mission focus that is evident
in Cairns as the focal point for our
Hydrographic Service, our amphibi-
ous capability, as well as being
a key hub in supporting Operation
Resolute," he said.
VADM Griggs also spoke with the
ship's company about the continued
cultural reform journey and the impor-
tance of New Generation Navy for our
July 20 also marked VADM
Griggs' 50th birthday and LSCK
Melissa MacGregor had the honour of
baking his milestone cake.
CN sets fitness standard
FIT AT 50: LSPT
Corey Short (left)
assesses CN VADM
Ray Griggs as he
completes his annual
Photo: CPOPT Rod Brennan
NAVY was recently honoured as an
Employer of Choice (EOC) part-
ner with Women and Leadership
Australia (WLA) in recognition of
the Service's outstanding contribu-
tion to supporting the development
of female leaders.
Navy Women's Strategic Adviser
CMDR Jenni Heymans attended
the Australian Women's Leadership
Symposium in Canberra on July 7 to
receive a plaque on Navy's behalf.
The plaque, awarded by WLA
convener Suzie Finkelstein, recog-
nised Navy's participation in the
WLA EOC program for the third
The Leadership Symposium,
held in major capital cities around
Australia in June and July, explored
contemporary leadership theory,
enabled observation of current best-
practice examples, and attracted more
than 1000 attendees, including 16
Navy women from leading seaman
Given the high esteem in which
Navy is held by WLA, four Navy
women were invited to attend as
keynote speakers or panellists at the
Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and
Adelaide symposium events, includ-
ing CDRE Vicki McConachie,
CMDR Allison Norris, CMDR
Rachel Durbin and LEUT Di
This event, along with places at
a regional leadership conference, a
RAN employer of choice
leadership workshop, a 20-week
applied management development
program and 'World Café' leadership
forum, provided the opportunity for 63
Navy women to continue their profes-
sional leadership development through
the 2011 Navy Women's Leadership
The World Café leadership forum
will be held in October in either
Sydney or Canberra -- nominations
will be sought before the event -- and
the NWLP ends in November.
To honour the ongoing partner-
ship between Navy and WLA, CMDR
Heymans presented Ms Finkelstein
with a hard-bound, inscribed copy
of 100 Years of the Royal Australian
Further details about Navy's participa-
tion in the EOC program can be found at
SUPPORTING WOMEN AS LEADERS: Navy Women's Strategic
Adviser CMDR Jenni Heymans (left) and Women and Leadership
Australia convener Suzie Finkelstein at the Australian Women's
Leadership Symposium in Canberra.
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