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October 13, 2011
By LEUT Todd Austin
THIS month we take a look at the sec-
ond of the 'professionalism' behav-
iours, 'Be the best I can', which asks
personnel to strive for professional
excellence, know themselves, seek
self-improvement and maintain their
This Signature Behaviour relates
directly to 'Respect the contribution
of every individual'. By being the best
they can, the contribution of sailors
and officers is enhanced, engender-
ing the respect of superiors, peers and
HMAS Success recently returned
to Australian shores following a
deployment to South East Asia to
undertake a double-hull conversion,
bringing her in line with the latest
International Maritime Organisation
guidelines for tankers.
The ship's Commanding Officer,
CMDR Ainsley Morthorpe, said he
was extremely pleased with the efforts
of the crew to ensure their trip to
Singapore for the conversion work was
"I've seen many examples over the
last few months where the crew have
really been pushing the limits of their
excellence," CMDR Morthorpe said.
"I've seen a significant effort by
my engineering department to work
hard and diligently. They've looked for
innovative ways to overcome challeng-
ing technical obstacles during work on
the double hulling.
"The engineering department con-
stantly provided an excellent service
to the external contractors to allow us
to finish the project on time and on
Assistant Supply Officer SBLT
Michelle Orr has seen many examples
of sailors striving to be the best they
"Two new LS stewards came to
me recently wanting to go on course.
Unfortunately, we couldn't get them
on course until later in the year but, in
the meantime, I've been teaching and
mentoring them myself," she said.
"Those sailors are showing me
they're interested in learning -- this
definitely shows that they're striving to
be the best they can."
ABMT Mitchell Taylor said tak-
ing pride in his work was extremely
important to him.
OF THE MONTH:
BE THE BEST I CAN
Strive for professional excellence
"If we do a bad job everyone can
walk past and look at it," he said.
"If I don't paint a bulkhead cor-
rectly everyone can see it and every-
one knows. If I don't show pride in
my work, why would I even bother to
attempt the job?"
During the deployment, the ship's
company learnt valuable skills to help
them articulate and respond to situa-
tions and issues in a positive and con-
"The moral courage of my crew
increased during this recent deploy-
ment," CMDR Morthorpe said.
"They're very outspoken. They
will walk in and tell you if they think
something is going wrong and attempt
to resolve the situation -- this shows
me they are being the best they can."
Further information on New Generation
Navy's Signature Behaviours is available via
the Navy Intranet site at http://intranet.
WILLING TO LEARN: SBLT Michelle Orr (right) talks to LSHSO Sandra Purnell (left) from Cairns Ports
Services during HMAS Success' port visit in Cairns. Supply Officer CMDR John Metzl looks on.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
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