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June 7, 2012
THE winner of this year's Queen's Gold Medal said
his training was vital in securing one of Navy's most
LEUT Charles Marchant, of HMAS Parramatta,
has been recognised for his outstanding perfor-
mance while posted to HMA Ships Darwin and
CN VADM Ray Griggs presented LEUT
Marchant with the medal at a ceremony attended by
HMAS Parramatta personnel at Fleet Headquarters.
VADM Griggs said the award was presented in
recognition of LEUT Marchant's outstanding per-
formance during the Engineer Officer Application
Course (EOAC) and Weapons Electrical Engineer
Officer Certificate of Competence (WECC).
"I commend LEUT Marchant for his outstand-
ing achievement and perfor mance on EOAC and
WECC and subsequent dedication and commitment
to excellence du ring postings to HMA Ships Darwin
and Tobr uk," he said.
"The Queen's Gold Medal is presented an nually
to the officer who has exhibited the most exemplary
conduct, perfor mance of duty and level of achieve-
ment while undergoing initial and application course
Paying tribute to Navy's signature behaviours,
LEUT Marchant said second best should never be
"This award is about being the best that you can
be," he said. "Even if no one is watching."
LEUT Marchant said the training he received
enabled him to answer the challenge of being a ju n-
ior officer, which required learning from senior sail-
ors while also providing leadership and inspiration.
His training mantra also supports the Fleet oper-
ating concept, which is designed to maximise train-
ing opportunities and achieve directed levels of prep-
aration in an enduring and cost-effective man ner.
Winner praises training
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: CN VADM Ray Griggs presents the Queen's Gold Medal to LEUT Charles Marchant in front of
his family and HMAS Parramatta personnel at Fleet Headquarters, Sydney.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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