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LEUT Samantha Dudley
THE Training Developer of the
Year and Instructor of the Year have
been presented with their awards on
opposite sides of the country.
During a ceremony at HMAS
Stirling on May 16, WOMT Paul
Phillips was recognised for his com-
mitment to improving Anzac marine
technician training and his selfless
attitude as a course implementation
officer, divisional officer and senior
sailor at Training Unit – Anzac Ship
Support Centre (TU-ASSC).
Commodore Training CDRE
Mike Noonan presented WO Phillips
with the 2012 Training Developer of
the Year Award and said his level of
contribution was outstanding.
“WO Phillips’ efforts have revi-
talised training,” he said.
“His reinvigoration of avail-
able but dormant technological
and simulation assets, and the
alignment of these with new FFH
marine technician training continu-
ums, has not only reduced at-sea
training efforts while significant-
ly improving training outcomes,
but also allowed already allocated
funding to be redirected to other
WO Phillips said it was the final
product of the training package that
he found most rewarding.
“Training in the simulated envi-
ronment at TU-ASSC versus train-
ing on board various platforms has
provided not only consistency in the
standard of training, but has also
consistently produced a higher qual-
ity marine technician,” he said.
He said he would not have
received the award without the
assistance and first-rate work ethic
of the TU-ASSC team.
Meanwhile, at a ceremony at
HMAS Cerberus, CN VADM Ray
Griggs presented LSMED Lauren
King with the Instructor of the Year
award for her outstanding perfor-
mance as a recruit school instructor
LS King was nominated for her
level of professional knowledge,
her exemplary attitude, providing
the best possible instruction to her
charges and regularly identifying
and rectifying performance issues.
WHEN ASLT Scott Gidley changed
course from Army to Navy, he decided
to pursue a bigger dream of driving a
warship, instead of piloting a chopper.
ASLT Gidley took a step closer to
his new career goal when he graduated
as dux of Junior Warfare Application
Course (JWAC) 55 at HMAS Watson on
He was also awarded the Department
of Defence prize for the best performance
overall in phase four bridge simulator.
“I am a little surprised to be awarded
two of the top prizes,” he said.
“I worked hard and thoroughly
enjoyed all the four phases of JWAC, but
am still surprised to be award the dux
and Defence prize.”
ASLT Gidley said since joining
Navy as a maritime warfare officer he
has enjoyed all the challenges thrown at
him and has never regretted leaving the
“I have never looked back,” he said.
ASLT Gidley has now taken aim at
his next challenge – to sub-specialise in
He was one of 30 junior officers
awarded their Navigation Watchkeeping
Certificates at a graduation ceremony
attended by Commodore Training CDRE
Michael Noonan and DGNCTS CDRE
The graduation ceremony was par-
ticularly memorable for all graduates
who received academic awards.
MIDN Johanna Akerman was pre-
sented with the Ian McDonald Memorial
Prize for the most improved JWAC train-
ee from phase one to phase four shore.
“This award recognises the skills and
confidence I have gained, especially over
the past 20 weeks during the sea phase that
allows JWAC officers to hone our mariner
and watchkeeping skills,” she said.
MIDN Akerman, who was told of
her pending promotion to ASLT during
the award ceremony, has been posted to
SBLT Morgan Pierce, who was
crash-posted to HMAS Warramunga,
was awarded the Warfare Community
Medallion for being the officer who dis-
played the highest Navy values.
Training Authority – Maritime
Warfare CAPT Will Martin told the
JWAC graduates that they had great
responsibilities ahead of them as they
pursue their Bridge Warfare Certificate.
“The Navigation Watchkeeping
Certificates you have received today put
you on the path to obtaining your Bridge
Warfare Certificate, which is the qualifi-
cation you need to command a warship
in the RAN,” he said.
for blue pays off
TOP AWARD: CDRE Michael Noonan presents the Department of Defence
Bridge Simulator Prize to ASLT Scott Gidley during a graduation ceremony at
Photos: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez
JWAC 55 GRADUATES
The graduates of JWAC 55 were:
LEUT Chad Mapp, LEUT Justin Raward,
LEUT Brendan Sinnamon, LEUT Brendan
Witt, SBLT Courtney Bahr, SBLT Max
Buckingham, SBLT John Chipper, SBLT
Matthew Cicchini, SBLT Daniel Comparini,
SBLT Abraham Duncan, SBLT Brenton
Fairall, SBLT Benjamin King, SBLT Thomas
Lennards, SBLT Morgan Pierce, SBLT
Melanie Pring, SBLT Christopher Saville,
SBLT Mark Simpson, SBLT Raina Taggart,
SBLT Joshua Wilson, ASLT April Betts,
ASLT Hayden Clark, ASLT Allan Dennis,
ASLT Naomi Gammon, ASLT Scott Gidley,
ASLT Cameron Livingstone, ASLT Michael
Morgan, ASLT Laura Watman, ASLT Kristy-
ann Youd, and MIDN Johanna Akerman.
ALL SMILES: Graduates stand with CAPT Will Martin, CDRE Peter Quinn
and CDRE Michael Noonan after the ceremony at HMAS Watson.
ON THE JOB: WOMT Paul Phillips trains personnel at the Training Unit – Anzac Ship Support Centre.
Photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani
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