Chief of Navy makes final ship visit

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has visited the Task Group supporting the Sea Raider series of exercises in North Queensland.

He spent his last night at sea as the Chief of Navy on board the flagship HMAS Canberra, and used the opportunity to visit HMAS Choules and other ships as part of the Task Group.

While aboard he said: “Our LHDs and Choules represent both how far we are in the recapitalization of the Navy as well as our development of task group tactics and you can all be very proud of the contribution you have played in progressing this concept.

“When we launched Navy’s strategic plan, Plan Pelorus, generating self-supporting and sustainable maritime task groups was a key focus.

“These Task Groups had to be capable of accomplishing the full spectrum of maritime security operations.

“As I stand here today, both our LHDs are leading task groups across the region.”

However, CN also urged all members to continue the journey towards reinforcing Navy’s culture and being innovative.

“Throughout my tenure as CN I have been urging every member of every rank to think about how we are doing business and ask if there are better ways,” VADM Barrett said.

“Don’t wait for someone to solve a problem, if you can see a solution – take action.

“The only thing that can get in the way of how we do our jobs is ourselves.”

VADM Barrett will continue his tour of naval establishments before formally handing over command to Rear Admiral Mike Noonan on Friday 6 July.