When Lieutenant Eleanor Johnston began the Maritime Logistics Officers Application Course (MLOAC), she never imagined she would be dux – and receive a prestigious award.

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Mike Noonan recently presented Lieutenant Johnston with the Leeuwin Trust Fund Sword for achieving top honours in her studies in 2019.

The Leeuwin Trust Fund Sword  is awarded biennially to the dux of the MLOAC for the previous year who is not eligible for the RSL or Jubilee Sword awards. It was first presented in 1986.

Lieutenant Johnston said her achievements reflected the support and guidance she received from her mentors and peers.

“While getting the Leeuwin Sword recognises my achievements, the award reflects all of the support and assistance I received throughout my career up until that point,” she said.

“It was especially reflective of the guidance I received from the crew of HMAS Stuart, particularly the maritime logistics department, during my assistant maritime logistics officer posting.

“Throughout my career, I have been grateful to have been surrounded by a number of dedicated personnel across a variety of ranks and services whose patience, friendship and support has allowed me to seek opportunities and achieve my goals.”

While getting the Leeuwin Sword recognises my achievements, the award reflects all of the support and assistance I received throughout my career.

Following completion of Phase 1 of the MLOAC at HMAS Cerberus, Lieutenant Johnston was posted in Stuart and spent time as a submarine support officer at HMAS Stirling.

Director-General of Logistics – Navy Commodore Simon Ottaviano attended the presentation ceremony and said Lieutenant Johnston's award was well-deserved.

“Lieutenant Johnston continues a fine tradition of maritime logistics officers receiving this honour for hard work and dedication to their initial training,” Commodore Ottaviano said.

“This is recognition of the hard work she has done to master her primary qualification and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement.”