The Royal Australian Navy has named the officer who died aboard ADV Cape Inscription yesterday as Lieutenant Commander Steven Noakes.
Lieutenant Commander Noakes’ family have released the following statement;
Steven was a much loved husband, father, brother, uncle, son and proud Navy member.
He devoted 36 years of his life to serving his country and for that we couldn’t be more proud of him.
When not home with his family, he was most happiest when at sea with his crew.
We wish to extend our thanks to his shipmates and colleagues who provided such a rewarding and joyous career to Steven over the years.
His life has made a significant impact on all those who knew and loved him.
Lieutenant Commander Noakes was the commanding officer of the Starboard Crew on ADV Cape Byron until recently and, while Defence didn’t specifically say, we believe he was also the Starboard Crew commander on Cape Inscription, deployed on Operation RESOLUTE, when he died.
Navy’s patrol boats are manned on rotation by two crews, ‘Port’ and ‘Starboard’, with one crew embarked and one disembarked at any given time.
Cape Byron was a patrol boat on loan from Australian Border Force and was handed back to ABF when ADV Cape Inscription was brought into service by the Navy earlier this month.
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