Following a record tenure of three-and-a-half years as Commander, Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer officially stepped down today.
CAPTION: Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer addresses a small gathering on-board HMAS Canberra before his handover as Commander, Australian Fleet to friend and colleague Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead. Photo by Able Seaman Tara Byrne.
In a heartfelt ceremony at Fleet Base East, Garden Island, Sydney, today, he handed the reins to Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead.
“I won’t say I’m happy to leave. But I can say I feel immeasurably privileged to have been part of the fleet over the past couple of years”, an emotional Rear Admiral Mayer said in his farewell speech on HMAS Canberra’s flight deck.
“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of our fleet together.
“It has been an honour to be the fleet commander.”