HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF LOYALTY, COURAGE, AND TEAMWORK


HISTORICAL EXAMPLES OF LOYALTY, COURAGE, AND TEAMWORK

Chief Petty Officer 'Buck' Rogers was a living example of Defence values. JLBC Cadets On the night he died, the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and the destroyer HMAS Voyager were conducting exercises off the New South Wales south coast. In the late evening of 10 February 1964, Voyager crossed in front of Melbourne, and the two ships hit, with Melbourne smashing the destroyer in half. Rogers was one of over 50 men trapped in the sinking forward section compartment in darkness.

JLBC Cadets He took control and tried to bring calm to the disastrous situation. JLBC Cadets He probably realized that not all could get through a small escape hatch and that he, being a large man, had no chance. JLBC Cadets 'He was more intent on getting the younger chaps out first,' said a survivor. The forward section finally sank about ten minutes after the impact. Rogers was heard leading his remaining doomed shipmates in prayer and a hymn during their final moments.

These values (referred to by the acronym PLICIT) also align with the values emphasized by the three single-Services. The single-Service values reflect the services' uniqueness and complement and expand the overarching Defense values.

The single-word values are open to broad interpretation. For this reason, each Service has amplified its defining values, such as Serving with Pride, JLBC—Leadership, 'Ethos and Values,' and the Leadership Companion.

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