The values that underpin our service to Australia
The Navy has a code of values that serve as a constant source of moral courage to take action. These principles guide our members, encouraging them to be the best they can be, and to get the most out of their time in the Navy.
The fundamental value on which the Navy's and each person's reputation depends
Honour reflects our moral and ethical standards. It demands strength of will and inspires physical effort and selfless service. Honour guides our actions in a way explicit rules cannot; It shapes our conscience and determines our notions of pride, self-respect and shame.
Always being true to ourselves, our shipmates, and our colleagues
Honesty demands we face our shortcomings. We must be open and upfront with each other and ourselves. Honesty drives personal and professional growth. A lack of honesty hinders improvement, allows incompetence to be swept under the carpet and encourages failings to be ignored. Honesty enables us to serve with a clear conscience, sincerity and selflessness.
The strength of character to do what is right in the face of adversity
Courage demands unwavering obedience to moral principles. Courage drives responsibility, humility and personal example. No amount of education or experience can overcome a deficiency of courage.
Being committed to always doing what is right, no matter what the consequences
Integrity is unforgiving: if it's not right, don't do it; if it's not true, don't say it. Our integrity defines our moral power and underpins our fighting spirit. As people of integrity we confront and overcome wrong, regardless of personal cost.
Being committed to each other and to our duty of service to Australia
Loyalty is a reciprocal obligation of our shared and mutual commitments to each other and to the nation. It requires we acknowledge commendable effort and that we accept responsibility and accountability for our actions and for those of our subordinates.