marie claire Young Business Women’s Award
Royal Australian Navy, Darwin
“I thoroughly enjoy life at sea as a naval officer and relish the opportunity to exercise and improve my mariner skills and take on a demanding leadership role.” – Kylie Beumer.
Kylie Beumer graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1999, majoring in Physics and Oceanography, and now commands HMAS Broome, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s 14 Armidale Class Patrol Boats. Kylie’s achievements include awards for outstanding performance in HMAS Melbourne during preparations for an Arabian Gulf deployment and for her contribution in HMAS Kanimbla during the Iraq War. She was commended for her planning and execution of the aero-medical evacuation of casualties after an explosion on a suspected irregular entry vessel (SIEV) in 2009. During her first year as Commanding Officer of HMAS Broome, Kylie co-ordinated the challenging rescue of all 86 passengers from a sinking vessel 90 nautical miles off Christmas Island. Currently the only female patrol boat Captain, Kylie, 32, spends 150 days at sea each year and enjoys kayaking, trekking and camping – climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania was a recent achievement – on her time off.