Twenty defence personnel have received commendations for their bravery during a fatal boat explosion near Ashmore Reef last year.
The asylum seeker boat known as SIEV 36 exploded near Ashmore reef last year.
Five asylum seekers were killed and dozens more were injured in the blast.
Crew from HMAS Albany provided treatment to 13 Afghan casualties in a makeshift burns unit on board their vessel.
Today, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett praised their skill and compassion for human life.
Two patrol boat crews received a commendation, while Corporal Sharon Jagher received an individual gold commendation for her efforts on the day she described as the worst of her life.