Proud families and friends attended the graduation Parade of General Entry 349 Emms Divisions which for the first time in Navy’s history consisted of more women than men.
The Royal Australian Navy Recruit Course is 11 weeks in duration. The training inducts men and women into the Royal Australian Navy emphasising teamwork and lateral thinking, and for trainees to have the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct basic duties within the Fleet and progress to a specialised career in the Navy.
Dorothy and John Rees attended to support their granddaughter Recruit Beth Rees.
“We’ve come to see our fantastic granddaughter graduate. I know I speak for her mother and father and the rest of family when I say we are very proud,”Mrs Rees said.
“I served myself in the military and this is way above what we went through back in the 50s.
Her grandfather was equally complimentary.
"It was an outstanding parade and we were delighted to be here,” Mr Rees said.
This is the 11th Emms Division to pass through HMAS Cerberus. Emms Division is named in honour of Leading Seaman Cook Francis Emms, who was serving on board HMAS Kara Kara when the Japanese conducted an air raid on Darwin in 1942.
Eight ships were sunk, dozens of aircraft destroyed and nearly 300 people killed. During the attack Kara Kara was singled out. Leading Seaman Emms manned one of the vessel's machine guns and continued to return fire even after he had been seriously wounded. His constant and accurate fire forced the Japanese aircraft to break off their attack. Leading Seaman Emms died later that day as a result of the wounds sustained during the attack.
Recruit Instructor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Nicole Marotzek commented on the graduating group.
"All recruits have to be strong and focussed to complete an intense 11 weeks of recruit training," she said.
"I’ve been in the Navy 13 years and having more female representation is positive.
"I really look forward to serving with all these recruits throughout their careers in the fleet."
Graduating recruits are expected to display in their behaviour and their attitude Navy Values of Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity and Loyalty.
For more information about Recruit School and joining the Navy visit http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/navy/