One hundred and twenty nine proud people from around Australia marked the first major milestone in their naval careers last week as they graduated from the Royal Australian Navy’s Recruit School.
Families watched on as General Entry 359 - Shipp Division marched on to the HMAS Cerberus Parade Ground with the Royal Australian Navy Band, dressed in ceremonial white uniforms and ready for inspection.
Recruits who demonstrated exceptional leadership, marksmanship and physical fitness were also recognised with awards.
Inspecting Officer, Commodore Luke Charles-Jones, CSC, OAM, RAN addressed Shipp Division, highlighting their responsibility as new sailors to uphold what they had learnt at Recruit School.
“By successfully completing recruit training, you have reached the first milestone of your naval career,” he said.
“You have developed a greater level of self-discipline and you now understand the importance of teamwork, particularly as it relates to our work at sea and ashore.”
“You are now fit to fight and we expect you to be disciplined, resilient and professional.”
The new sailors from Shipp Division, the first to graduate this year, spent 11 weeks at Recruit School learning to work as a team, develop self-discipline and make decisions in accordance with Navy’s values.”
Graduating Recruit Siobhan Von Prott was elated to have her family, five of them in the Army and four in the Navy or Cadets, in attendance to watch the ceremony.
“Recruit School was quite a shock at first but it was one of the best decisions I’ve made and I feel like I have so many opportunities in front of me,” Recruit Von Prott said.
“Joining was always in the back of my mind and after high school I thought it would be a great way to set myself up as an adult.”
“I’m joining as a Hydrographic Systems operator so there will be a lot of time in Cairns and I’m excited to get to sea.”
GE 359 was the fifteenth Shipp Division to pass through Recruit School and is named in honour of Leading Seaman Aircrewman Noel Ervin Shipp, who served in Vietnam with the Second Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight in 1968 and died while engaging the enemy under heavy fire.
The new sailors will now take a short break before they progress to their career-specific training and join a ship’s company at sea or ashore.