Investing in our youth

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Location(s): St Helens, Tas

Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut on parade during their new safety boat naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.  (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut on parade during their new safety boat naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.

Thirty young Australian Navy Cadets from Tasmanian Training Ship (TS) Argonaut marked a very special occasion as they stood proudly on their parade ground at St Helens in early August. Dressed smartly in their ceremonial uniforms and highly polished shoes, the Cadets put forward their best as their unit officially received and named their new safety boat. 

As part of their commitment to supporting youth opportunities, the Department of Defence has supplied 17 safety boats to Navy Cadet units across Australia. The newly acquired safety boat will assist TS Argonaut with conducting watercraft activities and training challenges.

Federal member for Lyons, the Honorable Eric Hutchinson MP, was pleased to address cadets, staff and families gathered for the official naming ceremony, 

“The Government provides support to Navy Cadets in a variety of ways, so the program can keep its training activities fresh and challenging. The provision of a new Rigid Hull Inflatable safety boat is an example of the Government’s support to cadets,” the Hon Eric Hutchinson said.

Commanding Officer, Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander Stacey Porter and TS Argonaut Support Committee member Mrs Fran Still jointly undertook the task of officially naming the safety boat the 'Argo 1'.

“It's an honour to be invited to name this new asset. The cadets and volunteers who form TS Argonaut give generously of their time with a goal to learn and live by Navy's values. This new boat will provide many hours of exciting maritime experiences,” said Commander Porter.

Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut form an honour guard around their newly named safety boat, 'Argo 1' during the naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.

Australian Navy Cadets from Training Ship (TS) Argonaut form an honour guard around their newly named safety boat, 'Argo 1' during the naming ceremony at St Helens, Tasmania.

Before assembled VIPs, cadets, families and friends, TS Argonaut's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Michelle Montgomery, ANC recounted the long and distinguished history of previous vessels which have sailed under the same name. While the newly named Argo 1 is considerably different from the the Argo of Greek mythology, the spirit of nautical adventures will still be what each Cadet strives for.

“It is fitting that we name this new safety boat 'Argo 1'. It reflects the history of this cadet unit, the achievements of all who have been part of it, and will provide many opportunities for current and future cadets,” Lieutenant Montgomery said.

After the parade and ceremony, guests were invited to attend a light lunch inside the TS Argonaut building which proudly displays on the bulkheads (walls) many framed pictures of previous Navy Cadets who have continued their Navy journey by joining the Australian Defence Force.  

The cadets of TS Argonaut come from surrounding areas of the East Coast of Tasmania and parade at St Helens each week. Along with maritime and nautical components, cadets are taught the value of drill, discipline and team work. No doubt some will continue the Argonaut tradition of joining Navy to pursue a career.