Midshipman celebrates his 18th birthday at sea

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), SGT Emma Franklin (photographer)

Midshipman Lachlan Marsh, who celebrated his 18th birthday in HMAS Tobruk, on the bridge wing of the ship as it crossed the equator on November 23, 2013. (photo: SGT Emma Franklin)
Midshipman Lachlan Marsh, who celebrated his 18th birthday in HMAS Tobruk, on the bridge wing of the ship as it crossed the equator on November 23, 2013.

Crossing the equator aboard an Australian warship is how one former St Patricks College - Shornecliffe student spent his 18th birthday.
 
For many young blokes, turning 18 means a big night out with mates or a bit of a party at home with family and friends.
 
But Midshipman Lachlan Marsh is in the Navy’s heavy-lift ship HMAS Tobruk and when his birthday came around this year he was headed for Philippines as part of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) response to Typhoon Haiyan, and it was business as usual.
 
He said there was no special concession as far as getting time off work was concerned.
 
“I didn’t mind though, it kept me busy.
 
“It’s unfortunate I’m away from friends and family for my birthday, but it’ll certainly be worth the experience and the stories I’ll return with.”
 
Lachlan said the other officers aboard did what they could to make the day special for him.
 
“The Commanding Officer and the Executive Officer both made a speech and the chefs prepared an awesome cake.”
 
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20132310.