On parade for Navy Engineering Week

Published on SBLT Kat Mulheron (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus

Topic(s): Ceremonial Divisions, HMAS Cerberus, Navy Engineering Week

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)
Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, AM, RAN, returns a salute during the Engineering Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, presided over Ceremonial Divisions for more than 350 engineering officers and sailors on 2 December in honour of the inaugural Navy Engineering Week.

HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria, hosted the activity which is part of the initiative to foster collaboration and a sense of community for Navy engineering people across all ranks.

Navy Engineering Week encompasses a range of activities that celebrate achievements and showcase Navy engineering skills and talents. The week coincided with the Engineering Challenge Finals, a Technical Mastery competition for Marine, Electrical and Avionics Technician sailors, when sailors compete to perform technical and maintenance related tasks to determine a champion team.

The Engineering Faculty Ceremonial Divisions Guard, consisting of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Engineering Officer Application Course graduates, conduct an eyes right as they march past the dais during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

The Engineering Faculty Ceremonial Divisions Guard, consisting of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Engineering Officer Application Course graduates, conduct an eyes right as they march past the dais during Ceremonial Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.


The parade also marked the end of an era as the final Navy-sponsored students from the Engineering Officer commissioning program through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduated. The standard is now to study at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. They stood beside graduates of the Engineering Officers' Application Course.

"Cerberus is the home of naval engineering," Rear Admiral Uzzell said.

"You have a huge part to play in meeting strategic and mission objectives.

"It is a great time to be in the Navy and a great time to be a technician and engineer in this Navy.

"Seize the opportunities that are being presented to you and create the Navy that Australia needs.

"Think broadly and act globally."

The Sir Brian Murray RSL Commemorative Sword for 2015 was presented to Midshipman Julian Dubaj (centre) at the Engineering Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, by RSL Victorian State President, Major General David McLachlan (right) and Mr Peter Murray, representing the family of Sir Brian Murray.

The Sir Brian Murray RSL Commemorative Sword for 2015 was presented to Midshipman Julian Dubaj (centre) at the Engineering Divisions held at HMAS Cerberus, by RSL Victorian State President, Major General David McLachlan (right) and Mr Peter Murray, representing the family of Sir Brian Murray.


The Engineering Officers' Application Course comprises common Navy engineering practice, policy, structure and culture, as well as specific application training for Marine Engineering Systems or Weapons Electrical Engineering systems fitted in Royal Australian Navy ships. That knowledge is then expanded at sea for 15 months prior to returning to Cerberus to qualify as ship's Engineering Officers.

Holding the many engineering activities at the same time enables students across ranks to connect and discuss issues affecting engineering practice across the fleet.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/s20153495.