Topic: HMAS Melville (A246)
Cairns-based Navy personnel have proudly shown off their ship and career paths to a group of students interested in seeing a military lifestyle first hand.
For Chief Petty Officer Naval Police Coxswain Simon Smith, the welcome Australian Defence personnel received from communities in the wake of Cyclone Debbie was what made the job worthwhile.
Fourteen young Queensland women recently attended the Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp at HMAS Cairns and experienced life at sea onboard hydrographic ship, HMAS Melville.
More than 400 stranded guests and staff have been rescued from Daydream Island off Queensland, ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Debbie, thanks to the actions of HMAS Melville.
During October and November, eight members of Hydrographic crew White (embarked in HMAS Melville), deployed on the first detached boat camp conducted for several years.
Navy cadets have enjoyed an ‘at sea’ experience with the ship's company of hydrographic ship, HMAS Leeuwin, renewing friendships made in sister ship HMAS Melville.
When Lieutenant Commander Ian Jordan marched off of HMAS Melville this year, he had completed more that 6700 days posted to seagoing vessels.