From small town to big ship

Published on LSIS Yuri Ramsey (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Nicholas Juner working in the operations room of HMAS Sydney. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Nicholas Juner working in the operations room of HMAS Sydney.

From the small town of Fentonbury in Tasmania, which consists of around 12 houses, 23 year-old Leading Seaman Nick Juner now sails the seas on one of Navy’s guided missile frigates.

He joined the Royal Australian Navy in January 2009 as a Combat Systems Operator, almost immediately after high school, looking for adventure and opportunities to travel.

Currently serving on the Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Sydney, Leading Seaman Juner’s career has provided him lots of opportunities to see the world. So far in his career he has been able to participate in the largest naval exercise in the Northern Hemisphere, Exercise RIMPAC, and has travelled to Guam, Japan, Alaska, Canada and Vanuatu.

As a Combat Systems Operator, Leading Seaman Juner, performs a multitude of duties in and out of the Operations Room including air, surface and sub-surface warfare exercises and ships maintenance.

Leading Seaman Juner said one of his career highlights had been qualifying as an Aircraft Controller.

“Directing a helicopter to safely land and take off from the deck of a warship is very satisfying,” he said.

Leading Seaman Juner thinks the Navy is a good choice for young people looking for a leg up. 

“Being in the Navy has allowed me to own my house and own my car, even though I’ve only been in six years,” he said.

“Navy has given me a great start in life and I definitely recommend it,” Leading Seaman Juner said.

 HMAS Sydney visited Hobart for Navy week from 5 to 10 February.