Topic: Australian Hydrographic Service
Being part of a highly-specialised team is one of the things Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicholas Jackson appreciates most about his role with the Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight.
Armed with a degree in environmental biology, Able Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Nicola Kingdon has put her training to full use as part of the survey team in HMAS Mermaid.
One naval officer has recently called stumps on a remarkable career, spanning more than half a century.
Seaman Hydrographic Systems Operator Thomas Beddome grew up in rural Eudunda, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley approximately 100 kilometres northeast of Adelaide, an area renowned for producing fine wine, golden crops and livestock, never envisaging he would end up living on a ship.
More than 2,000 people stood alongside the crew of hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin in Port Lincoln for Anzac Day commemorations, and with that level of enthusiasm, no wonder the ship’s company departed with some in tow.