Sailor takes a bow

Published on LEUT William Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (author)

Topic(s): Frigate Helicopter (FFH), Deployments (Non-Operations)

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit-West in HMAS Stirling working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams is a Weapons Maintainer based at the Fleet Support Unit-West in HMAS Stirling working on location at the BAE Henderson Dockyard, Western Australia.

Enacting a character in a gritty Western Australian 1800s Western feature film is a far cry from maintaining multiple weapon systems onboard Anzac class frigates.

Defence skills acquired during postings and deployments have helped Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Peter Williams’ to improve his confidence as an actor in the entertainment industry.

He says that skills acquired in the Navy, such as weapons training, leading people and a professional work ethic has prepared him for an acting career in the competitive industry, as he transitions to the Active Reserves.

“When I was in school I used to love drama, school plays and pantomimes, basically anything where I could entertain people,” he said.

Growing up in the Perth suburb of Greenwood, his fondest memories are making films with friends before joining the Navy in 2007.

He says he is most proud of recently being cast in ‘The Decadent and Depraved’.

“Going from such a technical and process driven environment to the creative arts is daunting. 

“The transition to Active Reserves allows me the opportunity to render reserve service and still fulfil my university commitments,” he said.

The budding actor ranks travelling to some unique and fantastic ports as some of the most memorable moments of his many deployments and exercises while in the Navy.

“Travelling to some unique and fantastic ports like Tanzania in Africa, where I was able to take an overnight safari, has a been highlight,” Leading Seaman Williams said.

“My advice for transitioning personnel it is to not be afraid to pursue what makes you happy.

“Once you know what you want, focus all your energy in building towards it, research it, up-skill in your field and save up to fund it.

He says with hard work and determination you will achieve your goals.