Proud sailor returns to Hobart

Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart

Topic(s): HMAS Hobart (D39)

Hobart native Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Tim Lawler aboard HMAS Hobart, off the east coast of Australia. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)
Hobart native Leading Seaman Communications and Information Systems Tim Lawler aboard HMAS Hobart, off the east coast of Australia.
Leading Seaman Tim Lawler’s pride in his home town of Hobart is matched only by the pride he feels to serve aboard the city’s new namesake ship.
 
A Communications and Information Systems sailor, Leading Seaman Lawler was a proud member of HMAS Hobart’s ship’s company which arrived in Hobart for the first time last week.
 
Originally from Risdonvale, Leading Seaman Lawler joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2004 and has since served in multiple warships and deployed to the Middle East twice.
 
“I wanted to work in IT and I wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps after watching him serve in the Army and Air Force,” he said.
 
“I specifically requested to join HMAS Hobart because I’m proud of where I come from and I wanted to join my best mate from Hobart who is also serving in the ship.”
 
Although his work has kept him at sea and unable to return to Hobart for the past two years, Leading Seaman Lawler was eager to come home to the city he loves onboard a ship he is proud of.
 
“I’ve never sailed into the home cities of any of my previous ships and I’m glad I could do it for the first time in Hobart.
 
“My dad had never seen me march so he came to watch the whole crew during the Freedom of Entry in the city,” he said.
 
Although he will be a part of the ship’s official duties while back in Hobart, Leading Seaman Lawler was excited to spend some downtime with his family and old friends from Geilston High School before spending an expected 200 days at sea later this year.
 
HMAS Hobart is the first of three new guided missile destroyers for the Royal Australian Navy and the third ship to carry the name.
 
The ship will spend significant time in the United States this year as she completes evaluations and becomes ready to deploy.