Submariner Communicators benefit from six-month IT industry outplacement

Published on CPOCISSM Anthony O’Riley (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Henderson, WA

Topic(s): Industry Outplacement Program, Submarine Force

Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarine sailors Madalynne Currell, Mitchell Jones (right) and Bradley Webber all took part in the Industry Outplacement Program. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Submarine sailors Madalynne Currell, Mitchell Jones (right) and Bradley Webber all took part in the Industry Outplacement Program.

Last year was a revolutionary one for the Royal Australian Navy in the field of submarine communications.

The Submarine Force saw upgrades made to legacy communications systems, a state-of-the-art training simulator installed at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre (STSC) and the fitting of new modernised communications centres in a number of Navy’s Collins Class submarines.

In March 2018, Submarine Headquarters and Austal agreed to the establishment of an industry outplacement program, creating an opportunity for up to six Communications and Information Systems Submariners to work with Austal’s Information Technology department for six months. 

For Navy, the outplacement program was an attractive arrangement, expected to deliver several benefits. 

Firstly, it will serve as a retention initiative for Communications and Information Systems Submariners who are waiting to be posted to a submarine.

Secondly, it will provide the opportunity for Communications and Information Systems Submariners to gain relevant IT experience in a related industry, therefore increasing their knowledge and skills.

Able Seaman Madalynne Currell, Able Seaman Mitchel Jones and Able Seaman Bradley Webber were the first Submariners to complete the outplacement program.

On completion of their placements, all three reported that their experience with Austal was invaluable and highly relevant to the emerging capabilities being delivered across the Submarine Force. 

“My time at Austal was certainly a positive one, with the exposure assisting me in gaining my Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification,” Able Seaman Jones said.

“I would recommend this position to highly motivated sailors who have a passion for IT or are interested in new experiences,” he said.

The CIS Submariner Industry Outplacement was established for an initial period of three years.