Technical sailors race into Prodrive Racing Australia

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author), LS Dove Smithett (photographer)

Topic(s): Training, Sport, Team Navy

The newest members of the Royal Australian Navy Pro Drive Racing Outplacement Program, Able Seaman Avionics Technician Aircraft Aaron Armbruster (centre), Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson (left) and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Kyle Best at the Pro Drive Racing Australia Display Centre, Campbellfield, Victoria.   (photo: LSIS Dove Smithett)
The newest members of the Royal Australian Navy Pro Drive Racing Outplacement Program, Able Seaman Avionics Technician Aircraft Aaron Armbruster (centre), Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson (left) and Able Seaman Electronics Technician Kyle Best at the Pro Drive Racing Australia Display Centre, Campbellfield, Victoria.

Three technical sailors arrived at the workshop of V8 Supercar Team Prodrive Racing Australia this week for the fifth rotation of the highly successful Navy Industry Outplacement Program.

The sailors will experience 12 months in the high pressure environment of International V8 Supercar racing. Prodrive Racing Australia, (formerly Ford Performance Racing), places Navy technicians within the team for 12 months, with the objective of recognising and developing technical skills.

Mr Peter Trevaskis, Marketing Director of Prodrive Racing Australia, said the team was fortunate enough to win two championships last year, and the Navy sailors played a vital role in that success.

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Dale Tiyce-Nelson said he was very nervous, but was looking forward to all the challenges that lay ahead on this year of adventure with Prodrive Racing Australia.

Pro Drive Racing Team Manager, Chris O’Toole presents the outgoing Royal Australian Navy Pro Drive Outplacement Program members; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Samuel Devers (left); Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally (right); and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Kate Greenwood with their departing gifts from the team for their outstanding contribution to the team throughout 2015 at the Pro Drive Racing Australia Display Centre, Campbellfield, Victoria.

Pro Drive Racing Team Manager, Chris O’Toole presents the outgoing Royal Australian Navy Pro Drive Outplacement Program members; Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Samuel Devers (left); Leading Seaman Marine Technician Sarah Battenally (right); and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Kate Greenwood with their departing gifts from the team for their outstanding contribution to the team throughout 2015 at the Pro Drive Racing Australia Display Centre, Campbellfield, Victoria.

The three sailors involved with this year's program are Leading Seaman Tiyce-Nelson, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Kyle Best and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Aaron Armbruster.

This program also includes the opportunity for Able Seaman Armbruster to work on composite materials for V8 Supercars.

“I’m really stoked with this exciting opportunity and can’t wait to get cracking,” he said.

Leading Seamen Marine Technicians Kate Greenwood and Sarah Battenally and Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Sam Dever will shortly be returning to the fleet with some exciting stories and plenty of new skills.

Leading Seaman Battenally said it was hard to explain the scope of her experiences over the past 12 months.

"I've had a fantastic time, made amazing friends, and taken away a huge amount of skills from a trade and technical point of view," she said.

"I’m sad to leave, but really looking forward to getting back to the fleet."