Dux on track to defend

Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), PO Vickie Austin (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Warrant Officer Adrian Holmes  presents Recruit Electronic Warfare Matthew Joekong  with the 'Academic of the Intake' award during his graduation ceremony from General Entry 352 Emms Division held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: PO Vickie Austin)
Warrant Officer Adrian Holmes presents Recruit Electronic Warfare Matthew Joekong with the 'Academic of the Intake' award during his graduation ceremony from General Entry 352 Emms Division held at Recruit School, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.
Identifying and defending against anti-ship missiles is a job you don’t see outside the Navy – which is exactly what attracted one trailblazer to the Navy’s warfighting community.
 
Seaman Electronic Warfare Matthew Joekong wanted a challenge and a career he could be proud of so enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy after working in Quantity Surveying for seven years.
 
Seaman Joekong said that his uncle had a long career in the Royal Navy, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer before retirement.
 
He is now completing demanding training in operating the electronic warfare and anti-ship missile defence equipment at the School of Maritime Warfare-West.
 
Day-to-day tasks offer great opportunities for high achievers like Seaman Joekong.
 
He holds a Bachelor of Urban Development (with Honours), was dux of both his Recruit School intake and his Initial Electronic Warfare Course, and said that he felt honoured and grateful for his successes so far.
 
“I worked hard during Recruit School achieving an average of 98.5 per cent over all the theory assessments,” Seaman Joekong said.
 
“I’m fairly new to the Navy so the most memorable moment for me was touring HMAS Arunta after posting to HMAS Stirling.
 
“This was the first time I had been on a frigate and it was an exciting experience to get a glimpse of what life will be like once I’m posted to a ship.
 
“One of the biggest perk of the job is living aboard Stirling which gives me the opportunity of having an abundance of activities at my door step.
 
“I can go snorkelling or fishing after work in some of the best beaches and fishing locations in Western Australia.
 
“Recruits looking at joining the Navy should consider Electronic Warfare Operator as a good choice for a challenging career.
 
“I have found the Maritime Warfare Community very supportive and they encourage you to excel and become a capable member when joining a ship after training.
 
“I would like to experience what the Navy has to offer and see where it takes me.”