Life as a Marine Technician during scheduled maintenance onboard HMAS Darwin

Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Darwin (F04)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Jon Cresswell onboard HMAS Darwin alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
Able Seaman Marine Technician Jon Cresswell onboard HMAS Darwin alongside Fleet Base East, Sydney.

SMN Jon Cresswell, a Marine Technician on board HMAS Darwin, is finding his usual workplace much busier while the ship undertakes her scheduled maintenance period.

“Our team is focussing on cleaning pipes, and the restoration and preservation of bilges” said SMN Cresswell, “it’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.”

The 30 year old Gold Coast native previously served at HMAS Waterhen, during which he had one his favourite Navy experiences.

“A highlight was marching in the HMAS Waterhen 50th anniversary ‘Freedom of Entry’ parade through North Sydney last year,” he said.

“Participating in a march like that one, or even Anzac day is special because you can’t really do it outside of defence; it’s a real Navy experience.”

HMAS Darwin is scheduled to participate in the International Fleet Review, including as part of the Ceremonial Fleet Entry, later this year, giving SMN Cresswell another naval experience to look forward to.

The IFR will be held in Sydney from 3-11 October 2013 to commemorate the Centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. The city will play host to a number of exciting events, including a combined naval march, formation fly-pasts and a spectacular pyrotechnics and light show on the harbour.

Additional imagery is available at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130629.