Sharp-eyed sailors ready to shoot

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base East, NSW

Topic(s): Graduation

The Imagery Specialist Course comprising of members of the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army conducts a skills test in taking photographs from a moving platform while keeping the subject in focus and correctly composed. (photo: )
The Imagery Specialist Course comprising of members of the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army conducts a skills test in taking photographs from a moving platform while keeping the subject in focus and correctly composed.

Four sailors have become Navy’s newest Imagery Specialists upon completion of five and half months of training.

The four graduates were joined by family and friends for a graduation ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney, where they were presented with their graduation certificates and had Imagery Specialist category patches fixed to their uniforms.

Two colleagues from the Army also graduated at the ceremony.

In the Navy, Imagery Specialists are selected from existing sailor ranks to become industry-grade photographers and videographers who support the Information Warfare Force with high-quality digital imagery products.

Aspiring Imagery Specialists must submit a portfolio of work before they are accepted into the training program which sees them attend full time TAFE courses and complete practical training at sea and ashore.

Officer in Charge of Navy Imagery, Warrant Officer Phillip Hunt said the new Imagery Specialists would be deployed at sea for large parts of their careers in support of operations and exercises.

“Imagery Specialists play a key role supporting the Australian Defence Force’s information operations, capturing still photos and video that showcase our role as a professional and capable fighting force.

“Our newest Imagery Specialists may be deployed anywhere in the world, in peace or conflict, to support Navy’s objectives, record a significant part of Australia’s history and ultimately tell our story to future generations,” Warrant Officer Hunt said.

Course graduate Leading Seaman Ernesto Sanchez said he was looking forward to putting his training into practice.

“It’s always been my passion to do videography and photography and being an Imagery Specialist allows me to be creative.

“I really want to practice what I’ve been taught and I can’t wait to be deployed,” Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Sanchez said.

Fellow graduate Able Seaman Jarred Mulvihill said it was the realisation of a long-held ambition.

“I’ve wanted to be a Navy photographer since I was in Year 10 at high school, and I did work experience at HMAS Albatross,” Able Seaman Imagery Specialist Mulvihill Said

“My training has helped me develop the confidence to talk to all sorts of different people to get the shots I need.”

Imagery Specialists are posted to units around Australia and regularly deploy overseas, with some also posted to the tri-service 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit.