Proud family and friends gathered to watch Navy’s latest Communications and Information Systems (CIS) sailors graduate their initial CIS training held at HMAS Cerberus.
The initial CIS course runs over 28 weeks and is an intensive training program incorporating a range of Communications and Information systems using equipment which spans the communications spectrum from flashing lights and radios to satellites. CIS sailors fill the primary roles of Telecommunications, Information Technology Service and Support, Visual communications, Information and Operational Security and Information Management.
Executive Officer HMAS Cerberus, Commander Michael Oborn, RAN, reviewed the graduating class and presented certificates to the 14 graduates in front of family and friends.
“The job here of the staff at Cerberus is to create good sailors to serve in our Fleet, to ultimately fight and win at sea. Clearly the staff and your instructors have worked hard to mould you into the sailors you now are,” CMDR Oborn said.
CIS sailors perform visual communications using flashing light and flags, operate and administer a number of Local (LAN) and Wide area (WAN) IT networks used in the fleet. Precision, dependability and discretion are essential qualities. They must be willing to accept responsibility early in their career and work independently as well as part of a team.
CMDR Oborn finished addressing the parade, saying “From here on it is your actions, your ability to live out the Navy Values of Honour, Honesty, Courage, Integrity and Loyalty, that will ensure you stand out from the crowd and define you as sailors of the RAN.”