In late May, HMAS Watson hosted two high school students as part of the Navy Work Experience Program.
The week long program included work within the Watson galley, as well as rotations through other sections of the base, including the Bridge Simulator and Health Clinic.
Both students were also taken to Fleet Base East, Garden Island, on the final day of their work experience week, for a tour of HMAS Tobruk and a walk through of the Heritage centre.
One of the students, Jack Caban, already had some knowledge of life in the Navy, because his Father is the HMAS Watson Wardroom Mess Manager, Chief Petty Officer Peter Caban.
The experience gave him a greater appreciation of the work that goes on in the Navy on a daily basis. On completion of the week, Jack described his experiences in the following letter, which he sent to the Watson Staff.
"Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to the all staff at HMAS Watson for showing me what Navy life is all about. I came to Watson not knowing what to expect, even though my Dad is the Wardroom Mess Manager.
On Monday morning, we had a tour of the bridge sim area and got to practice driving a ship which was fun.
From Monday afternoon until Wednesday, I worked with the cooks and stewards at the Wardroom. I really enjoyed my time with the chefs and learning what they do in the Navy. Everybody was so helpful answering all my questions.
This would be one of the best weeks I've had, and I really would like to join the Navy now, if my parents let me.
The tour of HMAS Tobruk was interesting, as was the Heritage centre.
I would highly recommend any school student thinking of joining the Navy to get involved with the Defence Work Experience Program.
Again, thanks to everybody for making me feel welcome."
More information about the Defence Work Experience program can be found at http://www.defence.gov.au/workexperience.