Engineering sailor inspired by father

Published on LEUT Michael Wheeler (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham

Able Seaman Marine Technician Shane Steinton checks high pressure gauges onboard HMAS Perth during a set of technical rounds which are carried out routinely while the ship is at sea.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Marine Technician Shane Steinton checks high pressure gauges onboard HMAS Perth during a set of technical rounds which are carried out routinely while the ship is at sea.

An engineering sailor will proudly uphold a family tradition of service as he deploys to the Middle East onboard HMAS Perth.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Shane Stainton and the rest of Perth's 192 crew are en route to the Middle East to conduct counter terrorism patrols as part of Operation MANITOU. 

For Able Seaman Stainton this will be his first operational deployment and as such the preparation required was extensive but not surprising.

“My dad Jim, is still currently serving in the Navy, so for most of my life I have understood what it is like to go to sea for a long period of time and what could be expected of me," he said.

"I always wanted to follow in his footsteps and be a Marine Technician as well.

“I grew up in the Rockingham area so I have had a good understanding of what it takes to be apart of the Navy.

"Dad was posted to HMAS Stirling in 1999, and apart from times when he was away for training, the Rockingham area is where I went to school and where many of my friends still reside today are."

Able Seaman Stainton played many sports at school but excelled in both soccer and T-Ball where he represented Western Australia and Mandurah High School. 

“Sport for me was a big thing and still is today, I am glad I joined an orginisation that encorages physical fitness and sport. 

"I am really looking forward to playing soccer whilst we are in the various ports along the way, although home won’t be too far from my thoughts," Able Seaman Stainton said.

“Being able to go to the beaches around the Rockingham and Secret Harbour area is something I remember growing up, I think it will be hard being away on deployment trying to find the perfect beach that reminds me of home, but it will be fun trying."

Able Seaman Stainton's role onboard is to operate, maintain and repair the ship's machinery, gas turbines, and diesels ventilation, as a part of Perth's routine maintenance. 

Able Seaman Stainton's will be part of the 63rd rotation of a Royal Australian Navy ship to the region since 1990. Perthwill relieve HMAS Darwin on operations.