Hands to action stations on Darwin

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer), LSEW Brooke Gregory (photographer)

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Darwin (F04), Decommissioning, Naval Engineering, Training Authority - Maritime Warfare

Phase 2 and Phase 4 trainee Maritime Warfare Officers pose for a photo on the bridge wing of HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSEW Brooke Gregory)
Phase 2 and Phase 4 trainee Maritime Warfare Officers pose for a photo on the bridge wing of HMAS Darwin.

HMAS Darwin is making the most of her final months in service, progressing trainees through their qualifications.
 
Designated as Navy’s sea and harbour training ship, Darwin is delivering the final Mark 92 combat system course to ensure operators and maintainers can sustain the remaining Adelaide class frigates through to the end of their service life.
 
In the past few weeks, the ship has run frequent engineering casualty control in order to advance Darwin’s already impressive record for generating new marine systems technicians, marine systems controllers, marine systems managers and electrical plant control console operators.
 
Marine Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander Trevor Henderson said he is thankful to have a dedicated team of planners and trainers working in Darwin’s marine engineering department.  

“They put a lot of effort into developing and assessing candidates,” he said.
 
“Thanks to them we have been able to train a large number of marine technicians so they can advance their careers.”
 
Darwin
 also received a number of phase two trainee Maritime Warfare Officers who are currently advancing their task books and learning the intricacies of ship navigation.
 
A total of seven midshipmen and three sub lieutenants have been regularly keeping watches on the bridge. 

Eight of them are conducting phase two of their training, whilst the remaining two are on phase four.
 
Commanding Officer Darwin Commander Phillip Henry said the ship was working hard to deliver a skilled workforce back to the Fleet.
 
“We have seized the opportunity to offer a front-line platform for the purpose of up-skilling our workforce,” he said.
 
“By the time we decommission in December, we will release a much needed, highly trained workforce back into the Navy.
“The crew are working hard to ensure we not only meet, but exceed training targets.”