Standing up for safety and seaworthiness

This article has photo gallery Published on CMDR Graeme Hale (author), ABML-SC Craig Walton (photographer)

Topic(s): Establishments, Bases and Headquarters, Ships, Boats and Submarines, Training Authority – Safety and Seaworthiness

Navy's Training Force, Training Authority - Safety and Seaworthiness team (from left) Lieutenant Gregory Pope, Commander Graeme Hale and Lieutenant Commander Michael Larsen. (photo: ABML-SC Craig Walton)
Navy's Training Force, Training Authority - Safety and Seaworthiness team (from left) Lieutenant Gregory Pope, Commander Graeme Hale and Lieutenant Commander Michael Larsen.

The Royal Australian Navy has recently established a new Training Authority in order to oversee the critical areas of safety and seaworthiness.
 
As the newest unit within Navy’s Training Force, Training Authority – Safety and Seaworthiness, is committed to improving learning experiences and training efficiency by embracing new techniques and technologies.
 
Inaugural Director of the Authority, Commander Marc Pavillard, said that his team was seeking to explore the boundaries of online learning techniques and would progressively start delivering some of the more engaging and effective learning products available within Defence.
 
“We are on track to deliver the first of what promises to be a range of engaging online learning resources which will start becoming available from late June 2017," he said.
 
“These resources will be available 24/7 within the Australian Defence Education Learning Environment, meaning they will be available on any device connected to the internet."
 
The new Authority is working closely with other Navy organisations, including the Fleet Seaworthiness Division and the Maritime Safety Bureau to support the development of training programs in areas such as departmental management audits, risk management and the roles and responsibilities of Ship Safety Officers and Ship Safety and Environment Team members.
 
As an example of the new approach to training, the risk management module currently under development will guide users on a succinct, self-paced learning experience focussed on core principles and concepts.
 
Participants will apply knowledge and skills learnt through training and their common experience by developing elements of a Safety Risk Assessment using a scenario based approach. The experience will challenge participants with a complex set of hazards, risks and controls.
 
In establishing the Authority, Commodore Training, Commodore Justin Jones, noted that it has been established to ensure that safety and seaworthiness is embedded in Navy’s culture.
 
“The longer term strategy is to ensure that safety and seaworthiness education and training is built into the professional development continuum for officers and sailors," he said.
 
“The aim is for all Navy people to be safety and seaworthiness practitioners,” Commodore Jones said.
 
“Simply put, safety and seaworthiness are crucial to achieving Navy’s mission ‘to fight and win at sea’.”