Call of the sea for future logistician

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Location(s): Jervis Bay

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Creswell, Graduation

Midshipman Grace Robson with her mum Terrie and her dad Chris following her  graduation as part of New Entry Officer Course 56. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Midshipman Grace Robson with her mum Terrie and her dad Chris following her graduation as part of New Entry Officer Course 56.

A love of the water inspired a Canberra local to buck a family trend of Air Force service and join the Navy instead.
 
Midshipman Grace Robson is one of 115 new officers that graduated from the New Entry Officers’ Course recently.
 
The course at the Royal Australian Naval College, on the shores of Jervis Bay on the New South Wales south coast, and transitions civilians to junior officers with 19 weeks of intensive training.
 
Midshipman Robson joined to become a Maritime Logistics Officer, responsible for ensuring Navy units are supplied with the equipment and resources to undertake activities.
 
This could involve managing the delivery of everything from catering supplies to helicopter parts and ammunition to ensure a ship is fully equipped and ready for any task.
 
Coming from a military family, with both parents serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, Midshipman Robson said it felt natural to join Defence.
 
“I knew from a pretty young age that I wanted to join the military. My mum Terrie served in the Australian Air Force for 20 years and my dad Chris is a Group Captain.
 
“My parents definitely inspired me to join. Growing up we moved around every two to three years, but we had some great postings, including one to Lompoc, California,” Midshipman Robson said.
 
While her parents are aviators, she said her love of the water made Navy a natural choice.
 
“I was part of a water polo club and played representative water polo for the ACT,” she said.
 
“I was also a lifeguard at my local pool, so my best memories are all around the water.
 
“I’ve always loved the ocean and being on or around the water,” Midshipman Robson said.
 
Having successfully completed initial officer training, she will now post to one of the Navy’s newest and largest ships.
 
I was really hoping to be posted onto one of the amphibious assault ships, so I feel really lucky to be posting onto HMAS Adelaide, where I will start filling out my task book.”
 
Training at the Royal Australian Naval College involves both the theory and practice of leadership, seamanship and communications. Trainees are instructed on naval history, physical fitness techniques and weapons handling. This cohort will specialise in a wide range of fields including aviation, logistics, warfare, medicine and engineering.