Maritime technology lures engineer

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell

Topic(s): Naval College, HMAS Creswell, Graduation

Sub Lieutenant Mat Madden after his graduation as part of New Entry Officer Course 56. (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Sub Lieutenant Mat Madden after his graduation as part of New Entry Officer Course 56.

A recent graduate of initial officer training at the Royal Australian Naval College was drawn to a Navy lifestyle to increase his engineering knowledge and work in high-end warfare.
 
Sub-Lieutenant Mat Madden studied at the University of Wollongong, before deciding to join the Navy, through HMAS Creswell on the shores of Jervis Bay.
 
“I joined the Navy for the continual learning and for the opportunity to work with new and innovative technology,” he said.
 
“I plan to eventually specialise as either a Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer onboard a submarine or in explosive ordnance,” Sub Lieutenant Madden said.
 
“Working on one of the new air warfare destroyers would be pretty exciting, as they have a large amount of complex weapons and control systems.”
 
It wasn’t only the aspects of cutting-edge warfighting systems that drew him to the senior service.
 
“Having a rank system allows you to have a goal to constantly strive for,” he said.
 
“I’m also really looking forward to travelling to different countries and meeting new people along the way.
 
“Hopefully I’ll have the chance to go to Hawaii on Exercise RIMPAC at some stage,” he said.
 
Sub Lieutenant Madden is one of 115 new officers who recently graduated the 19 week course.

The cohort learnt all the skills required to serve as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy both at sea and ashore. 

Training included the practical and theoretical aspects of leadership, communication, policy and systems, seamanship, combat survivability, fitness, parade and ceremonial, and basic weapons handling.
 
Each year Creswell trains thousands of personnel, including reserve and full-time officers. It also provides professional development for officers and senior sailors.