Choules connects with Cocos Islands School

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Andrew McDonald (author), CPOCIS Simon Bagnall (photographer)

Location(s): Cocos (Keeling) Islands

SBLT Christopher Liszka shows the Cocos Keeling Secondary School students the various consoles onboard HMAS Choules bridge. (photo: CPOCIS Simon Bagnall )
SBLT Christopher Liszka shows the Cocos Keeling Secondary School students the various consoles onboard HMAS Choules bridge.

HMAS Choules has welcomed students and staff from Cocos Islands District High School for a tour the ship while at anchor off the Cocos (Keeling) Islands recently.
 
During a previous visit to the islands the ship’s company competed in a sporting challenge against a number of the students and the visit provided the opportunity to return the hospitality.
 
The Ship’s Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Andrew Jocumsen, led the tour for a group of 21 students and three teachers, visiting the galley, medical facilities, and Junior Sailors’ dining and accommodation spaces.
 
One of the tour hosts Leading Seaman Communication and Information Systems Kayla Lingard said the students were really pleased to be invited onboard. 
 
“They have seen a number of Navy ships in the area over the last few years but this was the first time they had a chance to visit one," Leading Seaman Lingard said.

The students are all familiar with boats, essential for transport between the islands, however many of the students were surprised at the size of Choules.
 
The tour completed with a visit to the bridge where they all enjoyed a morning tea prepared by the ship’s chefs.
 
The students especially enjoyed the opportunity to admire the spectacular view of the islands, using the lookout’s binoculars to zoom in on ‘home’.