Navy’s newest Stokers ready to work

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, Victoria

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Cerberus

Graduating class of  Marine Technician Course 352 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
Graduating class of Marine Technician Course 352 at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Eight sailors have become the Navy’s newest qualified Marine Technicians (MTs) following a year of recruit and employment training.

MTs fulfil a vital role in the Navy at sea and ashore, repairing and maintaining propulsion machinery, power generation systems, hull structures, and air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Officer in Charge of the Technical Training Faculty, Lieutenant Commander Jacquie Dew presented the graduates of the MT352 intake with their completion certificates at HMAS Cerberus.

Lieutenant Commander Dew said the eight graduates - some with no prior mechanical experience - had reached the first major milestone in their careers and they would now need to apply their initial trade training in the fleet.

“Many sailors joining as MTs have no mechanical or engineering background and one of the biggest challenges they face is building the fundamental skills and knowledge that they need to understand and maintain equipment at sea.

“Structured modules and mentoring from the instructors at the Technical Training Faculty help them overcome this barrier to become excellent Marine Technicians.

“MTs are vital members of the crew to operate and maintain the ship’s systems necessary to keep the ship running safely and efficiently.”

“MT352 fit that bill perfectly,” Lieutenant Commander Dew said.

Seaman MT Damon Moffatt from Ferntree Gully in Melbourne was named Dux of Course and said becoming an MT combined a personal passion for mechanics with a lifelong desire to join the Navy.

“I’ve always loved working on my own cars and it’s been a goal to have a career working on machinery,” he said.

“The Navy is in my family’s blood and I’ve wanted to join like a lot of my relatives before me.

“I remember being really excited the first time we got into the practical phase of training and seeing all the systems we’d be working on for the first time.”

Seaman MT Keetah Davis was proud to complete her training and be named the course Student of Merit.

“When we started I didn’t know the first thing about a car engine”, she said.

“Now I’m posting to Cairns, which is my hometown, and I’m excited to get going on patrol boats there or in Darwin.”

The eight new MTs will take up postings in Cairns, Sydney and Western Australia and continue to expand their practical experience.