Men and women of Moreton put their resilience to the test

Published on LS Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Glass House Mountains, Qld

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Moreton, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

The ship’s company of HMAS Moreton gathers on top of Mount Coolum after a hot climb as part of its annual resilience training activity. (photo: )
The ship’s company of HMAS Moreton gathers on top of Mount Coolum after a hot climb as part of its annual resilience training activity.

The ship’s company of HMAS Moreton have put their resilience to the test in a training activity at the Glass House Mountains, just north of Brisbane.

Nature decided to give the team a wet start as they set up camp in the Running Creek Parklands.

Once base camp was established the team then preceded to conquer Mount Coolum, followed by a refreshing swim at a local beach as a reward.

You can take the sailor away from the sea but you can’t take the sea out of the sailor: HMAS Moreton personnel find an anchor from an unknown ship to gather together for a photo.

You can take the sailor away from the sea but you can’t take the sea out of the sailor: HMAS Moreton personnel find an anchor from an unknown ship to gather together for a photo.

The team then took a quick journey to Kondalilla Falls for another hike to the beautiful creek and waterfall area.

Several personnel braved the cool water of the creek for a fresh water wash-down to get rid of the dust and heat of the day.

The Moreton team then shared laughs and campfire games while feasting on gourmet ration pack creations, courtesy of Chief Petty Officer Paul Cannard.

For Seaman Emily Poole, the youngest member of Moreton’s ship’s company, this was her first time participating in a resilience proving activity outside of recruit training.

“I found it to be such a rewarding experience.

“Seeing the team come together was an eye opening experience and I’m glad I got to experience this side of the Navy so early in my career,” Seaman Poole said.

Day two dawned, and after celebrating a member’s birthday with a ration pack bread cake, the team then preceded over to beautiful Bribie Island for a day on the water.

Moreton’s Resilience Training Co-ordinator, Chief Petty Officer June Cunningham, aimed to not just challenge everyone’s bodies, but also their minds and emotional resilience as well.

Personnel were given the option of doing hard labour, with the task of moving buoyant objects through the water using small paddles, or for the truly brave, a challenge of attempting to catch aquatic creatures using flimsy ‘rod’ like devices. No marine life was harmed during this evolution.

The weather started to turn just as the exhausted team returned to base camp to prepare dinner.

“It wouldn’t be a Moreton resilience training session without rain,” Chief Petty Officer Cunningham said when the heavens opened up on the second night.

“Lucky for us, we are better prepared for it this time,” she added, as she donned her foul weather jacket.

Team Moreton survived a night of torrential rain, packed up camp and returned a stronger more resilient team than before – ready to tackle any challenges Navy might set for them.