At sea onboard all six FFGs

Published on LCDR Amy Blacker (author), LSIS Kieran Dempsey (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), Sea Training Group

Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD. (photo: LSIS Kieran Dempsey)
Royal Australian Navy sailor Warrant Officer Marine Technician Julianne Cocks is part of Sea Training Group in HMAS Melbourne for Exercise DIAMOND SHIELD.

HMAS Melbourne has completed her final Intermediate Maintenance Availability as a commissioned warship and is readying for a deployment through the East Asian and South Pacific regions.

As part of the readying process, Sea Training Group recently embarked to provide assurance of the ship’s ability to conduct continuation training.

Supporting Sea Training Group was Warrant Officer Julianne Cocks, who jumped at the opportunity to join Melbourne for a couple of days.

Doing so meant she has now been to sea in all six of the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFGs) in the almost 40 years of proud service the vessels have given to the Royal Australian Navy.

“I’ve had a good couple of days onboard, observing and assisting with training and getting in and about the engineering spaces.

“I’m really pleased I had this opportunity,” Warrant Officer Cocks said.

Warrant Officer Cocks started her FFG journey as a Seaman Marine Technician posted to HMAS Sydney, in which she served twice from 2000 to 2004, and from 2007 to 2010.

Throughout her career she has also enjoyed operational relief postings to HMA ShipsCanberra in 2005 and Darwin in 2006.

Working with the then FFG Propulsion Control Centre, Warrant Officer Cocks also provided Engineering Management Training to HMAS Adelaide in 2005.

Most recently, she served in HMAS Newcastle (2011-2014) as the Chief Petty Officer electrical supervisor.

“My highlight would have to be my time in Sydney.

“I was lucky to wear each rank up to and including Chief Petty Officer while serving in that ship,” Warrant Officer Cocks said.

HMAS Melbourne’s Commanding Officer, Commander Marcus Buttler said he appreciated the assistance of Sea Training Group, noting that ships right across the Fleet were also undertaking continuation training.

“We strive to ensure the learning and training culture onboard is strong.

“With the assistance of dedicated and knowledgeable people like Warrant Officer Cocks, we can make sure we continue to gather strength as we go,” Commander Buttler said.