Students Experience a taste of Navy life in the Top End

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Des Paroz (author), CPO Tony Thomas (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Coonawarra, Darwin

Secondary Work Experience Placement on HMAS Wollongong.
L-R Sub Lieutenant  Tran Vo, Lachlan Poole, Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems  David Sivyer, Amelia Lynch, Aubrey Hartley, Sub Lieutenant   Jackson Miller, Kelsey Guerin, Kiann Kennedy.  (photo: CPO Tony Thomas)
Secondary Work Experience Placement on HMAS Wollongong. L-R Sub Lieutenant Tran Vo, Lachlan Poole, Leading Seaman Communication Information Systems David Sivyer, Amelia Lynch, Aubrey Hartley, Sub Lieutenant Jackson Miller, Kelsey Guerin, Kiann Kennedy.

Five high school students from five Australian states participated in a work experience program at Darwin’s HMAS Coonawarra Navy base recently to get a taste of life in the Navy.

A key part of Navy’s community engagement initiatives, the work experience program provides the participants to spend a week in the Navy during which they gain an insight into various Navy career options and the life that might await them in both sea and shore postings.

As the Navy Community Engagement Program coordinator for the Northern Territory, Chief Petty Officer Tony Thomas oversees regular work experience programs throughout the year.

“The aim of the program is to give a true taste of life in the Navy, to assist students who may be interested in a Navy career to make the decision as to whether the life would suit them,” Chief Petty Officer Thomas said.

“There are a great many career opportunities throughout Defence, and Navy is keen to get good quality candidates who will work well in a team environment.

“The work experience program allows the students to get first hand knowledge of what we do.”

This program consisted of several days working with personnel in a variety of departments at Coonawarra, the busiest port in the Australian Navy, as well as day working on board the Armidale Class Patrol Boat HMAS Wollongong.

The program’s participants- Kelsey Guerin (SA), Aubrey Hartley (Vic), Kiann Kennedy (NT), Amelia Lynch (QLD)and Lachlan Poole (NSW) – were all impressed with their experiences during the week of the program, with similar comments being made by all five.

“The Work Experience Program expanded my knowledge for my chosen career pathway and gave me an inside to what life is like in the Navy,” Ms Guerin said.

“It was a great experience providing me with inside knowledge on what the Navy is all about,” Mr Poole said.

Information about the various career options in the Royal Australian Navy can be obtained on the Defence Force Recruiting website at http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/navy/.