Navy Cadets commemorate in Port Lincoln

This article has photo gallery Published on MIDN Alanna Stubbs (author and photographer)

Location(s): Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, Recruitment, Australian Hydrographic Service, HMAS Leeuwin (A245), Anzac Day, 75th Anniversary

Cadets from Training Ship Flinders, based at Port Lincoln, South Australia, in front of HMAS Leeuwin during the ship's port visit for Anzac Day. (photo: Midshipman Alanna Stubbs)
Cadets from Training Ship Flinders, based at Port Lincoln, South Australia, in front of HMAS Leeuwin during the ship's port visit for Anzac Day.

More than 2,000 people stood alongside the crew of hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin in Port Lincoln for Anzac Day commemorations, and with that level of enthusiasm, no wonder the ship’s company departed with some in tow.

Leeuwin
 has been surveying the Spencer Gulf, just off the coast Adelaide, and the ship’s company with Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Richard Mortimer took a small break to assist the town of Port Lincoln with their activities.

The naval detachment attracted the interest of many locals who came out to watch Leeuwin participate in the local march.

The ship’s company spent the period mixing with the local residents and veterans before embarking some of them for a hands on Navy experience.

Leeuwin sailed with seven Navy Cadets from Training Ship Flinders, a unit with much hydrographic heritage, having shared a name with the former hydrographic ship HMAS Flinders, which decommissioned in 1998.

Cadets from the unit observed a typical day at sea, rotating through the hydrographic, engineering and seamanship departments.

They learnt pipe repair and fire fighting techniques as well as observing night firing of a 12.7mm weapon.

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Jason Wilson showing off the capabilities of his ship.

“The cadets were very interested in learning and were excited to get hands on experience in the Navy,” he said.

Cadet Annie Firth said the trip might have even inspired a career choice.

“I really enjoyed the night time weapon firing and particularly enjoyed the food onboard,” she said.

“I felt like part of the crew and am definitely interested in joining the Royal Australian Navy when I finish my education.”

Perhaps we may see some of them again as members of the Navy.