Great success for Marine Technicians

Published on LCDR Dallas Gray (author), LSIS Christopher Szumlanski (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Success (OR 304), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Eight members of the Marine Engineering Department are joined by senior engineers and the Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, (second from left) on board HMAS Success after receiving their Marine Technician Operator Qualifications during the ship’s final deployment on INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019. (photo: LSIS Christopher Szumlanski)
Eight members of the Marine Engineering Department are joined by senior engineers and the Commanding Officer, Captain Darren Grogan, CSM, RAN, (second from left) on board HMAS Success after receiving their Marine Technician Operator Qualifications during the ship’s final deployment on INDO-PACIFIC ENDEAVOUR 2019.

While HMAS Success may be approaching the end of her working life, eight members of her crew have taken advantage of her final voyage to become qualified marine technician operators.

Leading Seaman Marine Technicians Jake Blowers, David Cutler, Drew Craven, Jeremy Rupnik and Nathan Urbaniak were awarded their Marine Systems Manager (MSM) qualification while Leading Seaman Marine Technician Jaimon McGeehan, and Able Seaman Marine Technicians Bryan Kok and Gregory Watkins received their Marine Systems Controller (MSC) qualification.

Both qualifications represent a significant milestone in a marine technician sailor’s career progression.

Leading Seaman Jake Blowers said the journey had been a long and tough one, but the results were rewarding.

“To have attained my MSM endorsement on Success is very special to me. She’s one of a kind, and to have got there prior to the ship decommissioning makes it that bit more special,” he said.

“Basically we’re responsible for the safe and efficient management and workings of the entire engineering plant and the personnel that form the team, so we don’t take it lightly.”

Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Darrel Wolter said the sailors’ achievements were just rewards for their efforts.

“The guys have worked so hard to get to this point and to see that resolve in all of them along the way was just fantastic,” Lieutenant Commander Wolter said.

“Their achievements as a collective not only represent a very important personal milestone but a whole-ship capability.”

Achieving the qualifications required the Marine Technicians to complete an assessment of competencies as well as practical demonstration of competent performance during normal plant operation and ‘break down’ drills. Final assessment was conducted before a formal board convened by the Marine Engineering Officer and Senior Marine Technician Management Team.

HMAS Success will decommission following return to Fleet Base East in June, after 33 years of outstanding service.