New recruits follow family footsteps

Published on LCDR Dallas Gray (author)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): Graduation, Rogers Division

General Entry 366 graduates Recruit Riley Surendra-Nicholas with his step father, Chief Petty Officer Ross Bagnall; and Recruit Noah Gray with his dad, Lieutenant Commander Dallas Gray, during the General Entry 366 Rogers Division Graduation Ceremony held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: )
General Entry 366 graduates Recruit Riley Surendra-Nicholas with his step father, Chief Petty Officer Ross Bagnall; and Recruit Noah Gray with his dad, Lieutenant Commander Dallas Gray, during the General Entry 366 Rogers Division Graduation Ceremony held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

At their Ceremonial Sunset Recruit School Graduation, General Entry 366 Rogers Division wowed their audience with an impressive display of parade drill culminating in a precise rendition of ‘beat to quarters’.

General Entry 366 graduates Recruit Noah Gray and Recruit Riley Surendra-Nicholas during the General Entry 366 Rogers Division Graduation Ceremony held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

General Entry 366 graduates Recruit Noah Gray and Recruit Riley Surendra-Nicholas during the General Entry 366 Rogers Division Graduation Ceremony held at Recruit School of HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

For Recruits Noah Gray and Riley Surendra-Nicholas, the opportunity to showcase their skills to their families was something they will all cherish for a lifetime.

Noah’s father, Lieutenant Commander Dallas Gray and Riley’s stepfather, Chief Petty Officer Ross Bagnall served together as sailors in HMAS Sydney (IV) 25 years ago, and today are serving in HMAS Success (II).

Both were proud as punch, as were their entire families, to have the opportunity to watch the young men graduate. 

“I’ve always wanted to join the Navy, it’s in my blood, my great grandfather and grandfather both served in the Navy and now dad and I are in together,” Noah said. 

“Having mum and dad present at graduation was really special; we all got to show our family and friends what we’ve managed to achieve in such a short time.

“The highlight for me was our sea phase on MV Sycamore, the crew were great and the food was awesome,” said Noah. 

Recruit Riley Surendra-Nicholas was just as excited about his career choice.

“I decided to join the Navy as a CSO after talking through my options with Ross,

“Both mum and dad have been really supportive of my decision and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter,” Riley said. 

Riley posts to HMAS Stirling and Noah to RAAF Wagga in the New Year, to commence their respective Combat System Operator and Aviation Technician Avionics category training.