Cadets savour sea time

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Nicole Francis (author and photographer)

Location(s): Cairns, Darwin

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, HMAS Melville (A246), HMAS Leeuwin (A245)

The members from TS Darwin who participated in the Cadet Sea Day onboard Leeuwin (photo: LEUT Nicole Francis)
The members from TS Darwin who participated in the Cadet Sea Day onboard Leeuwin

Navy cadets have enjoyed an ‘at sea’ experience with the ship's company of hydrographic ship, HMAS Leeuwin, renewing friendships made in sister ship HMAS Melville.
deployed from Cairns on 5 September to undertake a 10 week survey task near the North West Shelf off Western Australia, and during their passage conducted a port visit to Darwin.
Every Australian Navy ship is twinned with a Navy Cadet Unit to enable cadets to gain an understanding of Navy life. Leeuwin is twinned with Training Ships (TS) Ganning, Marmion, Morrow, Perth and Pilbara, all of which are located in areas where hydrographic surveys ships do not often visit. 
Hydrographic ships are multi-crewed and when the team from Leeuwin was embarked in HMAS Melville earlier in the year, TS Darwin conducted a Cadet Sea Day onboard. The unit is paired with Melville but stayed in touch with the crew and conducted a second sea day on departure from Darwin where Leeuwin embarked 18 cadets and two staff.
Commanding Officer of TS Darwin, Lieutenant (ANC) Stephen McGreevy, said TS Darwin had been very fortunate in the past 12 months with the exposure cadets from his unit have had to life at sea.
“The cadets have participated in the sea day in Melville in March, a transit from Singapore to Darwin with HMAS Darwin mid year and now a second sea day embarked in Leeuwin."
“We are very grateful to the crew for providing the cadets with opportunities to go to sea on hydrographic platforms,” he said.
Cadets dressed in firefighting and cold water immersion suits, observed boat operations and sampled the wares of the ship's chefs, whilst being escorted by two crew members who were former cadets themselves.