Darwin lifestyle just right for Able Seaman

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Location(s): Darwin, Northern Territory

Topic(s): HMAS Glenelg (P96)

Able Seaman Marine Technician Matthew Patmore on watch on the Marine Link console on board HMAS Glenelg during Exercise Kakadu 2016. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
Able Seaman Marine Technician Matthew Patmore on watch on the Marine Link console on board HMAS Glenelg during Exercise Kakadu 2016.

Able Seaman Marine Technician Matthew Patmore joined the patrol boat squadron a year ago, joining HMAS Glenelg’s marine engineering team for career progression.

He has served seven years in the Navy and, despite liking the action in major fleet units, recently made the decision to move to Darwin.

“I decided to come to small boats because I love everything about Darwin,” he said.

“I love the heat, the lifestyle and my girlfriend is a Darwin local.

“I am currently working towards getting my marine systems technician endorsement, and patrol boats are a great place to do that.

“We monitor all the mechanical and electrical systems on board, including the emergency sensors that detect fire and toxic hazards, as well as conduct rounds of the machinery spaces.”

Marine Technicians across the Navy fleet have an essential task to keep systems going to keep ships on task and to make life comfortable for all on board.

The operate, maintain and repair the ship’s machinery, gas turbines, diesels, ventilation, as well as power generation and distribution, and electrical control systems.

Sharing the load is part of daily duties on an Armidale class patrol boat and Able Seaman Patmore's secondary role involves duty as a member of the boarding party.

“You get plenty of different experiences on the small boats. I am looking forward to being trained on the davits which launch and recover the sea boats,” he said.

“I love the role we play on the ship as technicians. You get a great sense of accomplishment in the very important role – keeping all the systems going.

“It’s great to be getting some sea time; I’ve missed it in recent times and like being back out in a hard working fleet.”

For more information about HMAS Glenelg, visit http://www.navy.gov.au/hmas-glenelg-ii, and other Navy vessels patrolling our northern waters visit http://www.navy.gov.au/fleet/ships-boats-craft/pb.