'Strait' to careers as boatswains

Published on LCDR Jason O'Gorman (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Location(s): Torres Strait

Topic(s): HMAS Melbourne (F05), HMAS Darwin (F04), Defence Force Recruiting

 Able Seaman Edmund Tomsana with family members during HMAS Darwin's brief visit en-route to Operation MANITOU early 2016. Seaman Bosun's Mate  Dalamatia Tomsana is 4th from the left.    (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)
Able Seaman Edmund Tomsana with family members during HMAS Darwin's brief visit en-route to Operation MANITOU early 2016. Seaman Bosun's Mate Dalamatia Tomsana is 4th from the left.
A small gesture by the ship’s company of HMAS Darwin back in 2016 has reaped rewards for the Navy and brought back fond memories as she transited the Torres Strait recently. 
 
Last year, en route to the Middle East, Darwin dropped anchor next to the Prince of Wales Channel and welcomed aboard family members from three members of ship’s company who originated from the region. This included the family of Darwin’s Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Eddie Tomsana.
 
Darwin once again was in the vicinity of the Strait, this time in company with HMAS Melbourne, which now has Seaman Boatswains Mate Dalamatia Tomsana aboard, Able Seaman Tomsana’s sister.
 
“Dala has always been a great supporter for me,” Able Seaman Tomsana said.
 
“She was very keen to visit the ship back in 2016 and had a great time onboard.
 
“When she arrived back home she told our mother she planned to join the Navy as soon as possible.”
 
“Now she is a Boatswains Mate on Melbourne doing exactly what her older brother is doing and she couldn’t be happier!”
 
Other Torres Strait Islanders who form part of Darwin’s ship’s company include Able Seaman Boatswains Mates Issac Ingui and Amber Phineasa, who also had family members on board previously.
 
For information on a career as a boatswain check out: https://navy.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs/boatswains-mate