Resilience program proves positive

This article has photo gallery Published on LCDR Jason O’Gorman (author), LSEW Nathan Streeter (photographer), ABEW Bryce Watson (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Darwin (F04), Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin. (photo: LSEW Nathan Streeter)
Ever watchful, Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton offers encouragement and motivation during a PT session onboard HMAS Darwin.
Every day onboard HMAS Darwin you will see a large number of ship’s company sweating it out on the flight deck or focsle under the watchful eye of Leading Seaman Physical Training Instructor Mitchell Morton.
 
Leading Seaman Morton is charged with the responsibility of implementing enhancing the resilience and fitness of those onboard.
 
Darwin’s resilience program incorporates four physical training sessions per day, so there are many opportunities for Darwin’s 200 plus crew to participate in multiple sessions per week,” Leading Seaman Morton said.
 
As an additional measure, Leading Seaman Morton said regular health and wellbeing presentations were held in the Junior Sailors’ Café to educate and motivate the crew in maintaining effective physical and mental health practices.
 
“The subject matter includes material such as healthier eating habits, establishing fitness training habits, building resilience as well as Navy Values and Signature Behaviours,” he said.
Darwin is currently deployed and Leading Seaman Morton said the response from the crew has been enthusiastic.
 
“I regularly see over 40 people per session and on average about 150 personnel per day,” he said.
 
“The crew love it, and I regularly see them encouraging each other to squeeze out those last few reps needed to complete a routine.”
 
As an added measure, departments also participate in organised sporting competitions promoting teamwork and building interpersonal relationships.
 
“The inter-departmental World Championship of Bin-ball was fiercely competed and saw the Weapons Electrical department triumph over the Marine Engineers in extra time!”
 
These energetic breaks from normal ships routine has made a noticeable boost to morale, and has seen fitness levels increase across the board.
 
“Physical and mental wellbeing of Darwin’s sailors and officers is paramount; with everyone onboard driving towards maintaining their physical fitness and increasing team work,” Leading Seaman Morton said.

Darwin is currently deployed as part of an Australian Defence Force Joint Task Group to the Indo-Pacific region.