Navy Boss Lift a hit

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Josh Williams (author), Ms Robin Hooper (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, HMAS Creswell, HMAS Watson, MRH-90 Taipan, 723 Squadron, 808 Squadron, HMAS Canberra (L02), Reserves, Fleet Air Arm, Exercise Boss Lift

Navy Boss Lift members on HMAS Canberra's Flight Deck for day one of group activities in Jervis Bay, NSW. (photo: Ms Robin Hooper)
Navy Boss Lift members on HMAS Canberra's Flight Deck for day one of group activities in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Members of the Royal Australian Navy have showcased their maritime skills to civilian employers of Navy reservists from across Australia this week, as Exercise Navy Boss Lift 2019 got underway in Sydney.

Exercise Boss Lift is a Department of Defence program, with all three services running their own iteration designed to show employers the training, skills and experience that Australian Defence Force Reservists receive through their service.

This year, the Navy experience included time at HMAS Watson, HMAS Albatross and HMAS Creswell as well as an overnight stay in the Navy’s Flag Ship, HMAS Canberra.

The visit to HMAS Watson included exposure to how officers navigate and drive a warship, culminating in the bosses experiencing the Bridge Simulator.

Some of the employers were lucky to get a lift aboard an MRH-90 multirole helicopter to HMAS Albatross, while the other half had to make the journey in a bus when their helicopter was suddenly required for duties elsewhere. 

At Albatross, the bosses visited 808 and 723 Squadrons to view hangar maintenance activities and speak with members of the Fleet Air Arm.

The participants were then transported to HMAS Creswell, spending a night on base before embarking in HMAS Canberra early in the morning. 

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge shows the capabilities of the bridge to Navy Boss Lift member Juliette Sperber during a tour of HMAS Canberra in Jervis Bay, NSW.

Royal Australian Navy sailor Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Kale Strawbridge shows the capabilities of the bridge to Navy Boss Lift member Juliette Sperber during a tour of HMAS Canberra in Jervis Bay, NSW.

On the ship, the bosses were given detailed insights and tours of various areas, including the medical facilities, the bridge, operations room, galley and flight deck.

A firefighting drill was also held on board, as well as a small arms demonstration and various talks, including from the Commanding Officer, Captain Terry Morrison.

After spending the night on board the participants were able to stand on the flight deck and take in breathtaking views as the ship returned to harbour through Sydney Heads at sunrise.

The overwhelming response from the ‘bosses’ was positive, with many commending the work ethic and culture of Navy people.

Dan Crozier, Managing Director of Sanikleen Group said he gained a genuine appreciation of the skills people acquire through Defence service. 

“It’s given me an understanding of the depths of their skill sets and the quality of training they receive. It gives me the understanding that they’re developing skills that are not just useful for the Royal Australian Navy, but for my corporation as well,” Mr Crozier said.

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Brett Wolski, said fifteen employers took part in the exercise. 

“The aim of this experience is to promote an employer-environment that is supportive to the release of Reservists to help meet ADF meet operational and capability needs, while recognising the employers for their support,” he said.

Australia has nearly 27,000 Defence Force Reservists supporting the permanent Defence Force workforce in operations and exercises every year.