Sailors urged to embrace Sea Power

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), LSIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Topic(s): Sea Power Centre - Australia, Plan Pelorus, Sea Power Conference

File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, inspects graduating members of General Entry 355 Emms Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: LSIS Nina Fogliani)
File image: Reviewing Officer, Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, inspects graduating members of General Entry 355 Emms Division on the Recruit School Parade Ground, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

Enlisted personnel will play a major role at Sea Power Conference for the first time, with a specific program developed to discuss the future of the modern sailor.

Hosted by Warrant Officer of the Navy, Warrant Officer Gary Wight, the gathering will bring together sailors from across the service.

Warrant Officer Wight said Sea Power Conference 2019 had enormous potential to shape discussions surrounding the future sailor.

“‘I’m told by sailors everywhere I go that they want a voice, they want to be truly empowered and respected.

“Here is an opportunity for them to be heard,” he said.

“This is an unambiguous statement by the Chief of Navy that he is eager to better invest in the development of sailors; and that he values our growing contribution,” he added.

The program is comprehensive and specifically designed to interest junior sailors as much as more senior hands.

The two-day summit will begin with a strategic overview from the Warrant Officer of the Navy and his counterparts from the United States, New Zealand and Germany.

Day one will conclude with a discussion about the evolving role of the sailor in the modern Navy.

Day two will delve deeper, focusing on developments across the Royal Australian Navy, including engineering, submarines, Navy aviation, surface and shore forces.

As well as being integral to Navy’s Plan Pelorus strategy, the Warrant Officer of the Navy said the ‘Thinking Navy’ theme had significant implications for every Navy member.

“A sailor in 2019 is a very different person to 1999 or 1950, and will be very different again in 2035.

“Levels of education and training have increased significantly, so it is critical that our Navy does all we can to tap into this latent potential,” the Warrant Officer of the Navy said.

The Navy’s most senior sailor has appealed to Commanding Officers across the Navy to allow interested members to attend Sea Power 19. 

“Ninety percent of Sea Power 19’s enlisted program are geared towards appealing to Able Seamen sitting in the audience - we want this to be relevant to them,” he said.

To register for Sea Power 19, go to https://pacificexpo.com.au/seapower2019/registration.asp