Kuttabul sailors hang tough

This article has photo gallery Published on ABIS Leo Baumgartner (author), ABIS Thomas Sawtell (photographer), POIS Justin Brown (photographer)

Location(s): Manly, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Kuttabul, Adventure Training

Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Shane Murphy abseils down Deadman's Cliff as part of an adventure training activity held at Shelly Beach in Manly, NSW. (photo: )
Royal Australian Navy sailor Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Shane Murphy abseils down Deadman's Cliff as part of an adventure training activity held at Shelly Beach in Manly, NSW.

Members of HMAS Kuttabul ship’s company recently spent the day at Shelly Beach, Manly, sharpening their skills in abseiling.

This event was conducted as part of the adventure training program which is available to all personnel across Navy ships and establishments.

HMAS Kuttabul Physical Training Instructors Chief Petty Officer Roger Roy and Petty Officer Shane Murphy facilitated the event.

“Nominated Adventure Training Instructors and the Physical Training department liaise throughout the year to organise similar activities,” Chief Petty Officer Roy said.

“Some of the key benefits gained from adventure training include the ability to work as part of a team; improved communication skills; and enhancing mental and physical aptitude through adversity and challenge,” Petty Officer Murphy said. 

A combination of communication, trust and team work was on display during the activity.

Everyone who attended the event enjoyed the day, and notable gains were made.

Sub Lieutenant Sam Fiez said he appreciated the unique opportunities presented by serving in the Navy.

“It’s great to get out and enjoy the sights of Sydney Harbour, as well as get an appreciation for an uncommon played sport.

“You would be hard pressed to find other employment that offers something as unique as this, which I think is key in retaining people in the Navy,” Sub Lieutenant Fiez said.

Chief Petty Officer Roy said the adventure training activities were becoming more popular.

“We have run a few of these activities in the past, but I feel that we are getting more and more interest from people, which in term motivates us to provide more opportunities in the future,” Chief Petty Officer Roy said.

Adventure training is an adventure-based activity that utilises experimental learning to improve effectiveness and to function in an environment involving fear and consequence.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: http://images.navy.gov.au/S20192142.