Technical sailors rev up with Tickford Racing

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

Topic(s): Team Navy, Industry Outplacement Program, V8 Supercars

Navy’s newest Tickford Racing Industry Outplacement Program technical sailors, from left, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Wakefield; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Phillip Cowan; and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Colin Wilson. (photo: )
Navy’s newest Tickford Racing Industry Outplacement Program technical sailors, from left, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Wakefield; Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Phillip Cowan; and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Colin Wilson.

Three Royal Australian Navy technical sailors have arrived at the headquarters of Tickford Racing for the ninth rotation of the highly successful Navy Industry Outplacement Program.

The purpose of the partnership is to provide technical sailors with industry experience in the cutting edge and high-pressure environment of motor racing, while living and working as members of the Tickford Racing support team.

Tickford Team Manager Matthew Roberts said there was many parallels between elite sports and military operations. 

“It’s a massive bonus for Tickford Racing because we get three qualified tradesmen,” he said.

“They bring their skills in, they mix in and we gel it with what expertise we have at Tickford Racing, and we can’t thank the Navy enough for their involvement with Tickford.

“The skillsets that they bring, the fact that they’re very regimented already, that’s something that’s very hard to teach in this day and age.

“They’re always willing to listen and learn, which is an important nature to have these days.

“They adapt very well to our conditions. We’re a very finicky business, so what the guys bring is an asset to our business,” Mr Roberts said.

The three sailors this year are Leading Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft Phillip Cowan, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Wakefield and Leading Seaman Marine Technician Colin Wilson.

Commenting on his first day at Tickford racing, Leading Seaman Wilson said he was looking forward to getting his hands dirty. 

“I can’t wait to see the inner workings of the team. 

“I’m a fan and watched a lot on TV, but being here and doing the work is going to be completely different. 

“That’s what I’m really excited about. 

“Thanks to Navy and Tickford for this really exciting opportunity,” Leading Seaman Wilson said.

Outlining the importance of teamwork and attention to detail, Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Luke D’Elton, the Workforce Manager for Electronics Technicians, said the Tickford Racing placement was a great opportunity for Navy’s technical sailors. 

“The sailors learn some very modern and different practices from a highly competitive environment which will benefit the fleet,” Warrant Officer D’Elton said.

The Royal Australian Navy/Tickford Racing Industry Outplacement Program is a development program for Technical sailors which spans 12 months at Tickford Racing’s headquarters in Melbourne.

While playing key roles in the preparation of the team’s five Ford Supercars across the Supercars and Super2 series’, the sailors will also travel to all Supercars events, assisting in car maintenance and repairs at track.

The activities completed during the outplacement are unique and provide the opportunity for the Navy sailors to get involved with a wide range of activities, including high end diagnostics in the engineering field, engine component design, production and assembly and composite materials production and assembly, just to name a few.

A call for expressions of interest for the 2021 program will be sent out via signal and ForceNet in July.

The first race of the season will be the Superloop Adelaide 500 on 20-23 February 2020.

For more information, visit http://www.teamnavy.com.au.