Bundaberg boy safely navigates Choules through amphibious warfare exercise

Published on LSIS Paul McCallum (author), LAC Oliver Carter (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercises, HMAS Choules (L100)

File Image: Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon, an Officer of the Watch, plots the position of a ship on the bridge of HMAS Choules during Operation LANDSCAPE in 2013. (photo: LAC Oliver Carter)
File Image: Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon, an Officer of the Watch, plots the position of a ship on the bridge of HMAS Choules during Operation LANDSCAPE in 2013.

It’s a 24 hour a day job keeping the Navy’s largest ship on a safe course as a Maritime Warfare Officer onboard HMAS Choules. It is a big responsibility and one that Bundaberg native Lieutenant Brendan Sinnamon tackles head on. 

The 27 year old has been steering Choules and other ships all around Australia since joining the Navy and has managed to keep up his love of music wherever he serves.

“There's some room onboard Choules for my trombone, so I can indulge in my passion wherever I go,” Brendan said.

“To relax and keep myself focused, I also write electronic music and soundtracks for games.”

Brendan says travelling and seeing more of the world around him was one of his main reasons for joining the Navy.

“I always wanted to see what the rest of the world was like and I am definitely getting to do that now.”

Brendan is currently on the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) first major joint amphibious exercise for the year, Exercise SEA DAWN.

“Steering the ship into the right position and keeping it there during amphibious operations is essential to the success of getting soldiers and their equipment from the ship to the beach, quickly and safely.
 
“If the ship isn’t in the right place, it can mean extra time and fuel is wasted making up the lost ground.

“The crew onboard Choules are like a second family to me, but I still enjoy getting home, especially at Christmas. And, there is always a band looking for an extra trombone player,” Lieutenant Sinnamon said.

During Exercise SEA DAWN will continue until 17 April. All three services of the ADF have come together to conduct the joint amphibious training in the Halifax Bay and Cowley Beach Training Areas in North Queensland.

Exercise SEA DAWN provides Navy, Army and Air Force personnel with the chance to work closely together and develop critical skills necessary for the ADF's development of a joint capability, which will soon be able to execute the full spectrum of amphibious operations.