Head of Navy Engineering, Rear Admiral Michael Uzzell, presided over Ceremonial Divisions for more than 350 engineering officers and sailors on 2 December in honour of the inaugural Navy Engineering Week.
HMAS Cerberus, in Victoria, hosted the activity which is part of the initiative to foster collaboration and a sense of community for Navy engineering people across all ranks.
Navy Engineering Week encompasses a range of activities that celebrate achievements and showcase Navy engineering skills and talents. The week coincided with the Engineering Challenge Finals, a Technical Mastery competition for Marine, Electrical and Avionics Technician sailors, when sailors compete to perform technical and maintenance related tasks to determine a champion team.
The parade also marked the end of an era as the final Navy-sponsored students from the Engineering Officer commissioning program through the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology graduated. The standard is now to study at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. They stood beside graduates of the Engineering Officers' Application Course.
"Cerberus is the home of naval engineering," Rear Admiral Uzzell said.
"You have a huge part to play in meeting strategic and mission objectives.
"It is a great time to be in the Navy and a great time to be a technician and engineer in this Navy.
"Seize the opportunities that are being presented to you and create the Navy that Australia needs.
"Think broadly and act globally."
The Engineering Officers' Application Course comprises common Navy engineering practice, policy, structure and culture, as well as specific application training for Marine Engineering Systems or Weapons Electrical Engineering systems fitted in Royal Australian Navy ships. That knowledge is then expanded at sea for 15 months prior to returning to Cerberus to qualify as ship's Engineering Officers.
Holding the many engineering activities at the same time enables students across ranks to connect and discuss issues affecting engineering practice across the fleet.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/s20153495.