The final batch of Navy’s new sailors for 2018 are ready to progress their careers following the graduation of General Entry (GE) 367.
The 135 men and women from around Australia marched proudly on to the Parade Ground at Navy’s Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, wearing their ceremonial uniforms in front of family and friends who had come to see them for the first time since they began their initial training 11 weeks ago.
Inspecting Officer, Chief of Navy Australia, VADM Mike Noonan told GE 367 that the event marked a significant point in their naval careers.
“You have demonstrated to your instructors and to each other that you’re ready to take the next step, to accept the obligations and responsibilities that come with being a member of the fighting force that is the Royal Australian Navy,” VADM Noonan said.
“You have just begun the journey of a lifetime and you’ll have experiences in our Navy you never dreamed of.”
“Today you become part of our navy’s history and its future. You will write the next chapter of our Navy’s history - make sure it’s worth reading.”
“Do you best in everything you do and make our Navy proud. Make Australia proud and make yourselves proud.”
The successful graduates of General Entry 367 bring the total of new sailors to join the Navy this year to 1141.
Commanding Officer of Recruit School, Commander Andrew Hough, said guiding so many recruits through the rigours of their initial training had been challenging for his staff but was vital to Navy’s capability.
“The Navy will need to expand its workforce by 1000 people over the next four years to crew and support our growing fleet and the people we see graduating today will be key to our future operations,” he said.
“They will likely be deployed overseas and will have opportunities to serve on a number of Navy’s new classes of ship entering service.”
“Equipped with bolstered resilience, new-found team thinking and a clear understanding of our values, we have high expectations for the members of GE 367.”
New recruits undertake 11 weeks of basic training at Recruit School where they learn to work as a team, develop self-discipline and make decisions in accordance with Navy’s values.
Upon completion of their recruit training, sailors progress to their career-specific training and join a ship’s company at sea or ashore.