Stuart MTs achieve 12 new qualifications during East Asia Deployment

Published on LEUT Tanalee Smith (author), LSIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Stuart (F153), East Asia Deployment

Marine Technicians (with certificates), from left, Leading Seaman Andrew MacDonald, Leading Seaman Alex Edwards and Seaman Steven Williamson, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart Commander Luke Ryan, after receiving certificates reflecting their new marine engineering qualifications. (photo: LSIS Tara Byrne)
Marine Technicians (with certificates), from left, Leading Seaman Andrew MacDonald, Leading Seaman Alex Edwards and Seaman Steven Williamson, with Commanding Officer HMAS Stuart Commander Luke Ryan, after receiving certificates reflecting their new marine engineering qualifications.

The HMAS Stuart Engineering team maintained a steady pace of work, study and training during their East Asia Deployment, resulting in 12 new qualifications since the ship left Fleet Base East in late September.   

Lieutenant Commander Michelle Sheekey, Stuart’s Marine Engineering Officer, said each new qualification helped contribute to the Fleet’s demand for marine technicians.

“The Royal Australian Navy needs marine technicians, and I’m proud that our team has been able to reach these milestones.

“It’s a fun and supportive team, and we’re invested in helping each other reach the next level,” she said.

Leading Seaman Alexander ‘Fast Eddie’ Edwards began studying for his Marine Systems Manager qualification on the day he joined the ship in January. He was even seen sneaking in a review of his notes while cheering on the Royal Australian Navy’s soccer team during a match against the Royal Malaysian Navy.

“It’s like winning the AFL Premiership,” Leading Seaman Edwards said when he received his qualification.

Leading Seaman Edwards, a proud West Coast Eagles member, was visibly elated upon receiving his qualification, but is also focused on continuing his progression as he works on his ship’s electrical maintainer competency journal.

“This was my goal for the year, and I made it.

“I don’t think you ever stop learning; I’m still climbing the mountain,” he said. 

Just beginning her engineering career, Able Seaman Hannah Clayton received her Marine System Technician qualification while at sea on the East Asia Deployment.

Known to her colleagues as ‘Hawkeye Hannah’ for her attention to detail, Able Seaman Clayton said having a good team gets her through the day.

“We deal with quite stressful situations, and we need to be able to have a laugh and not take ourselves too seriously,” Able Seaman Clayton said.

“It is our workmates who get us through and encourage us to keep learning,” she said.

Stuart is part of Navy’s East Asia Deployment, in which 11 vessels, four maritime combat helicopters and over 1000 personnel across two task groups have been visiting regional partners in North and South Asia for multinational exercises and regional engagement activities.