Technical sailors race into the Ford Performance Racing team

Published on LEUT Ben Willee (author), ABIS James McDougall (photographer)

Location(s): Melbourne, VIC

Topic(s): Team Navy, V8 Supercars

Leading Seaman Marine Technician (LSMT) Daniel Green, LSMT Jordan Marchioni, Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Cameron Cummins, Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Christopher King and POMT Nathaniel Martin in front of Chaz Mostert's number 6 car in the Ford Performance Racing V8 Super Car team garage at Campbellfield, Victoria, during the sailor's hand over in the RAN Outplacement Program. (photo: ABIS James McDougall)
Leading Seaman Marine Technician (LSMT) Daniel Green, LSMT Jordan Marchioni, Able Seaman Aviation Technician Aircraft (ABATA) Cameron Cummins, Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Christopher King and POMT Nathaniel Martin in front of Chaz Mostert's number 6 car in the Ford Performance Racing V8 Super Car team garage at Campbellfield, Victoria, during the sailor's hand over in the RAN Outplacement Program.

Last week saw the beginning of the third year of the very successful Ford Performance Racing (FPR) Industry Outplacement with the arrival of Leading Seaman Marine Technician (LSMT) Daniel Green and Petty Officer Marine Technician (POMT) Nathaniel Martin taking over from Leading Seaman Jordan Marchioni and Petty Officer Christopher King. Leading Seaman Aviation Technician (LSATA) Cameron Cummins joins his Marine Technician counterparts as an embed in the FPR team for a period of 12 months as part of a rolling program.

The objective of the Ford Performance Racing industry outplacement program is to recognise and develop the technical skills of high performing sailors in a cutting edge and high pressure environment. While it may surprise many people, on closer inspection the two organisations are very similar.  Both FPR and the Navy are high-performing environments and the synergies enable both organisations to learn from each other.

“I am honoured and very pleased to have been given this opportunity to gain insight and knowledge to bring back to Navy. It has been a fantastic experience” said the outgoing POMT King.

Commenting on his new job POMT Martin said “I’m a massive fan of the V8s and can’t wait to start working with the team.”

This year was the first time the program included an Aviation Technician working in the composites department of FPR. Able Seaman Cameron Cummins said “The new MRH-90 platform has a lot of composite in the airframe, so I'm excited to learn about this exciting technology and take that knowledge back to Navy.”

Tim Edwards of Ford Performance Racing said “The outplacement program is not only the first of its kind for our industry but one that has provided benefit far beyond anything we thought possible. The three sailors we have as part of our team have all the traits you’d expect from a member of the Royal Australian Navy. They are dedicated, loyal and hardworking, the same traits you need to succeed in a top V8 Supercar team."

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