Like father, like daughter - newest Navy recruit follows in her dad’s footsteps

Published on Ms Melinda McMullen (author)

Location(s): Wollongong, NSW

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Creswell

Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong. 

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Jessica McGannon receives her Royal Australian Navy appointment certificate from her father, Commander John McGannon at the Australian Hydrographic Office in Wollongong.

In a first for Wollongong Defence Force Recruiting (DFR), new Midshipman Jessica McGannon was officially sworn into the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) by her father, Commander John McGannon RAN, in an enlistment ceremony held at the Australian Hydrographic Office earlier this week.

“This particular ceremony was remarkable,” DFR Enlistment Co-ordinator, Latisha Beringer said.

“It’s the first time we have had a new appointee sworn in by a family member at their place of work. It made the ceremony very special.”

Guest speaker, Deputy Hydrographer of Australia, Captain Jenny Daetz officiated at the appointment ceremony. “It is an honour to welcome these ten local men and women into the RAN, especially noting the number of candidates in this very competitive selection process.”

“The ceremony was made even more special with a fellow hydrographic officer, Commander McGannon, participating in his daughter’s appointment ceremony. We also welcomed back Midshipman Tori Costello who did work experience with us back in 2011,” Captain Daetz said.

The ten new officers will spend the next 22 weeks at the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay, followed by time at HMAS Watson and at sea onboard a Navy ship. Next year, seven of the recruits will join Australian Defence Force Academy and three will post to HMAS Albatross.