Sailor marks 28 years in the Navy

Published on ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Petty Officer Boatswain Bruce Walsh onboard HMAS Tobruk.       (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)
Petty Officer Boatswain Bruce Walsh onboard HMAS Tobruk.

Petty Officer Boatswain (POB) Bruce Walsh, 49, from Cranbourne, Victoria, joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1986 as a Reservist, a big change from his former life as a Painter and Decorator. In 2004 POB Walsh transferred to the full time Navy because he enjoyed the Navy lifestyle and wanted to make it a career.

"Because of the friends you make, this isn't just a job it's a lifestyle," said POB Walsh.

After transferring to the permanent naval force, POB Walsh posted to HMAS Cerberus, where he worked at the boatswain facility as the Parade and Ceremonial Commander.

More recently he joined HMAS Tobruk and has deployed with the ship to Papua New Guinea and the Philippines as part of Australia's humanitarian assistance to the region.

This is not the first time POB Walsh has deployed on Tobruk, he was also onboard in 1990 when the ship went to Gallipoli for the 75th anniversary of the ANZAC landing.

This time on Tobruk, POB Walsh is in charge of the forecastle party, runs the armoury and also conducts small arms training.

Other career highlights for POB Walsh include organising the Freedom of Entry March though Melbourne for HMAS Cerberus and participating in Exercise RIMPAC 2008 onboard HMAS Success.