New officers bound for the mainland

Published on LEUT Daryl Peebles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Topic(s): Naval College

Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.                                 (photo: LEUT Daryl Peebles)
Appointees take the oath with Commander Porter aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Three young Tasmanians were appointed as New Entry Officers for the Royal Australian Navy in a ceremony aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound earlier this week.

Windeward Bound was chosen for this event to instil in the newly appointed RAN Officers a sense of the origins and traditions of the Navy they have joined.

Friends and family of the NEOCs (New Entry Officers’ Course) who had gathered on Hobart’s Elizabeth Pier to witness the ceremony were also entertained by the Tasmanian Contingent, Royal Australian Navy Band.

Lauren Walsh (Kingston), Laura Derbyshire (Taroona) and Mitchell Van Donselaar from Legana in the state’s north, were all very excited about their future lives as Navy Officers.

Commander Stacey Porter with appointees Laura Derbyshire, Lauren Walsh and Mitchell Van Donselaar aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Commander Stacey Porter with appointees Laura Derbyshire, Lauren Walsh and Mitchell Van Donselaar aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound in Hobart, Tasmania.

Lauren and Laura will both study to be Maritime Warfare Officers while Mitchell is to be an Engineering Officer.

The Commanding Officer, Navy Headquarters Tasmania, Commander (CMDR) Stacey Porter, and Defence Force Recruiting Senior Military Recruiting Officer - Tasmania, Major Trevor McTernan conducted the appointment ceremony.

CMDR Porter said that Tasmania is known throughout the Australian Defence Forces for the quality of its people who enlist.

“Tasmania regularly provides around eight per cent of Defence Force recruits despite the state’s population being only around two per cent of the nation’s total population,” she said.

“These three young people being appointed today are indicative of the quality of Tasmanian recruits.

“They are a credit to themselves, their parents and their respective schools, and we all wish them well in their future Navy careers.”

The crowd assembles on Hobart’s Elizabeth Pier for the New Entry Officer Courses' appointment ceremony aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound.

The crowd assembles on Hobart’s Elizabeth Pier for the New Entry Officers' Course appointment ceremony aboard the brigantine Windeward Bound.