Wynnum sailor makes it three for three

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Childers (P93)

Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for MILAN 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Leading Seaman Christian Duncan onboard HMAS Childers alongside Port Blair for MILAN 2014, an international maritime activity with various navies from the Indian Ocean region.

Wynnum local Christian Duncan was following in the footsteps of his two brothers, who serve in the Navy and Air Force, when he joined the Navy in 2008. Making the decision to join the Navy fulfilled the wishes of his late father, who always wanted all three sons to join the Australian Defence Force.

Once his father’s dream, it is now LS Duncan’s dream to continue working in the Navy and progress through the ranks. Christian said the Navy is exactly what he was looking for and praised the stability, the diverse range of roles and the lifestyle.

“I tried out various career paths prior to joining the Navy and worked many jobs to try and make enough money to support my family, but nothing compares to the Navy wage and the benefits which allow my family and I to live comfortably,” said the sailor.

Recently, LS Duncan was awarded Instructor of the Year for his excellence and dedication to the job. Working in Minor War Vessel Sea Training Unit, Christian puts the minor fleet through training scenarios to ensure they are prepared for operations and are adhering to safe work place practices.

“I like watching the crews work together to achieve the standard,” LS Duncan said.

“It’s great to see individuals pushing themselves and pushing past their comfort zones to ensure they pass their assessments.”

As the well known phrase states, behind every great man stands a great woman, a statement that certainly rings true in the case of LS Duncan, who sings the praises of his high school sweetheart, Nicole. The doting husband describes fellow Wynnum local Nicole as an understanding wife and brilliant mum.

“My Navy career supports my family but my wife, my best friend, supports me and the goals I have in the Navy.

“Without her support I would find my time away hard but Nicole does an amazing job.”