Homecoming for Tassie local

Published on LSIS Yuri Ramsey (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Hobart, TAS

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Harry Verrios conducts routine maintenance on the 76mm gun onboard HMAS Sydney. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Harry Verrios conducts routine maintenance on the 76mm gun onboard HMAS Sydney.

Leading Seaman Harry Verrios has returned to his hometown this week as the Royal Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Sydney, visited Hobart for Navy Week and the Hobart Regatta.

Hailing from Mount Stuart, Leading Seaman Verrios joined the Navy in February 2006 as an Electronic Technician due to his long-term interest in working for Defence.

“I’ve always been interested in a career with the Defence Force, and the Navy was the one that gave me the biggest opportunity to travel and see the world,” said Leading Seaman Verrios.

He has visited New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tonga and places all around Australia.

“It was great to experience different cultures and see how other people live,” he said.

Leading Seaman Verrios has found life on board HMAS Sydney challenging but fulfilling since he took on his first role after being promoted to Leading Seaman. 

“Maintaining the weapon systems on board is an important job which I take pride in,” he said.

“Firing the 76 mm gun is always an exciting time.”

Leading Seaman Verrios thinks a career in the Navy or the wider ADF is a good choice for young people seeking a challenge and wanting something different.

“I don’t regret my choice for a minute,” he said.

“It’s not a nine to five job, you have to put in the effort, but the rewards are there.”

HMAS Sydney will be visiting Hobart for Navy week and the Hobart Yacht Regatta from 5 to 10 February.