Travel the allure for Robina local

Published on LSIS Helen Frank (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Scott Dimmock mans a console in the operations room onboard HMAS Canberra. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Scott Dimmock mans a console in the operations room onboard HMAS Canberra.

When boredom had set in at his nine to five IT job, Scott Dimmock felt it was time for a change. 

While at the Gold Coast Indy 500 he saw a Navy recruiting display and after talking with the sailors, he went back to watch the car race with his parents and told them he might join the Navy.

In 2008, at the age of 27, he packed his bags and moved from Robina, Queensland, to the Navy’s major training establishment, HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.

Scott is now a Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator on the Navy’s newest ship, HMAS Canberra, the first of two Landing Helicopter Docks to be introduced to Navy. The ship has a crew of 400 and is capable of embarking over 1,000 troops and their cargo that can be landed ashore by helicopters or state of the art landing craft.

“I man the ship’s radars and other sensors and I am further specialised as an anti-submarine/anti-surface aircraft controller (ASAC),” said Leading Seaman Dimmock. 

“This specialisation allows me to talk to Navy helicopters and Air Force fixed wing aircraft to control and direct them in engaging enemy submarines and surface units.

“I also provide support as a Leading Hand of the Watch, supervising the junior sailors and ensuring that Command gets a clear picture of all air, surface and subsurface units around us,” he said.

Leading Seaman Dimmock enjoys the travel that comes with being in the Navy and has visited Hawaii, Western Samoa, Japan, Vietnam, Manila, Guam and Brunei. 

“Travelling would be the best aspect of this job,” he said.

“Not only do you get to travel to other countries but you travel to countries you may not have otherwise visited by yourself.

“I have also made some great friends since joining the Navy. Working and living with the same group of people really helps to foster close friendships that are quite hard to build outside of Navy life.” 

Canberra was only recently commissioned and Scott said this was by far the highlight of his posting to the ship.

“It had always been a career goal of mine to commission a ship,” he said.

“Commissioning a first of class ship built with helicopter operations in mind is a big bonus.”

The ship is capable of complex amphibious operations and support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.