Submarine ideas surface during schools initiative

Published on LEUT Peeranat Vanichkitrungruang (author)

Location(s): Kardinya, WA

Topic(s): Submarines (SSG), Science, Technology & Innovation

Leading Seaman Marine Technician Submariner (LSMTSM) David Morley judging one of the entries in the Submarine in Schools competition. (photo: )
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Submariner (LSMTSM) David Morley judging one of the entries in the Submarine in Schools competition.

The Royal Australian Navy is one of the most capable navies in the world - this is largely as a result of seeking the right equipment, and recruiting the correct people to use and develop this equipment effectively.

Part of this approach involves Navy supporting initiatives such as the annual Submarine in Schools competition by sending judges and mentors to partake in this inspirational activity.

The competition requires students to build submersible crafts which have the ability to conduct underwater work remotely.

It focuses on the ability to find solutions to technical hurdles with a large weighting towards teamwork and project management.

Submarine in Schools competition judge Leading Seaman Marine Technician Submariner David Morley said it was great to see so many young people interested in what the Navy is doing.

“The range of skills and motivation displayed by the students was amazing,” he said.

The Western Australian finals were recently held at the North Lake Senior Campus in Perth with the benefits being twofold for the judging staff.

Firstly, the experience provided them with the opportunity to mentor prospective recruits, for both Navy and Defence industry, and secondly to network with other elements of defence industry who also support the competition.

“I’ve met some pretty gifted individuals during the competition, and it also gave me the opportunity to network with personnel from other submarine related agencies like Raytheon and ASC,” Leading Seaman Morley said.

“It’s been an overall rewarding and inspirational activity that I am proud to be associated with.”

All ages and skills are catered for in the competition and with a wide selection of categories available to entrants, the opportunity exists for a large number and range of competitors to partake.

Anyone interested in supporting this initiative, either as a mentor or judge, can find more information at the organisations website www.rea.org.au.