Blue planet globetrotting for Marine Engineer

Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West

Topic(s): Training, HMAS Stirling, Recruitment, Fleet Base West

Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Maria Marino-Gomez, at BAE Henderson Dockyard with HMAS Arunta and HMAS Perth in the background. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Maria Marino-Gomez, at BAE Henderson Dockyard with HMAS Arunta and HMAS Perth in the background.

The Anzac Frigate Helicopter Support Team’s Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Maria Marino-Gomez is in a prime spot to realise her shipbuilding career aspirations and witness Defence’s future capability evolve at her doorstep. 

Venezuelan-born, Lieutenant Marino-Gomez recently ‘brushed-up’ on her native tongue and explored Navy’s future Air Warfare capability while onboard Spanish Armada ship ESPS Cristóbal Colón.

Moving home every three years was normal since a young age for Lieutenant Marino-Gomez, who moved from Venezuela to Madrid, and then to Moscow, before settling in Canberra at the age of 15 and eventually joining the Royal Australian Navy.

“I was young and thought it would be a great career path that could lead to many opportunities,” Lieutenant Marino-Gomez said.

“I could be an engineer for two years and then a member of Defence Attaché staff for the next two years and loved the thought of that. 

“Being able to do the undergraduate scheme to become a Naval Architect was an amazing opportunity that provided leverage to the Assistant Marine Engineering Officer role. 

“My Charge Certificate was a big career milestone which I received last year after spending a year on HMAS Anzac

Anzac conducted a South East Asia deployment for three months and it was then I really started to enjoy the diplomacy side of being in Defence,” she said.

“I had a great opportunity to strengthen relationships internationally last year when I spent time as the HMAS Stirling Visit Liaison Officer for ESPS Cristóbal Colón, using my native language - Spanish.

“It was a very rewarding opportunity to explore a vessel similar to the new Hobart class guided missile destroyer capability that recently entered our Fleet.

“I spent two weeks facilitating ship/crew activities, and liaising with my Spanish Armada counterparts onboard the ship.

“I love the fact that my job takes me everywhere and allows me to participate in different roles while still developing my professional goals.

“Every engineering officer has worked really hard for their sea credentials and I am still a few years away from qualifying as a Deputy Marine Engineering Officer at sea, and I hope to grow professionally in other areas as a naval officer before returning to sea. 

“The opportunities to do language skill jobs and liaising with different navies have been so rewarding and I want to accomplish more in that space,” Lieutenant Marino-Gomez said.

For more information regarding careers as a Marine Engineering Officer visit the Defence Jobs Website.