Tasmanian sailor takes charge

Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (photographer)

Topic(s): Operation RESOLUTE, HMAS Albany (P86)

Leading Seaman Boatswain Mate Adam Quinn stands on the flag deck of HMAS Albany during Operation RESOLUTE. (photo: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Leading Seaman Boatswain Mate Adam Quinn stands on the flag deck of HMAS Albany during Operation RESOLUTE.

Adam Quinn joined the Royal Australian Navy looking for a career that could give him a change of lifestyle.  

The sailor who hails from Sorell in Tasmania said he certainly found that change in the Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats.

Moving on from his previous career in the sale of gym and fitness equipment to now working as the ‘Buffer’ (Boatswains Mate) in patrol boat crew Attack Three (CMDR Mike Purdie), Adam’s primary focus is now the safety and security of vessels at sea in Australia’s maritime border security operation.

As the Senior Boatswain Mate in the crew of 21, Adam supervises all seamanship, gunnery evolutions and close-in defence of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat and is also the Boarding Officer in the crew.

Adam leads the security element embarking in a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) when the crew are required to investigate a foreign vessel entering Australian waters.

Once onboard the foreign vessel Adam takes charge and ensures the crew and passengers remain calm and the environment is safe to carryout further investigations.

The 29-year-old Tasmanian said it was a big job with lots of responsibility.

“Throughout the boarding of a foreign vessel, I’m in charge of safety, not only for my Navy boarding team but also for the safety and welfare of the foreign passengers on board,” he said.

The patrol boats and their crew of 21 provide surveillance and response to counter eight distinct maritime threats including; terrorism, people smuggling, illegal fishing, prohibited imports and exports, quarantine risks, pollution and piracy.

Many of these personnel are Navy junior ranks and a handful of sailors are quietly achieving remarkable feats in a sensitive, complex and high tempo operation at the border.

Hailing from Sorell in Tasmania, Adam joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2007.

From Recruit School and category training straight to Armidale Class Patrol Boats, LSBM Adam Quinn’s life in the Navy has included time in Assail One as well as his current posting to Attack Three. The former Rosny College student has been on six-month rotations for the past six years experiencing Operation RESOLUTE, Australia’s whole of government maritime border security effort.

Even though Adam has found the change he was looking for in a fast paced and exciting Naval career, Adam and his partner Alecia are excited for the next big change on the horizon with the arrival of their first child in September this year.