Cargo Specialist providing capability at sea

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ben Robinson (author), POIS Paul McCallum (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales, Townsville, Queensland

Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Jarrod Sharman, a cargo specialist onboard the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide. (photo: POIS Paul McCallum)
Australian Army soldier Lance Corporal Jarrod Sharman, a cargo specialist onboard the Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Adelaide.

When Lance Corporal Jarrod Sharman joined the Australian Army's Royal Australian Corps of Transport as a Cargo Specialist he never anticipated that he would be serving at sea on the newest and largest amphibious ship in the fleet, HMAS Adelaide.

As a Cargo Specialist he is responsible for the movement of cargo by air, land and sea.

Lance Corporal Sharman is trained in a wide range of equipment including computer based tracking systems, medium and heavy transport, forklifts and cranes.

He said that the recent embarkation and disembarkation of members of the Australian Army, United States Marine Corps and US Army in Adelaide, with all of their equipment, was a highlight for him since being posted to the ship.

“To be able to load and unload over seventy vehicles was a sight to behold," he said.

“We managed to unload the equivalent of 100 cars in the space of around two hours, while over 400 troops simultaneously disembarked.

“We are not only trained to disembark vehicles alongside but we are also able to provide logistics capability ashore via the Light Landing Craft.

“It was fantastic to be able to see all our training and hard work leading up to this exercise pay off,” Lance Corporal Sharman said.

“This recent evolution demonstrates what can be achieved by the whole team working together towards a common goal.”

Lance Corporal Sharman explained that the integration of the Army Cargo Specialists into the ship’s crew was critical to an effective amphibious capability in the Australian Defence Force.

He has been in the Army for four years and prior to joining HMAS Adelaide, six months ago, was posted to 30 Terminal Squadron in Townsville.

The Canberra class amphibious ships are also known as Landing Helicopter Docks and have a combined Navy, Army and Air Force crew.