Cairns local Brody sails for Middle East

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Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Brody Lamport, takes a moment to relax as HMAS Perth finalises preparations before deploying to the Middle East Region for six months.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Brody Lamport, takes a moment to relax as HMAS Perth finalises preparations before deploying to the Middle East Region for six months.

For Cairns local Brody Lamport, 2016 will be a year to remember as it will mark the year that he undertook his first operational deployment in the Royal Australian Navy.

Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Lamport is currently posted to the Royal Australian Navy Frigate HMAS Perth which sailed for a six-month deployment on June 7 to the Middle East.

After leaving Woree High School, Able Seaman Lamport worked as a deckhand on one of the many tourist boats that sail out of Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef – and that’s where he got the idea of joining the Navy.

“The whole reason I joined the Navy was because I wanted to get out there and do bigger and better things,” he said.

Able Seaman Lamport’s naval career started at HMAS Cerberus, the Navy’s primary training facility located in Western Port Bay, Victoria.

After finishing Recruit School, he underwent specialist category training where he went from being a Seaman Star (personnel under training) to a Seaman Boatswain’s Mate, a job that’s integral to the running of a modern, high tech warship.

“As a Boatswains Mate, I specialise in all small arms that are carried on the ship, that ranges from the 9mm pistol to the 12.7mm machine gun,” he said.

“I also spend a fair bit of my time working on seamanship activities such as towing or berthing operations.”

Boatswain’s Mates also specialise in rope and anchor work, helmsmanship and refuelling at sea.

As well as his normal job, Able Seaman Lamport is also a member of the ship’s boarding party – a job that will keep him busy once Perth gets to her assigned station in the Gulf given the amount of boardingsa ship carries out over the course of the deployment.

Able Seaman Lamport said there are many parts of the deployment he is looking forward to, such as getting the chance to travel to places he might not otherwise have seen if it wasn’t for joining the Navy.

“For me, the best part of the deployment will be getting out there in an operational role, and doing what I was trained to do,” he said.

Able Seaman Lamport said his parents, who still live on the family farm in Cairns, were a little hesitant about him deploying but found comfort in the fact that Perth’s crew is highly trained and more than capable of undertaking the job at hand.

“My whole family is a bit nervous about me going but at the end of the day they know we have a good crew onboard and I’ll be safe and sound,” he said.

HMAS Perth is taking part in Operation Manitou which is Australia’s contribution to counter terrorism, counter piracy and narcotics interdiction in the Middle East region.