Pride on show as 28 new officers embark on Navy careers

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Nancy Cotton (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Moreton, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton

Hayden Dover with his Certificate of Appointment after he was welcomed into the Royal Australian Navy at a ceremony held at HMAS Moreton.  (photo: SBLT Nancy Cotton)
Hayden Dover with his Certificate of Appointment after he was welcomed into the Royal Australian Navy at a ceremony held at HMAS Moreton.

Family members watched proudly on Friday 17 July as HMAS Moreton hosted an induction of new officers into the Royal Australian Navy.

The ceremony, conducted on the banks of the Brisbane River, was officiated by Captain Nick Woodley. Twenty-eight New Entry Officers were appointed on the day.

Entertained by the Queensland contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band, families waved farewell to their loved ones as they set out for the journey ahead.

The New Entry Officers will be part of a 165-strong course undertaken at the Royal Australian Naval College at HMAS Creswell.

Life at sea is nothing new for Hayden Dover - one of the new officers inducted on the day.

Having come from the Merchant Navy, Hayden is now pursuing a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer Submariner.

“I knew I wanted to join the Navy, but after a visit on board HMAS Sheean I realised Submariner is the path I want to take,” Hayden said.

With parents Janelle Humphreys and Barry Dover proudly watching on, they were quite surprised by Hayden’s decision to join the Royal Australian Navy.

“We just didn’t see it coming and are so proud of him and his tenacity to pursue this.

“The more we have spoken to Hayden as we approached this day the more I knew this is exactly what he wants,” Janelle Humphreys said.

Charles Lee also had a story to tell, motivated to join the Navy by gratitude and a desire to give back to Australia.

“Life in Australia is a gift for me and my family. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be here,” Charles said.

“I migrated from South Korea in 2011 and graduated university with a mechanical engineering degree.

“I am looking forward to giving back to Australia through a career in the Navy as a Marine Engineering Officer,” he said.

The 165 newly appointed officers will spend the next 20-weeks undergoing training designed to equip them to become successful junior Naval Officers.

For more information about a career in the Royal Australian Navy, visit the Defence Jobs Australia website https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/