Victorian base, HMAS Cerberus has been a hive of engineering activity recently, hosting Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Navy engineers for the annual Engineering Week.
Training Authority - Engineering provides the opportunity for Navy engineers of all ranks to gather and discuss a wide variety of topics relevant to Navy’s warfighting objectives.
It was also an opportunity for Students undertaking the Engineering Officer Application Course 01/17 to present their final course papers.
The Course prepares junior enginners of all specifications for their roles in the Fleet leading engineering sailors at sea and ashore.
The final awards for the course were presented by Head Navy Engineering Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence, with Sub Lieutenant Richard Phillips overall dux,
Sub Lieutenant Peeranat Vanichkitrungruang Weapons Electrical dux and Lieutenant Damian Briggs Marine Engineering dux.
Sub Lieutenant James Heydon was awarded the IMarEST Bi-Centennial Silver Medallion for the student displaying the most officer like qualities.
Sub Lieutenant Jarred Bachmann said the focussed Engineering Week format delivered unprecedented to access to some of the top engineers in the Navy.
“Being able to create such open discussion about a wide variety of topics and get an insight into different perspectives was eye-opening and thought provoking,” he said.
It was a busy week with formal presentations covering a wide range of topics, including changes to procurement in Defence, New Zealand’s Marine Engineering Support Team, the re-established Fleet In-Service Trials Team and a presentation from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.
During the week, there were many informal opportunities for the students and presenters to discuss their topics with various senior engineers as Cerberus also hosted a trivia night, an all-ranks function and a Mess Dinner.
Lieutenant Commander Jacqui Dew said that it was an excellent opportunity for engineers of all specifications and experience to focus on the business of maritime support.
“It was great to exchange ideas with engineers from the Naval Enterprise that travelled from all parts of Australia for the week,” she said.
Forums were also held for each Engineering category, with aviation, electronics, mechanical representatives on hand to disucss career management and professional development.
These were well received with some healthy debate over the Future Naval Engineering Workforce model being presented.
Rear Admiral Lawrence also delivered the plan for Naval Engineering from 2017 to 2022.