HMAS Adelaide sailor re-visits his country of birth

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Ronnie Baltoft (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01), Indo-Pacific Endeavour

Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Trevor Maybir checks inventory in HMAS Adelaide's canteen. (photo: ABIS Ronnie Baltoft)
Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Support Operations Trevor Maybir checks inventory in HMAS Adelaide's canteen.

Brushes with celebrities and world leaders have added an extra dimension to life in the Royal Australian Navy for Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Support Operations Chief Petty Officer Trevor Maybir.

At 17, the former factory worker, who moved to Australia from Fiji with his family aged five, decided a more exciting career was in order.

He is now in charge of ten sailors in amphibious ship, HMAS Adelaide which recently returned to his birthplace, Suva, as part of Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018, a major regional engagement exercise.

Running from May to September, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2018 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia's key regional partners, including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

It has been 19 years since he last visited Suva as part of now-decommissioned destroyer, HMAS Hobart's, farewell tour in 1999.

"I've been to sea quite a few times, and served on a number of ships, before my current deployment to Fiji aboard Adelaide for Indo-Pacific Endeavour," he said.

"I definitely enjoy the lifestyle Australia has to offer, but I miss the people of Fiji."

Although his career in the Navy has kept him busy, Chief Petty Officer Maybir has pursued other endeavours in his down time.

While posted to Cairns, he worked with a local acting agency to score roles in adverts and TV shows, including a small role as an extra in the 1993 movie Sniper, starring Billy Zane and Tom Berrenger.

"It wasn't a huge role, but I got to work alongside some big movie industry names, which was a great experience."

His brush with Hollywood wasn't his only high-profile experience while serving in the Australian Defence Force.

"In 2007, I was honoured to be a guest as a luncheon with former US President George W. Bush at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre in Sydney," Chief Petty Officer Maybir said.

"That has definitely been the highlight of my career so far – and it goes to show you never know who you're going to meet through your service.

"I joined the Navy back in 1979 because of the travel and the opportunities it has to offer, but meeting new people is definitely the best part of my job."

Chief Petty Officer Maybir is a Maritime Logistics – Support Operations sailor which means his role at sea combines a range of hospitality, business and support duties. He is a member of the Ships' Medical Emergency Team which requires him to be a first responder in the case of emergency medical assistance on the ship, and he also helps manage the ship's canteen – no small task for a warship with a standing crew of around 400, that can swell to 1000 with embarked forces.