Secrets from the deep

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Group photo, Comet Bay Students with the visiting USN and RAN Sailors and Officers (photo: Ms Clair Hunt)
Group photo, Comet Bay Students with the visiting USN and RAN Sailors and Officers

As part of Navy's ongoing community engagement activities, sailors and officers from two navies took time out and conducted a presentation to students from Comet Bay College in Secret Harbour, Western Australia.

Members from HMAS Sheean and visiting Los Angeles attack class submarine, USS Albuquerque, discussed their specific trades and elements of a submariner's lifestyle to the enthusiastic audience.

"The students were very lucky to have the opportunity to the submariners about how they have utilised their school education for an exciting career in their respective navies, and in particular as a submariner," said Defence Transition Mentor, Ms Claire Hunt, who coordinated the viSit.

"They shared with us a little bit about their roles and career paths, ranging from three to 20 years of service," added Ms Hunt.

After the presentation and during recess, there was time for a fun game of tug-of-war in the Year 8 quadrangle. This was organised by the Faction Captains.
With an overall tougher than expected fight from each of the students verses visitor teams, the event generated rowdy excitement amongst the large spectator audience.

Year 11 student Shannon Carmichael said the opportunity was well received.

"I enjoyed listening to the guest speakers about their jobs and personal experiences on the submarines," Shannon said.

Navy members often visit schools across Australia - helping students understand the reality of life in the services.