After hanging up his rugby boots, Novacastrian Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator - Aircraft Controller Tim Walker has found his vocation controlling military aircraft in the Royal Australian Navy.
Able Seaman Walker attended St Frances Xavier College and played rugby for the University of Newcastle and is currently serving in HMAS Melbourne.
"I enjoyed growing up in Newcastle and still have a really good group of close friends who I regularly keep in touch with,” he said.
His parents still reside Newcastle and Able Seaman Walker regularly spends his downtime back in Newcastle and on occasion still pulls the rugby boots back on.
"I enjoy going home on weekends to just relax, kick the footy around, go to the beach and chill out with mates."
During his navy career he has already had the opportunity to deploy overseas. His highlight to date was participating in Exercise RIMPAC ─ a biannual multinational exercise conducted in Hawaii, where he was responsible for controlling multiple aircraft simultaneously from various foreign navies.
"Being able to put all my training and skills to the test was really rewarding. It allowed me to show off my abilities to not only my shipmates but other navies, like the United States. It was a great experience that I would have never has if I hadn't joined the Navy.”
HMAS Melbourne is conducting her Unit Readiness Evaluation which involves training the ship's company to high level of readiness capable of dealing with any scenario which may be presented.
“After an intense five weeks of warfare training and damage control exercises I’m really looking forward to having a well earned break back with family and friends.”