Young leaders visit Penguin

Published on WO John O'Brien (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Leadership

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Senior high school students and their teachers from Sydney’s north recently had an up close look at Navy when they visited HMAS Penguin for a Youth Leadership Forum.

Commander Ian Campbell, Penguin’s Commanding Officer, personally welcomed the group.

“What a great opportunity it was for the students to see how the team worked in Navy and to hear about some of the many opportunities that Navy offered in terms of career options,” he said.

Twenty-seven students and six teachers from Mosman High, Balgowlah Boys Campus, Cromer Campus, Mackellar Girls High, Forest High and Oxford Falls Grammar attended. The day provided an insight into life in the Navy.

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Rowan King was on hand to brief the students and gave everyone a close up view of the KM37 Diving Helmet now in use by the Royal Australian Navy.

“It was a great opportunity to give the senior students a look into the life of a Navy clearance diver,” he said.

The program included a tour of the tunnels at Middle Head where the group was escorted by a New South Wales Parks and Wildlife guide who provided an in depth commentary about the history of the tunnels and the various gun mounts.

In the afternoon, Petty Officer Physical Trainer Rhod Hunter took the group for some leadership exercises. Petty Officer Hunter managed a session where the students conducted some minor team building and leadership activities.

“This included working as a team in order to find a solution to crossing a simulated flooded river,” Petty Officer Hunter said.

“It is always an enjoyable and rewarding experience to give the youth of today an insight into what our job entails and to assist them with developing their teamwork and leadership skills.”