Family inspired HMAS Adelaide sailor’s career

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Geoff Long (author), LSIS Shane Cameron (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01)

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this Mother's Day. (photo: LSIS Shane Cameron)
Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this Mother's Day.

Mother’s Day is traditionally a day when Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht and his two kids go out of their way to show wife and mother Amber how much she is loved.

While this year he is serving in HMAS Adelaide, the Navy’s current high readiness vessel for emergency and disaster response, Petty Officer Schacht said his thoughts would be on home and family at some point during the day.

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children (pictured) while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this Mother's Day.

Petty Officer Marine Technician Jim Schacht will send a message to his wife and mother of his two children (pictured) while serving at sea on HMAS Adelaide this Mother's Day.

He credits his wife as the driving force behind his decision to join the Navy 11 years ago at the age of 26.

“At the time Amber was living in America and she insisted that I have a career in order for her to make the move to Australia.”

“We now have two great kids, life couldn’t be better, and I am so grateful of holding a career in the Navy,” Petty Officer Schacht said.

He grew up in the Gold Coast hinterland and went to nearby Robina High School, with fishing and surfing his main loves before joining the Navy and starting a family.

Mother’s Day in the Schacht family would regularly involve making arts and crafts and creating something as a gift for mum Amber, a tradition he hopes will continue in his absence.

As a Marine Technician, Petty Officer Schacht oversees a team of sailors tasked with maintaining all parts of the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) - everything from propulsion machinery and power generation systems to hull structures and air conditioning.

Petty Officer Schacht said training and maintaining skill levels was the key to his trade.

“I really enjoy it when the MTs get a higher qualification. Upskilling is the key and when our team fixes something it feels great,” he said.