From Brisbane to Brunei

Published on LEUT Des Paroz (author), Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars (right) and Executive Officer HMAS Brunei Brenton Glover (left), search an area of interest with Northern Territory Heritage anthropologist David Steinberg during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars (right) and Executive Officer HMAS Brunei Brenton Glover (left), search an area of interest with Northern Territory Heritage anthropologist David Steinberg during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried at Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.

Having grown up as the son of a Royal Australian Navy member, Able Seaman Josh Seehars feels right at home in the small ship atmosphere of HMAS Brunei, one of the last three Landing Craft Heavy.

"I've been proud to serve in Brunei, and have really loved working in a small team.

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars from HMAS Brunei assists with the heavy lifting during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried on Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.

Able Seaman Electronics Technician Joshua Seehars from HMAS Brunei assists with the heavy lifting during the search for Stoker Percival Cameron who was buried on Guluwuru Island during the Second World War.



"I am the only Electronics Technician sailor in Brunei, and enjoy the various parts of my job, which includes maintaining navigation and communications equipment, as well as training of junior personnel," Able Seaman Seehars said.

Each landing craft has a crew about the size of a soccer team - a sport that Able Seaman Seehars enjoyed while going to school at Brisbane's Marsfield State High. After school he worked at Capricornia Contact Lens before joining the Navy.

As with most members serving at sea, Able Seaman Seehars has other duties aside from his core job, including being one of Brunei's swimmers of the watch - a job which entails being ready to enter the water in order to assist people in the water.

After Brunei is decommissioned in November, Able Seaman Seehars will move to Canberra where he will take up a posting as a technical supervisor.

"I am looking forward to some shore time, and the new challenges presented working at an inland base," Able Seaman Seehars said.

The Navy's three remaining Landing Craft Heavy (HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan) are to be decommissioned in November 2014.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20143382.

The Technical Department onboard HMAS Brunei.

The Technical Department onboard HMAS Brunei.