Future submariners wanted for exciting competition

Published on Ms Andrea Kopatsy (author), LSIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): Submarines (SSG), Defence Force Recruiting

Able Seaman Nathan Downes is a Marine Technician Submariner currently posted to HMAS Stirling. Nathan will guide the winners of the 2020 National Submarine Tour and Competition as they board a Submarine and live a day in the life of a Navy Submariner. (photo: LSIS Richard Cordell)
Able Seaman Nathan Downes is a Marine Technician Submariner currently posted to HMAS Stirling. Nathan will guide the winners of the 2020 National Submarine Tour and Competition as they board a Submarine and live a day in the life of a Navy Submariner.

Aspiring Royal Australian Navy Submariners have the chance to win the experience of a lifetime as part of the 2020 National Submarine Tour Competition.

Open to Australian civilians aged 18 to 35 years old, the competition invites entrants to play an online game, taking command of a submarine, and explain in 50 words or less which submariner role they are most suited to and why.

The 16 lucky winners, two from each State and Territory, will win a three-day, two-night trip to Navy establishment HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, Western Australia. The winners will go behind the scenes and see world class technology, meet current serving members and experience a day in the life of a Navy Submariner.

This is the second year that Defence Force Recruiting have run the competition, which aims to raise awareness of exciting submariner careers and lifestyle opportunities in the Navy.

Able Seaman Nathan Downes is a Marine Technician Submariner currently posted to HMAS Stirling. He’ll share his experiences and insights from his time as a Navy Submariner with the winners of the 2020 National Submarine Tour Competition.

“Being a Navy Submariner is great. It’s the lifestyle; working with your mates, you’re challenged, you’re respected. I’m proud of what I do and am happy to recommend it to others,” Able Seaman Downes said.

Director General Defence Force Recruiting, Air Commodore Sue McGready, said the National Submarine Tour Competition offered Australians the opportunity to discover the extraordinary variety of leadership and technical professions on offer, with a career option in the Navy suiting a broad range of backgrounds, skill levels and interest.

“The Navy is looking for people with the right combination of intelligence, resilience, personal discipline and teamwork to fill these roles,” Air Commodore McGready said.

Entries for the National Submarine Tour Competition are now open and will close on 23 November 2019. Winners will be contacted in December.

For further information about a career in the Navy, and to enter the National Submarine Tour Competition, visit https://app.defencejobs.gov.au/submarinetour.