Penguin opens new Boatswain Faculty

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Benjamin Ricketts (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Penguin, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Penguin, Training Authority - Maritime Warfare

Students and instructors and special guest Director Training Authority - Maritime Warfare, Captain Heath Robertson, CSC, HADC, RAN, (second from left, front row), stand together for their first group photo after the opening of the new Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.  (photo: ABIS Benjamin Ricketts)
Students and instructors and special guest Director Training Authority - Maritime Warfare, Captain Heath Robertson, CSC, HADC, RAN, (second from left, front row), stand together for their first group photo after the opening of the new Boatswain Faculty at HMAS Penguin, Sydney.

One of the key outcomes of the Royal Australian Navy’s strategic plan, Plan Pelorus 2022, is Workforce. Navy will have an integrated, diverse, resilient and deployable workforce that has the skills and competencies to deliver Navy’s warfighting effects.

Navy training is meeting this objective with quality systems and facilities across the nation. At HMAS Penguin in Sydney a new Boatswain Faculty has been opened to enhance Boatswain training supporting units in the region.

The Boatswain Faculty in Sydney boasts a training room that will accommodate 20 students and five staff. Some of the courses initially offered include Boarding Officer and Boarding Party training, Maritime Security, Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat Coxswain, range practice management and safety roles and Explosive Ordnance Safety Supervisor. 

The Faculty Manager, Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Mark Gibbs, says the facility has moved from a small support office at Garden Island into the new dedicated facility at Penguin.

“As we get established we will offer more courses dedicated to Boatswain continuation training and the support of temporary weapons user categories,” said Chief Petty Officer Gibbs.

“We have room to grow and offer greater training support to the fleet.

“Being in close proximity to the new Weapons Training Simulation System here at Penguin is also a bonus,” he said.

The new facility was opened in a small ceremony with all of Penguin’s Boatswain category sailors, staff and command personnel being present.

The facility was opened by Captain Heath Robertson, the Director Training Authority - Maritime Warfare.

“This new faculty will deliver Boatswain training in the right place at the right time,” said Captain Robertson.

In an informal brief to those in attendance Captain Robertson stated how critical it was with the Navy’s growth and during the time of COVID-19 to seek innovative and enhanced solutions to training requirements.

“It is important to note that this new Boatswains Faculty gives us redundancy through distributed training facilities across the country, which in turns provides a return of investment in time and cost,” he said.

The Boatswain Faculty at Penguin has hit the ground running and is facilitating courses from the first day of operation.

“We are looking forward to the next few months as work to deliver our training packages,” said Chief Petty Officer Gibbs.