Moreton takes on the Brisbane Rail Trail

This article has photo gallery Published on LSML-SC Hayden Eyles (author and photographer)

Location(s): Wulkuraka, Qld, Yarraman, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Moreton, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Adventure Training

Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue. (photo: LS ML-SC Hayden Eyles)
Members of Team Moreton carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue.

HMAS Moreton personnel have taken on a bushwalking challenge to test their mental and physical resilience.

The old Brisbane Rail Trail comprises 161km of rugged Australian bushland, often crossing though small Queensland towns, providing a challenge even for the regular bushwalker.

The trail is a familiar stomping ground for Moreton with personnel having covered the opposite end of the trail late in 2018. This year Moreton worked together and helped carry their “wounded” team member Able Seaman Blue.

Coordinator for the resilience training, Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor June Cunningham said that 2019 marks the largest turn out of Navy personnel posted to the South East Queensland region, including members posted to outstations such as Airbus (MRH-90) and Fleet Battle Staff to come together as one Navy team.

Moreton’s Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Kevin (Jimmy) Barnes, an avid marathon runner who laterally transferred from the UK Navy, kept the participants focused throughout the challenge with motivating comments.

“This trail has some beautiful countryside,” he said.

“You really appreciate how lucky we are in Australia having the opportunity to go for team exercises in beautiful landscapes like this.”

Fellow Moreton sailor, Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator James Everton, enjoy the opportunity to participate in his first resilience training with Moreton.

“My shoes trying to eat my feet alive just added to the whole resilience theme but I couldn’t wait to see that finish line,” Leading Seaman Everton said.

Moreton personnel finally got to their bus at the finish line after completing a total of 42km over two days of walking.

Moreton has a strong connection with South East Queensland with frequent community engagement activities and exercises such as TALISMAN SABRE, underlining Navy’s commitment to region, and its connection to local government and emergency services.