Maroochydore man proud to protect Australia’s maritime borders

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Wollongong (P92)

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Shaun Black on board HMAS Wollongong as part of the ARDENT THREE crew. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Shaun Black on board HMAS Wollongong as part of the ARDENT THREE crew.

Graduating Maroochydore High School in 2004 and getting a taste for the Navy in his teenage years by participating in Navy Cadets, Shaun Black enlisted in the Navy in 2005 as a Boatswains Mate.

Eight years later, Leading Seaman Black has served in a number of ships, giving him the opportunity to travel to a variety of foreign ports.

He said his career onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s Armidale Class Patrol Boats has been both challenging and rewarding, and has allowed him to fulfil his reason for joining the Defence force.

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Shaun Black on board HMAS Wollongong as part of the Ardent Three crew.

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Shaun Black on board HMAS Wollongong as part of the Ardent Three crew.

“As a Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate onboard a patrol boat, I am an Officer of the Watch, 2nd in charge of the boarding party and armoury supervisor,” he said.

Currently serving with the patrol boat crew ARDENT THREE onboard HMAS Wollongong, LS Black is a senior and well respected crew member who is looked to for guidance by the junior sailors.

“The Navy is made up of boats, ships, and equipment, but the most important element is the people. I have made some life long friends, who I am proud to have served with,” said LS Black.

Recently, LS Black was awarded the Operational Service Medal (OSM) for his tireless efforts in border protection operations in Northern Australia. He said he felt proud to receive a medal in front of his shipmates.

“The OSM is a new medal, awarded to all Australian Defence Force members who serve on border protection operations. It is nice to be recognised for the countless hours we spend patrolling Australia’s northern waters,” he said.

Wollongong’s homeport is Cairns, which is where LS Black and wife Kristine are at home.

LS Black is looking forward to some well-deserved rest, so he can travel to Maroochydore and catch up with his proud parent’s Michelle and John, and spend some time with his Nan, Nola in Buderim.