Keeping the propellers turning for ARDENT THREE

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Topic(s): Operation RESOLUTE, HMAS Wollongong (P92)

Able Seaman Marine Technical Ronny Turner stands at the entry of the engine room door onboard HMAS Wollongong during Operation CORPAT. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Able Seaman Marine Technical Ronny Turner stands at the entry of the engine room door onboard HMAS Wollongong during Operation CORPAT.

Redcliffe local Ronny Turner has come along way since completing Redcliffe High School in 2003.

He tested out a few careers after high school, mostly in customer service and sales. He was looking for a stable career to support his family, so he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2009, to become a Marine Technician.

Since joining the Navy, Able Seaman Turner has gained various qualifications to assist him in his trade as a Mechanical Fitter, specialised as an Electrical Maintainer.

He said his career in the Navy has enabled him to create a stable future for himself, his wife Katrina, and their two young boys.

“As a young boy, I would hear the stories from my Dad’s days in the Navy. So when I wanted career stability, I investigated what the Navy had to offer.”

Able Seaman Turner is now a vital member of the Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew ARDENT THREE, which currently patrolling Northern Australian waters as part of the nation’s border protection operations.

He works eight weeks on the boat and four weeks alongside Cairns, where his family is stationed.

Currently embarked in HMAS Wollongong, AB Turner is looking forward to his first international port visit to Indonesia.

“As patrol boat sailors, we work tirelessly protecting Australia’s borders, so it is a treat  to have an international port visit on the horizon,” said AB Turner.

In September, AB Turner will qualify for his Operational Service Medal (OSM) for his service to Operation RESOLUTE - the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the whole-of-government effort to protect Australia’s borders and offshore maritime interests.

He said he is looking forward to some time at home in Cairns, and particularly some quality with his wife and sons.

Able Seaman Marine Technical Ronnie Turner conducts rounds in the engine room onboard HMAS Wollongong at sea during Operation CORPAT.

Able Seaman Marine Technical Ronnie Turner conducts rounds in the engine room onboard HMAS Wollongong at sea during Operation CORPAT.