Earlier this month, Navy did not miss an opportunity to shine at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Open Day.
The open day was part of the broader Canberra Tertiary Open Day and allowed potential students, as well as families and members of the community, the opportunity to see the Defence Force in action and to learn about life at ADFA.
Commander Doug Griffiths, Executive Officer of ADFA, spoke of how the diversity of the events and activities on the day mirrored the endless opportunities that a career in the Defence Force provides.
“The open day offered an ideal opportunity for potential Cadets and Midshipmen, as well as the general public, to experience this unique world-class training and educational facility. From all the great reviews and comments heard throughout the day, it is considered our most successful open day yet,” Commander Griffiths said.
Navy Midshipmen were involved in a myriad of activities including the precision drill team demonstrations, outdoor battle PT (physical training), overwater obstacle course, crossfit, ADFA marching band and abseiling.
The day also featured a number of Navy static displays, showcasing a wide cross-section of career opportunities including a Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) provided by HMAS Harman, Navy helicopters, clearance divers, a Hydrographic and Meteorological display, a flight emulator and the submarine recruiting team.
The day attracted around 9000 visitors, who were provided with an entertaining and informative day out for the entire family. It also showcased the expert skills of serving members to friends, family and the broader community.
Ella (8), who has both parents serving in the Navy, attended the event full of enthusiasm.
“The Navy helicopters were awesome and I got to sit in the pilot’s seat. It was also really cool to climb into the RHIB, like the ones the Navy uses to board pirate boats. When I’m bigger I want to be in the Navy just like my parents,” she said.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142587.