Sailor reaches important career milestone

Published on LEUT Mollie Burns (author)

Topic(s): ADV Cape Inscription (320)

Petty Officer Boatswain Rowan Verheijen, who has recently completed 15 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: )
Petty Officer Boatswain Rowan Verheijen, who has recently completed 15 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

A satisfying career dedicated to service across the Patrol Boat community has recently been acknowledged in Cairns.

Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Cape Inscription Starboard Crew, celebrated Petty Officer Boatswain Rowan Verheijen, completing 15 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Originally from Port Stephens, Petty Officer Verheijen joined the Navy in 2005 achieving his desire to work on the water.

Quickly preferring to serve in minor war vessels, Petty Officer Verheijen has served in Armidale Class Patrol Boat crews Ardent One, Ardent Two, and Ardent Five, and the Cape Class Patrol Boats ADV Cape Nelson and Cape Inscription.

Petty Officer Verheijen reflected on the many highlights he has experienced over his career.

“The camaraderie and how close-knit a crew becomes, makes patrol boats special,” Petty Officer Verheijen said.

Whilst there have been many positives throughout his career, Petty Officer Verheijen rates bringing ADV Cape Nelson into service as a main highlight.

“I was posted as the Chief Boatswains Mate, we had seven weeks from receiving the boat to get through work ups and be ready to sail,” he said.

“It was an extremely busy time, but building a solid team in such a short period was an incredibly rewarding experience.”

Going beyond his current role, Petty Officer Verheijen is also studying for a Masters in Strategic People Management.

“It has become an area of interest in recent years and study is proving a great way to challenge myself as well as expand my knowledge.”

“Study is important, it allows you to refresh yourself, upskill and broaden your potential.”

Whilst enjoying his time on Cape Inscription, Petty Officer Verheijen looks forward to employing these newly obtained skills and applying them in future roles in the Royal Australian Navy.