Fu­ture pi­lot reaches for the sky with Navy post

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS -

A TOWNSVILLE teenager was wel­comed into the Royal Aus­tralian Navy dur­ing an ap­point­ment cer­e­mony on Fri­day.

Oliver Dale, 19, of An­nan­dale, was wel­comed in front of fam­ily and friends.

He is one of 55 new ap­pointees at­tend­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Naval Col­lege at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay, New South Wales.

At HMAS Creswell, they will com­mence the New En­try Of­fi­cers’ Course ( NEOC) to learn ba­sic mil­i­tary and mariner skills, while be­ing ex­posed to Navy cul­ture and tra­di­tions.

Se­nior Mil­i­tary Re­cruit­ing Of­fi­cer Townsville Flight Lieu­tenant Bren­dan Weth­ery said the men and women who joined the Navy would work on the most ad­vanced ships and tech­nol­ogy in the world.

“The Royal Aus­tralian Navy is pow­ered by a team of highly pro­fes­sional and qual­i­fied peo­ple,” Flt Lt Weth­ery said.

“These en­thu­si­as­tic new ap­pointees will build on their in­her­ent tal­ents to take on roles as fu­ture lead­ers within the fleet.”

Oliver said his per­sis­tence and hard work had paid off and he couldn’t wait to ful­fil his life­long dream of be­com­ing a pi­lot in the Navy.

“I be­lieve no civil­ian ca­reer could of­fer any­thing near what the Navy can of­fer,” he said.

“Where else can you travel around the world with your mates while do­ing a job you en­joy, and have the op­por­tu­nity to work with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy?”

Oliver Dale was wel­comed into the Royal Aus­tralian Navy at an ap­point­ment cer­e­mony in Townsville.

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