Future pilot reaches for the sky with Navy post
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?”