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Kieran Linsley - Newcastle

Kieran Linsley, Novocastrian and a Marine Technician in the Royal Australian Navy, is currently getting the chance to learn his trade for real aboard the recently commissioned warship HMAS Choules.

20-year-old Able Seaman Linsley has been posted to HMAS Choules since April 2012 and has found the experience so far to be an enjoyable one.

“It’s a good new ship,” Kieran said.

Since completing his initial training, the former St Francis Xavier Hamilton College student has been working on his competency logs and receiving on the job training onboard the ship.

“As a Marine Technician on Choules, I am tasked with the electrical maintenance and testing onboard,” Kieran said.

“There are a lot of electrical based things onboard that require continual checking and maintenance, which is my role on the ship.”

Kieran wants to continue with the electrical side of his job and is aiming to do an electrical fitters course early next year to allow him to do so.

“I enjoy the electrical side of my job so I’m hoping to get on the nine month electrical fitters course,” Kieran said.

“If I’m successful with that, I’ll come out with a Certificate III in electrical fitting.”

Currently being trained by the Senior ranked Marine Technicians, Kieran will continue working through his log books on Choules to become fully qualified.

HMAS Choules is the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Ship Dock and provides the Defence Force with a number of capabilities to support amphibious operations and Humanitarian Assistance missions.