Peteris Kains feels right at home depite being at sea. Able Seaman Kains, from Mount Eliza, is one of 230 crew members in the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Melbourne currently on maritime security patrols in the Middle East in support of OPERATION SLIPPER.
After graduating from The Peninsula School, Peteris held down various part time jobs and decided he wanted a career with stability and great qualifications so joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2008.
After 11 months of recruit and Initial Employment Course (Electronics Specific) training at HMAS Cerberus, just across the peninsula in Westernport Bay, Peteris went on to complete a further 3 months electronics training at TAFE, and then finally embarked on 10 months category training in the USA, learning to maintain the Mk92 Fire Control System. After this he entered the Fleet proper to continue his employment as a Fire Control system maintainer with ongoing continuation training and competency log progression. His day to day job entails watch-keeping, preparing to defend the ship against missile and aircraft threats, maintenance of his systems as well as whole ship activities such as replenishments at sea, where Melbourne steams alongside an auxiliary ship and receives fuel and stores.
Peteris has previously deployed on OPERATION RESOLUTE in HMAS Manoora, undertaking border protection patrols off the North of Australia, as well as Exercise TALISMAN SABRE, also in Manoora; although he states that participating in the 2012 Fleet Review in HMAS Sydney in Japan as a standout moment of his career to date.
This is Peteris' first deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations and he will earn an Australian Active Service Medal with International Coalition Against Terrorism clasp and an Afghanistan Campaign Medal. He is eagerly anticipating returning to Sydney Harbour early next year and being reunited with his wife Arta and, by then, 18 month old son, after what is sure to be a long but rewarding operational period.