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Najee Minuzzo

It’s been a long haul for Ayr resident Najee Minuzzo, but he’s finally passed the first phase of his dream career of becoming a Marine Technician (MT) in the Royal Australian Navy.

25-year-old Najee recently proudly graduated from 11 weeks of initial training at the RAN Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria and is looking forward to taking the next step in a exciting and long awaited career as a sailor.

“It’s been a long process getting to where I am now. I applied to join three months out of high school and it has taken me just short of seven years to get here. I guess you could say I was pretty determined to get in. My whole family has supported me which I’m very grateful for,” the new Naval recruit said..

Recruit training instils the basic skills to become a sailor from cleaning, ironing, and living in a close communal environment, through to survival at sea, fire fighting, damage control and weapons handling. To round all of those skills out there’s also intense fitness training to fit in each day.

“It’s challenging but rewarding. Sometimes there’s hesitation and doubt but we all pull together as a team. The reward comes when you pass and get promoted, or when you get your exam results back and find out that you’ve performed better than you thought you would,” he said.

Najee will continue with further training to qualify as a MT sailor which involves operating, maintaining and repairing the ships machinery, gas turbines, diesel engines, ventilation, as well as power generation and distribution.

“There’s so much more to being an MT than just working on engines. I’ll also undertake general ship’s duties such as watch keeping, replenishment at sea, fire fighting, first aid and damage control,” Najee said.

Before joining the Navy Najee worked as a baker, a truck driver for the sugar cane industry and fixing and maintaining the railway for the sugar mills. While there are still challenges and hard work ahead, Najee is looking forward to every experience he can get.

“Meeting new people and travelling the world. There is so much of the world to see and the Navy is a great way to do it. No two days will be the same, if you are out in the fleet you never know what surprises the world will have for you,” he concluded.