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Liam Humphrey - Heathcote

With his father being a soldier in the Australian Army, 17 year old Navy midshipman Liam Humphrey moved around regularly during his childhood, but proudly calls Heathcote in Victoria home.

"Heathcote is a beautiful area to live—we live on a property out of town where I really enjoy the open space," Liam said.

"Being a Victorian I also played 'decent' football," he said.

17-year-old  Liam is one of the Navy’s newest officers,  currently undertaking initial training to become a Maritime Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

Completing high school at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, Liam was actively involved in Australian Rules football with the Heathcote Football Netball Club, both as a player in the under 17 team and as a runner/coach for the under 14s—his brother’s team.

After completing New Entry Officer Course (NEOC) at the Naval College located at HMAS Creswell Jervis Bay, Liam will undertake the initial phases of the Junior Warfare Application Course. He will then attend the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) where he will undertake a Bachelor of Science degree.

"I expect to be busy at ADFA, completing my degree and continuing my military training," he said.

"It will be good to get the chance to play footy competitively there."

During NEOC Liam has most enjoyed the damage control training at the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety.

"It is definitely one of those things that I hope I’ll never need to use in real life, but I really got a lot out of the ‘leak, stop and repair’ training," he said.

Along with over 100 NEOC classmates, Liam is currently embarked in HMAS Choules for a sea training deployment that will include a visit to New Zealand.

"The opportunity to go overseas and meet and work with a variety of people is a big part of why I joined the Navy, so I am excited to get to New Zealand on our first sea deployment.

"Getting to know how a big ship works and expanding my knowledge about what goes on in each of the departments is going to be fun, but challenging.

"In a way a ship is like a footy team—the only way to win is by knowing each other’s capabilities and working together," Liam said.

Choules visited New Zealand as part of training program for over 100 embarked Junior Officers currently undertaking their NEOC.

Choules is a Royal Australian Navy Landing Ship Dock class capable of amphibious operations and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief throughout the region.