Shaun Black got a taste for sea life as a young Navy Cadet. Eight years later the 26-year-old Maroochydore resident has served on a number of ships and travelled to foreign ports.
The former Maroochydore High School student is a Boatswains Mate after enlisting in the Navy in 2005 and is serving in the Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Wollongong.
Shaun said his position onboard patrol boats have been very challenging but rewarding fulfilling his reason for joining the Defence force.
“As a Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate onboard a patrol boat I am an Officer of the Watch, 2nd in charge of the boarding party and armory supervisor,” he said.
Currently serving with ARDENT Three crew onboard HMAS Wollongong, LS Black is a senior crewmember and is looked to for guidance and is well respected.
“The Navy is made up of boats, ships, equipment but most important is the people, I have made some life time friends who I am proud to have served with,” Shaun said.
Recently LS Black was awarded the Operational Service Medal (OSM) for his tireless efforts in border protection operations in Northern Australia. He said he felt proud to receive a medal in front of his shipmates.
“ The OSM is a new medal awarded to all ADF members who serve on border protection operations, it is nice to be recognized for the countless hours we spend patrolling the Northern Australian waters,” he said.
The boat's homeport is Cairns, this is where LS Black and wife Kristine call home.
Shaun is looking forward to some well-deserved rest, so he can travel to Maroochydore and catch up with his proud parent’s Michelle and John and spend some time with his grandmother in Buderim.