Taste of Navy life inspires desire to serve

Andrew Perish. Pictures: Department of Defence

Andrew Perish. Pictures: Department of Defence

He's had a taste of the Australian Navy, and Campbelltown's Andrew Perish has decided he wants more.

The proud Indigenous local was recently selected from more than a thousand entrants as one of 12 winners in the National Submarine Tour and Competition.

As a winner, Mr Perish got the prize of a lifetime - spending a day in the life of a Royal Australian Navy submariner at Australia's largest naval base (HMAS Stirling, in Perth).

The 19-year-old said his strong sense of partiotism is what inspired him to enter the competition.

"I have always wanted to serve Australia, and this coupled with my wish to gain an insight into the life of Navy personnel led me to apply for the experience," he said.

The National Submarine Tour and Competition awarded 12 winners from around the country the opportunity to explore a Collins Class submarine, visit state-of-the-art training facilities, tackle challenging leadership exercises and connect with currently serving submariners.

Andrew Perish and others touring the submarine. Pictures: Department of Defence

Andrew Perish and others touring the submarine. Pictures: Department of Defence

Mr Perish said the experience had made his desire to serve his country even stronger.

"This competition has helped me decided that I do want to be a part of the Navy or the Australian Defence Force in some way," he said.

"This competition seemed like an excellent opportunity for me.

"I have been thinking about committing to tertiary education in 2022, but haven't set my heart on anything in particular.

"I've always dreamed about joining the Army or Navy as a kid, so when I saw this competition come up, it felt like a sign from the universe to see whether this could be my path."

Open to all Australians aged 18 to 35, the competition received over 1235 submissions, with entrants completing an online simulation that tested their ability to take command of a submarine mission.

Afterwards, they were asked to describe in 50 words or less what qualities they have that would make them a great submariner, with winners chosen by their responses.

Director General Defence Force Recruiting Brigadier Duncan Hayward said the tour provided a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes, see world-class technology and training facilities and meet currently serving Royal Australian Navy submariners.

"If you're looking for an exciting and adventurous lifestyle, with travel opportunities, quality training, unique experiences, great pay and benefits, a job as submariner could be right for you," Brigadier Hayward said.

For further information about a career as a Navy submariner, visit https://navy.defencejobs.gov.au/submariners/jobs