Banksia Grove teenager wins submarine experience

HMAS Rankin Commander Robin Dainty (second left) gives the thumbs up with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West in WA. Picture: Damien Pawlenko/Defence Department
HMAS Rankin Commander Robin Dainty (second left) gives the thumbs up with members from the Submarine Recruiting Team, staff from Defence Force Recruiting and the 2020 National Submariner Tour and Competition winners with HMAS Rankin and HMAS Sirius in the background at Fleet Base West in WA. Picture: Damien Pawlenko/Defence Department

BANKSIA Grove resident Jauhara Karrim (19) recently returned from a VIP experience at Australia’s largest navy base and live a day in the life of a navy submariner.

The National Submarine Tour and Competition gave winners a two-day trip to HMAS Stirling in WA, where they explored a Collins Class Submarine.

They also visited state of the art submarine training facilities, tackled challenging leadership exercises and connected with current serving submariners.

Jauhara Karrim stands on the gangway of Collins Class Submarine, HMAS Collins as part of the 2020 National Submarine Tour Competition at Fleet Base West in WA. Picture: James Whittle/Defence Department

Jauhara said her experience with current serving submariners was fascinating.

“I now have a deeper understanding of their lives and work,” she said.

“The people I met are all strong, committed people who love what they do.”

The competition was open to 18 to 35-year-olds and attracted 1891 submissions, more than nine times the amount received last year.

Entrants were challenged to play an online game, taking command of a submarine on a mission, as well as explain which submariner role they were most suited to.

Winners were chosen based on the literary and creative merit of answers provided.

Defence force recruiting director general Brigadier Duncan Hayward said he was inspired by the number of young men and women interested in becoming a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy.

“In financial year 2018-19, Navy experienced a 46 per cent increase in the number of submariner applications compared to the previous year,” Brigadier Hayward said.

“A career as a navy submariner redefines comfort zones, offers a breadth of experience, and opens an individual’s eyes to what they’re truly capable of.”

For more information, visit navy.defencejobs.gov.au.

Winners of the National Submarine Tour Competition get a safety brief from submarines acoustic warfare analyst Petty Officer Daniel Mclellan before conducting a tour of a Collins Class Submarine at Fleet Base West in WA. Picture: James Whittle/Defence Department