HMAS Huon recently embarked on a voyage to Tasmania to engage with the local community and allow potential future recruits to delve into the world of naval operations and discover exciting careers.
CAPTION: Australian Navy Cadets stand by HMAS Huon during a port visit to Devonport, Tasmania in September 2023. Story by Able Seaman Casey Buurveld. Photo by Able Seaman Jamie Snaize.
During its time alongside in Devonport and Hobart, Huon opened its doors to Australian Navy Cadets and those interested in pursuing ADF careers. The cadets explored the inner workings of Navy’s mine warfare and clearance diving branches.
Commanding Officer HMAS Huon, and Tasmanian local, Lieutenant Commander Beau Mulraney said he was excited to sail the ship into his home port of Devonport.
“It was an absolute thrill to showcase the ship in Tasmania, where the community welcomed the crew with open arms,” he said.
“This was an excellent opportunity for the cadets to witness the synergy of technology, teamwork and leadership that defines the Royal Australian Navy and broader Australian Defence Force.”
The guided tours of the operations rooms were a highlight, as the cadets learned firsthand the complex coordination and communication required to ensure maritime security.
Cadets were interested in the Huon’s two Double Eagle Mk II remotely operated mine disposal vehicles.
They were also introduced to state-of-the-art stealth diving equipment used by Navy’s clearance divers, gaining an insight into the crucial role these specialists play.
The crew of Huon took advantage of their time in Devonport to hike Cradle Mountain and visit the Tasmanian Devil, which is displayed on the ship’s ceremonial crest.