New competition to inspire future Navy submariners

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

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14 November 2018

A rare opportunity for Australians to go behind the scenes, see world-class technology and consider a career as a submariner is on offer following the launch of a National Submariner Tour and Competition today.

Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the competition allowed Australians the chance to experience life as a submariner and learn more about the Royal Australian Navy.

“The Navy is looking for people with the right combination of intelligence, resilience, discipline and teamwork to fill these roles,” Mr Chester said. 

“The National Submariner Tour and Competition is a great first step towards a future career in the Royal Australian Navy, and their extraordinary submarine service.”

Open to Australians aged 18 to 35, the competition requires entrants to explain in 50 words or less, which submariner role (Maritime Warfare Officer Submariner, Acoustic Analyst Submariner, Electronic Engineer Submariner, and Marine Technician Submariner) they would choose and why.

Eight lucky winners, one from each state and territory, will take part in a three-day, two-night trip to Australia’s largest navy base, HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Western Australia. Here they will experience life as a submariner and take part in a range of exclusive activities.

“On a submarine, developing a breadth of skills is an essential part of the job. Every submariner has multiple responsibilities and everyone’s contribution matters,” Mr Chester said.

“Being a submariner in the Royal Australian Navy is a career which redefines comfort zones and shows someone what they’re truly capable of.

“The competition allows Australians the opportunity to discover the extraordinary variety of trades and technical professions on offer, with a career option in the Navy suiting a broad range of backgrounds, skills levels, expertise and interest.”

The winners will receive return flights to Perth, two nights’ accommodation, food and travel costs, and the chance to take part in a range of exclusive activities.

This may include a VIP tour of the military facilities at HMAS Stirling, a chance to tackle challenging obstacle courses, and exclusive one-on-one time with current serving submariners to learn more about their lives in the Royal Australian Navy.

Entries for the National Submariner Tour and Competition are now open and close 14 December 2018. Winners will be contacted in January 2019. To enter, visit

For more information about a career in the Navy, visit

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