Senator David Feeney, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence has visited HMAS Stirling in Fleet Base West, Rockingham to meet with Australian Royal Navy (RAN) personnel who are delivering essential Navy capabilities.
“It was a real privilege to meet the Navy personnel, both permanent and part time, at HMAS Stirling,” said Senator Feeney.
“This team works well because it brings together the skills and characteristics of its permanent and reserve members to achieve a desired result.
“As part of that team navy reservists offer and deliver a diverse range of skills. I have met reserve members who perform essential roles as trainers, technicians, security officers and watch-keepers.
“Reserve personnel play a vital role in the modern navy and will continue to do so,” Senator Feeney said.
Senator Feeney also met with HMAS Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Brett Wolski.
Captain Wolski said recent changes in the way Reservists are managed has made them an even more effective force.
“The employment of Naval Reservists is integral to the success of today’s Navy, in particular within the submarine force here in HMAS Stirling,” Captain Wolski said.
“They are more integrated with permanent Navy, often fulfilling the same roles as their permanent counterparts,” he said.
There are more than 2,000 Active Reservists employed across the RAN this year contributing to a full spectrum of naval capabilities.
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