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Navy Sailor

Navy sailors undertake a wide range of peacetime and wartime work on land and at sea, including communications, supply, seamanship, motor transport, combat systems operation, hospitality and stores.

Duties & Tasks
A Navy sailor may specialise as an/a:
  • Acoustic Warfare Analyst Submariner
  • works in submarines to monitor the presence of vessels in the maritime environment. This is achieved by detecting and analysing noise patterns from unknown sources.
  • Boatswain's Mate
  • performs general seamanship duties on board Navy ships. They handle the berthing of ships, use ship's boats and small arms, and maintain the ship and its fixtures.
  • Clearance Diver
  • responsible for military diving tasks, which may include underwater repairs; the securing and disposal of missiles, projectiles and explosives; and the safe demolition of maritime assets.
  • Combat Systems Operator
  • works in the operations room with sensor equipment such as sonar and radar, providing combat data and operations planning support.
  • Combat Systems Operator (Mine Warfare)
  • operates the combat data system on board the Navy's minehunters, including underwater mine disposal vehicles, radars, sonars and navigation systems.
  • Communication and Information Systems Sailor
  • responsible for sending information into, out of and around a ship or base, using radio, satellite equipment and Local Area Networks (LAN).
  • Chef
  • caters and prepares food for Navy personnel both on shore and in ships and submarines.
  • Dental Assistant
  • helps with dental procedures, writes reports and looks after the accounting and appointment records.
  • Hydrographic Surveyor
  • works on board Navy research vessels assisting in compiling data for hydrographic surveys of Australia's coastline and approaches.
  • Medical Sailor
  • assists with patient care and comfort, hygiene and nursing care, and emergency medical and pre-hospital care of Navy personnel.
  • Musician
  • performs in Navy bands at concerts, ceremonies, parades and dances, playing a range of musical styles, including classical pieces, rock, jazz and swing.
  • Maritime Logistics Steward
  • responsible for the administration and general running of the Officers' Mess, providing hospitality services such as table preparation, bar services and cabin care for officers.
  • Supply Chain Sailor
  • responsible for the administration and stock control of Naval Stores items.
  • Personnel Operations Sailor
  • employed within the Navy's personnel organisation as an administrator to run the office on a ship or base, handling pay, accounts and general clerical work. They may also work as the personal assistant to a Commanding Officer on a warship.
  • Personal requirements
  • Australian citizenship
  • at least 17 years of age
  • meet aptitude and medical requirements.
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