Navy puts spark into Jason’s life

24 June 2013
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Jason Chamberlain in his workspace onboard HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013.
Leading Seaman Marine Technician Jason Chamberlain in his workspace onboard HMAS Choules during Exercise Sea Lion 2013.

Ulladulla local lad Jason Chamberlain has come a long way since graduating from St John’s School in Nowra.

After leaving school and having a number of jobs including a stint at Alan May Holden, Ulladulla and the Shoalhaven Ex Serviceman’s Club, Jason decided on a life at sea.

Enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy in 2005, Jason went on to serve in a number of ships which saw him travel to a variety of foreign ports.

He said his job in the Navy means he gets to work with a wide range of electrical equipment.

“As a Marine Technician Electrical sailor, my job is to maintain and repair all manner of electrical equipment throughout the ship,” he said.

“As a leading hand I am also responsible for supervising junior staff as they go about their daily tasks.”

James, or Leading Seaman Marine Technician Electrical Chamberlain, has served in a number of ships, including HMA ships Sirius, Success and Stuart.

He was also onboard the former HMAS Adelaide when the ship completed an overseas deployment as part of her decommissioning cruise.

Jason said while he enjoyed being at sea, he was looking forward to some well earned down time at Christmas when he will take a holiday in Perth, WA.

Raymond is onboard HMAS Choules, one of the Navy’s newest and largest ships, currently taking part in Exercise Sea Lion off the coast of far north Queensland.

Displacing 16,000 tonne, Choules is a Landing Ship Dock, or amphibious support ship, based at Fleet Base East in Sydney.