Commanding Officer of Training Ship Shoalhaven, Lieutenant John Huisman has received a commendation for 16 years of work mentoring hundreds of Australian Navy Cadets.
His commendation was presented by HMAS Albatross’s Executive Officer, Commander Gary Holgate, on behalf of Commander Australian Fleet during the cadet unit’s annual inspection to recognise his outstanding dedication and commitment to the task of training and leading cadets.
Lieutenant Huisman said the key characteristics he hopes cadets under his charge gain from the experience include developing great pride in themselves, self discipline, self confidence and respect for others.
“I have been the Commanding Officer of Training Ship Shoalhaven for 12 years. I originally became involved to give the then Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Sandy Powell, a hand and somehow ended up staying.
“When I started there were approximately 20 cadets, the unit was in a good location with great people, and the support that the unit received from Albatross was fantastic.
“Since then only the numbers and location have changed. We now have approximately 60 cadets and the unit has moved to a bigger and better location.”
Press Release, June 30, 2014; Image: Australian Navy