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Fancy an exciting career that will allow you to travel the world while performing a wide array of interesting seamanship tasks?
The Boatswain's Mate (BM) Category provides the bulk of Navy’s corps of professional seaman. BMs provide the specialist knowledge, training and supervision of the more advanced seamanship evolutions including anchor work, rope work, small boat handling and operations, berthing, towing, helmsmanship, and replenishment (re-fuelling) at sea. In addition, BM sailors are the Navy’s close range weapon specialists, maintaining and operating weapons such as the Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon electro-optical remotely fired gun systems and the 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The BM is also the Navy's subject matter expert in F88 Austeyr rifle, F89 machine gun, 9mm pistol, 870P shotgun and batons. Selected BMs can be nominated to attend the demolition charge preparation course.
The BM Category is also heavily involved in Boarding Operations, and Force Protection. You may be selected to specialise in Fast Roping from Navy Helicopters in support of boarding ships. Additionally, within the seamanship area of employment, as a BM you will be able to perform the following tasks: tying knots, rope-work; work with wires, buoys and shackles. You are also required to conduct ships husbandry (Corrosion Control), and evolutions associated with the movement of ships in harbour. Later in your career as an Able Seaman, you may sub-specialise as a Navigator's Yeoman (NY) or Shipborne Lifesaving and Survival Equipment Maintainer (SLSEM).
As a Leading Seaman BM, you have the option of becoming an Officer of the Watch (OOW) on Armidale Class Patrol Boats (ACPB) by obtaining your Limited Navigation Watch keeping Certificate (LNWC). Petty Officer Boatswains have the ability to increase skill levels by obtaining a Navigation Watch keeping Certificate (NWC).