Seventeen new marine officers today join the ranks of the Australian Border Force (ABF), the first group to graduate since the ABF replaced the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
The officers were welcomed into the ABF in a ceremony aboard an ABF cutter in Darwin Harbour after a 15 week training period.
The recruits, who bring with them a range of experience and skills, will graduate as marine tactical officers or as specialists and be deployed on ABF vessels across Australia’s vast maritime domain.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton congratulated the officers and wished them well as they head out to sea.
"The officers of our ABF Marine Unit do an outstanding job of protecting the Australian community by patrolling our vast coastline and responding to threats including illegal fishing, illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) and piracy," Mr Dutton said.
"The new ABF officers have diverse previous career backgrounds including police officers, an electrician, a vessel master, fisheries management officer and navy clearance diver.
"With these experiences, along with the comprehensive training programme they’ve just completed, these officers will be an asset to the ABF."
They will serve in the ABF as a navigations officer, deputy engineer, marine communication and technical officers and maritime tactical officers.
While on deployment, they will be responsible for conducting fisheries patrols, boarding and processing IMAs, general surveillance and security monitoring of all gas and oil platforms around Australia, as well as general operations and maintenance of the vessel.