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Whittlesea teenager beats 1200 to win submarine tour

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Whittlesea’s Emilie Cardamone has returned from the experience of a lifetime at Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia.

After completing her secondary studies at Assumption College Kilmore, Ms Cardamone is now studying a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

A national submarine tour competition gave her the opportunity to gain an insight into how the Royal Australian Navy operates and what life as a submariner would be like.

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Ms Cardamone said the competition was a valuable illustration of what it would be like to work as a submariner.

“I think life inside a submarine would have such a strong sense of camaraderie as everyone needs to work so closely together and depend on each other to succeed,” she said

“I love the thought of being a part of such a strong and tight-knit team.”

Open to all Australians aged 18 to 35, the competition received more than 1235 submissions, with entrants completing an online simulation that tested their ability to take command of a submarine mission.

Afterwards, they were asked to describe in 50 words or less what qualities would make them a great submariner, with winners chosen by their responses.

Twelve winners from across the country were awarded the opportunity to explore a Collins Class submarine, visit state-of-the-art facilities, tackle challenging leadership exercises and connect with currently serving submariners.

“Being a part of this experience has opened my eyes to so many opportunities and different career paths that would be possible for me. I’ve got a lot to think about,” Ms Cardamone said.

“I haven’t grown up around parents or grandparents who have been in defence but I have investigated it as a potential career option for myself,” she said.

“I’ve always thought that working in the Australian Defence Force in some capacity would be interesting and this experience allowed me to understand specifically the functions of the Navy and expand my knowledge in a completely different environment, which I have enjoyed,” she said.

People can find further information about a career as a Navy submariner, at

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