John Chatwin Retires from AMCS after 25 Years of Service

Maritime training stalwart John Chatwin has set sail for retirement after a stellar 25-year career teaching more than 800 students from the Pacific Islands.

He was part of the original team that developed the Pacific Patrol Boat training program for the Commonwealth Government in 1992 and was responsible for writing its technical electronics and communications courses.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved here, helping the students get through their degrees and diplomas. In fact, one of the guys I taught works as a technical assistant on the Pacific Patrol Boat courses and another is now a lecturer in engineering,” Mr Chatwin said.

“I’ve just enjoyed it so much; it’s been a real pleasure. And the magic thing about working at the maritime college after having been at sea for so long is that you’ve still got ties with the sea and you’re still talking to people who have been at sea and they know what you’re talking about.”

Mr Chatwin spent 19 years at sea, serving in the British Royal Navy for eight years before moving on to the position of senior radio electronics officer with prestigious cruise ship company Cunard Line for the remaining 11 years.

He migrated to Tasmania in 1990 to take up a job offer at the Launceston Airport air traffic control centre. To AMC’s great fortune, the job offer fell through at the same time the college advertised for an electronics lecturer. Mr Chatwin applied, got the job and 25 years of dedicated teaching followed.

AMC Search CEO Dean Cook acknowledged Mr Chatwin’s exceptional service at a farewell luncheon attended by his work colleagues and Defence personnel on Friday, 23 July.

“John’s technical expertise, teaching ability and passion to provide high quality training to students with varying educational and English language speaking abilities is outstanding and has been recognised by a Certificate of Commendation from the Commonwealth,” AMC Search CEO Dean Cook said.

“He forged close relationships with his trainees and still answers technical assistance requests from former students in his own time to this day. We thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best in retirement.”

Mr Chatwin said he planned to spend a couple of months travelling through Europe with his wife next year, and after that: “Que sera, sera”.

John Chatwin and Dean Cook

John Chatwin with AMCS CEO Dean Cook