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September 30, 2010
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
WHEN LSNPC Bronson Matthew
made his marital vows he became part
of a family with strong RAN lineage.
Coincidentally, he has also followed in
the footsteps of his mother-in-law and
become a naval police coxswain.
Along with about 15 Army and
five Navy personnel, LS Matthew, 26,
graduated from the Service Police Basic
Course at Holsworthy Barracks on
Former WONPC Kristell Lake and
her husband, WOSTD Shakey Lake,
who are part of a family that has served
in the RAN for more than two centuries,
said they were proud to cheer on LSNPC
"I thought after my daughter, Jessica,
passed out from recruit school as a stew-
ard that I would never see anyone else
in the family graduate, so it was great
to be there for her husband," WONPC
"Bronson has been interested in
changing branches for some time, so I
told him not to hold back and just go
"I'm really pleased he decided to go
ahead because it's a very challenging
branch. I'm sure he'll enjoy it."
WONPC Lake served in the RAN for
22 years and was the first woman to be
promoted to the rank of warrant officer
in the Regulating Branch.
In 1981, the Regulating Branch
became the Coxswain Branch, so she
was also the first female warrant officer
"She passed on what she used to get
up to and the way the coxswain's role
used to run," LSNPC Matthew said.
"This has certainly brought us closer
together and she helped me out in terms
of explaining some of the finer points
that, I suppose, I really didn't know
about before starting the basic course."
The Service Police Basic Course took
LSNPC Matthew 14 weeks to complete.
He said phase one comprised 10
weeks of basic training for Navy, Army
and Air Force personnel. The last month
was made up of Service-specific train-
"Becoming a naval police coxswain
is something that has been on my mind
from day one. However, in saying that, I
don't regret my seven years as a writer,"
"During the last month, we did Navy-
specific training and prosecutions. We
also went into whole-ship coordination,
how to process leave and movements,
and in the last week we learnt how to
conduct drug and alcohol testing."
To consolidate his training, LSNPC
Matthew has been posted to HMAS
Cerberus where he will work in a num-
ber of roles to gain hands-on experience
before returning to sea.
"I'm hoping this career will lead
me down the patrol boat path," LSNPC
"After Cerberus I will try to get
a posting on a major ship in Western
Australia, so I can serve under the guid-
ance of a chief and get an idea of what
the role entails at sea. After that I'd like
to go to Darwin or Cairns to serve in a
NPC's family ties
"Becoming a naval police
coxswain is something
that has been on my mind
from day one."
-- LSNPC Bronson Matthew
LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON-IN-LAW: WONPC Kristell Lake (Retd)
gives her son-in-law, LSNPC Bronson Matthew, a well-deserved
thumbs-up at his Service Police Basic Course graduation at
Holsworthy Barracks on August 27.
Photo: Bill Cunneen
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