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Pastoral care on high seas
Wise advice for future
brides and grooms
SBLT Sarah West
WHEN CHAP Barry
Porter joined HMAS
Ballarat in February
for a four-month
deployment, he found
that a number of the
ship's company were
planning on getting
married when they
returned to Australia.
This led the
who has been mar-
ried for 32 years, to
think about the chal-
lenges associated with
marriage and the preparation required to get a
person ready for such a commitment.
To help personnel prepare to tie the knot, CHAP
Porter planned a marriage preparation course for
"The course aims to give participants the basic
core skills they need to begin a relationship by
preparing them to think about issues they probably
hadn't thought about in the rush of love," CHAP
"Any successful relationship is built on
friendship first and I encourage all of the young
lovers to become friends before they enter into a
Ten members of Ballarat's crew took part in the
course, which was completed in five sessions at sea.
LS Michael Hines will marry his partner
Kylie on Ballarat's flight deck later this month
on the same day the Anzac-class frigate returns to
LS Hines said he took part in the course to get
some tips on how to have a successful marriage.
"I have learned a lot of skills through the course,
like how to communicate in different ways, and
how to make time to communicate," he said.
"When you get communication down pat,
everything else just falls into place.
"If you can't communicate, then you shouldn't
be getting married."
The course was designed to be run for both
partners, but CHAP Porter said it had been adapted
for life in the Navy.
"The idea is that the officers and sailors take the
lessons they have learnt home, and teach them to
their partners," he said.
Members of Ballarat's crew who completed the
course, and those already wed, will now have the
opportunity to take part in a marriage enrichment
"To help them steer the right course and have
long and happy unions," CHAP Porter said.
MARRIAGE TIPS: CHAP Barry Porter with the marriage preparation course he ran on board HMAS Ballarat.
Photo: LSIS Paul Berry
July 5, 2012
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