Able Seaman Denzel Taylor comes from a long line of family who have served in Navy, dating back to his great-grandfather who joined in 1919.

“To follow in their footsteps is something I am very proud of,” Able Seaman Taylor said.

Able Seaman Taylor said he joined the Navy because he wanted to help people.

He enlisted as a medic through the Navy Indigenous Development Program, which is a pathway program to assist Indigenous Australians seeking a career in the service.

“I’m excited to challenge myself by dealing with, and preventing, medical emergencies on board a ship,” he said.

Since posting to HMAS Adelaide in June this year, Able Seaman Taylor has also found his musical talents are a great way to pass some rare downtime at sea.

Along with the guitar, he plays violin and piano.

When asked about what he is most excited about for his future in the Navy, Able Seaman Taylor said he was looking forward to travelling the world with mates and meeting new people while conducting his duties as part of the ship’s medical team.

As Navy’s designated high readiness vessel, Adelaide is conducting essential training off the coast of Queensland.

The training ensures the ship is ready to support the ADF’s capability to respond to emergencies or disasters, and to support civil authorities as directed by the government.