Navy re­cruit in ‘dream job’

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A 21-year-old sailor who grew up in Fitzroy Cross­ing has spo­ken of her first de­ploy­ment with the Royal Aus­tralian Navy.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion spe­cial­ist Lisa Nor­rie said her mis­sion was cru­cial in keep­ing ships and shore sta­tions in con­tact with each other.

“I make sure the in­for­ma­tion flows,” she said. The ex­er­cise in­volved the na­tions from the Five Power De­fence Ar­range­ments — Aus­tralia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK.

Oper­at­ing out of RMAF But­ter­worth in Malaysia, timely com­mu­ni­ca­tion was a cru­cial aspect, es­pe­cially when mul­ti­ple armed ser­vices were in­volved.

Ms Nor­rie said for­eign com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems did not nec­es­sar­ily com­mu­ni­cate di­rectly with Aus­tralian ships and vice versa.

“So we have to trans­fer sig­nals be­tween our sys­tem and their sys­tem and send them out,” she said.

Grow­ing up in the Kim­ber­ley and Jurien Bay, Ms Nor­rie ini­tially worked in retail af­ter grad­u­at­ing from high school.

“I just worked for a while, wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” she said.

“I got ac­cepted into a psy­chol­ogy de­gree but wanted to do some­thing that was a lit­tle bit more in­volved.”

The for­mer WA Emer­gency Ser­vices cadet marched into the navy in early Jan­uary last year.

She ded­i­cated her­self to her ba­sic train­ing to the point where she re­ceived the lead­er­ship po­ten­tial award from her class at RAN re­cruit school at HMAS Cere­bus.

“I spent nine months at De­fence Force School of Sig­nals, and at the start I wasn’t sure whether I could do it or not. I stuck with it and now I’m lit­er­ally work­ing my dream job — I’m in a dif­fer­ent coun­try, hav­ing the time of my life. I have never been able to do so much with my life be­fore,” she said.

Ms Nor­rie now lives in Rock­ing­ham and is based atHMAS Stir­ling.

Picture: De­part­ment of De­fence

Royal Aus­tralian Navy sea­man Lisa Nor­rie at work.

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