Senior support to major aid operation

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Cebu, Philippines

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Kasey Senior on the vehicle deck of HMAS Tobruk. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Kasey Senior on the vehicle deck of HMAS Tobruk.

Cebu in Philippines is a long way from Shepparton, but a former Wanganui Park Secondary College student is now on her way home from the Island nation, having supported international aid efforts.

Able Seaman (AB) Kasey Senior was taking part in the Australian Defence Force’s Operation PHILIPPINES ASSIST, following last month’s devastating Typhoon Haiyan.

The former Shepparton United Soccer Club player is posted to the Navy’s heavy-lift ship HMAS Tobruk, where she works in the Maritime Logistics department as a steward.

Tobruk took on 150 pallets, equating to 110 tonnes of humanitarian stores, at Cebu on December 3, on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of the Philippines.

The stores were then delivered by Tobruk’s crew to a number of remote islands north of Cebu, which hadn’t yet to receive aid after Typhoon Haiyan.

AB Senior said this was her second overseas deployment in 2013.

“I took part in Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP in Papua New Guinea a few months ago,” said AB Senior, who highly recommends a career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“I joined to travel the world with lots of really good mates,” AB Senior said.

“There is no greater feeling than representing Australia and the ADF, especially on operations such as PHILIPPINES ASSIST.

“It’s been an awesome experience.”

Before joining the Navy Kasey attended Wanganui Park Secondary College.

Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20132467.