Miller to keep a Christmas watch over Middle East maritime operations

Published on CAPT Chris Rickey (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

Lieutenant Shannon Miller, part of Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East, stands in front of the Naval Headquarters in Bahrain during her deployment. (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger)
Lieutenant Shannon Miller, part of Combined Task Force 150 in the Middle East, stands in front of the Naval Headquarters in Bahrain during her deployment.

Joining the Royal Australian Navy was the logical career choice for 36 year old Shannon Miller, who grew up in Soldiers Point, New South Wales, and spent all of her spare time at the beach, water-skiing and camping with friends at Myall Lakes.
 
Lieutenant Shannon Miller is currently serving in the Middle East Area of Operations as part of Combined Task Force 150 (CTF 150), making an invaluable contribution to maritime security and counter terrorism operations within a 2.5 million square mile patch of ocean which takes in some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.    
 
“Prior to moving into my current role, I qualified as a Maritime Warfare Officer and I was a Navigator on a Mine Warfare Vessel. Now, I provide planning support to the Combined Task Force,” Lieutenant Miller said.
 
A member of the Police Citizen’s Youth Club Basketball team, as well as the Nelson Bay Touch football and Netball clubs, Shannon didn’t have a lot of time for much else. She did however begin her working life at the local Bi-Lo before taking a job at the Andrew Parsons Dental Surgery, the rest, as they say is history, with Lieutenant Miller now on her second deployment to the Middle East.
 
“In 2006 I was part of Operation SLIPPER on board HMAS Ballarat, which was part of Combined Task Force 158,” she said.
 
Australia’s current contribution to maritime security operations in the Middle East comes in the form of HMAS Melbourne as well as various supporting elements, based in the Middle East Area of Operations.
 
CTF 150 currently falls under the command of the Royal Australian Navy and has Commodore Darrell Bates at the helm. Australia’s leadership of the Task Force will last approximately four months.
 
“I’m currently part of an excellent team of operators and I have to say that one of the best elements about this deployment is the opportunity to work with members of the coalition forces,” Shannon said.
 
On her return home, Shannon says she is excited about spending time with family, especially her son, Zachery.