Hobart homecoming for logistician

Published on LEUT Adam Grover (author)

Location(s): Hobart, Tasmania

A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart. (photo: Unknown)
A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart.

A highly skilled and passionate Marine Logistics Officer serving in HMAS Stuart, Lieutenant Commander Casey, has travelled the world with defence and yet was recently very much at home, back in her home port of Hobart.

Stuart was in Hobart as the Flagship for the Royal Hobart Regatta.

"When I joined the Navy as a Midshipman in January 1999, I was driven to see and experience a different world to the one I had grown up in," Lieutenant Commander Casey said.

"I was educated at St Mary’s College in Hobart and I was deeply influenced by my geography teacher to reach out into the world and make a difference.

"I have been really challenged in my career.

"For example my work with the United Nations in the Sudan was testing but the depth of training I have received early in my career at the Australian Defence Force Academy and as a junior officer, significantly contributed to my ability to successful negotiate around the political sensitivities of that region.

"Navy has taught me to be my best and it has given me plenty of opportunities for my best to reveal itself.

She said that one of the highlights of her career was serving as Aide de Camp to the Minster for Veterans' Affairs. She gained a greater appreciation of the concerns and interests of veterans and the position gave her an opportunity to travel extensively.

"For example I was front row at Gallipoli for the annual remembrance service and I was privileged to be with the Minster at Villers-Bretonneux in France," she said.

"The intensity of feeling when French men and women, and especially small French children approached me and said ‘thank you’ for Australia’s service in defending their country was deeply moving."

Her current work in Stuart is very different.

"With my team, I am responsible for a very wide range of ship's activities, ranging from hospitality, catering to budgeting, damage control and helicopter operations," Lieutenant Commander Casey said.

"I am fortunate to work with a dedicated and good-humoured group of officers and sailors, and it’s this that allows me to get the job done.

"I have had a career of contrasts, of responsibility and duty.

"It’s a career that I would strongly recommend to other young women, especially those from Hobart."