All in the family on Middle East operations

This article has photo gallery Published on LSIS Tom Gibson (author and photographer)

Topic(s): Operation MANITOU, HMAS Warramunga (F152)

Lieutenant Alex Morthorpe, Maritime Warfare Officer HMAS Warramunga, on the bridge wing of HMAS Warramunga during the ship's deployment on Operation MANITOU. (photo: LSIS Tom Gibson)
Lieutenant Alex Morthorpe, Maritime Warfare Officer HMAS Warramunga, on the bridge wing of HMAS Warramunga during the ship's deployment on Operation MANITOU.
Growing up with both parents serving in the Royal Australian Navy meant Lieutenant Alex Morthorpe moved around Australia constantly while growing up.
 
Deciding to follow in her parents footsteps, Alex joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2011, where she found her new home as a Maritime Warfare Officer on the bridge of an Australian Navy warship.
 
“I love going to work every day on the bridge of a Navy ship, I really enjoy every aspect of my job,” Lieutenant Morthorpe said.
 
“The thrill of driving a warship, conducting international transits, as well as entry and exits of harbours are the reasons why I love my job.”
 
Lieutenant Morthorpe is currently posted to HMAS Warramunga, which is deployed to the Middle East region on Operation MANITOU, Australia’s contribution to maritime security.
 
“I consider myself extremely lucky to be part of the crew of Warramunga,” she said.
 
“We have an extremely professional crew and the whole ships company is very excited to be deployed and completing operational tasking.
 
“Deploying to a multinational taskforce is the pinnacle of many service persons careers.
 
“The chance to conduct military operations in this part of the world, instils a professional satisfaction that makes me extremely proud be an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy.”
 
Lieutenant Morthorpe was standing on the wharf in Sydney 16 years ago, farewelling her father, Captain Ainslie Morthorpe, who was embarking on an operational deployment to the Middle East.
 
This time the tables are turned and it is her opportunity to be deployed and will be away from family and friends for a total of nine months.
 
“It’s extremely hard being away from my family and friends, but knowing they are all proud of the work I’m doing makes this time away worthwhile,” she said.
 
“I’m really looking forward to returning to Australia, it’s the little things like laying on my lounge with my partner and cat that I am looking forward to the most.”
 
Warramunga will return to their home port of Fleet Base East, Sydney, mid-way through 2018.