Navy life grand for Norfolk's Phoebe

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), LAC David Cotton (photographer)

Topic(s): Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, HMAS Tobruk (II)

Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Phoebe Evans at her damage control station in HMAS Tobruk. (photo: LAC David Cotton)
Seaman Maritime Logistics Steward Phoebe Evans at her damage control station in HMAS Tobruk.

Phoebe Evans may be far from her home on Norfolk Island but life in the Royal Australian Navy could not be much better.

Phoebe is serving as a Seaman Maritime Logistics – Steward in HMAS Tobruk and was recently deployed on PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013, a multi-national humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Papua New Guinea.

Phoebe, 21, joined the Navy three years ago after finishing at Norfolk Island Central School.

“Military service was a big thing in my family,” she said.

“My sister Hannah is serving as a Corporal Administration Clerk in the Army and joining Defence myself has always been a personal goal.”

Phoebe approaches her work with a strong enthusiasm and has no shortage of highlights to look back on in her career so far.

“I’ve loved every opportunity that has been thrown at me.

“Last year we sailed to Manus Island to retrieve heavy Army equipment, I’ve worked as a Steward on heaps of functions and I’ve been able to travel in a support role as a sports strapper with the ADF rugby and AFL teams.”

For Phoebe, her current deployment offered an opportunity to visit her mother’s homeland.

“My mum’s side of the family all live over there so I have cousins, aunts and uncles I’ve never met.

“It was a fulfilling personal experience to be able to connect with a part of my cultural background during the deployment.”

Stewards serve throughout the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet units and establishments and provide hospitality services including meal preparation, valet services and maintaining cabins as well as maintaining food supplies for ships’ canteens.

Following the deployment, Phoebe is looking forward heading back to Sydney for some relaxation then heading back to sea later in the year.

PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013 is an annual US-sponsored humanitarian and civic assistance mission aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific.

In addition to HMAS Tobruk’s deployment to Papua New Guinea, USS Pearl Harbor of the United States Navy deployed to Samoa, Tonga and the Marshall Islands while HMZNS Canterbury provides aid to Kiribati and the Solomon Islands.

The Japanese Self Defence Force Ship Yamagiri will also provided 20 personnel and a helicopter for the Vanimo component of PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2013.