Navy Nurses on active service in Iraq

Published on CAPT James Hook (author), ABIS Jake Badior (author)

The Royal Australian Navy medical team deployed on active service to Iraq, from left: Lieutenant (LEUT) Tracey Dovey; LEUT Meg Frugtniet, Commander Ian Young (front left), LEUT Russell Skor, LEUT Sharon Thynne, Lieutenant Commander Paul Wirth (front right) and LEUT Mel Crooks. (photo: LSIS Jake Badior)
The Royal Australian Navy medical team deployed on active service to Iraq, from left: Lieutenant (LEUT) Tracey Dovey; LEUT Meg Frugtniet, Commander Ian Young (front left), LEUT Russell Skor, LEUT Sharon Thynne, Lieutenant Commander Paul Wirth (front right) and LEUT Mel Crooks.

Royal Australian Navy medical personnel have deployed to Iraq as part of the joint Australia/New Zealand hospital at the Taji Military Complex, near Baghdad in Iraq.

They are part of the third rotation of Task group Taji and are working alongside Australian Army and Air Force personnel, as well as members of the New Zealand contingent.

The nursing team includes Lieutenant Commander Paul Wirth, Lieutenant Tracey Dovey; Lieutenant Meg Frugtniet, Lieutenant Russell Skor, Lieutenant Sharon Thynne, and Lieutenant Mel Crooks.

Royal Australian Navy orthopaedic surgeon Commander Ian Young welcomed the group to Iraq.

He was the only member from the second rotation’s Health Company remaining in Iraq for the Transfer of Authority ceremony.

“I have deployed a number of times, but this is the first time I have been involved in mounting a major hospital in a war zone,” Commander Young said.

“Being deployed in an ANZAC hospital is special, as is working in a tri-service environment."