Section: Operations

Extreme Medicine: Just another day for Naval Medical Teams at Sea

Published on by LEUT Grant McDuling (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Medical staff of HMAS Sydney. From the left, Able Seaman Medic Danielle Dickinson, Leading Seaman Medic Tom Pearson, Lieutenant Luke Edwards and Petty Officer Medic Dan Fox. (photo: Leading Seaman Peter Thompson)

Medical staff of HMAS Sydney. From the left, Able Seaman Medic Danielle Dickinson, Leading Seaman Medic Tom Pearson, Lieutenant Luke Edwards and Petty Officer Medic Dan Fox.

Being self-sufficient for months on end in a remote environment is the name of the game for doctors and medics serving in warships of the Royal Australian Navy. When it comes to facing and overcoming challenges of just about any kind, this has got to be one of the most demanding, and satisfying, fields to operate in.

HMAS Toowoomba (II) returning home from Middle East

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HMAS Toowoomba (II) and HMAS Newcastle conduct their Operation SLIPPER handover and officer of the watch manoeuvres in the northern Indian Ocean. (photo: )

HMAS Toowoomba (II) and HMAS Newcastle conduct their Operation SLIPPER handover and officer of the watch manoeuvres in the northern Indian Ocean.

HMAS Toowoomba (II) is making her way home to Australia after handing over maritime security and interception operations for Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations to HMAS Newcastle.