Able Seaman (AB) Lauren McAuliffe is experiencing a sea change this year, celebrating Christmas on a Navy patrol boat instead of at home in Geelong with her family.
Martin Gillet’s passion for the sea has led the Jurien Bay local from the West Australian Coast to spending this Christmas at Christmas Island on border protection operations.
Armidale local Sophie Gollan is away from home this Christmas as she conducts border protection operations on Patrol Boat HMAS Armidale in Australia's northern waters.
You might think the desert is a strange place to be for a Royal Australian Navy Maritime Logistics Steward, but that is exactly where former Sunshine Coast Girl, Lisa Wilson finds herself.
Cairns resident Steve Noakes is the closest thing to Santa this Christmas for his Patrol Boat crew of 21 who are away from home conducting security operations in Australia's northern waters.
When 26 year old Louella Yu finished her Mechatronics Engineering degree at UTS Sydney, she was pretty sure she didn’t want a regular office job. This Christmas, she will be a long way from a regular office - taking part in border protection operations onboard HMAS Parramatta, assigned to Operation RESOLUTE.
Christmas came early at Lenny and Jackie Gay’s Stawell household a few months ago, when the Gay family swapped gifts and had an early Christmas dinner before daughter Melissa deployed aboard HMAS Parramatta.
Adelaide native Jessica Sampson works in a hospitality job with a difference. Like many other 22 year olds, she likes to travel and expects to spend New Year’s Eve in the company of a bunch of young people of around the same age. But unlike most of her peers, Jessica will bring the New Year in at sea, deployed on Operation RESOLUTE onboard the Australian warship HMAS Parramatta.
This year, instead of sailing on Thunder Bird - his grandfather’s Hock Dufall boat - on Christmas Day, Daniel Skipworth will be conducting maritime patrols onboard an Armidale Class Patrol Boat in Australia's northern waters.
Two Tassie lads will be away from home this Christmas as they both conduct patrols onboard an Armidale Class Patrol Boat within Australia's northern waters.