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From the Bay to the big blue sea

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Luke Hartup from Port Stephens will be spending Christmas onboard HMAS Parramatta, conducting borer protection operations. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Luke Hartup from Port Stephens will be spending Christmas onboard HMAS Parramatta, conducting borer protection operations.

Less than 18 months ago, Anna Bay local Luke Hartup took the Gan Gan Road out of town toward Port Stephens and into a new life.

From terra firma Tasmania to sea off the top end

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Seaman Combat System Operator Jackson Cosgrove onboard HMAS Bathurst conducting Border Protection Operations in the northern Australian waters. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Seaman Combat System Operator Jackson Cosgrove onboard HMAS Bathurst conducting Border Protection Operations in the northern Australian waters.

Devonport local, Jackson Cosgrove is spending his first year away from home this Christmas, deployed at sea with his Navy family on border protection operations.

The cat’s out of the bag for Geelong girl spending Christmas at sea

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Lauren McAuliffe on the bridge as a  member of Attack Five Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Communication Information Systems Lauren McAuliffe on the bridge as a member of Attack Five Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew.

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.

Christmas with a twist for West Australian

Published on by LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author and photographer)

Midshipman Martin Gillet onbard an Armidale Class Patrol Boat conducting border protection patrols in the Northern Australian waters. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Midshipman Martin Gillet onbard an Armidale Class Patrol Boat conducting border protection patrols in the Northern Australian waters.

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 serves at sea on HMAS Armidale this Christmas

Published on by SBLT Edward Costigan (author), ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Sophie Gollan from Armidale NSW,  proud to serve onboard HMAS Armidale patrol boat alongside Darwin. (photo: ABIS Kathleen Tuddenham)

Sub Lieutenant Sophie Gollan from Armidale NSW, proud to serve onboard HMAS Armidale patrol boat alongside Darwin.

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.

Sunshine Coast sailor to experience a land-locked Christmas

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), WO2 Rob Nyffenegger (photographer)

Leading Seamen Lisa Wilson outside the headquarters of Australian Joint Task Force 633, located at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. (photo: WO2 Rob Nyffenegger)

Leading Seamen Lisa Wilson outside the headquarters of Australian Joint Task Force 633, located at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.

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.

Santa duties for sailors at sea over Christmas

Published on by SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Commanding Officer of Attack Two, Lieutenant Steven Noakes ready to set sail for a Christmas patrol in northern Australian waters.
 (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Commanding Officer of Attack Two, Lieutenant Steven Noakes ready to set sail for a Christmas patrol in northern Australian waters.

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.

No regular office job for Louella Yu

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Sub Lieutenant Louella Yu onboard HMAS Parramatta gets into the Christmas spirit, prior to conducting border protection patrols in northern Australian waters this holiday period. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Sub Lieutenant Louella Yu onboard HMAS Parramatta gets into the Christmas spirit, prior to conducting border protection patrols in northern Australian waters this holiday period.

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.

Stawell gifts given early this year

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Able Seaman Melissa Gay from Stawell country Victoria is truly into the Christmas spirit onboard HMAS Parramatta. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Able Seaman Melissa Gay from Stawell country Victoria is truly into the Christmas spirit onboard HMAS Parramatta.

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.

Setting the Christmas table on the high seas

Published on by LEUT Tony White (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Leading Seaman Jessica Sampson onboard HMAS Parramatta this year for Christmas conducting border protection operations in northern Australian waters. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)

Leading Seaman Jessica Sampson onboard HMAS Parramatta this year for Christmas conducting border protection operations in northern Australian waters.

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.