The lifestyle that comes with a career in the Royal Australian Navy appealed the most to Annaleise Easlea when she enlisted at age 20.
Although she did not know anyone in the Navy before she joined, Seaman Easlea has discovered the camaraderie that exists on board one of the Navy’s largest ships, HMAS Choules.
Choules has recently deployed on Operation RENDER SAFE, part of Australia’s enduring commitment to removing and the disposing explosive remnants of war in the South Pacific.
Seaman Easlea went to school at Pine Rivers State High school, Strathpine, near her home town Dayboro, North of Brisbane.
She then went on to start a Bachelor Degree of Social Work at Queensland University of Technology, working as an administration assistant to a tax accountant, when she decided to get a haircut and a 'real job' .
“Joining the Navy was something I always had in the back of my mind,” she said.
“One morning, I woke up and realised I wanted to achieve much more with my life, so I made the decision to enlist and I haven’t looked back since.
“It’s not always easy but it’s the challenge which makes it that much more rewarding and worth every minute,” she said.
As a Communication and Information Systems sailor, Seaman Easle is tasked with making first contact with other ships and shore units - this can involve visual signalling such as communicating with ships through flags and flashing lights and also using voice procedures.
“I like the fact we are at sea and working towards our mission, I'm part of a team and I'm gaining a lot more experience in my role,” she said.
Seaman Easle was fortunate enough to go ashore during RENDER SAFE to attend a local Church Service at Torokina, Bougainville.
“It was an eye opener, but also a great opportunity to get involved with the kids and community.
“It makes my job in the Navy so much more worthwhile when I see the contribution that we are making to the communities and villages," she said.