Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Supply Chain Danielle Collins says she loves her job because it has taken her places she would never have gone to without the Navy. She is currently embarked in HMAS Arunta, which is undertaking a North East Asian deployment.
The 21 year old joined the Navy in June 2012 and, after training, spent two years at the Fleet Logistics Support Element – Submarines, in Western Australia, before joining Arunta.
“I have learnt many things in the Royal Australian Navy and have been afforded opportunities I would never have had access to because of my decision to join,"she said.
"I have been able to purchase my first home and my dream car which I see as my greatest accomplishment so far."
As a Supply Chain sailor, Able Seaman Collins is part of the logistics team in Arunta, with responsibility to ensure that the ship is equipped logistically to perform its main function - to fight and win in the maritime environment.
“Not only do I conduct the roles appropriate to my rank but I have also begun learning the roles and responsibilities of the next rank - Leading Seaman - I enjoy this challenge and always strive to develop my skills further,” she said.
When she gets home from this deployment, Able Seaman Collins intends to spend some much needed time at home with her family, catch up on some professional development courses and take her dog Luca for lots of walks.
When asked about future plans, Able Seaman Collins said she was working hard to achieve all she needs for the next step in her career.
“At the moment my main goal is to reach the next rank of Leading Seaman," she said.
"Other goals I have are to buy another house as an investment and also to conduct a Military Fitness Leader course.”
Arunta, HMAS Sirius and HMAS Stuart are each undertaking deployments that have taken the ships across Asia throughout the last few months.