Kempsey girl gives IFR a big 'hip hooray'

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Huon (M82), International Fleet Review

HMAS Huon's Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Meaghan Paton from Kempsey, NSW in Sydney for the International Fleet Review. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
HMAS Huon's Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Meaghan Paton from Kempsey, NSW in Sydney for the International Fleet Review.

Giving Prince Harry three cheers from the deck of her warship during the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour was how one former St Paul’s College student from Kempsey put in her day on October 5.

Able Seaman (AB) Meaghan Paton is a Communications and Information Systems specialist in HMAS Huon, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s coastal minehunters.

It’s her job to run the communications aboard the ship, which means having a sound knowledge of IT, radio communications and even signal flags and flashing light Morse code.

Meaghan said she’d been to New Zealand, Samoa and South East Asia during her more than six years in the Navy.

“I joined to have a career, to travel, to meet new people, to work hard and have fun,” she said.

“That’s why I’d recommend the Navy to young people leaving school,” said Meaghan.