It was an inspiring visit for Ms Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner Responsible for Age Discrimination, when she joined HMAS Choules for a short visit during Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2013.
Ms Broderick spent 24 hours onboard to get a more ‘hands on’ experience and broader insight into women at sea.
“My experience on HMAS Choules reinforces my belief that both men and women play a vital role in the Australian Defence Force,” she said.
“From my observations, there is a culture that supports both men and women to work effectively as a team.”
While onboard, Ms Broderick and her team quickly integrated into ship life, with a tour to each department where she was able to chat directly with both men and women of the ship’s company and the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), in the many and various roles they perform onboard Choules.
Ms Broderick was up early for the amphibious landing activity as the ship’s crew worked solidly through the night and day to load assets in the Well Dock on to the Landing Craft, Mechanised (LCM-8) and the mexeflote as part of Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2013.
“I found that observing women participating in a wide variety of roles including engineering and driving amphibious vehicles was very inspirational and the people I spoke to were very positive about their work experiences living and working onboard the ship,” she said.
Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2013 is a biennial training activity jointly sponsored by the US Pacific Command and Australian Defence Force Joint Operations Command to train the US 7th Fleet and Australian Deployable Joint Headquarters staff as a designated Combined Task Force.
Approximately 27,000 personnel are conducting sea, land and air training at designated Australian Defence Force training facilities in Shoalwater Bay Training Area near Rockhampton, Royal Australia Air Force Bases in Townsville and Amberley and maritime areas of the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.
Imagery is available on the Australian Defence Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/TS13-049