A port visit to Hobart, provided a perfect opportunity for a family catch-up for one Perth-based sailor recently.
Returning to her home town on board HMAS Perth, her first Royal Australian Navy ship, Able Seaman Communication and Information Systems Georgina Brooks showed off her place of work to friends and family.
Born and raised in the Hobart area, she studied at Mount Carmel College, Sandy Bay, before completing her final two high school years at Gilford Young College in 2012. Her mother and brother remain Hobart locals, while her father lives in Sydney and her two sisters are working overseas.
Arriving after a week of sailing just off the east coast of Tasmania conducting First of Class Trials with the Navy’s newest combat helicopter, the MH60R Seahawk Romeo, the ship finally came alongside much to her delight.
“Coming back into Hobart was very exciting for me. This was the first time that I have come home by sea rather than air. It was difficult to see it so close all week but not be able to step ashore,” Able Seman Brooks said.
Focussed on a career with the Royal Australian Navy, she had initially considered joining as a dentist but a long waiting list made her reconsider and, after reviewing the wider range of careers the Navy has to offer, chose to enlist as a Communication and Information Systems sailor.
Completing her initial naval and trade skills training at HMAS Cerberus, near Melbourne, she joined HMAS Perth, the Anzac class frigate, in March 2014. During her time onboard, she has conducted border protection duties near Christmas Island, and spent a period alongside in Perth whilst the ship underwent maintenance, before getting back to sea at the end of 2014.
After leaving Hobart, the ship is scheduled to complete a circumnavigation of Australia and visit Singapore, during a busy period of trials, crew training and exercises with other navies.
“Being away from home is always made easier by having close friends around me. When everyone around you is going through the same things, missing home and friends and loved ones it helps to have the support that everyone is willing to provide,” she said.
“It doesn’t matter what job you are in, people are more than willing to interact and it’s like having a second family away from home.”
Recently promoted to Able Seaman, she is excited by the opportunities that the Navy holds for her in the future. and looking to further her studies through a defence funded university degree or possibly change category to become a Navy photographer.
“The Navy is always presenting me with new opportunities to excel within my career and personal endeavours. It is a very versatile and moving job, constantly showing me new places in the world,” Able Seaman Brook said.
“It keeps things interesting with new challenges and tasks that we are assigned with throughout the year, but most of all I have gained an appreciation for the endless support from family and friends. It would be hard to do it without them.”