Mum's the word for Executive Officer

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Lieutenant Commander Danielle Radnidge with daughter Eleanor. (photo: )
Lieutenant Commander Danielle Radnidge with daughter Eleanor.

This Mother’s Day, Lieutenant Commander Danielle Radnidge will be deployed thousands of miles away from her three year old daughter, Eleanor.
 
She joins hundreds of Royal Australian Navy mothers who will also spend their special day at sea, on duty, and far from home and loved ones.
 
Currently the Executive Officer in HMAS Parramatta, Lieutenant Commander Radnidge will be in Perth during the ship’s Anti-Ship Missile Defence system upgrade.
 
She said the nine-month absence from her daughter, who lives in Canberra has been challenging.
 
“In all honestly, I try not to think about it,” she said.
 
“Some days are harder than others - I miss my little girl and wish I was with her on a daily basis.”
 
A strong believer in whole body health, Lieutenant Commander Radnidge said she likes to set personal challenges to keep her mind off missing family, such as her recent participation in the Busselton Half Ironman (70.3 km triathlon).  She smashed her goal time by 20 minutes, crossing the finishing line in an impressive six hours and ten minutes.
 
“Not only was this event a bucket list achievement, all the lead up training kept me busy and provided an outlet for the range of emotions and stress I feel throughout the day.
 
“At home I am extremely lucky, Eleanor loves going for runs in her pram and adores her bike carrier.
 
“She routinely tells both Mum and Dad to go faster,” Lieutenant Commander Radnidge said.
 
No stranger to time away, with three deployments to the Middle East in HMA Ship’s Melbourne and Warramunga; a deployment to the Solomon Islands and civil maritime security patrols in Australia’s northern waters, the Principal Warfare Officer said it’s never been more meaningful than as a mother.
 
“I believe you need to have a strong sense of personal worth,” she said.
 
“I feel like I am contributing to a better society and playing a part in maintaining a safer nation for all Australians to enjoy.
 
“Eleanor is very strong willed, independent, and loves to sing.
 
“I believe through example, she will grow up with an understanding that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to, and there are no barriers for women in the modern world.”