Positive small ship experience enhances sailor’s first North East Asian deployment

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Anthony Martin (author and photographer)

Location(s): Busan, Republic of Korea

Topic(s): HMAS Diamantina (M86), North East Asia Deployment

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operator Arthur Rossiter prepares to support boat recovery operations onboard HMAS Diamantina during MIWEX 19 in the waters of the Republic of Korea. (photo: LEUT Tony Martin)
Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operator Arthur Rossiter prepares to support boat recovery operations onboard HMAS Diamantina during MIWEX 19 in the waters of the Republic of Korea.

Being away from family and friends at home can at times be a challenge for Royal Australian Navy personnel currently deployed on Navy’s East Asia Deployment.

For HMAS Diamantina’s Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Arthur Rossiter, spending time away from his wife and two children is part of the job. 

“My family are very supportive of my Navy career.

“I am fortunate that the ship has an improved Quality Of Life upgrade that provides internet to the crew and I can communicate with my family on a regular basis,” he said.

During downtime opportunities to contact home are made easier with the ship’s enhanced wireless internet that provides a capability previously unavailable on minehunters.

“Gone are the days of slow emails and letter bags, I can chat with my family regularly,” Able Seaman Rossiter said. 

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operator Arthur Rossiter keeps watch on the bridge of HMAS Diamantina during MIWEX 19 in the waters of the Republic of Korea.

Able Seaman Maritime Logistics Support Operator Arthur Rossiter keeps watch on the bridge of HMAS Diamantina during MIWEX 19 in the waters of the Republic of Korea.

Life on the minehunter Diamantina is a change for Able Seaman Rossiter who prior to joining the ship had spent over nine years on major fleet units.

“It was an easy change because the crew took me in straight away and I slipped into my new roles seamlessly,” he said. 

With roles including canteen operator, Ships Medical Team member, part of ship hand and boat bowman, Able Seaman Rossiter is a jack of all trades on the ship. 

This is his first North East Asian Deployment and Able Seaman Rossiter and his shipmates are enjoying working with regional partners and visiting new ports. 

The minehunters Diamantina and Gascoynejoined by a Command Task Group, are taking part in the Multinational Mine Countermeasure Symposium and MIWEX 19 in the Republic of Korea as part of a four-month North East Asian Deployment.