An eye opening experience in India

Published on Ms Claudia Harrison (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Aaron Wheeler is a member of HMAS Arunta's boarding party as well as managing the ship's pay and accounts. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics-Personnel Aaron Wheeler is a member of HMAS Arunta's boarding party as well as managing the ship's pay and accounts.

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Aaron Wheeler, of Rowville Victoria, joined the Navy to explore the world and work in an environment out of his comfort zone.
 
He has most certainly fulfilled both intentions during his five years of service to date, and is currently on board HMAS Arunta undertaking a North East Asian deployment.
 
Leading Seaman Wheeler, a Rowville Secondary College graduate, joined the Navy in April 2010. On conclusion of his training at HMAS Cerberus he moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he is now based and specialises in logistics, specifically personnel operations.  

The North East Asian deployment involving Arunta includes participation in AUSINDEX15, a bilateral maritime activity taking place between Australia and India this month.
 
HMAS Arunta is one of three Royal Australian Navy vessels, two ships and a submarine, who have made the passage to India for the exercise.
 
Leading Seaman Wheeler’s usual day-to-day role on board Arunta involves being the accounts holder as well as conducting administration for the ships’ personnel. He also is called upon to conduct boarding evolutions while at sea.
 
“My tasks onboard the ship, no matter big or small, all invoke a high level of responsibility, but also provide great rewards,” Leading Seaman Wheeler said.
 
“I have previously deployed on Operation MANITOU, a five month trip through the Middle East region, I was a part of Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN in the search for missing plane MH370, and I have also worked on Operation RESOLUTE.
 
“I love my job because everyday there is something different going on. I have seen parts of the world that I would not normally travel to,” he said.
 
“This deployment will provide a unique cultural experience which will be a real eye opener for me.”
 
AUSINDEX15 is being held in the waters off Visakhapatnam, India until 20 September.