In the Royal Australian Navy there is no such thing as a plain old steward. Just ask Bunbury girl Tessa Green.
Not long after she left Bunbury High School, Able Seaman Green joined the Navy. Recently she deployed to the Persian Gulf as a steward onboard the frigate HMAS Arunta, and has been very, very busy.
Besides her steward work in the wardroom Able Seaman Green is a member of the ship’s firefighting team, which is ready to respond to any fire or toxic hazard incident.
“We’ll be the first ones on the scene and we’ll deal with it,” she said. “But if we can’t, the ship will be called to action stations and then the crew will help us out.”
The 20 year old said all sailors aboard the ship at least one extra role to perform, and hers also include operating emergency communications and assisting with the launch and recovery of the ship’s boats.
“I’ve been doing that for two years now, ever since I’ve was posted to the ship,” she said. “I love it. It gets me out of my work area.”
Able Seaman Green said she and her ship mates would celebrate this Christmas at sea as they conduct security patrols in the Persian Gulf.
The 20 year old said although she had sailed around Australia and to New Zealand with the Navy, this was her first operational deployment.
“It’s been good so far,” she said. “It’s been exciting and a bit of an eye opener, seeing all the different cultures.”
When she lived in Bunbury, Able Seaman Green played soccer for the Dynamos but changed to netball when she joined the Navy. She said her workmates would assemble a netball team when they returned to their home port in Rockingham next year.
“The ship’s going to sponsor us to start up a mixed team,” she said.
With all the variety and adventure, Able Seaman Green said she enjoyed her work.
“I love doing all the extra things in my job,” she said. “It’s exciting. You’re not doing the same thing every day, there’s always something different.”
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