Enhanced Regional Engagement, PNG – HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma

July 14, 2019 – The crews of Royal Australian Navy survey motor launches HMA Ships Mermaid and Paluma have been busy enhancing an important regional relationship during a recent port visit to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The two sister ships made their four-day port visit to Simpson Harbour as part of Australia’s Enhanced Regional Engagement program. Commanding Officers of both ships began by visiting the Rabaul cenotaph to pay respects to the fallen before meeting with the cenotaph’s curator. A working bee the following morning saw both Ship’s Companies eagerly…

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Solo operator meets the challenge

For Able Seaman Mathew Tickner, being the only Communication and Information Specialist on the survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid is a challenge he is ready and willing to accept. ”Radios, flags and IT support, I do it all,” he said. Delivering the full range of communications to support the ship and crew is a role he takes pride in and one he strives to enhance and learn from each day. With nine years’ service in the Navy, Able Seaman Tickner greatly enjoys the added responsibility of working with a professional…

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