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September 2, 2010
By CPL Zenith King
GAP year sailors jumped at the
chance to deploy on Operation
Anode and will soon receive their
first medal for their work in support
of the Regional Assistance Mission
to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
Having been posted for three
months to Cairns in HMAS Brunei
(LEUT C.M. Jordon), SMNGXs
Nicolas Love and Martin Pope were
shocked to be asked to deploy to
"We were pulled in the office and
told Brunei had been assigned to Op
Anode in Solomon Islands. We were
asked if we would like to go on the trip
and we both said 'yes'," SMN Pope
said. At sea off the coast of
Guadalcanal, SMN Love and Pope
had been performing a variety of tasks
while on board.
"We have been painting, sanding
and doing a lot of dibby work, but
we have also had the opportunity to
see what everyone else does while on
board the ship," SMN Love said.
SMN Love and Pope conducted
their recruit training together before
heading to Seamanship school and
ultimately receiving their posting to
SMN Love, whose parents are both
serving in the ADF, said he joined the
Gap year sailors jump at
gap year program to do something that
would challenge him.
"I joined for a different experience
and what appealed to me was that it
wasn't a large commitment -- it was
only a year.
"When they asked me if I wanted
to deploy I jumped at the opportunity.
It's crazy; I didn't think it would hap-
pen during my gap year. I have heard
of it happening to a few people before
but I never thought it would happen to
Both SMNs Pope and Love are
looking at going full-time upon return-
ing to Australia.
"I have already put in my trans-
fer to become a cryptologic linguist. I
want to learn a new language and think
that working in intelligence would be
interesting," SMN Pope said.
SMN Pope and Love will shortly
receive their ASM for their time in
(Main) SMNGX Nicolas
Love paints the back
of the 10in light with
the RAMSI logo dur-
ing HMAS Brunei's
deployment to Solomon
Islands, while, inset,
SMNGX Martin Pope
stands on Brunei's port
Photos: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
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