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IN COMMAND: CO HMAS Parramatta CMDR Guy Blackburn, looks through binoculars on the bridge as the
ship transits into Aqaba, Jordan.
HMAS Parramatta answers call
WHILE the Gulf of Aden, HMAS
Parramatta was called on to pro-
vide essential life-saving assis-
tance to an Iranian-flagged vessel
in distress on Christmas Eve.
On December 23, Parramatta
received a distress call from a vessel
400 nautical miles off the eastern
coast of Yemen.
She immediately increased speed
and sailed to the vessel's aid during
the next 24 hours.
After the ship's helicopter and
coalition aircraft located the ves-
sel on the morning of December
24, CMDR Guy Blackburn said
Parramatta closed in to assess the
"The vessel's crew were waving
to the helicopter and to us and had
an orange flag flying at the front of
the vessel," CMDR Blackburn said.
"These are all recognised inter-
national signals of distress and we
immediately knew that something
"The vessel's master waved at us
and asked us to come aboard to help
them. It is a time honoured mariner's
tradition to help those in need at
sea," CMDR Blackburn said.
After receiving assistance from
Parramatta, the vessel was able to
make its own way into port.
Parramatta transferred more than
700 litres of fuel along with life-
saving water and food to the vessel
for its crew.
"It's a really rewarding role and you experience
something different every day, its not your typical
9-5 that's for sure."
At 40, ABCSO Brett Mayers is a relative new-
comer to the Navy having only joined two years ago
and can't get enough of his job.
"I spend my day in the war room, otherwise
known as the operations room, which is the hub of
the ship, everything happens from there," ABCSO
"I have the responsibility of watching for threats
from the air.
"I should have done this 20 years ago. Being a
CSO you work in all parts of the ship from the quar-
terdeck to the operations room so the variety is good.
"I really wanted this deployment, to serve my
On her first overseas deployment since joining the
Navy in 2007, ABMED Jess Mysko said the experi-
ence had been invaluable.
"As a medic, my job changes when we are along-
side compared to when we are at sea," ABMED
"At sea there is more clinical work to be done. We
do initial and review consults, teach basic first aid
and manage the medical fitness of the crew as well as
remain on standby for any medical emergency."
Parramatta will handover to HMAS Melbourne in
March before returning home to Sydney for a much
ea of Operations comes to
at sea. Photos: PO Damian Pawlenko
o keeps a check on the medical health of sailors
KEEPING WATCH: HMAS
Parramatta on the look
out for illegal activity in
the Middle East Area of
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