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September 13, 2012
SBLT Sarah West
NAVY photographers usually avoid the spotlight,
preferring to capture events from behind the lens.
However, the exceptional efforts of ABIS
Morganna Ramsey have thrust her into the spot-
AB Ramsey's positive attitude, dedication to
task and enthusiasm throughout 2011 attract-
ed high praise from Navy's senior leaders, who
named her in Navy's top 100 achievers of its cen-
Her exemplary performance was also recog-
nised by her unit, HMAS Stirling, which awarded
her its Sailor of the Year prize, an accolade which
ABIS Ramsey did not take lightly.
"I was very surprised. I was actually rath-
er shocked and didn't really know what to say,
which was a first was for me!" she said.
"Apart from the surprise, it was a very proud
moment. It was the pinnacle of all the hard work
and great experiences that have made me proud to
serve in the Navy during the past 10 years."
In her off duty hours, the award-winning image-
ry specialist, who is also studying part-time for a
communications degree at the University of Western
Australia, still refuses to put the camera down.
"I just love photography in general," she said.
"There is always something new and someone
new to meet. Every person has a unique story, and
every photograph should tell a story.
"I think I'll always be behind a camera in one
way or another. This path has given me so many
opportunities already; all the travelling and the
amazing people I have met, and the biggest high-
light -- meeting my husband in the Navy."
ABIS Ramsey has accumulated a lot of war
stories in her 10-year Navy career.
She deployed to the Middle East on two occa-
sions, first in 2003 for Operation Falconer, and
then again in 2004 for Operation Catalyst.
ABIS Ramsey has served in HMA
Ships Manoora, Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney,
Warramunga and Ballarat.
"I've been to every major city in Australia and
CMDR Jennifer Wittwer
A BREAKFAST to launch a campaign
for mothers in East Timor has been
attended by three Navy personnel in
At the breakfast for the Alola
Foundation, the former first lady of
East Timor, Kirsty Sword Gusmão,
launched the MILK (Mothers In Timor-
Leste) campaign. The guest of honour
was Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
The Alola Foundation, estab-
lished by Ms Gusmão in 2001, works
to improve the lives of women and
children in East Timor by creating
employment and improving educa-
tion opportunities, promoting human
rights, preserving culture and improv-
ing the maternal health and well-being
of women and children.
The MILK campaign encourages
East Timor women to give birth with
appropriate medical support and pro-
vides community-based health support
CMDR Jennifer Wittwer, LS Kristy
Bates and LS Trish Dollisson attended
"The breakfast was an amazing
experience, and a definite highlight of
my year," LS Bates said.
"It has and will continue to further
inspire my belief in gender equality
and strengths of all women, and our
ability to use positive influence in and
across society and cultures.
"This event has cemented my belief
in the Navy women's leadership pro-
gram, which I will continue to foster
within and external to my workplace."
Information about the Alola Foundation
or MILK campaign,can be found at www.
in focus Top shot in top 100
many remote areas including the Stirling Ranges
and the Kimberley," she said.
"I have also been to South-East Asia a lot; to
Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Indonesia.
And, of course, to Hawaii."
Last year was particularly busy for ABIS
Ramsey, who was deployed to Western Australia's
north to support clean-up efforts after the region
was ravaged by floods.
Throughout the year, she also photographed a
wide range of VIPs who visited Stirling, including
Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Defence Minister
Stephen Smith, and a raft of foreign politicians
and military representatives.
She also worked long hours with AUSCDT-4
to record and document the hectic training sched-
ule of the elite Navy diver unit.
IN FOCUS: ABIS Morgana Ramsey with
equipment in hand ready to capture the action at
Photos: LSIS Nina Fogliani
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