Joining the Royal Australian Navy was the logical career choice for Shannon Miller, who grew up in Soldiers Point and spent all of her spare time at the beach or water-skiing and camping with friends at Myall Lakes.
Lieutenant Shannon Miller is currently serving in the Middle East as part of Combined Task Force 150, which commands a maritime coalition of warships conducting anti-piracy and anti-terrorism patrols.
Shannon said CTF 150 provides invaluable work relating to maritime security and counter terrorism within a 2.5 million square mile patch of ocean which takes in some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.
“I provide planning support to the Combined Task Force,” she said.
“But prior to moving into my current role, I qualified as a Maritime Warfare Officer and I was a Navigator on a Mine Warfare Vessel.”
Although Shannon will be away from home at Christmas, she is already planning her home-coming in 2014.
“For my home-coming I am already getting excited about spending time with family, especially my son, Zachery,” she said.
“I am also looking forward to catching up with my mum, Gail.”
Today, Shannon is a long way from Soldiers Point, where she was a member of the Police Citizen’s Youth Club Basketball team, as well as the Nelson Bay Touch football and Netball clubs.
She did however begin her working life at the local Bi-Lo before taking a job at the Andrew Parsons Dental Surgery, the rest, as they say is history, with Lieutenant Miller now on her second deployment to the Middle East
“In 2006 I was part of Operation Slipper on board the Navy guided missile frigate, HMAS Ballarat,” she said.
CTF 150 currently falls under the command of the Royal Australian Navy and sees Commodore Darrell Bates at the helm. Australia’s leadership of the Task Force will last approximately four months.
“I’m currently part of an excellent team of operators and I have to say one of the best elements about this deployment is the opportunity to work with members of the coalition forces,” she said.