Saluluelanei “Lulu” Gray from Broadmeadows is performing a vital role for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in the Middle East Area, keeping track of all the weapons used by Australian troops involved in Operation Slipper.
Able Seaman Gray, a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Maritime Logistics Sailor, has deployed to Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, where she works with the ADF’s joint Force Support Unit 8 (FSU-8).
“My job involves issuing and taking receipt of all types of weapons that our troops bring in and out of Afghanistan. I need to keep track of where our weapons are at all times, which is a big task, considering how many of them are dispersed across the MEAO,” Lulu said.
“The stand-out moments of my deployment so far have included meeting new people from the Army and Air Force, and learning what they do differently to how we do things in the Navy,” she said.
“I have gained a better appreciation of what they do to serve our country, both on land and in the air,” said AB Gray, who has also previously served at sea on operations RESOLUTE and SAMOA ASSIST,” Lulu added.
AB Gray a former Penola Catholic College student said she is really looking forward to seeing her family.
“I’m also looking forward to getting back to my sports. I play rugby union for Sydney University, volleyball and Samoan cricket,” she said.
Operation Slipper is Australia’s military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, maritime security in the MEAO and countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden.