Able Seaman Boatswain Mate Aaron Morgan from Sunbury joined the Royal Australian Navy in February 2012 and admits his family’s historic links to the Australian Defence Force influenced his decision to join up.
Aaron's Great Grandfather fought with the 9th Light Horse in Gallipoli and his Grandfather also served in the Pacific with the Australian Navy during the Second World War.
Aaron is currently serving on HMAS Stuart and enjoys the variety offered to him in his role with the Navy.
"One minute I could be sitting in the mess and then ten minutes later I could be preparing to board a vessel," Aaron says.
HMAS Stuart is currently on Exercise Bersama Lima 2014 in Singapore and throughout the South China Sea. A highlight for Aaron is getting to see how other nations navies operate and learning their differences.
Aaron's role is as a small arms and seamanship expert.
I look after the weapons and am a subject matter expert for the boats, anchoring and refueling at sea" Aaron says.
"I am also a member of the boarding party and my ancillary roles include combat survivability, essentially meaning firefighting and leak stop repairs. My job overlaps in lots of different areas.
"The best part of my job is when I am on the upper decks in the fresh air and sunlight and working closely with other categories. I enjoy being on the upper-decks more than anything else" he said.
Aaron grew up in Sunbury, Victoria where a lot of friends and family still live.
"I am currently posted to Sydney and I am looking forward to catching up with family and friends in Sunbury soon. I missed the opportunity to go home for Christmas last year due to work, so I am really looking to getting home for Christmas this year" he says.
Aaron has been lucky enough to participate in two Operation Resolute deployments (Border Protection) and Exercises Kakadu, Singaroo and Bersama Lima.