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Paul Rossetto - Nowra

When this Nowra lad joined the Royal Australian Navy he was following in his father's footsteps as he began his adventurous career.

Able Seaman (AB) Combat Systems Operator (Underwater Warfare) Paul Rossetto is deployed aboard HMAS Melbourne, which is patrolling in the Middle East region as part of Operation Manitou, Australia's contribution to the multinational Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).

AB Rossetto is a former St Johns Evangelist High School student and said his father was Warrant Officer Avionics Technician Airframes Shane Rossetto of HMAS Albatross, who influenced Paul's decision to join the Navy with stories of travel.

"I was also in the Naval Reserve Cadets with HM Training Ship Shoalhaven, which gave me a greater insight into the life of a sailor - I was hooked," he said.

"When I enlisted in 2008 my father's advice was if I screwed-up to make sure I told someone straight away, and on occasions I have paid heed to his advice."

As a combat systems operator aboard Melbourne, AB Rossetto uses radar and sonar to find and track surface or underwater contacts.

"I chose his trade to have an active role in the combat systems," he said.

"The best part of my job is I know what is happening on and around the ship at all times."

AB Rossetto has previously been posted on HMAS Darwin and his first trip on the warship was to Japan in 2011.

Operation Manitou is his first operational deployment which he said was a major highlight for him as a sailor.

"After being ashore for two years it's great to be back at sea and working in the Middle East region," AB Rossetto said.

"I am proud to be able to contribute to such an important mission and be a part of Melbourne's successful tour with the CMF."

"The crew are making a difference by keeping the drugs of the street and I feel I am doing something valuable with my career."

Melbourne is conducting maritime security operations with CMF's Combined Task Force 150 in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, working to intercept the trafficking of drugs that help fund international terrorism.

During Melbourne's first patrol of 2015 the crew seized and disposed of 427kg of heroin found on a fishing dhow.

AB Rossetto said Melbourne is a great ship; however it was the crew that made it great.

"We are always ready for business," he said.

"We are also good at keeping each other going when the pressure is on."

AB Rossetto said he looking forward to returning home when Melbourne finishes her deployment early next year.

"I am used to the distance away from family as I grew up as a Navy brat, but it will be good to go home to Nowra and catch up with my parents and my friends," he said.