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Nicole Taylor - Atherton

Brian and Kerry Taylor, from the far North Queensland Tablelands town of Atherton, couldn't be prouder parents of their three children. Sons, Jason and Brendon, both serving with the Army have completed three and two tours of Afghanistan respectively, and Nicole, serving with the Royal Australian Navy, is returning for a second time to the Middle East Area of Operations in the Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigate (FFG), HMAS Melbourne.

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Nicole Taylor attended Atherton State High School and enjoyed studying Travel and Tourism. This love for travel inspired her to join the Navy in 2005, as well as a love for being on the water and in particular at sea.

Nicole is an above water warfare specialist sailor, who works in the frigate's Operations Room which is manned twenty-four hours a day in readiness to detect enemy forces or defend the ship against any threat, from the air or sea (above or below the surface).

Nicole, along with more than 230 of her shipmates, are currently making final preparations to deploy to the Middle East to undertake Maritime Security Patrols in support of OPERATION SLIPPER. Melbourne relieves sister FFG, HMAS Newcastle, who is currently on station. This is not Nicole’s first trip to this region, having previously deployed in the Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Stuart in 2009/10. Nicole has also been fortunate enough to participate in 2006 in the Bi-annual Pacific Rim Exercise (RIMPAC 06) off the coast of Hawaii.

Not surprisingly, Nicole lists frequent travel and being immersed in other cultures as her career highlights to date, and eagerly anticipates this deployment. There is, though, a bitter-sweet component to the time she spends away as she is required to leave behind her son Coby Jay, currently 5 years old, with his father, for the third time since being in the Navy. Naturally, Nicole is very much looking forward to her return from deployment to be reunited with her son as well as spend quality time with her family.