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Georgia Le Prou – Redland Bay

Leaving home in Redland Bay to join the Navy at just 18 years of age, Georgia Le Prou is now an Able Seaman serving in HMAS Success, which is currently deployed in the Middle East Region for six months as part of the ADF's Operation Manitou.

Georgia, now 20, is a Maritime Logistics Chef, who in a team of just nine will prepare and supply meals for a crew of more than 230 people. She says it is challenging preparing meals on such a large scale.

"Chefs play a large role in the morale of the crew; as long as there is good food, everyone is happy," she said.

Georgia is also a qualified member of the Ship's Medical Emergency Team (SMET) which is responsible for the provision of immediate first aid to crewmates.

Georgia grew up in Redland Bay and attended Victoria Point State High School.

She says some of the things she misses most about home are spending time with her family and friends, and the view of Stradbroke Island.

"I cannot wait to get home so I can relax on the beach and catch up with everyone," she said.

This is Georgia's first full sea posting since joining the Navy.

"I have done three and six week familiarisation trips on both HMAS Darwin and HMAS Yarra for their shakedown periods. I also took part in Exercise RIMPAC last year."

Success' present operational role involves providing logistic support to coalition navy ships in the Middle East area, which enables them to spend longer periods on task by providing fuel and stores.

Success also provides support by conducting boardings when required.

"We play an important role up here. Our primary role is replenishment, but we have also conducted a number of boardings as part of our counter-piracy and counter-terrorism efforts," she added.

Georgia says that her favourite moments throughout the trip to date have been conducting replenishments with Navies from all over the world, spending Christmas Day at sea, and being able to see and experience Middle Eastern cultures during port visits.

"This is something that most people will never have the opportunity to experience in their lives; I am really trying to make the most of it" she said.

"The ADF is a strong supporter of creating an equal and fair workplace. It's an organisation that I'm proud to be a part of on International Women’s Day," Georgia said.

HMAS Success is currently half-way through her six month deployment in the Middle East Region on OERATION MANITOU, the Australian Government's contribution to the international effort to promote maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East Region.

Under the command of Joint Task Force 633, Success is providing help and support to Combined Maritime Forces under CTF 53 and 150, conducting replenishments and counter-terrorism operations.

Operation MANITOU is the ADF’s contribution to maritime security, stability and prosperity in the Middle East.

HMAS Success is the 59th rotation to the Middle East by a Royal Australian Navy vessel.