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Richard Hankinson - Manly-West

Manly-West local, Leading Seaman (LS) Richard Hankinson, is currently deployed in South-East Asia with Joint Task Group 661.1 Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017.

LS Hankinson is a Communications Information Systems (CIS) Sailor and part of the ship's company onboard HMAS Sirius, a replenishment and supply ship.

Before joining the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) LS Hankinson grew up in Wynnum-Manly and attended Wynnum State High School.

He also swam for the Manly-West Manta Rays and played Rugby League for the Wynnum-Manly Sea Eagles.

LS Hankinson has spent three years at sea, joining the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in February 2010 and has so far been part of 93 ship replenishments conducted while underway at sea.

He previously served onboard HMAS Perth and is now training the next generation of CIS sailors onboard HMAS Sirius – a task which he is most proud of.

"I have really enjoyed my time in the Navy so far," LS Hankinson said.

"It is a fantastic career, one that has taught me a lot about myself as well as given me lots of amazing opportunities.

"The Navy made me into the person I am today - I love serving the nation and I am really motivated to continue to serve, especially as we spend more time in SE Asia."

HMAS Sirius is deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour from September to Nov 2017.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour has focused on enhancing military cooperation with some of Australia's key regional partners including Indonesia, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Thailand, Cambodia and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour is Australia's demonstrated commitment to security and cooperation throughout South-East Asia and the Pacific.

It is also to demonstrate the capability and interoperability of the ADF's largest asset, the Landing Helicopter Dock in support of humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations.

Indo-Pacific Endeavour also draws upon force elements and service personnel from the Australian Army, Navy, Air Force and Defence civilians.

Sirius departed its home port of HMAS Stirling, in August and will return home in December - just in time for Christmas.