Good Morning Hilary,
Thank you for the laundry bag. I found it to be reflective of the unique spirit and pride we find within the defence communities shared over the world. It is quite touching and very much appreciated.
I am currently writing to you from Western Australia, after being posted on HMAS Parramatta which is where I took ownership of the laundry bag. During this posting, I deployed to South East Asia, North East Asia and back again to SE Asia in January 2020. Unfortunately, this final deployment was not so great due to the arrival of COVID19. This prevented us from visiting a lot of ports, which I was looking forward to visiting. So what was supposed to be a wonderful final deployment in my career, turned into simply a transit back to Australia with some work conducted in the Sth China sea.
Your laundry bag is a wonderful idea and I have been using with a sense of community during my time on the ship and now even after leaving the ship.
I am an Technician specialising in Communications in the Royal Australian Navy, coming up to 20 years of service later this year, serving on the ANZAC Class Frigates and serving in the Middle East. I have served in shore positions in NSW, Vic, ACT and WA where I am currently based.
Once again, Thank you, I Love, love, love it! Definitely put a smile on my face!
My lovely quilt that you fashioned for me last Wednesday! My first impression was... just wow! It is exactly what I was looking for! The coastal theme, the colours, the patterns... everything is just perfect! Thank you so much!! The colour and homeliness that the quilt brings to my room is just fantastic.
I can't tell you how much this quilt means to me, and I thank you and everyone else at AHQ for all the work you do!
I am currently deployed with the E-7A Wedgetail, have been here for about two and half months. This is my second operational deployment, the first was in 2017. It's been a good trip so far, however, as you can imagine, COVID has changed everything. I am very much looking forward to getting home to my partner and our two cats!
Once again, thanks so much, I love it!