Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's Easter at Sea for Sailor Lisa; Aussie Girl Joins Missile Frigate Ops in Middle Eastern Waters

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's Easter at Sea for Sailor Lisa; Aussie Girl Joins Missile Frigate Ops in Middle Eastern Waters

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Byline: Geoff Egan geoff.egan@qt.com.au

FOR Walloon girl Lisa Thompson Easter was just another working day.

She is an Able Seaman on HMAS Melbourne, a missile frigate that is now serving in the Middle East.

For Able Seaman Thompson Easter was spent at sea, and celebrated with a church service, a special dinner and care packages from loved ones.

That's if they arrived in time.

C[pounds sterling]We'll receive mail before Easter and there will be care packages from home filled with melted chocolate,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]But it'll be spent at sea... with any luck we'll have a special dinner to go with it though.C[yen]

HMAS Melbourne is in Middle Eastern waters where she is taking part in Operation Slipper.

The Adelaide Class missile frigate is working on counter-piracy, counter-terrorism and counter-smuggling operations.

The Melbourne has been in the theatre for two months and expected to stay there for a further five. …

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