Sailor turns early tech passion into career

Communication aAble Seaman Stacey Harrison at home among HMAS Choules' information hub. Photo: Leading Seaman James McDougall

Sailor turns early tech passion into career

Able Seaman Stacey Harrison has always had an affinity with technology. 

She used to create web pages for her parent’s motor inn in Toowoomba, Queensland, and managed a database for the local city golf club.

When she joined the Navy in 2018, Able Seaman Harrison was ready to turn her self-taught skills in information technology into a new career. 

She is now HMAS Choules’ local area network administrator, a role she said fits her geek personality perfectly. 

“I’ve always had a passion for technology and gadgets and I figured the ADF would be a good opportunity to pursue my interest in an information and communications technology role further,” Able Seaman Harrison said. 

Communication information sailors move into one of two streams: communications and information. 

Able Seaman Harrison earlier this year chose the information stream to continue her career progression but she said she also appreciated other aspects of Navy and ship life. 

“Not only are their additional training opportunities to develop my skillset, but the Navy has given me the opportunity to travel and meet some great new friends,” Able Seaman Harrison said. 

Last year she joined HMAS Hobart for her North-East Asia deployment, stopping off at Guam, Japan and South Korea. 

Earlier this year, she joined Choules in the middle of Operation Bushfire Assist and has recently returned from a South-West Pacific deployment supporting Vanuatu’s 40th anniversary of independence celebrations. 

As for the future, Able Seaman Harrison plans to further her formal information and communications technology studies, while continuing to pick up skills in her networking role on Choules and keeping an eye on the next generation cyber workforce within Navy.

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