Zenith back in Gladstone as part of Sabre success
GLADSTONE'S Zenith Dunstan is back in home waters for the next few weeks as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre.
Ms Dunstan left Gladstone six years ago to join the Navy.
Now qualified as a dental assistant, Zenith joined HMAS Success in January and is one of about 17,000 US and Australian military personnel involved in the Exercise.
She helps care for the dental health of her 204 shipmates aboard the Navy's 17,933 tonne HMAS SUCCESS, whose role is to supply fuel, food, stores and ammunition while at sea.
Ms Dunstan said working at sea posed some interesting challenges.
"Sometimes you just have to figure things out,'' she said.
"You basically have to use all of your knowledge that you have accumulated over the years.''
Aside from her job as a dental assistant, she has secondary duties including being a member of a medical emergency team and part of a berthing party whenever her ship comes alongside or casts off.
Ms Dunstan said the personal interaction onboard HMAS Success made her job enjoyable.
"There is a responsibility to help them feel comfortable ? we notice that particularly with males,'' she said.
"They need to know that anything they say will stay within the four walls of the surgery.''
Despite enjoying her work she loves coming home to see her mum Judith, brother Adam, sisters Summer and Arria and stepfather Ray.
"I love coming home whenever I can,'' she said.
"One thing I really miss is my family.