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Army July 5, 2012
Maj Cameron Jamieson
A MILITARY policeman is finding his
sea legs off the Philippines coast after
volunteering for duty aboard a hospital
ship for Pacific Partnership 2012.
Sgt Hayden Watson, of the Enoggera
Barracks Domestic Policing Unit, has
joined a US force protection team
aboard the 1000-bed
US Navy hospital
ship USNS Mercy
on a journey through
"Our job is to
maintain the internal
security of the ship,"
Sgt Watson said.
"I'm attached to
section, which con-
sists of Army and
Navy military police-
men and women.
"We look after
the people on
board, escort visi-
tors around, ensure
people are clear of
restricted areas during flight operations
and walk through the wards to make
sure our patients are okay."
Forty-one ADF personnel are
assigned to Pacific Partnership, the lat-
est in an annual series of US Navy-led
humanitarian relief operations created
as an ongoing commitment to south-
east Asia and the south-west Pacific
after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.
While stationed off the island of
Samar in the Philippines, USNS Mercy
ran surgical, medical, veterinary, engi-
neering and expert exchange projects
to help disadvantaged people in the
Sgt Watson had previously worked
ashore with US
Navy police in
Sabre, so he jumped
at the chance when
the call went out for
a MP to join Pacific
"The Mercy is the
largest hospital ship
in the world, so it's
opportunity," he said.
"It's a chance to
different and see
some very different
He will have spent 12 weeks aboard
USNS Mercy by the time it finishes
its tour of Indonesia, the Philippines,
Cambodia and Vietnam.
He said after patrolling up and down
stairs on an eight-storey ship for three
months, if nothing else, he should have
the fittest legs of any MP in Australia.
Enoggera-based MP on Pacific Partnership
The Mercy is the
ship in the world,
so it's a once-
Sgt Hayden Watson
Sea legs: Military Police Sgt Hayden Watson and US Navy Master at Arms James Conroy conduct a
routine security patrol of the USNS Mercy flight deck during Pacific Partnership 2012.
Photo by FSgt Craig Sharp
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