Michael Apperley - Applying to go to Somalia
I was the Chief Petty Officer running, I was stores accounting officer at HMAS Penguin in Sydney and one of my old bosses rang me up, Lieutenant Tim Maher, and asked me if I was interested in going on a deployment. We'd just spent some time together, a couple of years together on HMAS Parramatta, we both came ashore.
And yeah, he rang me up and said, "Would you be interested?" And, you know, I said, Yeah, you know, I didn't know what it was. But, you know, it was on the news already, you know, Somalia was quite prevalent in the news at that time because of Operation Restore Hope and various other activities that were going on. So yeah, I said to him, "Yeah, what do I have to do?"
And he sent me all the documentation and various bits and pieces, had a chat with my boss, had a chat with my CO. And they said, "Yes, no worries at all. If you get selected to go, then you can go". So, that's what I did.