6 May 2013
Ordinary Communications Operator (OCO) Simeon watching the sun rise over Ho Chi Minh City from the flight deck of HMNZS TE MANA on ANZAC Day 2013
Watching the sun rise over Ho Chi Minh City is one thing, but seeing it from the flight deck of HMNZS TE MANA on ANZAC Day was something special for 19 year old Tyler (Simmy) Simeon.
Ordinary Communications Operator (OCO) Simeon is originally from Kaitaia, and attended Kaitaia College. She enjoys the opportunities to travel the world that joining the Royal New Zealand Navy have offered her.
"Within 10 months of joining TE MANA, I have already been to nine countries, Vietnam being one of them," says OCO Simeon.
"I love traveling the world, and being able to visit parts of the world that I never imagined possible."
OCO Simeon joined the Navy in June 2011. After finishing her Able Communications course she was posted to HMNZS TE MANA, and is enjoying their four-month deployment to South and North East Asia.
"There are so many opportunities and a great life to be experienced if you join the Navy."
OCO Simeon is involved with communication between ships using voice, flags and morse code. She also deals with messages that come through from other ships and Devonport Naval Base.
In her spare time OCO Simeon is involved with waka ama, swimming, gym work, netball and kapa haka. She manages to juggle her interests around her work commitments ashore, or when deployed on TE MANA.
She also participates in the Maori Cultural Group onboard TE MANA, "I enjoy performing when the opportunities arise."
OCO Simeon acknowledges that family connections make her feel at home whether at sea or alongside.
"Since May 2012, I have lived with my aunty who is a Medic in the Navy and has served 11 years. I find it awesome living with her because she has a lot of experience and knowledge.
"I get lots of satisfaction from being in the Navy. I have made some good friends, I travel, I am getting good qualifications and have a stable career.
"I am able to work in many different environments and overall I am having a life less ordinary!"
For further information, contact Lieutenant Commander Vicki Rendall, 021 244 0638.