25 September 2014
SGT Justine Sinnott on-board CANTERBURY while entering the harbour at Devonport Naval base after participating in Exercise Croix Du Sud.
From being a sole medic on patrol in Afghanistan to leading a six-person resuscitation team deploying to field exercises around New Zealand, Army medic Sergeant (SGT) Justine Sinnott from Christchurch cannot imagine doing anything else.
SGT Sinnott, a former Marion College pupil, was one of two medics deployed to New Caledonia on HMNZS CANTERBURY, the Navy's sealift and amphibious support vessel, for the recent Exercise Croix du Sud. The medical team was responsible for providing immediate medical support to the Army contingent.
Exercise Croix Du Sud, a joint amphibious exercise, aimed to foster and sustain co-operative Defence relationships in our corner of the world. Military forces from nine nations were involved in realistic Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR), and Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) training. In the past 12 months the NZDF has deployed assets into multinational HADR efforts after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and heavy floods in the Solomon Islands.
Exercise Croix Du Sud was SGT Sinnott’s second multinational exercise this year, following a three-week exercise in Australia. SGT Sinnott said Exercise Croix Du Sud gave her the ability to build relationships and share learning with her counterparts in the Canadian Armed Forces and US Marines.
“Understanding how other military medics work and seeing first-hand how they operate is an invaluable experience,” said SGT Sinnott, who holds a Diploma in Military Medicine gained through her NZDF studies.
After returning to New Zealand SGT Sinnott was straight into the field on exercise with the Officer Cadet School. Outside work she is part of the Army’s touch rugby and netball teams, and will be participating in an inter-services touch rugby tournament later this year.
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