A very busy and successful week on the Green Sponge

Reflections on Voyage 8 resupply, May 2023.

Welcome to the whirlwind world of Macca's station resupply! Where the chaos is as constant as the sub-Antarctic winds and the excitement is as high as the towering mountain peaks. It's resupply season folks, and the island is buzzing with more energy than a double espresso shot on a Monday morning.

Meet NC, your friendly Station Supply Officer, and his last-minute lifesaver, Dave 'The Detail' Wardle. Dave swooped in on the 13th of May, just as the chaos was reaching its crescendo, and boy, did he make an entrance. Together, they're the dynamic duo of Macca's logistical symphony, orchestrating the inbound and outbound cargo with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.

The LARCs are rolling in, their bellies groaning under the weight of the cargo chugging along, reliable and a sight to behold, while the helicopters are whirring overhead, their rotors slicing through the chilly air like a hot knife through butter. It's a ballet of boxes and barrels, all choreographed to the tune of the helicopter's rotor blades.

Down island, it's a different story. Multiple projects are running concurrently, each with its own unique set of challenges and requirements. This is where our dynamic trio of Station Leader (KW), Ranger In Charge (Paul) and Senior Aircraft Ground Support Officer (Jenn) step-up. They're the ones who keep the wheels turning and the projects running, juggling tasks with the skill of seasoned circus performers.

And let's not forget about the return cargo. It's a delicate dance, a tango of timing and precision, all under the watchful eyes of our dynamic trio. It's a sight to behold, let me tell you.

But amidst all the chaos, there's a sense of exhilaration, a thrill that comes from being in the thick of it all. It's like riding a rollercoaster, the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you navigate the twists and turns of the resupply operation.

And the best part? The camaraderie. The shared laughs over a cup of coffee in the mess, the collective sigh of relief when the last crate is unloaded, the high-fives and back-slaps when a particularly tricky task is accomplished. It's these moments that make it all worth it.

As Nuyina sails away, we bid farewell to Dave, Jenn and the rest of the crew, their mission accomplished. Their departure leaves a void, but also a sense of satisfaction, knowing they've played a crucial role in the success of the resupply operation.

P.S. Was a great and unique resupply experience and glad it went as smoothly as it did!

P.P.S. Thanks to the crew and everyone involved in this beastly feat, only just being on the island for 2 months!

Nanching Lee (NC) – Station Supply Officer (SSUP) – Macca 76th ANARE 2023