Nepalese national working as a Navy sailor in Australia

Nepalese national working as a Navy sailor in Australia

Seaman Seaman Dhan Khadka in the wardroom of HMAS Adelaide while deployed on Operation Tonga Assist 2022. Photo: Leading Seaman David Cox

KATHMANDU: A Nepalese national worked as a navy sailor with the Ministry of Defense in Australia.
Sailor Dhan Khadka from Chitwan serves in HMAS Adelaide (a helicopter berth vessel), which was deployed as part of Operation Tonga Assist 2022.

Khadka arrived in Melbourne on Christmas Day 2008.

“I first came to Australia on a study visa and studied auto mechanic technology for two years,” Khadka said. “But I wanted to follow a path where I could be around people, so I started working in the hospitality industry working in hotels and bars in Melbourne.”

Khadka was up for a challenge and seized the chance to pursue a more fulfilling career.

Her father was an infantry soldier in the Indian Army for 33 years and it was a natural progression to follow in his footsteps and join the army.

“When I was looking for a job on the Defense recruitment website, I read about the support operations seaman job and thought it was the best match for my skills,” he said. .

“I like working in the saloon. It gives me the chance to spend a lot of time with a lot of different people, which I love.

This is Khadka’s first sea assignment and when asked if he would like to land on Pangaimotu Island to help clean up, he jumped at the chance.

“Helping the local community by cleaning up the island was a refreshing and invigorating feeling,” Khadka said.

“I will always remember helping out. It was meaningful work and I’m proud that my first trip was able to help the people of Tonga. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity. »

The Australian Defense Force is deployed on Operation Tonga Assist 2022 as part of the Australian Government’s support to the Tongan Government following the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano.

(with contributions from the Australian Department of Defence)