Defence Family Matters : May 2016
BELINDA BRIGGS’ husband deployed on HMAS Anzac last year, but SHE ENDED UP SHARING THE ADVENTURE with him. H er husband Des spent five months at sea visiting various countries and used technology to include Belinda on his sight-seeing. Whenever Des had shore leave, he used the ‘FaceTime’ video chat application on his phone to include Belinda in his travels. It was as simple as Des linking in Belinda on his phone and she was there with him. “Des was very conscious of being away from home for solong...andIhadn’tbeen to most of the places he was visiting,” Belinda said. “So it was a really good opportunity to chat and share experiences and some exploration together.” The video calls allowed Belinda to join Des in places such as Istanbul, Malta and England. “One of the highlights was probably South Africa (where) he FaceTimed me from Table Mountain,” Belinda said. “The views were magnificent; the weather was beautiful; and I could hear that he and his colleagues were enjoying the moment as well. “Stonehenge was also a highlight—it was a place I’d wanted to see for a while and just hadn’t got there, so we could share that together.” Belinda said the experience also allowed her to meet her husband’s colleagues and join the group as they enjoyed their shore leave. “(Des) would swing the phone around and people would say ‘hi’, and I’d say ‘hi’ back, so it was quite nice in that respect,” she said. “Certainly in the future . . . itwouldbenicetohave those phone calls again; have those experiences with him.” n JUST LIKE BEING THERE GRAHAM ORAMS DFMMay2016 13 Belinda Briggs uses modern technology to keep in contact with her husband while he is away on deployment with the Royal Australian Navy. Photo by Able Seaman Kayla Hayes.