Sergeant (Sgt) Amanda Pond, from Thunder Bay, Ont., joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a meteorologist. And due to the uniqueness and versatility of her trade she finds herself working alongside sailors and serving as the Senior Meteorological Forecaster onboard HMCS Winnipeg.
“I have sailed on five warships and deployed on four different naval missions, including a humanitarian disaster relief mission in New Zealand. I have travelled to 15 countries so far,” she says.
As a meteorological expert onboard a ship she provides essential information for the safety of the crew, ship manoeuvers and mission success. Some of her daily tasks include observing and recording surface, marine and upper air weather conditions, analyzing and interpreting meteorological information, operating and maintaining specialized meteorological equipment, and forecasting weather conditions.
Her main function is to brief the ships command team and crew on “upcoming weather events that could change ship evolutions.” She also provides support to the helicopter crew onboard the ship regarding “weather factors that could influence their flying schedule for the day.”
As is only natural when faced with change, Sgt Pond found the transition to the Navy environment a bit challenging.
“I came to the ships with an Army (and) Air Force background. I had a difficult time learning the ship’s routine and skills required to stand duty watches alongside.”
However with a bit of hard work and…