IT'S A long way from West Pennant Hills, but the dusty plains of Al Minhad is where Able Seamen Nicole Franklin will spend the next three months.
The Australian Defence Force communications specialist has served three months of her six-month deployment in the United Arab Emirates helping personnel stationed around the Middle East.
Operating in temperatures as high as 50 degrees, her job is often demanding, but Able Seamen Franklin wouldn't have it any other way.
The 29-year-old spoke to the News from the communications base in Dubai saying the opportunity to get out and do something different was too hard to resist.
"[Serving in the Australian Defence Force] is a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and do something you can't do in any other job," she said.
"You really get looked after and you're given the opportunity to travel and work at the same time."
Working as a communication specialist, Able Seamen' Franklin's role is to help the Defence Force maintain operations contact.
"It can be stressful at times and the tempo is very quick but I love doing my job," she said.
"I'd recommend the Defence Force for any person looking for a challenge.
"You get fantastic training and learn a lot of discipline where you wouldn't get anywhere else."
Able Seamen Franklin returns to Australia in October.