Hay has always been a trailblazer. At age 10, she sailed around the world with her family. In 1993, she joined the RAN and was selected for an exchange with the United States Navy on board Spruance-class destroyer USS John Young （DD-973）as part of the Middle East Force. She was the first female to qualify as an Australian ship's diver, and the first female to serve in the Australian Minor War Vessel Sea Training Group.
Last year, Hay also became the inaugural task group commander of Australia's regional engagement mission in the South West Pacific. She has found her niche in the RAN, which affords its people the room to succeed regardless of gender, sexuality or religion.
Royal Australian Navy.
A person who is paving the way in their particular field for future generations.
The 70th Infantry Division adopted the Trailblazer title when they were activated in 1943.