Captain Mona Shindy, the hijab-wearing Muslim naval officer who runs the Littoral Warfare and Maritime Support Capability Development Group in Russell, takes being abused over her religion and mode of dress in her stride.
A recent online report after Captain Shindy had been named Telstra's NSW business woman of the year, quickly attracted the comment: "My father was in the navy for nearly 50 years and he served it with pride. He would turn over in his grave [if] he saw this piece of filth".
"That's reality, that's what's out there. You've got to live with it in the perspective that Muslim people in Australia have lived with varying degrees of comments over the years," Captain Shindy said.