A family tradition on Tobruk

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

Able Seaman Medic Bonnieville Dromgool is seen inside the sickbay onboard HMAS Tobruk during Operation Pacific Assist 2015. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)
Able Seaman Medic Bonnieville Dromgool is seen inside the sickbay onboard HMAS Tobruk during Operation Pacific Assist 2015.

An Able Seaman aboard HMAS Tobruk who took part in Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015 was the second member of her family to deploy on a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief task in the ship.

Able Seaman Medic Bonnie Dromgool joined Tobruk in January and said her father, former Army Warrant Officer Class 2 Peter Stone, took part in the Australian Government’s response to Cyclone Isaac in Tonga onboard Tobruk about 30 years ago.

“It was a career highlight for him and he really enjoyed taking part,” she said.

“He was a qualified plumber and was involved in the clean up and rebuilding after the cyclone.”

Able Seaman Dromgool said her father was an influence on her joining the Navy.

“Since I joined the Navy it has brought us closer,” she said.

“When I was doing my recruit course at HMAS Cerberus he sent me a letter every week on the same day.

“It was a countdown letter, but he also told me what he did at the same stage of his own recruit course.”

Able Seaman Dromgool said being posted to Tobruk after her father had previously served in the ship was a strange coincidence, but also comforting.

“Dad was happy I was going to sea in Tobruk, but was very excited when I told him I was taking part in PACIFIC ASSIST in the ship,” she said.

“My Mum and Dad will be proud of me.”