Proposal is all about the diamonds

Published on LSIS Brenton Freind (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Diamond Head, O'ahu

Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii. (photo: Unknown)
Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Troy Bennett and his new fiancé Jo during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), at Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, off the coast of Hawaii.

The planning for Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Troy Bennett’s marriage proposal began in mid-2013, when he found out that his next posting would be to the Replenishment Ship HMAS Success, and that the ship was scheduled to take part in Exercise RIMPAC 2014, off the coast of Hawaii. He knew then that the proposal had to occur in Hawaii.
 
Leading Seaman Bennett and his girlfriend, Jo, who is studying for her PhD in Psychology, have been together for five and a half years, and have spent the last three years living together in their Sydney home.
 
Before the proposal took place, a number of elements had to be aligned, the last of which was to follow the old tradition of asking Jo’s father for permission to marry his daughter. This was surreptitiously achieved just one week before Success sailed for RIMPAC.
 
While Success was alongside Pearl Harbour during the first Harbour Phase of the exercise, Jo flew to Hawaii for a week’s holiday.
 
Initially unsure of the how and where to pop the question, it was on the day before a planned hike up to Waikiki’s famous landmark, Diamond Head, that Leading Seaman Bennett decided this was the location at which he would propose to Jo.
 
Prior to his departure for RIMPAC, the engagement ring had been safely hidden at their Northern Beaches home. Leading Seaman Bennett said that it was a nervous few moments when he had to discretely transfer the ring into the backpack that they were taking on their hike up to Diamond Head.
 
“When the time came to make the proposal, the weather wasn’t ideal at first. We left the highest lookout on Diamond Head and began walking down the hiking trail, then ten minutes later the weather started to clear and I decided to go back for ‘another look’, and that’s when I proposed. Straight away there were tears in her eyes,” Leading Seaman Bennett said.
 
When asked about his plans for Success’s return to Fleet Base East, Leading Seaman Bennett simply replied: “I’m looking forward to having a dinner with my fiancée and her family.”
 
Success returned to her home port of Fleet Base East, Sydney, yesterday. Her ship’s company were received at home by some very happy family members, and one delighted fiancé.