Wedding bells chime at Christmas time for Sunshine Coast sailor

Published on SBLT Bianca Wise (author), LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Glenelg (P96)

Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Renee Cox onboard an Armidale class Patrol Boat with Attack Five crew. (photo: LSIS Jo Dilorenzo)
Leading Seaman Communications Information Systems Renee Cox onboard an Armidale class Patrol Boat with Attack Five crew.

Sunshine Coast local Renee Adams is celebrating her recent Glass House Mountains wedding onboard a Navy warship, away from her husband and deployed at sea this Christmas.

It may not be the honeymoon that most brides dream of and it means that she is away from her husband and family for the festive season, but the former Beerwah State High School student wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I love it onboard, love the crew, and love the ocean,” Leading Seaman Adams said, “the work is challenging and very different.”

While her husband Terrence, also in the Navy, is currently posted ashore in Darwin, Renee is currently embarked in the Armidale class Patrol Boat, HMAS Glenelg, conducting maritime border security operations in Australia’s northern waters.

The patrol boats and their crew of 21 provide surveillance and response to counter eight distinct maritime threats including; terrorism, people smuggling, illegal fishing, prohibited imports and exports, quarantine risks, pollution, piracy and other illegal activity.

Between deployments Renee Adams (formerly Renee Cox) was able to fly home to the Sunshine Coast and marry Terry on 30 November this year at the Little White Wedding Church in Maleny.

In a unique twist to most bridal preparations, in the lead up to the big day, Renee was deployed on Operation RESOLUTE, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to Australia’s whole of government border security effort.

As a Communications and Information Systems sailor Renee is responsible for the email and internet connection onboard, a link any bride could understand the importance of.

“I came back from operations at sea two weeks before the wedding, which meant I was busy with dress fittings and meeting suppliers, but because of the good new communication system we have on board I was able to talk with suppliers at sea via email, it made the whole experience much easier.”

Renee, 25, and Terry, 35, met at the sailor training establishment HMAS Cerberus during their early communications training.

Aside from meeting the love of her life, Renee is grateful to the Navy for broadening her horizons.

“When I was young I used to sail with Dad off Caloundra in the Bribie Passage, so I guess I always loved being on the water,” Renee said, “since then I joined the Navy and haven’t looked back, I’ve been able to travel and experience the world.”