Navy parade at Brighton Jetty Classic

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Dave Dawes (author), SGT Murray Staff (photographer)

Location(s): Brighton Jetty

Topic(s): Royal Australian Navy Band, Navy Headquarters South Australia

Navy Headquarters South Australia Command Staff marching with the Marilyns at the Brighton Jetty Classic. (photo: Unknown)
Navy Headquarters South Australia Command Staff marching with the Marilyns at the Brighton Jetty Classic.
Navy has provided strong support at South Australia’s largest open water swim event as attendees enjoyed a fast and fun day in the sun.
 
The 2018 Brighton Jetty Classic consisted of several open water swim events over various distances as well as a street festival and the crowd favourite Marilyn Jetty Swim. More than a hundred Marilyn Munroe lookalikes were led by the Royal Australian Navy Band South Australia in a parade to the foreshore for a 400 metre around-the-jetty swim in support of the Cancer Council charity.
 
The band also provided entertainment on the main stage while the Navy Headquarters South Australia team displayed a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat on the esplanade foreshore.
 
Petty Officer Maritime Logistics-Personnel Kirsty Semmens said the day was a great success.
 
“Supporting the event gave us a wonderful opportunity to talk to the public, not only about what Navy does here in South Australia, but what we do all around Australia and overseas.
 
“It’s a really exciting time to be part of the Navy with the introduction of the Air Warfare Destroyers and the soon to be built Offshore Patrol Vessels and Future Frigates.
 
“It’s great to be able to get out into the community and share what the Navy is up to while supporting these worthy public events,” she said.
 
The 2018 Brighton Jetty Classic and Marilyn Jetty Swim coincided with World Cancer Day and provided Navy with the opportunity to support the work of the South Australia Cancer Council.
 
Held annually on the first Sunday in February, the Brighton Jetty Classic attracts a field in excess of 1,000 entries for the 1,500 metre and 400 metre swims. A 100 metre family swim ensures everyone can be involved.
 
The inaugural Marilyn Jetty Swim was held as part of the 2014 Brighton Jetty Classic. Since then it has fast become a crowd favourite. In 2017, the Marilyns raised more than $100,000 for the Cancer Council and in doing so surpassed $200,000 for the four years to date.