Nudgee boy, Lieutenant Brenton-James 'BJ' Glover has been awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the Australia Day Honours.
Lieutenant Glover was recognised for his outstanding achievement of as Executive Officer of Landing Craft Heavy ship HMAS Brunei. He says he was shocked to receive the award.
“I was a bit lost for words when I found out. I wasn’t expecting it as, at the end of the day, I was just going to sea and doing my job. I didn’t realise that my contribution had such a high impact on the capability and effectiveness of the ship over the last three and a half years,” Lieutenant Glover said.
“It is quite an honour to be recognised and without the support of my family, friends and a stellar crew on Brunei, it would not have been possible.”
Assuming the role of Brunei Executive Officer in May 2011, Lieutenant Glover was second-in-command until the ship decommissioned in December 2014. Over the three and a half years, the crew had a number of Commanding Officers; including himself for a short stint; and short notice work-ups. As Executive Officer, Lieutenant Glover was the glue that kept the ship together.
“It was a busy time maintaining the effort and professionalism of the crew at a high level, but it was made easy having such a great, close knit team.”
Apart from the camaraderie of the ship’s company, Lieutenant Glover says he was fortunate to be involved in some meaningful and historic activities.
“Last year Brunei was tasked to attempt to recover the remains of Stoker Percival Cameron, from near Guluwuru Island in the Northern Territory. He was on board HMAS Patricia Cam when it was sunk after being bombed by a Japanese float plane in 1943. The search meant a lot to Stoker Cameron’s daughter and as my grandfather was a World War II veteran, these efforts would have meant a great deal to a generation that sacrificed so much. While at the end of the day we weren’t successful locating him, it was meaningful to try and help the family.”
“I was also fortunate enough to be part of Brunei’s decommissioning crew. You don’t often get a chance to decommission a ship that has seen almost 42 years of service. Reflecting on everything the ship has achieved and the men that have served on her; it really stuck with me,” Lieutenant Glover said.
While currently posted ashore at HMAS Cairns, Lieutenant Glover is looking forward to deploying to an operational role in the Middle East Region in March. He spent Australia Day with mates and celebrating what is great about this country.
“Working in Navy, you meet a lot of great people. They’ll probably be as surprised as I am about the award, but no doubt pleased for me,” Lieutenant Glover said.