A former Wagga Wagga signwriter who gave up his job to join the Navy was one of 8000 sailors who took part in the IFR.
AB Simon ‘Spike’ Jones is a stoker in HMAS Benalla.
It’s his job to maintain and repair the engineering systems on board the ship.
During the IFR HMAS Benalla formed part of a line of warships from Tonga, PNG and the Federated States of Micronesia being reviewed by Prince Harry and the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
AB Jones said he joined the Navy because he enjoyed being, “on, near or around water”.
“I also joined to learn another trade and to work in a different work environment from a job in ‘civvy street’,” he said.
“Our job in HMAS Benalla is to map the bottom of the ocean and we sometimes find shipwrecks while doing this.”
HMAS Benalla is based at Cairns, and conducts survey operations around Far North Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Northern Territory.
AB Jones said he could highly recommend a career in the Navy.
“You’re part of a great team, you’re always near water, and you get some fun trips away,” he said.