Leeton local gives IFR a thumbs up

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Helen Frank (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Benalla (A04), International Fleet Review

HMAS Benalla's Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jessica Corbett from Leeton, NSW in Sydney for the International Fleet Review. (photo: LSIS Helen Frank)
HMAS Benalla's Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jessica Corbett from Leeton, NSW in Sydney for the International Fleet Review.

A former Leeton Eagles and Narrandera Knights basketball player was one of 8000 sailors who took part in Sydney’s recent International Fleet Review (IFR).

Able Seaman (AB) Jessica Corbett, who attended St Francis College, now maintains and repairs electronic systems in the Royal Australian Navy’s survey ship HMAS Benalla.

During the IFR HMAS Benalla formed part of a line of small warships from Tonga, PNG and the Federated States of Micronesia being reviewed by Prince Harry and the Governor-General Quentin Bryce.

Jessica said she joined the Navy because she wanted to travel, have a career with a difference and good friendships.

“In the three years I’ve been in the Navy I’ve been to Singapore, the Torres Strait and the Kimberley area,” she said.

“I’ve been involved in survey operations as well as the Transit Security Force (TSF) on Operation RESOLUTE.”

AB Corbett said she could highly recommend a career in the Navy.

“You will experience so much in such a short time, and the people you meet will become like a second family,” she said.

“If you’re looking for something different and life changing, it’s a good way to go.”

HMAS Benalla is based at Cairns, and conducts survey operations around Far North Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Northern Territory.