Grey skies and a light drizzle were the backdrop as the ship’s company of HMAS Adelaide gathered for a ceremony to honour the late Commodore John Bryson, CSM, RANR, in Sydney Harbour.
Family members were also present and added special significance to the solemn occasion in recognising the former Marine Engineer who served in the Royal Australian Navy for more than three decades.
Commanding Officer Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Earley said the former Head of Navy Engineering was a crucial contributor to the Navy of today.
“As the former Deputy Program Manager for the Amphibious Deployment and Sustainment Program, he was in a pivotal position that oversaw the $3.6bn amphibious assault ship project mature from concept to contract, making him arguably one of the founding fathers of the ship we currently serve in here today,” he said.
“And it is fitting that we, as a ship’s company of one of the ship Commodore Bryson help bring into reality for the Australian Defence Force, are able to honour him in this ceremony.”
Chaplain Richard Quadrio, Adelaide’s embarked Chaplain, conducted the service.
“It was a special moment to have the immediate family on board for the ceremony,” he said.
“Grief does not end with such a ceremony, but the rich traditions of the Navy can remind those who mourn that they are not alone.”
Commander Ben Hurst, Commander Engineer in Adelaide, carried the ashes through the ship’s company at the commencement of the service.
Commander Hurst, like many on board, greatly enjoyed working with and for the late Commodore Bryson over many years in various capacities.
“He was an outstanding Engineer and a real gentleman,” he said.
“It is befitting that a man who had done so much to support the development of young officers was farewelled by those whom he had mentored, trained and supported.”