Scott Jones from Nowra has well and truly found his sea legs after spending the better part of three years posted to the Royal Australian Navy warship HMAS Choules.
The 24-year-old former Nowra High School student and local supermarket storeman is a Cargo Specialist at the 10th Force Support Battalion in Townsville, but has had the opportunity to work with the Navy for the majority of his career.
I’ve been in the Army for four years. I was previously on HMAS Kanimbla but have been with HMAS Choules since she was commissioned in 2011” Scott said.
Although there are not many permanent Army positions on the ship, Scott has an important role to play for the day to day operations.
“Whilst on the ship, I typically operate the cranes; on load and offload vehicles onto the vehicle deck; and deal with any cargo that comes onboard,” Scott said.
“When we have an amphibious capability onboard, our role requires loading vehicles onto the Landing Craft boats to get them ashore.”
Scott recalls that one of his best experiences since posting to a ship was on the 2010 Rim of the Pacific Exercise (or RIMPAC) in 2010, currently the largest multilateral live-fire exercise incorporating over 20 nations.
“It was a really good experience that I hope to do again,” Scott said.
“The best part was getting to work with the other nations, seeing how they operate and what they do differently to us.”
HMAS Choules is the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Ship Dock and includes a Ship’s Army Department (SAD) to aid in providing the Defence Force with a number of capabilities to support amphibious operations and Humanitarian Assistance missions.