Brenton-James Glover from Brisbane’s Nudgee has come along way in life since representing Queensland as a champion rower and deciding he loved the water so much he would join the Royal Australian Navy.
From being a competitive rower while attending Brisbane’s Nudgee College which led to representing Brisbane’s Commercial Rowing Club in rowing, Brenton-James is today the executive officer of the Cairns-based warship HMAS Brunei.
With such a love for the water, it was only to be expected that Brenton-James would join the Navy, where he is today a lieutenant, serving as the second-in-command of Brunei, which is a landing craft heavy (LCH).
"Some of my best memories of growing up in Brisbane included school at Nudgee, and rowing at state level.
"Rowing is a sport where you have a small team that has to 'pull together' to achieve.
"The best thing about working in an LCH has been having a close family of personnel you can trust."
After almost two-years posted to Brunei, he is preparing with other crew for her decommissioning this month (November).
"I have enjoyed a long posting to Brunei, and will be sad to see the three remaining vessels – HMA Ships Brunei, Labuan and Tarakan – decommissioned in November," he said
"It will be sad for me personally as it will mark the end of a long posting, and to see the end of an era of a unique naval capability.
"I am very proud to be the decommissioning XO of Brunei – a ship that has a very proud history."
Brunei had one last adventure in October, when she participated in a search to locate the remains of WWII sailor on Guluwuru Island, approximately 650km from Darwin.
Brunei travelled to Guluwuru Island in an attempt to locate the remains of Stoker Percival Cameron, who served in the Particia Cam, which was sunk by a Japanese float-plane on January 22, 1943, near the Wessel Islands, in the Northern Territory.
Army specialists and Indigenous cultural monitors travelled to the location after researchers provided information that indicated the remains could reasonably be found.
Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in this search.
After Brunei is decommissioned, Brenton-James will take up a shore-based position in Cairns where he looks forward to continuing his association with the Navy’s highly capable fleet of minor war vessels.
When the three remaining Landing Craft Heavy ships are decommissioned, Navy’s focus will shift to the 27,500-tonne Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD).
"The new LHD will provide an amazing amphibious capability, marking one of the largest and most dynamic shifts the Navy has seen in many years," he said.