Brothers in arms serving at sea
IN the Royal Australian Navy, family members don't usually go to sea on the same ship.
But the Navy's new landing helicopter docks HMAS Canberra and NUSHIP Adelaide, have brought Woolgoolga's Penney brothers back together.
The two brothers, Scott and Paul, joined the Navy within two months of each other as Boatswain's Mates.
The older of the two, Scott is posted onboard Canberra and Paul is on Adelaide.
The ships are the largest ships ever built for the Navy with the ability to conduct large scale amphibious operations and disaster relief missions.
Members of Adelaide's crew were given the opportunity to go to sea on Canberra for a month while their ship is under construction in Williamstown.
Paul jumped at the chance to experience life at sea on a LHD and said spending time with his brother was an added bonus.
"It was great to be at sea together," Paul said.
"We get along pretty well so it was a good experience and I learnt a few things from him that I can take onboard Adelaide."
Paul said they have worked together before, albeit a paper run during their school years.
With the brothers onboard, Canberra will soon complete the first of class flight trials and return to her home port of Sydney for a short period of respite.
When home next in Woolgoolga, Scott and Paul said they are planning to catch up with friends and family.