Former Royal Australian Navy Commander
John Hodges will head back to sea for the first time since his retirement from
the Navy in 1989 to lead a special Anzac Day service onboard Carnival Spirit in
Sydney Harbour on April 25.
After an illustrious career spanning more
than 20 years, the Vietnam War veteran and Submarine Captain will lead the
Anzac Day dawn service onboard Carnival Cruise Line's Australia-based
superliner as it sails into Sydney following an eight-night cruise.
The service will be followed by a ‘Gunfire
Breakfast', while the cruise will also feature a special screening of Gallipoli.
Originally from Newcastle, John joined
the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay in 1968 and served in Vietnam
including transporting the Australian Army from the troop carrier HMAS SYDNEY to
the beach at Vung Tau as captain of one of the ship's Landing Craft. He was
awarded the Australian Active Service Medal and the Vietnam Logistic Support
Medal during his service in HMAS SYDNEY, as well as a later Australian Service
Medal with Special Operations clasp during his service in HMAS ORION.
John went on to rise through the ranks,
becoming a Commander in 1988. He left the Navy in 1989 and for the past ten
years has been the Returned and Services League of Australia National Veterans'
Affairs Advisor. John retired from this position last month.
Carnival Cruise Line Vice President
Australia Jennifer Vandekreeke said the cruise line was honoured to have John onboard
to lead the special Anzac service.
"Carnival Spirit has called Australia
home for five years and we're proud to have someone of John Hodges standing
join our guests onboard to commemorate this important day. Anzac Day is a time of
remembrance and reflection and this year's service, held as dawn breaks in
Sydney Harbour, is set to be especially poignant," she said.
Carnival Cruise Line
Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world with more than four and a
half million guests travelling every year. The cruise line has two ships
deployed in Australia, Carnival Spirit – the largest and newest cruise ship to
be based in Sydney year round – and sister ship Carnival Legend, sailing from
Sydney each summer. With 45 activities to enjoy each day, both ships offer
fun-loving families and couples memorable and great value holidays.
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