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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
56 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 Peter Robert Jones, a consummate supply officer and energetic reformer of ADF personnel conditions of service and supply procedures, died in a tragic drowning accident at his NSW south coast property on 12 March 2011. He was 58. Throughout his 21 years career, Peter devoted himself to the selfless support of others and many a sailor and officer is better off today because Peter continually challenged the conservative interpretation of conditions of service regulations. As a logistician he was innovative and effective in ensuring his ship was always well prepared and supported for its mission. Always willing to fight for more logical procedures and sensible conditions of service, he took delight in being a constant thorn in the sides of those in Navy Office who wrote and applied policy. But he was also honest beyond reproach as a custodian of the Queen's purse. When he identified the need for change, be it for the benefit of people or the ADF, he represented the case eloquently and with determination to higher authority. If he had a motto, it was to work within the full extent of the rules or have them changed. He succeeded admirably at both. Peter Jones completed his high school education at Barker College in Sydney in 1970. Following a lengthy period of trekking through the jungles of New Guinea, he joined the Naval College as a senior entry cadet midshipman in January 1971. His 12 months midshipman's fleet time in the troop transport HMAS SYDNEY included active service deployments to the Vietnam area of operations. He was promoted Acting Sub-Lieutenant upon graduation from the Naval College in December 1973. Following operational weapons training in the UK in 1974 and time in the carrier HMAS MELBOURNE, he completed supply officer training at HMAS CERBERUS in 1975. Postings to HMAS WATSON and HMAS HOBART as Deputy Supply Officer were followed by two successive postings at the Supply school in CERBERUS first as officers' instructor and then as deputy OIC. It was here that Peter was to make an indelible impression on the many trainee sailors and officers who passed through his care. An example of his approach to the Service and life was when he raised the first Training Progress Report to identify an outstandingly good trainee. Hitherto these forms had traditionally been used to report on potential training failures -- Peter's argument to the Officer in Charge was that the form's title and content nowhere precluded its use for the opposite purpose, and so it was done. He completed his sea charge posting in HMAS CANBERRA in 1982/83 followed by shore charge at HMAS PENGUIN in 1984. In 1985/86 he was in Navy Office Canberra as Deputy Director Logistic Services-Navy during which time he worked tirelessly to reform supply procedures, particularly in the stilted realm of non-public funds. He was also active in managing the Navy Supply Newsletter. Peter then spent three years at HMAS STIRLING as supply officer and, following promotion to Commander in December 1987, as NOCWA command supply officer and Chief Staff Officer -- Administration. He left the west in December 1989 for the policy halls of Navy Office on the staff of the Assistant Chief-Personnel. While still serving in Navy Office in 1991, Peter was asked at very short notice to accept the additional task of taking over as president of the Armed Forces Federation of Australia. ArFFA (now defunct) was a tri-service voluntary organisation for all ranks which had been formed in the 1980s to represent the views of ADF members to the pay tribunal and on conditions of service generally, at a time when pay and conditions were not good. ArFFA was not well received at senior levels of the Defence organisation and so it took some courage for a permanent member of the ADF to accept responsibility to become its president and spokesman -- "Not a career enhancing move, I suspect" said Peter before taking it on. Decades before New Generation Navy was introduced, Peter Jones embodied all of the signature behaviours that we are inculcating in our people. He firmly believed in promoting the wellbeing of all, fixing problems, challenging the status quo and innovating. Above all, he believed and often said "loyalty works both ways". He retired from the Navy in 1992 to an isolated property near Moruya to overcome health issues. He became somewhat reclusive but continued his long standing interest in computing and was active in supporting local charities, particularly with recycling building materials and obsolete equipment. He never lost his sense of humour or his sense of honour. Peter was a selfless friend and devoted husband to the very end. He is survived by his wife Penelope and daughter Erin. Vale Commander Peter Jones, a truly exceptional Supply Officer. Obituary CMDR Peter Jones, RAN (Retired) RADM BOYD ROBINSON, RAN (RETIRED) AND CAPT WARD HACK, RAN (RETIRED)