Sarah Parry served in the RAN as a male named Brian Arthur Parry from 10 Feb 1963 until he was discharged on 19 Oct 1967 as being "Permanently Unfit for Naval Service". During his service he travelled to Borneo and Vietnam and was awarded the General Service Medal and the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal on aboard HMAS Vendetta as an Able Seaman, Quartermaster Gunner. Sarah is now the Master of the Hobart based re-enactment sailing vessel named "Windward Bound".
Notice the words attached to the above photograph. "Captain Sarah spent her early years as a member of the Royal Australian Navy Diving Team".
That is a lie
Sarah has upset the RAN Clearance Diver community by claiming to have been one of them during her time as a man in the Navy. Here are other quotes from media reports:
Parry did commence Clearance Divers course, 3A/1963 on 22 Jul 63, but did not pass the Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus (CABA) section. He was withdrawn as unsuitable on 6 Aug 63, therefore would not even have qualified as a Ships Diver, let alone being a member of the elite Clearance Diver Team.
Parry has allowed various media reports to publish that she was a Clearance Diver in the RAN. Clearance Divers are the Navy's version of the Army's Special Air Service (SAS) and are an elite group of highly skilled men. The Clearance Diver's Association are ever alert for those who falsely claim to be one of them.
Parry had uneventful RAN service of less than five years. She now has a moderate profile as the Captain of a replica Sailing Ship and has allowed incorrect descriptions of her Navy service to circulate. During her time as a man in the Navy she never served as an elite Clearance Diver because she was not able to complete the initial course.
Because she has allowed the fiction of her Navy service to continue she has earned a place on our web site.
Welcome aboard Sarah previously Brian Parry.