Date of Entry: 22/11/2019
Surname: Bryant
Christian Names: James Maxwell
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Hastings
Case Notes:


ames Maxwell "Max" Bryant is an ex fisherman from Hastings, on the Eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria

Notice Bryant wears a Centenary Medal which was awarded to him in January 2001 for initiating the Western Port Oberon Association. After procuring an Oberon class submarine he has been the mover and shaker in creating a community Submarine museum that attracts a lot of attention.

Bryant also wears a Sub Mariners Dolphin Badge, which he has no right to wear. It is not a "pretty badge" to be worn by civilians, it indicates serious Royal Australian Navy (RAN) service under difficult conditions.

The Dolphin badge indicates elite service and is a prestigious badge.

Not everyone in the Navy gets the honour of wearing it. The Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ has a proud tradition of selecting the best personnel from candidates who volunteer to serve in this complex specialisation.

Potential submariners are required to complete more training than those serving on surface ships. Additional training is required in many facets of the platform from systems and services to damage control and escape. Upon selection as a submariner, members complete an Initial Collins Class Course at the Submarine Training and Systems Centre at HMAS Stirling followed by Submarine Specific Category training in their chosen trade.

This complex training is then put into a practical assessment on board a submarine and all members must complete a Basic Submarine Qualification Task Book (commonly known as the Part 3).

The compilation of the Task Book requires each task to be assessed by the Deputy Head of the applicable trades department and a theoretical qualification board. After initial training and specific category training, which can vary significantly, the Task Book is usually completed within a further 16-week period.

After qualifying, Submariners then embark on a career of arduous classified operations, which gives them the privilege of wearing the Dolphin Badge

A look at Bryant's LinkedIn account also contains an exaggeration of achievements

He lists his accomplishments as a civilian fisherman with a little exaggeration thrown in. He says that he was: "Fleet Manager of Allied Fisheries with 48 boats at sea" We are reliably advised that he was never more that a skipper of one of the "48 boats" many of which were located in Tasmania.

It is incongruous that Submarine Veterans associated with the museum have condoned Bryant wearing the Dolphin badge, when he has never served in the RAN.

We have listed others on this website who have falsely worn this badge. They are:


Genuine sub mariners, and all associated with Western Port Oberon association, are urged to not allow James Maxwell Bryant to wear the Dolphin badge, as if he were an ex RAN Sub Mariner.

James Maxwell Bryant is welcomed aboard HMAS ANZM where he can swap stories with others (listed above) who have fraudulently worn the badge

Footnote: Despite the behaviour of the Curator, be aware that a visit to the Museum is a worthwhile experience:

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