Making all the right moves

TWEED Heads seaman Coby Smith has spent two years in the Royal Australian Navy and has had his military and naval skills tested while on duty serving overseas.

But it is when he is on the rugby field that Mr Smith uses his best moves. He is currently a stand-by player for the navy's rugby squad.

He is hoping to get a call-up to tour Britain and France next year.

“To be honest, the boys who have been chosen deserve to be there in front of me, so I can't hope for someone to become injured or pull out so I can go. But it would be an awesome trip,” Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith is normally based on the amphibious assault ship HMAS Kanimbla, and he is advancing his trade training.

“Currently I am responsible for the maintenance of medium-calibre weapon systems,” he said.

In six months aboard Kanimbla Mr Smith has sailed to New Zealand, and he was just off the North Queensland coast recently taking part in Exercise Talisman Saber 2009.

“Kanimbla's normally based in Sydney, so it's a great time of year to head north for a few weeks,” he said.

The Talisman Saber exercises involved more than 8000 Australian and 16,500 American personnel from army, navy, air force, Marine and special operations units.



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