Tasmanian Seafarers' Memorial

Rodney Kim Jackson (1979)

The plaque reads ...

Rodney JacksonRodney Kim Jackson
RAN R43406 ERA
Born 24.11.1950 Launceston
Enlisted 11.01.1967
31.08.1979 swept overboard & drowned
in heavy seas when survey vessel
HMAS 'Kimbla' was navigating entry
channel into Port Philip Bay, Vic

 

Rodney Kim Jackson, Chief Petty Officer, RAN, HMAS Kimbla, son of James Robert Jackson of Launceston, was swept overboard on 31st August 1979. He had been born in Launceston on November 24th 1950.

HMAS Kimbla crestHe enlisted in the Navy on January 11th. 1967, for a period of twelve years. He joined the Kimbla on May 29th 1967 and at the time of his death was listed as an Engine Room Artificer Apprentice (ERAA, [F&T]).

He was swept overboard from HMAS Kimbla by the third of three freak waves that washed over Kimbla while she HMAS Kimblawas navigating the channel between the The Rip and open sea on entering Port Philip Bay, Victoria. His body was never recovered.