Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell has reviewed the latest graduating class from the Joint Helicopter School at HMAS Albatross.
Nineteen navy and army personnel graduted from the 26 week course on Friday, July 26.
Leading Seaman Shaun Remfry was the only Shoalhaven resident among the graduates, completing the aircrew rotary course.
LS Remfry was born and grew up in Nowra and at age 27, decided to join the navy as a boatswains mate.
"I'm pretty excited, I finally get my wings," he said.
"Before I joined the Royal Australian Navy I wasn't sure what career I wanted to pursue, my interest started after listening to multiple stories from my in-laws."
General Campbell had a few words to say to Remfry when he graduated.
"He stopped and asked if I made the right decision and I told him it definitely was for me," LS Remfry said.
Dux of the pilot course Lieutenant Ryan Kerr, from Brisbane, always had ambitions to join the military.
"I worked at McDonald's to fund this, started taking lessons and worked to attain my civil commercial pilots licence with the ultimate ambition to join defence and become a military pilot," he said.
"The training areas surrounding Nowra provide some of the most enjoyable flying and picturesque landscapes.
"Landing on a ship in Jervis Bay has to be one of the more memorable moments on course."
It was only the third graduation for the school, with students graduating from pilot, aviation welfare officer and aircrew courses.