LOOKING at model naval ships reminded these ex-sailors of lambs fry for dinner.
Many of the memories for the former crew of HMAS Vampire revolved around the camaraderie they had built over a couple of beers.
The former navy servicemen from the disbanded branch, Victualling, were reunited in Corowa at the weekend.
Ex-serviceman Jim Warren has spent years building replicas of the ship he served on.
“I want them to be able to look at the models and remember the time they had,” he said.
Former navy recruit and reunion organiser Jim Akers said 70 people from the group caught up every two years to celebrate their time at sea.
He looked at the replica of the ship they once called home and laughed about many of the stories they had shared from more than 20 years ago.
Former navy serviceman Gary Peut said there was a time when he could only see his wife for two weeks in a whole year.
“My son didn’t remember me and he was probably wondering who that guy was with the old girl,” he said.
As they were waiting for “beer o’clock” they joked about how their habits had not changed.
“We used to stop and have a pretty good time at the ports,” Mr Peut said.
The men said they were proud of what they had achieved and said it was important to continue the friendship.
“We are just a big family. It’s important to continue supporting each other,” Mr Akers said.