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November 12, 2009
Cerberus on show
THE CO of HMAS Cerberus
CAPT Sheldon Williams has
thanked the community for
making this year's recent open
day the most successful ever in the
establishment's 88-year history.
A record crowd of more than 7000
people were part of the 30 per cent
increase in visitor numbers from 2007.
CAPT Williams said visitors were
treated to an action-packed day of heli-
copter winching displays, firefighting
displays, skydivers, precision drill dis-
plays, aircraft and truck emulators,
vintage and military vehicles, training
school exhibitions and more.
Making it a complete family day, the
little ones were entertained with a giant
slide, jumping castle and animal farm.
But one of the most popular areas for
the nippers was the obstacle course set
up at the gymnasium and the climbing
This also had the added benefit of
giving the mums and dads a brief res-
pite while the PT staff took over.
"It was thrilling to see so many in
the community interested in the Navy
in one way or another and showing
their support to all in Cerberus through
attending today," CAPT Williams said.
"Today's open day was about meet-
ing with the community and strength-
ening our relationship with the people
of greater Melbourne."
of tradition and
MORE than 350 personnel from HMAS Cerberus
proudly exercised their privilege of Freedom of Entry
(FOE) to Mornington in a colourful display of tradition
and ceremony recently.
Led by the Cerberus' CO CAPT Sheldon Williams, the
ship's company marched with swords drawn and colours
flying along the market day Main Street, accompanied by
the RAN Band playing to salute the local community.
Representing the Victorian Police Commissioner,
Inspector Shayne Parnell acted as Town Marshall and, in
keeping with tradition, challenged the right of the military
personnel to march.
Mornington Shire Mayor Anne Shaw and CAPT
Williams received the salute in front of an enthusiastic
CAPT Williams said a FOE was the highest honour a
city could grant to the RAN.
"Through today's ceremonies, Cerberus is seeking to
reaffirm its bond of friendship with the Mornington Shire
and celebrate our 88-year history of active participa-
tion and engagement with the local community," CAPT
"Many of the ship's company and their families live,
work and play here and today is a wonderful opportunity
for them to extend their links with the people of their
This was only the third time the Cerberus has exer-
cised their privilege of FOE since commissioning in April
Record crowds attended the 2009 open day at the RAN's premier training
establishment, HMAS Cerberus. LEUT Ron Brown reports from Victoria.
SOFT LANDING: (Above) An ADF parachuter
jumps into HMAS Cerberus proudly displaying the
Australian White Ensign for all to see.
KEEP 'EM CLEAN: (Inset) PODEN Rachel
Edwards shows young Zoe how to take care of
QUICK MARCH: (Right) Cerberus' ship's compa-
ny march through the streets of Mornington dur-
ing their FOE.
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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