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November 12, 2009
By Graham Davis
A CROWD of close to 500
applauded loudly when the
Queensland Detachment of
the RAN Band, a Reserve
u nit, and the Navy con-
tingent of Australia's
Federation Guard (AFG)
completed "Beat to
Quarters" and "Ceremonial
Sunset" in the heart of
Brisbane last month.
The ceremony, starting at
6.30pm in Brisbane Square,
was a prelude to a civic recep-
tion staged by Brisbane's
Deputy Mayor Graham Quirk
at the nearby Town Hall.
The reception was to thank
the Navy and welcome to
Brisbane the officers and sail-
ors of visiting guided missile
frigate, HMAS Newcastle, led
by CMDR Justin Jones, and
the ship's company (Ardent 4)
of visiting patrol boat HMAS
Childers, led by LCDR Brett
The combined function
was the lead-in event to Navy
Two hundred guests were
formally invited to the cer-
emonial activities and many
took their seats long before
the first drum beat.
They were joined by near-
ly 300 members of the public.
The ceremony was backlit
by the Brisbane Casino, an
historic stone building bathed
in pink lights.
The 44-member RAN
contingent of the AFG, led
by LEUT James Fahey, was
flown in from Canberra,
while CPO Paul Cannard
(Ceremonial Officer for NHQ-
SQ) and CPOMUSN Andrew
Queensland Detachment of
the RAN Band) brought the
all-reserve colour party and
band across from NHQ-SQ at
With PO Jim Groves, LS
Jeanette Abel and LS Stephen
Brown standing with the
flag pole and its whipping
White Ensign, CPO Stapleton
marched the band on before
it performed some intricate
The drummers then
detached to carry out "Beat to
The AFG marched proudly
on to the square, their SLRs
The colour party report-
ed to CO NHQ-SQ, CMDR
Geoffrey Fiedler, that there
were "five minutes to sunset".
The guard then loaded its
weapons as the band played
the first verse of the Naval
Hymn.The second verse of
the hymn was the signal for
the guard to fire a volley of
The order to "Carry on the
Guard and Band" ended the
CITY CENTRE: The Guard Commander LEUT James Fahey pre-
pares the guard to fire a volley.
Photo: Graham Davis
Reserve band and Fed Guard wow city
By Michael Brooke
WHAT do you do if, after more than 40 years service,
you find 'swallowing the anchor' difficult -- that the
anchor sticks in your craw?
LCDR Anthony Hayward was literally all choked up
when it came time to swallow the anchor after 41 years
of loyal and dedicated service in the RAN.
He was the last of four brothers, with a combined
service of 91 years, to retire from the Permanent Navy.
But now he's looking at the possibility of more Navy
service as a reservist.
"My brothers and I joined the RAN from the town
of Balaklava in South Australia," he said.
"They no longer serve but they are John Wilden,
ex-CPOMED now living in WA after 20 years service;
Bill Hayward, ex-CPOATWO living in Maroochydore
after more than 21 years service; and Peter Hayward,
ex-ABAVN living in Terranora after more than seven
The Navy stalwart retired on October 8 and said it
only seemed like yesterday -- January 13, 1968 to be
precise -- when he enlisted in the RAN to see more of
LCDR Hayward said that, even before the current
New Generation Navy initiatives, he had seen Navy
undergo some very significant changes to its leadership,
culture and structure during his 41 years.
"There have been many changes during my career,
including the civilianisation of many categories and
the fact sailors had to live on board unless married," he
said.Although LCDR Hayward has officially swallowed
the anchor, he is currently eyeing his opportunities as a
camaraderie among personnel being the most important
and enjoyable part of service in the RAN," he said.
GALA OCCASION: LCDR Tony Hayward and
family are farewelled after his presentation with
the Federation Star by RADM Nigel Coates.
Photo: Michael Brooke
hard to swallow
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